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Report Exposes Failures of Fragrance Industry's Self-Regulated Safety Policies
Report Exposes Failures of Fragrance Industry's Self-Regulated Safety Policies

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A report released Thursday by national women’s health non-profit Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) exposes the failings of the fragrance industry’s self-regulated safety program.

BASF Presents New Types of the Readily Biodegradable Chelating Agent Trilon®
BASF Presents New Types of the Readily Biodegradable Chelating Agent Trilon®

PRESS RELEASE - At the SEPAWA Congress 2015, BASF will present new types of the readily biodegradable chelating agent Trilon® M, which has established itself in the market as the high-performance phosphate alternative for automatic dishwashing detergents. EU regulations stipulate that phosphate will be virtually prohibited for this application in Europe from 2017. In the US, 16 states have already banned phosphate in this application since 2010.Trilon® M binds the hard water ions particularly effectively and prevents limescale buildup on the dishes during the dishwashing cycle. It is readily biodegradable and fulfills the criteria for the EU Ecolabel.

New EWG Verification Identifies Personal Care Products Free of Toxic Ingredients
New EWG Verification Identifies Personal Care Products Free of Toxic Ingredients

MARKETING AND COMMS - Environmental health non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) has launched its new verification program to help consumers quickly and easily identify consumer goods that do not contain toxic ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED: For Your Health™ mark will appear on personal care products and cosmetics that meet criteria set by EWG scientists.

BASF launches new bio-based Polyol for VOC free* 2K PU applications
BASF launches new bio-based Polyol for VOC free* 2K PU applications

PRESS RELEASE - Sovermol® 830 promotes sustainable development for industrial flooring systems, coatings exposed to potable water and semi-structural adhesivesExcellent hardening and mechanical characteristics even under difficult conditionsBASF has extended its range of high-quality bio-based polyols sold under the Sovermol® trademark. The products are used for manufacturing extremely low-emission 2K PU coatings for interior and exterior applications. With Sovermol 830 BASF is launching a new polyol that makes indoor floorings, e.g. in industrial warehouses or sports halls, more resistant.

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BASF Presents New Types of the Readily Biodegradable Chelating Agent Trilon® M
BASF Presents New Types of the Readily Biodegradable Chelating Agent Trilon® M

PRESS RELEASE - Trilon® M Max as the high-performance phosphate alternative for automatic dishwashing detergentsExtra benefits in terms of enhanced formulation flexibility and esthetic choice of the end productTrilon® Ultimate as 2-in-1 solution for improved stability and extra glass protectionLudwigshafen, Germany – October 14, 2015 – At the SEPAWA Congress 2015, BASF will present new types of the readily biodegradable chelating agent Trilon® M, which has established itself in the market as the high-performance phosphate alternative for automatic dishwashing deterge

Trending: Whether or Not Insects Are Our Next Superfood, They Could Help Solve Our Styrofoam Problem
Trending: Whether or Not Insects Are Our Next Superfood, They Could Help Solve Our Styrofoam Problem

WASTE NOT - It seems increasingly likely that certain types of worms could be an amazing solution to our plastic problem — and that we may eat them and their cousins afterwards.Last week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a risk profile to address the potential biological, chemical and environmental hazards as well as allergenicity associated with the use of farmed insects as food and feed.

Target Expands Sustainable Product Index to Include 1,000+ Toxic Chemicals
Target Expands Sustainable Product Index to Include 1,000+ Toxic Chemicals

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Target has improved its sustainable product standard by beginning to test category-specific criteria and consider more toxic chemicals. The retailer’s Sustainable Product Index evaluates products based on a points system and the highest-scoring options are promoted under its “Made to Matter” banner.

EPA, Unilever Partnering to Advance Non-Animal Methods of Chemical Risk Assessment
EPA, Unilever Partnering to Advance Non-Animal Methods of Chemical Risk Assessment

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Unilever have announced a research collaboration to develop groundbreaking scientific approaches to better assess the safety of chemicals found in some consumer products without using animal data.The alternative approaches represent the first steps in a paradigm shift for chemical safety testing and risk assessment by making them faster, cheaper and more relevant to humans. These new tools will provide a robust scientific basis for assessing and managing chemical safety and efficiently quantifying human health risks for thousands of chemicals.

CDP: Competitive Advantages for Chemical Companies Leading in Preparing for a Low-Carbon Economy
CDP: Competitive Advantages for Chemical Companies Leading in Preparing for a Low-Carbon Economy

LEADERSHIP - The latest quarterly sector research report from CDP ranks companies in one of the highest-emitting sectors — diversified chemicals — based on a number of emissions-related metrics which, in aggregate, could have a material impact on company performance. It reveals which companies in the sector are best prepared for the future in developing sustainable products, enhancing efficiency or addressing regulatory change across sector-specific environmental metrics.

