Day: June 8, 2020

The IC2 & Clean Production Action Release Report on Chemical Ingredient Transparency in Products

State governments, which are at the frontline of fighting COVID-19, are also at the forefront of requiring businesses to disclose chemical ingredients in their products to consumers and public agencies. From California to New York consumers are demanding, and states are requiring, that companies disclose chemicals in cleaning, children’s, cosmetics, menstrual, and other products. But what are these disclosure requirements? And what can we learn from them? 

NEWMOA’s IC2 and Clean Production Action (CPA) partnered to review more than ten public policies that require the disclosure of chemicals in products and one industry standard that sets guidelines for disclosure in building products. The new joint report, Chemical Ingredient Transparency in Products, highlights three forms of disclosure:

  • ALL chemical ingredients in a product category, such as cleaning products (with limited exceptions for confidential business information).
  • Chemicals, or classes of chemicals, of concern in products, such as requirements to disclose mercury and mercury compounds in nearly all products.
  •  Chemicals of concern in a category of products, such as children’s products.

An appendix summarizing existing public policies and one voluntary industry standard is also available as an Excel file.

Significantly, state governments are requiring companies to disclose all chemicals intentionally added to products as well as impurities in the products, so-called “non-functional constituents, that are chemicals of concern to human health and the environment because they can cause cancer, birth defects, and other adverse health effects. “These new disclosure policies,” highlighted Mark S. Rossi, Executive Director of CPA, “will enable consumers to compare products based on their chemical ingredients and incentivize manufacturers to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives.”

Terri Goldberg, Executive Director of NEWMOA, stated, “We are excited to be working with a wide range of key stakeholders to advance chemical ingredient disclosure programs, and this report provides the needed background information to inform this important work.”

How a climate plan in Minneapolis fostered racial divisions

Read the full story from Energy News Network.

Seven years ago, this city leapt to the front of the urban climate movement when it adopted an action plan for global warming.

Hailed by environmentalists, the plan — one of the first passed by a major U.S. city — included reforms on issues ranging from energy efficiency to waste management.

But activists say the effort launched without a critical component: the input of Minneapolis’ minority and low-income communities.

Despite efforts to correct the problem, critics say the initial lack of inclusion laid the groundwork for a climate policy that doesn’t adequately address the needs of these same communities — many of which will be disproportionately affected by the consequences of a warming planet.

Ernst, Grassley urge FDA to clarify hand sanitizer guidelines

Read the full story in Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn on May 26 urging the agency to clarify its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brightmark fires up waste plastic conversion plant

Read the full story in the Angola (IN) Herald Republican.

Brightmark started running its waste plastics-to-fuel conversion plant on Friday.

After weeks of testing, it was the first time the company has used the equipment on a full-scale basis to take plastic and turn it into either diesel fuel or commercial grade wax, said Bob Powell, president of Brightmark.

In a nutshell, waste plastic is turned into pellets on site. It is then fed into tanks known as pyrolysers and gets vaporized, then using a process called pyrolysis, the plastic is converted either to diesel fuel or wax.

Gerber CEO: New single-material IncrediPouch is “designed for the future of recycling”

Read the full story at Food Navigator USA.

With last Friday’s launch of the first-of-its-kind, single-material baby food pouch, Gerber is one step closer to its ambitious goal to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 without compromising the convenience and safety that parents have come to rely on from the brand and pouches.

Industry council forms with eye on ‘meaningful change’

Read the full story in Resource Recycling.

The Recycling Partnership is bringing together three dozen individuals from across the recycling value chain for some frank discussion about how to get more types of material consistently collected and moved to end markets.

Tick tock. Should we stop the tenure clock?

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposes the need for more flexibility and support for junior faculty.

Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Five hundred species are likely to become extinct over the next two decades, according to a new study.

Sputnik moment or budget breaker: How will the pandemic alter research funding?

Read the full story in Nature.

As the pandemic’s economic toll grows around the world, some experts fear it could harm science for decades by putting many thousands of researchers out of work and forcing nations to slash funding as they rebuild societies. Others say the pandemic could highlight the importance of science and spur long-term support, especially for basic research, much as the Second World War did.

App Designed to Turn Lights Green for Cyclists Goes National

Read the full story at FutureStructure.

The app, called GiveMeGreen!, has been undergoing tests in California and Indiana with positive feedback. By telling traffic lights when a cyclist is coming, it aims to make rides smoother and keep hands off buttons.

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