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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.

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.

Unilever, Walgreens Teaming Up to Fund Clean Water in Kenya
Unilever, Walgreens Teaming Up to Fund Clean Water in Kenya

COLLABORATION - A remote village in Kenya could have access to 15 million gallons of clean water by the end of the year — funded by Unilever shampoo, deodorant and body wash sales at Walgreens.

Seventh Generation Detergents Join Target’s ‘Made to Matter’ Collection
Seventh Generation Detergents Join Target’s ‘Made to Matter’ Collection

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Seventh Generation, which makes eco-friendly household and personal care products, on Monday launched a new line of laundry and dishwasher detergents designed to save consumers energy and money, while also helping to protect and care for the environment.Each product in the so-called “Energy Smart” line is formulated with advanced enzyme technology to give the same performance in cold and hot or warm water. This allows consumers to clean dirty dishes and clothes effectively, the company says, all while using low energy settings on their washing machines and dishwashers.

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Trending: Biobased Microbeads, Flexible Foams Could Offer Renewable Materials for Hundreds of Products
Trending: Biobased Microbeads, Flexible Foams Could Offer Renewable Materials for Hundreds of Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - TerraVerdae BioWorks, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and environmentally sustainable biomaterials, announced Monday that it has successfully achieved key milestones for the commercial production for its line of Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based biomaterials. These include 10,000-liter production runs of its line of biodegradable, natural microspheres for use in personal care and cosmetic products.

How to Use Internal Competition to Drive Sustainability Engagement, Innovation Across a Company
How to Use Internal Competition to Drive Sustainability Engagement, Innovation Across a Company

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As part of L’Oréal’s global sustainability program called Sharing Beauty With All, the company has pledged that by the year 2020, 100 percent of its products will have an environmental or social benefit. To help make that commitment a reality, L’Oréal is calling on its employees, at every level and across every function, to contribute their own innovative solutions. The L’Oréal Beauty Shaker Awards is the company’s annual internal innovation competition, and in 2014 — the program’s fifth year — sustainability was the name of the game.

SC Johnson First CPG Brand to Disclose Product-Specific Fragrance Information to Consumers
SC Johnson First CPG Brand to Disclose Product-Specific Fragrance Information to Consumers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In an effort to expand the transparency of its products, SC Johnson announced this week that it will disclose product-specific ingredients of its fragrances, beginning with Glade®. Other SC Johnson brands including Pledge®, Windex®, Shout® and Scrubbing Bubbles® will follow. Consumers will be able to access fragrance information on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com or by calling 800-558-5252. Ingredient information is available down to .09 percent of the product formula, or the top 10 ingredients when there are at least 20 ingredients – whichever provides the most information.

How UL Environment Is Helping Industry Develop Credible Claims Around Product Chemical Safety
How UL Environment Is Helping Industry Develop Credible Claims Around Product Chemical Safety

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On Tuesday evening, I had a chance to speak with Dr. Angela Griffiths, Director of the UL Environment Advisory Services group in the Activation Hub at SB ’15 San Diego. She shared with me the newest research and recommended best practices for assessing product health risks associated with chemical content.

Trending: Gold-Plated Onions and 3D-Printed Skin — the Next Wave of Human Tissue Technology?
Trending: Gold-Plated Onions and 3D-Printed Skin — the Next Wave of Human Tissue Technology?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Every day seems to bring new uses for 3D printing – earlier this week, NASA announced a competition to design 3D printing settlements for deep space. Now, L’Oréal has revealed plans to 3D print human skin.

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L'Oréal Reduces CO2 Emissions 50% in First Year of Sustainable Development Plan
L'Oréal Reduces CO2 Emissions 50% in First Year of Sustainable Development Plan

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Just one year after the launch of its ambitious Sharing Beauty with All program for sustainable development, cosmetics giant the L'Oréal Group has today revealed significant improvements in the first progress reportof its efforts:

The Dose Makes the Poison: Why We Must Read Cosmetics Labels
The Dose Makes the Poison: Why We Must Read Cosmetics Labels

MARKETING AND COMMS - The controversial Free Trade Agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) being negotiated by the EU and the US gives the green light for the sale of over a thousand American cosmetics in Europe, the marketing of which is actually banned in the EU.If nothing else, this should remind us of the importance of knowing what we’re buying: Ingredients such as parabens, mineral oils and other petroleum derivatives, silicones, SLS, SLES, ethanolamines, PEGs, perfumes and synthetic dyes are, in fact, toxic components used in cosmetics and industrial hygiene products.

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

L’Oréal, Avery Dennison Collaborating to Reduce Environmental Impact of Labels
L’Oréal, Avery Dennison Collaborating to Reduce Environmental Impact of Labels

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - L’Oréal Americas and Avery Dennison have joined forces to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.The collaboration has already produced a comprehensive Avery Dennison Greenprint™ assessment showing how thinner label materials can reduce environmental impacts. Avery Dennison Greenprint, a screening lifecycle tool launched in 2010, is the first of its kind in the label industry.

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.

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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.

Chemicals in Consumer Products: New Progress in Transparency
Chemicals in Consumer Products: New Progress in Transparency

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The states of Washington and California are breaking new ground by providing consumers with information on potentially harmful chemicals in the products they buy and use on a daily basis. Washington’s focus is on products meant for children; California’s law spotlights cosmetics.

L'Oréal Announces Ambitious Sustainability Commitment for 2020
L'Oréal Announces Ambitious Sustainability Commitment for 2020

MARKETING AND COMMS - Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L'Oréal, today announced “Sharing Beauty with All,” the cosmetics giant’s ambitious new sustainability commitment to transform its footprint while achieving its business ambition by 2020.

CEH Files Suit Citing Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Hair Care, Personal Care Products
CEH Files Suit Citing Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Hair Care, Personal Care Products

MARKETING AND COMMS - On Tuesday, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) revealed independent testing finding a cancer-causing chemical in 98 shampoos, soaps and other personal care products sold by major national retailers. The chemical, cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemically modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent in many products, was listed by California as a known carcinogen last year. Products tested with high levels of cocamide DEA include shampoos made by Colgate Palmolive, Colomer, Paul Mitchell and many others. In addition, products marketed for children and a product falsely labeled as organic were found with the chemical, in violation of California law.

Obsession Over 'Natural' Aside, Burt's Bees a Rightful Leader in the Personal Care Industry
Obsession Over 'Natural' Aside, Burt's Bees a Rightful Leader in the Personal Care Industry

MARKETING AND COMMS - Burt’s Bees is an incredible American success story. Roxanne Quimby’s venture into beeswax candles took her from New England craft fairs to lip balm and personal care products sold in thousands of drugstores across the United States, before she eventually sold her company to Clorox for $913 million in 2007. That acquisition has been one within a recent trend of large food and consumer packaged goods companies buying smaller ones for more “natural” or healthful products: Colgate-Palmolive owns Tom’s of Maine; Coca-Cola snapped up Honest Tea; Kraft has long owned Boca Burgers.

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BASF launches broad-spectrum UV filter Z-COTE® LSA
BASF launches broad-spectrum UV filter Z-COTE® LSA

PRESS RELEASE - BASF launches broad-spectrum UV filter Z-COTE® LSA FLORHAM PARK, NJ, September 5, 2012 -- BASF announced today the launch of Z-COTE® LSA, its latest inorganic, broad-spectrum ultraviolet (UV) light filter. Z-COTE LSA provides broad-spectrum protection from long wave UVA rays and medium wave UVB rays by physically scattering, reflecting and absorbing solar radiation.

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