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Dow Highlights Progress in Redefining the Role of Business in Society in 2016 Sustainability Report
Dow Highlights Progress in Redefining the Role of Business in Society in 2016 Sustainability Report

PRESS RELEASE - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today released its 2016 Sustainability Report, laying a solid foundation with strong first-year results since announcing its 2025 Sustainability Goals. Prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Comprehensive Option (GRI 102-54), GRI is the most widely used framework for sustainability reporting used globally by businesses, governments and other organizations. The report highlights the successes of Dow’s commitment to redefine the role of business at its intersection with society.

Sustainable Brands Hosts Influential Brand Leaders at SB’17 Detroit
Sustainable Brands Hosts Influential Brand Leaders at SB’17 Detroit

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISO, May 22, 2017 – Sustainable Brands® kicks off its largest community gathering today with Sustainable Brands’17 Detroit at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Over 2,000 business executives along with their teams from 35+ countries across the globe are attending the conference and Activation Hub. In addition, there is anticipated record breaking livestream viewership in collaboration with Detroit Public Television (DPTV).

Sustainable Brands Unveils Programming for Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit
Sustainable Brands Unveils Programming for Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2017 – Sustainable Brands® recently unveiled the session schedule for the Activation Hub at SB’17 Detroit, running May 22-25th at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The Activation Hub is the action-centered space within the conference program that allows attendees to collaborate on new tools, resources and ideas to accelerate sustainability-led innovation.

New MIT Technology Could Revolutionize Wastewater Treatment
New MIT Technology Could Revolutionize Wastewater Treatment

CLEANTECH - MIT has developed a new technology that could revolutionize wastewater treatment and water purification. Providing an alternative to more energy- and chemical-intensive alternatives, MIT’s new method is capable of removing even extremely low levels of pollutants from water. The technology was developed by MIT postdoc Xiao Su, Ralph Landau, Professor of Chemical Engineering T. Alan Hatton and five others at MIT and at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.

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BASF Becomes The Latest Member to Join The Circular Economy 100
BASF Becomes The Latest Member to Join The Circular Economy 100

PRESS RELEASE - World-leading chemical company, BASF today announced its membership of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100). As the latest corporate member of the programme, BASF embarks on a three-year partnership to bring about opportunities for a circular economy within new business models and new solutions. BASF 'creates chemistry for a viable future'. In combining economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, it enables its customers and its entire value chain to meet the current and future needs of society. Through science and innovation, BASF investigates techniques for decreasing material use while keeping function and durability at its highest utility.

Target Launches Startup Accelerator to Amp Up Healthy, Sustainable Product Portfolio
Target Launches Startup Accelerator to Amp Up Healthy, Sustainable Product Portfolio

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Building on its commitment to remove harmful chemicals from its products and invest in green chemistry, retail giant Target has kicked off its first-ever Target Takeoff — a mini retail boot camp focused on supporting emerging businesses who are working to create healthier, more ethical and sustainable products.

EPA Recognizes Eastman with 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award
EPA Recognizes Eastman with 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

PRESS RELEASE - For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes Eastman (NYSE: EMN) with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for continued leadership and superior energy efficiency achievements. This year marks Eastman’s fourth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR honor. The award reaffirms Eastman’s commitment to managing natural resources, which continues to drive sustainable and impactful improvements in energy performance, resulting in energy intensity reductions, avoided costs and lowered emissions.

CVS Health Nixes Harmful Chemicals from Beauty, Personal Care Products
CVS Health Nixes Harmful Chemicals from Beauty, Personal Care Products

WALKING THE TALK - Following the announcement of its new store renovation initiative, CVS Pharmacy has revealed that it will be eliminating parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors in nearly 600 beauty and personal care products in its CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty and Blade lines. CVS Pharmacy will stop shipping store brand products that don’t meet these standards to distribution centers by the end of 2019.

Toxic Chemicals in Recycled Plastic Electronics Threaten Circular Economy
Toxic Chemicals in Recycled Plastic Electronics Threaten Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - A recent report by UK-based charity CHEMTrust has linked the recycling of plastic components of electrical and electronic products to dangerous human health risks, creating obstacles for the recycling industry and the widespread adoption of a circular economy.

