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Thursday, May 10, 2018
EPA won't reverse findings of danger from paint stripping chemical
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it won't reverse an Obama administration report that enumerated various harms from exposure to paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride. Source: The Hill, 5/10/18

U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040
Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem. Together as part of the American Chemistry Council (ACC)'s Plastics Division, 15 leading resin manufacturers and an affiliated trade association have strengthened their commitments to capturing, recycling and recovering plastics. Source: Sustainable Brands, 5/9/18

IL: Niles To Roll Out Free Textile Recycling Program
Niles officials awarded a contract for textile recycling, such as used clothing and rags, to a company last month which will begin pick up services in late June. Source: Journal & Topics, 5/10/18

Solid body wash comes without packaging. But does that make it eco-friendly?
Cosmetics firms appeal to plastic-free consumers with the hybrid of bar soap and liquid body wash. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 5/9/18

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
This App Delivers Leftover Food To The Hungry, Instead Of To The Trash
Goodr has created a system that has diverted nearly a million pounds of food in Atlanta from landfills--and into kitchens. Source: Fast Company, 5/3/18

Industry pioneers reusable beer bottles
Starting in July, Oregonians may notice some of their favorite local craft beer looks a little different. Seven Oregon breweries will be the first to test out the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative's reusable beer bottles. Source: Portland Tribune, 5/3/18

Monday, May 7, 2018
Tesco launches juice range made from unwanted produce
UK retailer Tesco has launched a new range of cold-pressed fruit juices which are made exclusively from fruit and vegetables that fall outside of produce specifications. Source: FoodBev, 5/1/18

Can This Invasive Exotic Pest Make Better Materials for Industry and Medicine?
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have combined derivatives of two surplus materials -- wood pulp and dried-up pieces of an invasive exotic pest -- to form a new composite material that is flexible, sustainable, nontoxic and UV light-reflective. The material, described in a new paper published in Advanced Functional Materials, could soon be used in a wide variety of applications, including food packaging, biomedical devices, building construction and the design of cars, trucks and boats. Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 5/4/18

Response to The Home Depot's new strategy to remove toxic chemicals from cleaning products
The Home Depot announced plans to remove harmful chemicals in cleaning products, in an expansion of the company's chemical strategy. The Home Depot will require suppliers to remove nine toxic chemicals from cleaning products by the end of 2022, including certain phthalates, parabens, and triclosan. This follows the 2017 release of the company's chemical strategy, which restricts toxic chemicals in paints, carpets, flooring, and insulation. Source: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, 4/20/18

Friday, May 4, 2018
This British company is turning food waste into beer
Toast Ale brews its commercial ales with surplus bread at a brewery in Yorkshire. It also pairs up local breweries and bakeries to help them tackle food waste in their own communities. Source: Public Radio International, 5/3/18

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
SC Johnson reveals criteria for selecting 'Greenlist' ingredients
Consumer products giant SC Johnson has revealed the criteria behind its Greenlist ingredient selection programme. Its sustainability report, The Science Within, gives a detailed breakdown of how the company evaluates the ingredients in its products to "better protect human health and the environment". Source: Chemical Risk Manager, 4/26/18

Where Water is Scarce, Communities Turn to Reusing Wastewater
With the era of dam building coming to an end in much of the developed world, places such as California and Australia are turning to local and less expensive methods to deal with water scarcity, including recycling wastewater, capturing stormwater, and recharging aquifers. Source: e360, 5/1/18

Hollywood Generates Tons of Garbage. This Startup Wants to Clean Up the $40 Billion Industry
The 29-year-old founder of Earth Angel wants to make the film industry more sustainable, one set at a time. Source: Inc., 5/2/18

Fast Fashion Goes Green With Mushrooms, Lumber Scraps, and Algae
Inditex and H&M are developing textiles to reduce the environmental cost of throwaway clothes. Source: Bloomberg, 5/1/18

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