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New Greenpeace Report Reveals 'Little Monsters' in Children's Clothing
New Greenpeace Report Reveals 'Little Monsters' in Children's Clothing

MARKETING AND COMMS - Hazardous chemicals have been found in children’s clothes and shoes made by major brands including Disney, Burberry and adidas, according to a new report, A Little Story About the Monsters in Your Closet, released yesterday by Greenpeace East Asia.

I'm Dreaming of a Toxin-Free Christmas
I'm Dreaming of a Toxin-Free Christmas

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are scrambling to make last-minute purchases for friends and family. As items cross the check-out counter, products enter our lives carrying with them a chemical footprint that is often overlooked. While no overarching labeling scheme reveals the chemical makeup of most products, we can cheer some inspiring activity moving us toward toxin-free consumer products in the future. We may not see immediate changes in product chemistry this holiday season, but there is reason to hold onto hope for next year’s shopping list.

The Story of Stuff's 'The Good Stuff' Examines Roadblocks to Greener Chemistry
The Story of Stuff's 'The Good Stuff' Examines Roadblocks to Greener Chemistry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Do you read the ingredient labels of your products? Here are some from a popular baby shampoo:“Purple paraben, quarternium-15, sorbitan laurate…,” rattles off Annie Leonard, co-director of The Story of Stuff Project, during the most recent episode of their “Good Stuff” podcast, which discussed green chemistry.Now, what do those ingredients mean? Where do they come from? If companies are allowed to sell them on the shelves, is that not an indication that they are safe to use? What about the ingredients that aren’t listed … and what does “fragrance” really mean?

EOS Climate Launches System for Monetizing Harmful Refrigerants at End of Life
EOS Climate Launches System for Monetizing Harmful Refrigerants at End of Life

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - San Francisco-based EOS Climate, which incentivizes the complete life cycle management of harmful refrigerants, on Tuesday announced the launch of its Refrigerant Asset System™ (RAS), the first cross-sector business model that focuses on refrigerants as assets.

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Target Takes Important Step Toward Sustainable Product Standard
Target Takes Important Step Toward Sustainable Product Standard

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Target today announced an important step toward increasing product transparency, which the company says it hopes will lead to more sustainable and innovative products.

University of Bath Researchers Treating Wastewater with Seafood Shells
University of Bath Researchers Treating Wastewater with Seafood Shells

WASTE NOT - The thousands of tons of waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector are being used to treat wastewater in a new project undertaken by researchers at the University of Bath in the UK.Dr Darrell Patterson, from the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, used waste mussel shells to create what he says is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of ‘polishing’ wastewater, which could remove unwanted substances such as hormones, pharmaceuticals or fertilizers.

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.

Dow Unveils Ozone-Based Solution for Safe Sanitation of Food and Beverage Processing Environments
Dow Unveils Ozone-Based Solution for Safe Sanitation of Food and Beverage Processing Environments

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Dow Microbial Control, a unit of The Dow Chemical Company, today introduced its Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) Certified technology for whole-room sanitization, which will provide food and beverage producers with an effective, chemical-free system for controlling surface and airborne pathogens. AOS Certified systems fill a need in the global food processing industry for a whole-room sanitization technology that quickly and safely reduces dangerous bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli and Salmonella, which pose serious health risks to consumers and a great financial risk for food manufacturers.

Pepsi to Phase Out Cancer-Causing Caramel Coloring
Pepsi to Phase Out Cancer-Causing Caramel Coloring

More than a year after pledging to reformulate its products to eliminate a cancer-causing chemical, Pepsi purchased from ten states still contains high levels of carcinogenic caramel coloring, according to independent testing commissioned by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) released last week.

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Ecovative Foraging Fungi to Displace Plastic Packaging, Setting Sights on Net Positivity
Ecovative Foraging Fungi to Displace Plastic Packaging, Setting Sights on Net Positivity

WASTE NOT - In a global economy infamous for consumer consumption of “things,” Ecovative delivers environmentally responsible solutions with “win-win-win” materials. These materials are a win for our planet, for people and for Ecovative's profit. To achieve these universal benefits, instead of accepting the first, the fastest or the easiest option for production, our approach is to start from scratch and ask how nature accomplishes a task.

