Webinar: Laundry Care Products – A Review of Performance, Innovation, and Environmental Leadership

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1245166502584243201

Webinar Topics

  • Laundry detergent formulas
  • Environmental and health impacts of laundry care products
  • Performance testing
  • National standards
  • Environmental leadership and product stewardship

Webinar Panelists

Joe McCarthy, Lab Services Manager, Dell Tech Laboratories
Joe oversees Dell Tech’s laboratory operations, Ecologo and Green Seal initiatives, product-testing activities as well as spearheading client projects with Environment Canada regarding New Substance Notifications, Trade Secret Applications, Domestic Substance regulations and Natural Health Products. Joe is a trained ISO 17025 Internal Auditor, sits on the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Cleaning Products Executive Board and is a member of many committees including the International Harmonization Committee, Test & Standard Methods Committee Cleaning Products Scientific Committee.

John Paulun, Communications Manager, PortionPac
John joined PortionPac Chemical Corporation in 2011 and is responsible for third-party product certifications, regulatory compliance issues and the implementation of customer education strategies.  Involved in maintaining the fidelity of detergent formulations, he helps to ensure a high standard of quality and performance for PortionPac® detergents throughout the manufacturing process.  In addition, John has successfully shepherded numerous PortionPac® products through the rigorous Green Seal certification process.  He is also certified by the ManageMen OS(1) Executive Management Program for janitorial operations.

A way out of food waste: Upcycle food to hunger relief

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Food waste is often mentioned in the news lately. Forty percent of food in America goes to waste and the annual estimated retail value of wasted food in the United States is more than $165 billion. Food is also the largest component of waste in our landfills. As food rots, it emits methane, a gas 20 times more harmful than CO2.

But there’s good news: most food waste is preventable.

EPA Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications through January 29, 2016, for its second annual Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards.

“Safer Choice partners and award winners have shown that safer products are good for the health of our families, the environment, and business,” said EPA assistant administrator Jim Jones. “We look forward to recognizing the next group of award winners who have innovated and promoted the use of Safer Choice products.”

Award winners will be recognized for advancing the goal of chemical safety through exemplary participation in or promotion of the Safer Choice Program at a ceremony in late spring of 2016 in Washington, D.C.

EPA will present at least one award in each of these five categories:

  • Product and Chemical Manufacturers
  • Purchasers and Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Supporters
  • Innovators

To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, of stringent human and environmental health criteria. Currently, the Safer Choice Program has nearly 500 formulator-manufacturer partners who make more than 2,000 products for retail and institutional customers.

More information on the 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards and application process can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice-partner-year-awards

Sustainable Packaging Generates More Sales

Read the full post at Ecopreneurist.

Not long ago, advertising products on their eco-friendliness only connected with a small, dedicated set of buyers. A wider awareness of human impact on our fragile ecological state changed all that. Over the course of the past decade or so, the increased buying power of eco-conscious consumers, particularly amongst millennials between 18 and 34 years of age, augmented the sales landscape, inspiring everyone from local main-street businesses to multinational monolith corporations to emphasize sustainability in their marketing. Research from a variety of sources suggests there are benefits to switching to sustainable packaging for businesses of all sizes, including everything from increased yearly sales to courting a youthful consumer base who cares more about what a product says about them than how much less it costs.

The United Nations Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study Special Edition: A Call to Climate Action

Download the document. There’s also an infographic.

Business leaders see climate change as a powerful disruptive force in their industries, presenting opportunities for growth, innovation and competitive advantage.

Respondents across more than 150 countries and 40 industry sectors told us their views on the climate challenge and the business case for action. Among the world’s largest companies, those with annual revenues in excess of US$1billion:

  • Seventy percent see opportunities for growth and innovation
  • Sixty-seven percent report a clear business case for action
  • Sixty-nine percent see investment in climate solutions as essential to competitive advantage.

Op-Ed | Build Sustainability Into Your Business From Day One

Read the full post at Business of Fashion.

Kelly Slater, pro surfer and founder of Outerknown, says building sustainability into the heart of your business right from the beginning is much easier than trying to change your ways later on.

While Celebrating Improvement in One Metric, Beware of Unintended Consequences: Part 18

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands.

In 17 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer, Jill Lipoti and I developed 34 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)

It’s time in our Series to consider whether a few fundamental sustainability concepts mentioned earlier deserve status as “Pitfalls,” supported both by the remembrance of an infamous mis-metric from a bitterly painful episode in the U.S.’ past, as well as a more recent foreign policy success (whose cost, though, is getting a second look). Along the way, fundamental assumptions about “What is success” will be tested, as well as when do we, as Kenny Rogers might say, count the winnings?