Ethyl lactate solves the solvent problem
Ethyl lactate or lactic acid ethyl ester is a common solvent in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, detergent, coatings, food and fragrance production. The compound is considered biodegradable in its natural form and it is exempt from many restrictions imposed in accordance with the disposal of chemicals. For this reason it is a highly desirable product in a “green”, environmentally conscious industry. Due to its low toxicity, ethyl lactate is a popular choice across many different production scenarios. It is also used as a solvent with various types of polymers. In the presence of water, acids and bases the chemical will hydrolyse into ethanol and lactic acid.