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Biome Bioplastics Leading £3M Program to Develop, Scale Plant-Based Chemical Feedstocks
Biome Bioplastics Leading £3M Program to Develop, Scale Plant-Based Chemical Feedstocks

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Biome Bioplastics, one of the UK’s leading developers of bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, has begun a major development program to progress successful bio-based chemicals research through to industrial scale production. The project has the potential to significantly accelerate the global bioplastics market with the production of novel target materials, including a fully bio-based polyester.

#BusinessCase: By 2025, Dow Expects to Generate $1B by Valuing Natural, Human Capital
#BusinessCase: By 2025, Dow Expects to Generate $1B by Valuing Natural, Human Capital

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Dow Chemical Company announced today a strategic set of commitments designed to redefine the role of business in society. Dow says its 2025 Sustainability Goals use a global lens to magnify the Company’s impact around the world, driving unprecedented collaborations to develop a societal blueprint that will facilitate the transition to a sustainable planet and society.

Bristol's Poo-Powered Bus Now Running Regular Route
Bristol's Poo-Powered Bus Now Running Regular Route

WASTE NOT - A commuter bus in Bristol, England, which runs on biomethane gas produced by food waste and fecal matter generated by 32,000 local households, entered regular service late last month. Originally launched with sporadic service in November, the waste-powered Bio-Bus, affectionately known as the “poo bus,” will now be available four days a week — on, you guessed it, Route #2.

Londoners Will Soon Have a Freshwater Swimming Pool Cleaned by Plants, Not Chemicals
Londoners Will Soon Have a Freshwater Swimming Pool Cleaned by Plants, Not Chemicals

CLEANTECH - Looking for a clean place to swim in London? City dwellers will have a freshwater, natural pool at their disposal in King’s Cross beginning in May. Designed by Rotterdam Studio, Ooze architects and artist Marietica Potrč, the chemical-free outdoor pool is the first of its kind in the UK. The King’s Cross Swimming Pool is a manmade, freshwater pond kept clean and filtered through natural processes. At forty meters long, the pool will accommodate up to 100 swimmers at a time within the new Lewis Cubitt Park.

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Patagonia Invests in Natural Textile Treatments
Patagonia Invests in Natural Textile Treatments

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Patagonia today announced a strategic investment in a chemical company focused on making high-performance textile treatments based on natural raw materials.Beyond Surface Technologies, a Swiss firm, was founded in 2008 by scientists and marketing experts with more than 40 years of experience in the textile industry. They left careers at big chemical companies to build a business based on the premise that it is possible to make textile treatments based on natural raw materials — without sacrificing performance or reducing the lifespan of a product.

Seventh Generation and 3,000 Business Partners Call on Congress to Reform Chemical Safety Laws
Seventh Generation and 3,000 Business Partners Call on Congress to Reform Chemical Safety Laws

NEW METRICS - Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and renewable bio-based household, baby and personal care solutions, called on Congress last week to strengthen the country's outdated chemical policy.

BASF Assembles Consortium to Tighten Up Renewable Biotech Production Processes
BASF Assembles Consortium to Tighten Up Renewable Biotech Production Processes

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A consortium of companies in the European process industry including biotechnology, renewable resources, chemistry, process engineering, equipment and research organizations launched project PRODIAS (PROcessing Diluted Aqueous Systems) this week. The project aims to decrease production costs for renewable-based products via increasing the efficiency of raw material use and production processes.

Global Stewardship Required to Avoid Silent Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall
Global Stewardship Required to Avoid Silent Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - It’s been 53 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a shocking exposé of chemical pollutants and their impact on the Earth's ecosystems.

Eastman Named as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for the Second Year in a Row
Eastman Named as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for the Second Year in a Row

PRESS RELEASE - Kingsport, TENN., March 9, 2015 – Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company® for its efforts to continually raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior.

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Dunkin’ Donuts No Longer Dunked in Chemicals
Dunkin’ Donuts No Longer Dunked in Chemicals

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Dunkin’ Brands, Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company, has agreed to remove titanium dioxide, a whitening agent that is a common source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used to make the company’s donuts. As a result of this progress, the advocacy group As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal asking Dunkin’ to assess and reduce the risks of using nanomaterials in its food products.

McDonald’s to Cut Human-Related Antibiotics for Chicken Sold in U.S.
McDonald’s to Cut Human-Related Antibiotics for Chicken Sold in U.S.

