Senate lawmakers on Wednesday voted 51-44 to block a $500 billion COVID-19 relief package. The vote comes as the White House and Congressional Democrats continue negotiations on a significantly larger pandemic relief bill that could range from $1.8 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
The American Cleaning Institute's first-ever virtual cleaning summit, hosted Oct. 14 in partnership with Good Housekeeping, featured panel discussions that focused on issues such as ingredient transparency, consumer cleaning and shopping behavior, the science of cleaning products and the role of fragrance in cleaning products. Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Director Carolyn Forte said "cleaning is having its moment" as "consumers had to learn a lot on how to properly disinfect the home" since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Marketers including Clorox, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever are narrowing their focus on a limited number of products and product varieties during the coronavirus pandemic as part of a simplification trend that some believe has staying power. Clorox, for example, was forced to give up on many scents and varieties of Clorox Wipes as it struggled to meet record demand for the product, while Unilever scaled down new product launches.
In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, American Airlines is working to elevate airplane safety and cleaning procedures by disinfecting with a high-tech electrostatic spray, improving air circulation in the cabin and cleaning 81 frequently-touched surfaces before each flight, according to Jessica Tyler, president of cargo and vice president of airport excellence for American Airlines.
October 15 marked Global Handwashing Day, and Henkel took the occasion to preach the importance of following good handwashing and hygiene practices all year-round while defining its own role in facilitating the formation of "lifelong healthy habits." "We anticipate that the pandemic will alter handwashing and hygiene habits of consumers for the long term," said Henkel Vice President of Body Care Randi Melton.
The outcome of Unilever's ambitious plan to eliminate fossil fuels-based ingredients from its cleaning products by 2030 depends on the political and regulatory environment as well as its ability to address challenges related to scientific innovation, costs and scale, according to Peter ter Kulve, Unilever's president of home care. Perhaps even more importantly, Unilever's success could spark an industry-wide movement that has the potential to shake up the fossil fuels and chemicals industries, and with them, the very foundation of the global economy.
If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, his administration may press for changes to the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Best Interest rule and the Labor Department's fiduciary rule governing retirement savings plans. If Democrats win the White House and both Houses of Congress, they could use the Congressional Review Act to do away with regulations enacted by the Trump administration since June 1.
Europe's ability to decarbonize will largely depend on solutions and technologies delivered by the chemical industry, which also stands to benefit from the European Green Deal, says BASF CEO and Cefic President Martin Brudermuller. "I think the European chemical industry has a good starting position, but the make or break is whether our technology development gets the right policy framework and renewable energy infrastructure," he said.
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted proposed changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act's fees rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review ahead of publishing it in the Federal Register and holding a public comment period. The language of the proposal has yet to be released, but the EPA is "looking at the types of entities that would be subject to fees to make sure that TSCA fees are really focused on the manufacturers of chemicals," said official Alexandra Dunn.
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