Toxnot, ILFI Team Up to Scale Product Transparency

In a bid to scale product transparency, chemicals management innovator Toxnot and transparency and regenerative design leader International Living Future Institute (ILFI) have embarked on a new partnership. Toxnot provides a best-in-class toolset to collect, manage and report on the chemicals in product supply chains. Through the new partnership, product managers will

Trump EPA Delays Deadly Chemical Bans Indefinitely

The Trump administration last week proposed to indefinitely delay proposed bans of high-risk uses of three toxic chemicals: Methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone, or NMP, in paint strippers and trichloroethylene, or TCE, in degreasing. The proposed chemical bans and restrictions were stripped from the administration’s ” Unified Agenda “—and are among hundreds of deregulatory actions that put the health and safety of Americans at risk by weakening protections. Methylene chloride, an acutely toxic likely carcinogen that is also toxic to the brain and liver, has

10 lessons for engaging with investors on toxics

Insights into investor engagement that companies should understand are as relevant today as they were seven years ago.

Amazon, Walgreens take baby steps on chemical safety

They and other retailers still lag on transparency, but there are meaningful signs of change chronicled in the latest Mind the Store report.

Diagnosing chemical footprints in pediatric health care

Hospitals and other providers are taking the pulse of medical supplies, concerned with the vulnerability of their youngest patients.

Why consumer electronics giants are flunking toxic phaseouts

And what other industry sectors can learn from those shortcomings.

Startups bring safer chemistry to market

Young companies redesign products or processes beyond what most suppliers are willing to do.

ASICS, Stahl Partner with bluesign® to Strengthen Chemical Management, Sustainability

Chemicals management continues to go mainstream, with sporting goods manufacturer ASICS Corporation and chemical company Stahl joining the growing body of brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers to achieve bluesign® system partner status. Adopted by more than 500 leading companies worldwide, the bluesign system is based on an applied practice called Input Stream Management. bluesign works with its partners to eliminate harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for environmentally conscious and safe textile production. The system ensures that the final products meet very stringent consumer safety requirements and also serves as a reliable indicator of sustainability for consumers. The bluesign® system

Ron Jarvis on Home Depot’s blueprint for eco-leadership

The VP of sustainability shares designs for constructing a foundation of environmental innovation.

Hurricane Harvey Arkema Disaster: Scientists Say Chemical Safety Risks Were Preventable

By Charise Johnson Halloween is right around the corner, but the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) has been a perpetual nightmare to public safety since Administrator Scott Pruitt arrived, sending long-awaited chemical safety amendments to an early grave this year . The Risk Management Plan (RMP) is a vital EPA chemical safety rule that “requires certain facilities to develop plans that identify potential effects of a chemical accident, and take certain actions to prevent harm to the public or the environment”—but delays to the effective date of the long-awaited

P&G, SC Johnson back California chemical labeling law

The new regulation goes farther than a New York disclosure mandate signed in early 2017.

Q&A: Tim Greiner on the Transformational Role of Chemical Footprinting

Sustainable chemical management is a critical component of a healthy and circular future. In its second annual report, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) revealed encouraging advances across industries towards the use of safer materials and greater transparency. Sustainable Brands spoke to Tim Greiner, co-founder and Managing Director at sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies, one of the founding organizations behind CFP, to find out more about how

Inside Badger’s B Corp ethos

Rebecca Hamilton, vice president of research and development at Badger cosmetics, says there’s no comparison between synthetic and natural products. Here’s why.

First-Ever Environmental Impact Factor Label Opens New Doors for Life Science Industry

The environmental impact of laboratories is enormous. But with the launch of ACT, the first-ever environmental impact factor label for laboratory products, nonprofit My Green Lab is working to change that. “The ACT label makes it possible for scientists and procurement specialists to choose safe, sustainable products by focusing on the impact of making, using and disposing of a product and its packaging,” said Allison Paradise, Executive Director of My Green Lab. An acronym for accountability,

How Scotts Miracle-Gro found value in vulnerability

In response to criticism about its fertilizers, the company sought to step forward as an environmental leader.

Despite innovation, chemicals sector is slow on Paris goals

The industry’s heavy reliance on plastic packaging is a particular sticking point.

Walmart takes bold steps towards safer chemicals

EDF details the giant retailer’s new goal of reducing its chemical footprint by 10 percent by 2022.

Valspar: How we engaged stakeholders to solve the BPA dilemma

This ‘safety by design’ approach took seven years and millions of dollars.

Chemical footprinting strides to become mainstream with Walmart

Big companies are breaking new ground by measuring and reporting their chemical footprints. What steps can your business take?

Did You Know … Most Imported Cosmetics Are Never Tested by the FDA

By Melanie Benesh According to a New York Times story published Wednesday , contaminants such as mercury , lead and bacteria, and other banned ingredients, are showing up in an alarming number of imported personal care products . This follows recent news that asbestos was found in tests of imported makeup marketed to tweens. The Times story is based on a letter sent to Rep. Frank Pallone,

Why chemists — not just economists — are key to a circular future

We need a better understanding of the circular economy, and chemical engineers might hold the answer.

Radio Flyer and measuring to manage safer materials

When it comes to tackling chemicals of concerns, the toy manufacturer has prioritized precise metrics and supplier engagement.

How CVS is cutting back on chemicals in cosmetics

The drugstore chain has moved to remove chemical additives for nearly 600 house label beauty and personal care products.