Blue Box Cleaning Up Equipment, Bottom Lines for the Industrial Sector
Blue Box Cleaning Up Equipment, Bottom Lines for the Industrial Sector

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In the final week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals presented by Target on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will feature daily articles introducing our semi-finalists. Today, meet Blue Box.Blue Box is positioning itself as an innovative method of cleaning industrial equipment with very little chemicals, at very low cost.

How Plastics Packaging Can Exemplify Sustainability
How Plastics Packaging Can Exemplify Sustainability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The rapid adoption of plastics in innumerable applications over the years stems from their overall benefits versus other materials; in particular, their reliability, ease of manufacturing, lighter weight and affordability.

BASF Licenses Genomatica Process for Creating BDO from Renewable Feedstock
BASF Licenses Genomatica Process for Creating BDO from Renewable Feedstock

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Chemical technology company Genomatica has announced a new partnership with BASF. The chemical giant has licensed Genomatica’s patented new manufacturing process for a renewable form of the organic compound 1,4-butanediol, more commonly known as BDO.BDO and its many derivatives are used for the production of plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers.

BASF receives European Water Stewardship certificate
BASF receives European Water Stewardship certificate

PRESS RELEASE - BASF receives European Water Stewardship certificate -- First chemical site with certification for sustainable water management -- BASF has ambitious water goals

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Rennovia Develops Process To Produce 100% Bio-Based Nylon
Rennovia Develops Process To Produce 100% Bio-Based Nylon

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Rennovia last week announced that it has created a process to make bio-based nylon materials that are nearly 25 percent cheaper to produce and emit half as much greenhouse gas emissions as conventional petroleum-derived substances.

Clariant Introduces Score Cards To Promote Water, Energy Conservation in Textile Manufacturing
Clariant Introduces Score Cards To Promote Water, Energy Conservation in Textile Manufacturing

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Swiss chemical company Clariant has released a series of score cards to demonstrate the percentage savings in water and energy consumption, chemical usage, time, GHG emissions and Biological/Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD/COD) ratio attainable with its technology compared to conventional methods.The company says its One Way sustainability toolbox offers textile mills, manufacturers, brands and retailers facts and measurements to help them select products and processes with both ecology and economy in mind.

Ecover Developing New Type of Recycled Plastic from Recovered Marine Waste
Ecover Developing New Type of Recycled Plastic from Recovered Marine Waste

WASTE NOT - Last week marked the official launch of an innovative initiative supported by Ecover, maker of non-toxic cleaning products, and Closed Loop Recycling (CLR), a UK operation that takes discarded soda and water bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and milk bottles made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and recycles them back into food-grade plastic for use in new packaging (rHDPE). The collaboration will use waste plastic collected from the seas around the UK by EU fishermen and recycled at Closed Loop’s Dagenham facility for reuse in new packaging.

First FTC “Green Guides” Settlement Reinforces Need for Transparency, Truth in Marketing
First FTC “Green Guides” Settlement Reinforces Need for Transparency, Truth in Marketing

MARKETING AND COMMS - On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a final order settling charges that The Sherwin-Williams Co. and PPG Architectural Finishes, LLC made false and unsubstantiated claims that some of their paints contained zero volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) after tinting.

Automakers Developing CO2-Based Refrigerant for More Climate-Friendly Air-Conditioning
Automakers Developing CO2-Based Refrigerant for More Climate-Friendly Air-Conditioning

CLEANTECH - As part of its goal of becoming the world’s most environmentally sustainable carmaker by 2018, Volkswagen announced Friday that it will join Daimler and BMW in developing CO2 technology as a more climate-friendly refrigerant for its automotive air-conditioning systems.CO2 as a refrigerant — also known as R744 — is a naturally occurring gas with lower greenhouse gas effects than conventional refrigerants, and is ideal for use in specially designed automotive air-conditioning systems. The German automaker says the technology will be rolled out progressively over its entire vehicle fleet.

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Clariant’s EcoTain Label Marks Sustainable Product Life Cycles
Clariant’s EcoTain Label Marks Sustainable Product Life Cycles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Clariant recently announced it will begin using a new label on its products to certify sustainable attributes in response to environmental concerns and growing consumer eco-awareness.The chemical giant says the so-called EcoTain label indicates a four-step life cycle: Sustainable Design, Responsible Process, Safe & Efficient Use and Eco-Integration. Only products meeting all four requirements will be awarded the EcoTain label.The company says EcoTain represents a systemic approach to sustainable innovation by providing a tangible means of understanding the ecological, economic and social impact of its products over the entire value chain.

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