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that it is committing to serving chicken raised without antibiotics used in human medicine in all of its U.S. restaurants within two years.The company isn’t going completely antibiotic-free — but will cut the use of antibiotics that contribute to “superbugs” or drug-resistant bacteria that can also harm humans. Often, these human antibiotics are fed to livestock to maximize growth, rather than to treat illness.

On the Ground: Cornell Center Demonstrates Benefits of Applied Research
On the Ground: Cornell Center Demonstrates Benefits of Applied Research

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - To the uninitiated, persuading those living in malaria-prone parts of the world to buy low-cost insecticides seems simple: Explain the benefits and the products will, to use the old phrase, “sell themselves.”For many years, the traditional theory for selling to bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) consumers, 4 billion of whom earn less than $1,500 annually, has espoused, “low price, low margin, high volume.”

Multi-Sector Gathering Calls for Harmonized Framework for Shifting to Sustainable Product Portfolios
Multi-Sector Gathering Calls for Harmonized Framework for Shifting to Sustainable Product Portfolios

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Last week, Sustainable Brands participated in and helped support an important meeting in Berlin, hosted by BASF, entitled "Steering a Portfolio Toward Sustainability." A gathering of almost 150 chemistry industry stakeholders — including customers and colleagues such as DOW, AkzoNobel, DSM, Eastman Chemical, Solvay and Sabic — participated in the day-and-a-half-long discussion.

Walmart, Target Advance Joint Supply Chain Initiative
Walmart, Target Advance Joint Supply Chain Initiative

SUPPLY CHAIN - Walmart, Target and Forum for the Future (FFTF) have established three working groups to take forward actions agreed at last year’s beauty and personal care (BPC) product sustainability summit, according to ChemicalWatch. The groups will focus on aspects of chemicals in products.Working Group 1 — Supply Chain Information Sharing

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BASF's Creator Space Tour Engaging Experts, Citizens Worldwide to Solve Global Issues
BASF's Creator Space Tour Engaging Experts, Citizens Worldwide to Solve Global Issues

CLEANTECH - Chemical giant BASF is on a mission to connect people and ideas in six locations worldwide with the Creator Space™ tour, a yearlong event series aiming to address challenges in the areas of energy, food and water, and urban living. The first stop, in Mumbai, India, will take place from January 16-23 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), with a focus on water sustainability.

Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients
Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Pesticide manufacturers are pushing back against increasing consumer and environmental advocacy group demands for disclosure of the chemicals in pesticide formulations—claiming the information is proprietary.Of particular interest are the so-called inert ingredients such as chemicals in pesticides that perform functions other than controlling pests. Examples include emulsifiers, solvents, aerosols, fragrances, dyes and other chemicals that are not necessarily benign, according to those calling for mandatory labeling of inert ingredients in pesticides.

Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly, Create New Value for African Farmers
Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly, Create New Value for African Farmers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Researchers have developed a new chemical method applied to a byproduct of cashew nuts that could make it easier to trap tsetse flies and open new revenue streams for nut producers in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report.

Revlon Agrees to Remove Some Dangerous Chemicals From Its Products
Revlon Agrees to Remove Some Dangerous Chemicals From Its Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Late last month, global cosmetics giant Revlon announced it will remove some long-chain parabens and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from its products, in response to a petition circulated last year by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) that to date has rallied support from over 109,000 consumers.Long-chain parabens can act as estrogens and have been linked to endocrine disruption. Formaldehyde is a potent allergen that has been classified as a carcinogen.EWG executive director Heather White called the move a step in the right direction.

Purdue Researchers Turn Biomass Waste into Valuable Chemical Products
Purdue Researchers Turn Biomass Waste into Valuable Chemical Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A team of researchers from Purdue University's Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) has developed a new catalytic process that converts biomass waste into chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets, Phys.org reports.The process uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions that convert lignin—a durable and complex molecule that gives the plant cell wall its rigid structure—into valuable chemical commodities.

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Eastman Joins Consortium Dedicated to Sustainable Chemical Procurement
Eastman Joins Consortium Dedicated to Sustainable Chemical Procurement

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Eastman Chemical Company today announced it will join chemical giants such as BASF, AkzoNobel, Henkel and Clariant as a member of Together for Sustainability (TfS), a European initiative dedicated to the sustainable procurement of chemicals. Eastman and TfS have confirmed acceptance of Eastman’s application to the consortium as the first U.S.-based company to join, with plans to finalize Eastman’s membership in early 2015.

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