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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. The document provides background information about the use of traditional cleaners and sanitizers in the brewing process; and provides technical, financial, environmental, health and safety, and basic regulatory information on alternatives to the traditional cleaners and sanitizers

Alternatives to Methylene Chloride for Paint Stripping Products

This report provides the approach TURI researchers took to finding a safer alternative to methylene chloride used in paint stripping products, the laboratory testing process, and the results and conclusions.

Alternatives for Coating Removal Products

TURI researchers found that there are safer, cost-effective, and performance-effective coating removal products commercially available that are viable replacements for methylene chloride and other chemicals of high concern used in coating removal products.

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 developed an alternatives assessment for sports turf. 

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:

  • Lead 
  • Formaldehyde 
  • 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.