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TURI Alternative Assessments

TURI has produced several Alternatives Assessments:

Alternatives to Cleaners and Sanitizers for the Brewing Industry

The laboratory at TURI completed an evaluation of common cleaning and sanitizing chemicals and potential alternatives. Cleaners and sanitizers were tested based on their ability to remove soils accrued in the primary brewing and fermentation processes, as well as to ensure sanitization of the tanks between uses.

This document has been prepared to:

1) Provide background information about the use of traditional cleaners and sanitizers in the brewing process

2) Provide technical, financial, environmental, health and safety, and basic regulatory information on alternatives to the traditional cleaners and sanitizers

Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment

The Massachusetts legislature requested that the Institute conduct a scientific study to assess the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives for five toxic or hazardous chemicals:

Perchloroethylene (PCE) 
Hexavalent chromium 
Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)

The outcome was the identification of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to each of the five chemicals for the specific applications studied.

Alternatives to Perchloroethylene Used in Professional Garment Care

Perchloroethylene (perc) was designated as a Higher Hazard Substance by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction program in 2008. This fact sheet was developed by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) to help Massachusetts professional garment care shop owners and their communities identify safer alternatives to perc for their professional garment care.

Artificial Turf

TURI has received requests for information about artificial turf fields as an alternative to natural grass fields. In response, we have developed an alternatives assessment for sports turf. Preliminary sections of the assessment are being published when completed.