Walmart, Target, CVS Health, Sephora and Walgreens have agreed to use a new tool to evaluate the sustainability of personal care and beauty products. The stakeholders hope major e-commerce companies like Amazon adopt the assessment tool as well.
Research shows octamethylcyclosiloxane offers "negligible risk from exposure to the environment" and can lead regulators to make a determination, says Karluss Thomas of the American Chemistry Council's Silicones Environmental, Health and Safety Center. "The study certainly supports there not being a need for any product content restrictions on the use of D4 in the US," Thomas says.
Plastics and chemical groups say the problem of waste from plastic straws can be addressed through better recycling and recovery. "[T]he environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than it would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials," says the American Chemistry Council, citing a Trucost study.
The American Chemistry Council says allegations by the Union of Concerned Scientists regarding ACC and federal work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances "are not based in fact and are incredibly irresponsible."
Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals have officially formed the joint venture Bayport Polymers for the development of a chemical complex in Texas. Total owns half of the company, with the remaining 50% owned by NOVA and Borealis' JV, Novealis Holdings.
The American Chemistry Council has identified four key areas to boost plastics recycling, and now the plastics recycling industry must work with ACC and other groups to make those goals a reality, writes Resource Recycling's Dan Leif.
University of Central Florida researchers have developed a process for producing ammonia that may be faster and more efficient than the Haber-Bosch system. The researchers use electricity, with palladium as a catalyst.
Kemin has introduced its NaturFORT RSGT as a replacement for chemical food additive Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid to delay lipid oxidation in products like sauces and salad dressings. "While rosemary targets the oil phase when added to an emulsion, spearmint and green tea remain in the aqueous phase. A part of the actives works at the interphase, which is known to be the hot spot for oxidation, slowing down lipid oxidation and extending shelf life," said technical service manager Chandra Ankolekar.
The US Food and Drug Administration has extended the deadline for makers of certain products to comply with the partially hydrogenated oils removal regulation. The compliance deadline for products under the specified applications is June 18, 2019, while manufacturers of other products have until June 18 of this year to comply.
DowDuPont says it developing a new high-protein canola crop to meet growing demand in the feed market, offering a possible alternative to soymeal. DowDuPont could start selling ProPound canola as early as next year, it said.