Americans spend on average six hours a week cleaning their home with 28% spending more than seven hours a week, according to a survey from the American Cleaning Institute, with about 34% wondering if they are cleaning their homes enough. Check out the in-depth statistics from ACI's latest National Cleaning Survey.
Companies will include more naturally-sourced products in their cleansers and bar soaps in the future, including natural oils, experts say. More consumers are purchasing artisanal bar soaps and soaps that look handmade.
Henkel will use AI news and a network of experts to provide information on artificial intelligence as the company responds to technological change and encourages entrepreneurial digital culture. Henkel is partnering with CognitionX to create the information library.
The Japanese 5S approach to kitchen management emphasizes efficiency and hygiene and helps commercial kitchens with work flow. Cleaning and hygiene products are accessible, reducing the amount of time staff members take to clean an item or wash their hands.
Wiping down surfaces with alcohol-based cleaning products can deactivate the flu virus, experts said. Researchers also reiterate the importance of handwashing to reduce the spread of the flu via direct and indirect contact.
A study by the University of Cyprus, MIT and the University of California at Berkeley will look at the hand-washing habits of travelers that pass through airports. Preliminary studies show that only 1 in 5 people in airports have washed their hands.
The Environmental Protection Agency has reviewed pigment violet 29, the first of 10 work-plan substances slated for review under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and has published a draft assessment of it. As of today, a 60-day period for public comments was open.
A move by the European Commission to include endocrine disruptors in the UN's globally harmonized system for chemicals is "unnecessary," says the American Chemistry Council, noting that several outcomes related to EDCs are already in the system. "Now is not the time to propose expanding a program that, despite showing early signs of progress, is also still vulnerable to confusion and potential setbacks caused by an overzealous pursuit of its goals," the ACC says.
RES Polyflow majority shareholder Brightmark Energy recently pledged another $47 million to the plastics-to-fuel tech company to build a new plant in Indiana, a move that Brightmark likens to investing in renewables when that industry was new. The industry is still maturing as it scales up to make the fuel source attractive, said RES Polyflow CEO Mike Dungan, who is also involved with the American Chemistry Council.
Evonik has shortlisted several companies in the running to acquire its methacrylates plastics business, sources say. Bids from Advent, Apollo, SK Capital and a Triton-Rhone consortium have reportedly advanced.
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