Manufacturers and importers have had difficulty reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act's inventory reset, and the Environmental Protection Agency should improve its outreach to processors ahead of the Oct. 5 deadline, according to the American Chemistry Council.
A federal court in California ruled Thursday that the Trump administration must begin enforcing a 2016 Obama-era rule curbing methane leaks at oil and gas sites on federal lands. Industry leaders argue that the rule is duplicative and carries unnecessary costs.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers has expanded its Demand Champions Campaign, which encourages manufacturers to use polyolefin postconsumer resin. APR, which counts the American Chemistry Council among its members, has added a focus on "Work in Process" products.
Two products from Dow Chemical and one from 3M have won this year's Golden Mousetrap Awards in the materials and assembly category. Dow's Vorafuse-brand P6300 epoxy intermediates and its EA-4600 LV reactive neutral-cure silicone were selected, while 3M was honored for its 4076 nonwoven extended-wear fabric medical tape.
The definition of "natural" in terms of product labels continues to be a point of contention for consumers and business leaders, as no legal or regulatory definition for the term exists. Lawsuits over the term "natural" are spreading to the personal and home care product categories, with consumers questioning what is "natural" and whether certain dish soap and laundry detergent products qualify.
Science, technology, engineering and math education is key to preparing the next generation of scientific leaders, yet fewer than 50% of fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are proficient in math and science, writes American Cleaning Institute President and CEO Melissa Hockstad, citing a National Science Board study. ACI, she writes, is combating the issue through its STEM initiative, an educational outreach program that already has inspired more than 6,000 kids with its "science of soap" activity.
More biobased chemicals are coming to market in response to consumer demands, brand sustainability efforts and improved products. Changes are being driven by companies such as Unilever, which has pledged to make 100% of its plastic packaging fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Cleaning product manufacturers understand the potential effects of volatile organic compound emissions and are managing them in their products -- a fact that should have been put into context in research recently published in the journal Science, according to the American Cleaning Institute. "Laundry and dishwashing products in particular have a minimal impact on VOC emissions overall through the selection of ingredients that biodegrade during wastewater treatment," the organization said.
Dow Chemical is focusing on inclusion by taking steps such as the recent appointment of Karen Carter as chief inclusion officer. Carter notes that in addition to race, gender and sexual orientation, Dow's inclusion efforts include seeking diversity in age, ability and other factors in candidates' backgrounds.
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