Distribution J. Des Serres Inc. has launched what it calls an innovative, safer alternative to conventional paint strippers, called New Generation Stripper, by Super Remover. The methylene chloride-free formulation exceeds upcoming standards that are expected to be introduced. Products containing methylene chloride have gradually been taken off retail shelves in the U.S. and Canada, in response to pressure tactics directed toward distributors. Products containing methylene chloride have been banned in Europe since 2012. Until now, methylene chloride was viewed as the most effective chemical in the production of paint removers. Previous alternatives failed to deliver comparable results. Even though methylene chloride-based paint strippers have never been recalled by Health Canada or linked to any Canadian deaths, Sébastien Plourde, President of Distribution J. Des Serres Inc., wanted to find a safer product formulation. “In 2018, we partnered with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which developed a new, safer paint stripper without methylene chloride. Even Health Canada refers to this state-of-the-art research facility when establishing its latest standards for safer chemicals,” says Plourde. “I am extremely proud to say that never in 70 years has an alternative to methylene chloride been as effective as it is now.” Distribution J. Des Serres Inc. has committed to replacing its regular product line with New Generation Stripper, by Super Remover, by March 31, 2019, and will stop all manufacturing of products that are part of the category Benchmark 1 of Green Screen Chemical Hazard Assessment. www.superremover.com