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Friday, November 17, 2017
Clarins, L'Oreal & Others Launch Initiative to Improve Beauty Supply Chain
Clarins, Coty, L'Oreal and Groupe Rocher have joined with EcoVadis to launch the Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI), a group that the companies say will accelerate social and environmental performance and progress throughout the beauty supply chain. EcoVadis, a provider of supplier sustainability ratings for supply chains, is working with the companies to ensure their suppliers have sound environmental business practices in place. Source: Environmental Leader, 11/14/17

Elementary school 'share tables' keep unwanted lunch food out of trash
Some Orange County schools, in a move to reduce waste and feed the hungry, let students coming through the lunch line leave items they don't want on a "share table," where classmates can pick up something extra and anything unclaimed goes to charity. Source: Orlando Sentinel, 11/11/17

Biocatalysts are a bridge to greener, more powerful chemistry
New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute is building a bridge from nature's chemistry to greener, more efficient synthetic chemistry. Source: Science Daily, 11/13/17

Pulling iron out of waste printer toner
Someday, left-over toner in discarded printer cartridges could have a second life as bridge or building components instead of as trash, wasting away in landfills and potentially harming the environment. One group reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that they have devised a method to recycle the residual powder in "empty" cartridges into iron using temperatures that are compatible with existing industrial processes. Source: American Chemical Society, 11/1/5/17

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Let the Guest-Imator help create the perfect (and less wasteful) Thanksgiving meal
Buying the right amount of food for Thanksgiving sometimes takes guesswork. You want to have enough, but don't want to be overwhelmed with leftovers. Save the Food wants to remove some of that guesswork while helping to eliminate food waste with its Guest-Imator dinner party calculator. Easy-to-use and free, the digital calculator helps determine how much food to buy and serve for holiday meals and other dinner parties. It also helps to prepare for leftovers if you want them. (And who doesn't want to make sure they have enough extra turkey and trimmings for a few Thanksgiving sandwiches?) Source: Mother Nature Network, 11/14/17

How toxic air clouds mental health
Researchers have found a link between air pollution and psychological distress. The higher the level of particulates in the air, the study showed, the greater the impact on mental health. The study is believed to be the first to use a nationally representative survey pool, cross-referenced with pollution data at the census block level, to evaluate the connection between toxic air and mental health. Source: Science Daily, 11/2/17

Monday, November 13, 2017
Meeting Materials Available for EPA's December 6th Public Meeting on New Chemicals
EPA is making available the agenda and other meeting materials for its planned December 6, 2017 public meeting to discuss ongoing implementation activities in the New Chemicals Review Program of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The December 6th meeting is to update and engage with the public on the Agency's progress in implementing changes to the New Chemicals Review Program as a result of the 2016 amendments to TSCA, including discussion of EPA's New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework. EPA will describe its review process for new chemicals under the amended statute, and interested parties will have the opportunity to provide input on their experiences with the New Chemicals Review Program since the statute was amended and to ask questions. In addition, EPA will accept questions from the public in advance of the meeting, and will respond to these questions at the meeting as time allows.

To view the meeting materials, register to attend, submit questions, and learn more, visit the link below. Source: U.S. EPA, 11/13/17

Michigan Pushes To Have Nation's Toughest Lead Water Rules
After the Flint crisis, GOP Gov. Snyder wants to adopt stricter rules regarding lead in water. He's pushing state regulators to change the federal rule because Republican state lawmakers won't do it. Source: NPR, 11/13/17

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Textile industry needs 'major rethink' to cut down on waste
The textile industry is the next dirty frontier when it comes to the need to recycle and reduce the amount of clothing that finds its way into landfills and oceans, a Zero Waste conference sponsored by Metro Vancouver heard Wednesday. Source: Vancouver Sun, 11/1/17

Monday, November 6, 2017
Leading the Green Revolution
Libraries inspire their communities through green initiatives. Source: American Libraries, 11/1/17

Swedish government considers action on preservatives in cosmetics
The Swedish government is considering action on problematic preservatives in cosmetic products, after a closed consultation on a report by its chemicals agency (Kemi). Source: Chemical Watch, 11/2/17

Is it time to retune our mindsets?
The frame with which we approach big challenges is crucial. Source: GreenBiz, 11/6/17

The high cost of exposing workers to chemicals at point of use
The tip-and-pour method, as well as poorly designed pumps, can expose workers to injury and companies to significant financial losses. Source: Manufacturing Chemist, 1/27/17

Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals
Open-surface plating chemical tanks often commit hazardous mist and vapor crimes. Source: Products Finishing, 11/1/17

Artist, fashion designer to make water bottles from Flint into clothing
Artist Mel Chin is hoping to turn something that's become a daily annoyance for Flint residents into something that can be used for good. The Houston, Texas native turned conceptual artist has teamed up with fashion designer Tracy Reese and the Queens Museum in New York City as part of his Flint Fit project that will turn water bottles from the city into raincoats, swimwear and other articles of clothing. Source: MLive, 10/30/17

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