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10/12/2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 into law, a move praised by the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups. "This important bipartisan legislation reinvigorates existing programs and includes language recognizing the need to address the lack of waste management systems in developing countries," says ACC.

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10/12/2018

Part of leadership is enabling others to carry on for you after you're gone, writes Ken Downer. Training with succession in mind also creates accountability, empowers people to make decisions and gives you time back in your day, he writes.

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10/12/2018

A bill under consideration in the Senate that would adopt California's rule for flame retardants in furniture would "undermine product safety for consumers," says a spokesperson for the American Chemistry Council's North American Flame Retardant Alliance. "A preferred approach would be to direct the CPSC to expeditiously develop an appropriate national fire safety standard that takes into account all furniture fire sources," the spokesperson said.

10/12/2018

Dow Chemical and more than 4,500 of its employees partnered with The Ocean Conservancy to participate in Pulling Our Weight, a plastics cleanup effort at over 50 places worldwide. "Through global and local collaborations with governments, NGOs, and other industry leaders, Dow is working to innovate technologies to recycle waste, clean up existing waste and support initiatives that prevent waste from entering the environment," says CEO Jim Fitterling.

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10/12/2018

Celanese has agreed to buy India-based engineering thermoplastics compounders enterprise Next Polymers for an undisclosed amount and says it expects the deal to close in 2019's first quarter. The deal will "further establish Celanese as a leader in the Indian ETP market by broadening our ability to serve nylon and other engineered materials customers in a high-growth region," says Celanese Chief Operating Officer Scott Sutton.

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10/12/2018

Covestro has added polycarbonate polyols based on carbon dioxide to its Desmopan thermoplastic polyurethane line -- the first use of the practice in a TPU product, according to the company.

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10/11/2018

The first step to increased productivity is to stop acting and instead reflect on where we are and where we want to be, writes Naphtali Hoff. His other recommendations include scheduling the time we need and taking care of our bodies through activities and habits such as stretching, sleep and healthy eating.

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10/11/2018

After being rechristened Nouryon, Akzo Nobel's former specialty chemicals division aims to be on the market in up to five years. Nouryon reportedly plans to keep its 21 product lines and increase its profits and sales by 4% to 5% yearly through increased productivity and cost-cutting while solving manufacturing plant capacity issues.

10/11/2018

Seventh Generation has developed a detergent that uses half the water of other detergents and comes in a 23.1-ounce package instead of a 100-ounce package, company officials said. Designed for Amazon, the ultra-concentrated detergent works double time; it can clean as much laundry as 100-ounce detergents while being easier to ship and less likely to leak.

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10/11/2018

British tech firm Xeros has introduced a new line of washing machines that replace water with polymer beads that attract stains. Unilever has introduced a dry-shampoo-like aerosol that refreshes clothing between washes.

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