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Kodak Opens Facility For Zero-Water, Zero-Chemical, Low-Energy Print Solution
Kodak Opens Facility For Zero-Water, Zero-Chemical, Low-Energy Print Solution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Kodak today opened a new manufacturing line at its Columbus, Georgia facility that will produce its KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. Kodak says SONORA Process Free Plates deliver the productivity, quality and print capabilities of mainstream processed plates while eliminating the water, chemical and energy use required by processed plates, without sacrificing quality or productivity..

Patagonia Out to Change the 'Filthy Business' of Denim
Patagonia Out to Change the 'Filthy Business' of Denim

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Knowing how conventional cotton is grown and denim is made, always-a-better-way outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has set out to change the industry. The company has partnered with chemical company Archroma on a new denim collection, launched this week — which is Fair Trade certified and said to use 84 percent less water, 30 percent less energy and 25 percent less CO2 compared to conventional denim dyeing processes — as well as a campaign telling us all about it.

U.S. Water Launches Breakthrough in Sustainable, Cost-Saving Water-Cooling Treatment
U.S. Water Launches Breakthrough in Sustainable, Cost-Saving Water-Cooling Treatment

WASTE NOT - U.S. Water Services, a water treatment company providing industrial and commercial water management, has announced a breakthrough in sustainable chemistry for cooling water treatment.The PhosZero™ family of water treatment products is designed to provide scale and corrosion control similar to “traditional” phosphorus containing chemistries, but without the discharge or aquatic toxicity of older technologies.The PhosZero products are made with E-FexTM technology, which the company says includes the following benefits:

Trending: Coca-Cola, Liquid Light, Monadnock Advancing Sustainable Packaging Technologies
Trending: Coca-Cola, Liquid Light, Monadnock Advancing Sustainable Packaging Technologies

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Coca-Cola Company has launched a development agreement with Liquid Light, a technology company focused on converting carbon dioxide into major industrial chemicals, to accelerate production of mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) – a component used to make Coca-Cola’s plant-based PET PlantBottleTM.

Dow Implementing Sustainable Ag in Brazil as Part of Carbon-Mitigation Program for Rio 2016 Olympics
Dow Implementing Sustainable Ag in Brazil as Part of Carbon-Mitigation Program for Rio 2016 Olympics

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Dow Chemical Company, the “Official Chemistry Company” of the Olympic Games and Official Carbon Partner of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, announced Tuesday that Dow AgroSciences Brazil is working with Brazilian farmers from the state of Mato Grosso to implement more sustainable agricultural practices that will generate climate benefits for the mitigation of Rio 2016’s direct carbon footprint.

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2015 Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners Tackle Climate Change, Water, Biobased Materials
2015 Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners Tackle Climate Change, Water, Biobased Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - For the 20th year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark sustainable chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development.

Trucost, ASBC Report Outlines #BusinessCase for Safer Chemicals
Trucost, ASBC Report Outlines #BusinessCase for Safer Chemicals

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Trucost recently released a report, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), evaluating the market potential of safer chemicals — as well as the business and economic risks of not adopting them.

General Mills Removing Artificial Flavors, Colors from Cereals by End of 2016
General Mills Removing Artificial Flavors, Colors from Cereals by End of 2016

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - General Mills cereals has committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from the rest of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. The company says more than 60 percent of its cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch and original Cheerios (which also went non-GMO last year), are already made without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources, and have been that way for some time.

Trending: Subway, Kroger Face Public Pressure to Ditch Antibiotic-Laden Meat
Trending: Subway, Kroger Face Public Pressure to Ditch Antibiotic-Laden Meat

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Growing public health and consumer safety concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in food has sparked a wave of resistance, with both Subway and Kroger facing pressure this week to curb their reliance on antibiotics — which the companies say they use to promote growth and produce their meat efficiently.Opposition to the excessive antibiotics use has arisen from the spread of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria, which render infections that are normally treatable with antibiotics more severe and even deadly. Food contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one way in which ‘superbugs’ can be transmitted from farms to people.

Ahoy! Five Global Shippers Collaborate to Drive Sea Freight Sustainability
Ahoy! Five Global Shippers Collaborate to Drive Sea Freight Sustainability

COLLABORATION - This week, five major companies from the beverage and chemical industries announced a collaboration on sustainability initiatives in the shipping sector. FrieslandCampina, AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM and Huntsman will join forces under the BICEPS (Boosting Initiatives for Collaborative Emission-reduction with the Power of Shippers) network to create momentum for sustainability improvements in shipping.

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FDA Bans Trans Fats: What Does This Mean for Palm Oil Consumption in the US?
FDA Bans Trans Fats: What Does This Mean for Palm Oil Consumption in the US?

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils, the main dietary source of artificial trans fats, after determining they are not safe to use in food. This move is hardly surprising, given that in November of 2013, the FDA made this preliminary determination. The announcement likely means an increased amount of palm oil, a trans fat-free vegetable oil, in the American diet — and an opportunity for companies to source only palm oil that is deforestation and peat-free.

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