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BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory unveiled at newly constructed Patrick F. Taylor Hall on the campus of Louisiana State University
BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory unveiled at newly constructed Patrick F. Taylor Hall on the campus of Louisiana State University

PRESS RELEASE - BATON ROUGE, LA, and GEISMAR, LA, April 6, 2017 – Louisiana State University (LSU) officials joined BASF executives in the public unveiling of the BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory on campus. The Lab, which is the first-of-its-kind at LSU and in the Southeast region, is an innovative space that promotes problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions to meet global challenges. As part of BASF's workforce development and science education efforts in the region, the Lab is the result of a $1 million donation BASF made to LSU Foundation and the College of Engineering first announced in 2014.  

Trending: Chemistry Giants Partner to Advance Supply Chain Transparency, Drive Industrial Research
Trending: Chemistry Giants Partner to Advance Supply Chain Transparency, Drive Industrial Research

COLLABORATION - Following the launch of Applied DNA Sciences’s CertainT platform that utilizes molecular tags to certify authenticity and origins of products, AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical Thailand Co. and EY have introduced a new online tool that allows businesses, for the first time, to use e-certification to track bio-based content along the chemical value chain.

AkzoNobel, AB InBev Latest in Spate of Companies Switching to 100% Renewables
AkzoNobel, AB InBev Latest in Spate of Companies Switching to 100% Renewables

CLEANTECH - This week, two more multinationals joined the ranks of companies energizing their sustainability agendas with bold commitments to power their entire operations with renewables.

Trending: Nike, Britvic Using Recycled Drink Containers, Wood Fiber to Revolutionize Packaging
Trending: Nike, Britvic Using Recycled Drink Containers, Wood Fiber to Revolutionize Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The development of innovative packaging solutions continues to help brands reduce impact and drive future growth.

ICN Calls on Major Brands to Address Exploitation in Indian Leather Industry
ICN Calls on Major Brands to Address Exploitation in Indian Leather Industry

LEADERSHIP - The textile and apparel industries are widely known to have considerable environmental and social impacts on both local and global levels. The leather industry is no exception — in India, approximately 2.5 million workers are exposed to poor working conditions that violate their human rights and negatively affect their health.

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BASF Selects HPE to Build Supercomputer for Global Chemical Research
BASF Selects HPE to Build Supercomputer for Global Chemical Research

PRESS RELEASE - BASF SE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that the companies will collaborate to develop one of the world’s largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF's worldwide research.

China Using Electron Beams to Treat Textile Wastewater
China Using Electron Beams to Treat Textile Wastewater

CLEANTECH - Textile dyeing accounts for one fifth of all industrial wastewater pollution generated worldwide and much of it, particularly in developing countries in Asia, goes untreated. Now, China is employing electron beams to treat effluent from textile dyeing plants, ushering in a new era for radiation technology.

Trending: Breakthroughs in EPS, PE, PP Recycling Bring Plastics Closer to Circularity
Trending: Breakthroughs in EPS, PE, PP Recycling Bring Plastics Closer to Circularity

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, only 2 percent of the 78 million tons of plastic used each year for packaging is actually recycled. The remaining 98 percent finds its way into landfills, incineration plants and the environment. New innovations and initiatives from across the U.S. and Canada, however, are offering new solutions to tackle the ever-growing plastics problem.

Circularity of Hazardous Chemicals Requires New Legal Framework, NGOs Say
Circularity of Hazardous Chemicals Requires New Legal Framework, NGOs Say

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Policymakers must limit chemicals entering the material cycle and adapt existing legislation in order to protect human health and the environment from toxic substances in a circular economy, say ClientEarth and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) in a new report. The NGOs indicate that the current legal framework has failed to ensure information about dangerous chemicals is diffused throughout the whole material cycle and potential subsequent lifecycles.

BASF Touts Sustainability, Efficiency Benefits of Construction Solutions in New Campaign
BASF Touts Sustainability, Efficiency Benefits of Construction Solutions in New Campaign

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Increasing economic benefits while reducing global-warming potential: How products from BASF’s Master Builders Solutions® range help achieve this is the focus of the new Europe-wide campaign, “Quantified Sustainable Benefits – Reduce your Footprint and Boost Your Bottom Line.” Through a series of ads and a dedicated website, BASF’s Master Builders Solutions experts, together with European customers, present selected cases that demonstrate how superior chemistry enables customers to increase their productivity while decreasing their operational costs and carbon footprint.

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Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products
Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While recycling most certainly plays an important role in the shift to the development of a more circular, sustainable economy, it largely focuses on a product or material’s end of life. But recent initiatives and technological breakthroughs are helping more companies design impacts out of their products’ life cycles.

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