Connecting with the customers of member companies through a consumer-friendly blog helps the American Cleaning Institute further support its members, writes Tim Ebner. ACI's Clean & Happy Nest blog offers tips on household cleaning products and safety advice, which also allows the association to connect with educators and online influencers who help disseminate the content to audiences beyond ACI's reach.
In an attempt to curb 1,4-dioxane levels in Long Island, N.Y., groundwater, a bill that may be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo would restrict the chemical to a presence of no more than 1 part per million in household cleaning products by the end of 2023. "Unfortunately, this bill will have no measurable impact on groundwater and it will not have the intended effect for Long Island's residents," argued industry trade groups in a statement, adding that the bill would may significantly increase detergent prices.
A budget deal that would include spending for the Environmental Protection Agency is being pushed forward, with the hope that it can be passed before the House's July 26 recess deadline. Lawmakers hope to continue funding the EPA with at least $8.8 billion, but probably won't fund it at the House's preferred $9.5-billion level.
A bill introduced by lawmakers that would boost energy efficiency via building and appliance code changes shows "how chemistry is the science behind sustainability," said American Chemistry Council CEO Cal Dooley. Chemistry is helping products become more energy efficient, exemplified by lithium-ion batteries and light plastic packaging, said Dooley.
Merger and acquisition actions in the plastics industry, notably cross-border activity, will probably fall in 2019's last half, writes Bill Wood. The major players in the global plastics industry "are choosing to remain on the sidelines," Wood writes.
Polyethylene terephthalate containers and bottles can be recycled using a chemical method, said startup DePoly. The company can reduce PET materials into base compounds, streamlining the system, said CEO Samantha Anderson, who added that the same technique works with polyesters.
Argentina's olive producers hope that increased investment and application of agricultural science will spur its olive oil industry to international prominence. The aim is to create demand for the country's extra virgin oil that parallels its dominance of the market for Malbec wines.
Making biofuel out of used cooking oil might seem environmentally friendly, but a UK study finds that waste oil imported from Asia that typically is used as animal feed is often substituted with palm oil, leading to increased demand. "Although correlation does not necessarily equate to causation, the available evidence indicates that palm oil imports into China are increasing, in line with their increasing exports of used cooking oils," says the report by environmental consulting firm NNFCC.
Two European companies, Avril and DSM, are partnering to develop a protein made from canola that they say could be used in a wide variety of food products, from meat alternatives to baked goods. CanolaPRO is expected to hit the market in 2021.
A Finnish company is gearing up to market a new protein product made by combining hydrogen, carbon dioxide and a nutrients solution that is fed to microbes. Solein, as the protein has been dubbed by its creators, will probably be sold first as a liquid protein source but could eventually be used in meat alternatives.