International Flavors & Fragrances has surpassed its 2020 goals for emissions, water and hazardous waste, according to its 2017 sustainability report. The report highlights other achievements as well, such as the company's launch of a global diversity and inclusion initiative.
Cleanyst is a new device, similar to a Keurig coffee maker, that allows consumers to make cleaning and personal care products at home by mixing concentrates and water in a reusable bottle. The goal is for it to be an open-source platform, and "just like you can buy Starbucks K-cups or Dunkin' Donuts K-cups ... we hope that the sustainability attributes of our platform, as well as the ecommerce aspect, will attract third-party brands," CEO Nick Gunia said.
The North American Free Trade Agreement has strengthened the US plastics and chemical industries, and withdrawing from the deal "would be a costly mistake," writes Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and American Chemistry Council board chairman. "A productive NAFTA agreement that provides certainty, access and enforceability is the right and responsible path for the U.S.," he writes.
The Environmental Protection Agency "urgently needs to resolve" its ability to quickly make premanufacture notice determinations, the American Chemistry Council said. The agency "could and should do more to be transparent about the process by which it makes decisions, including posting the status of review of new chemicals," ACC said.
The plastics industry is improving plastics collection and recycling infrastructure, including keeping plastics out of oceans, according to the American Chemistry Council's Steve Russell. Recycling infrastructure allows the public to benefit from plastics, he argues, whereas single-use bans would encourage the use of harmful alternatives.
Moisture readings provide chemical companies with insight into the quality and effectiveness of their products, writes Kett USA managing director John Bogart. "Point-and-measure" hand-held devices enable workers to measure moisture at any point in the production process.
Senate Republicans, with support from President Donald Trump, are preparing to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal 2013 rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discourage discrimination by auto lenders. Using the act on years-old rules, rather than recently adopted ones, raises concern decades of regulation might be at stake.
The European Food Safety Authority may publish confidential data and allow "automatic and immediate access" to materials that are essential to public health, including studies relating to GMOs, feed and food additives, and other plant protection products. The announcement is part of the EFSA's plan to increase transparency and boost consumer protections.
The National Farmers Union and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association have asked the US Department of Agriculture to take action against companies labeling alternative meat products as "beef" or "meat."
Eating high amounts of nut and seed protein can decrease cardiovascular disease mortality risk by up to 40%, while people who eat high amounts of meat protein -- especially red meats -- may increase their risk by up to 61%, a new study has found. "A focus on proteins as risk factors for CVD is relatively new, particularly when combined with an adjustment for fatty acids on the diet," said co-lead researcher Gary Fraser.