Industry

Eastman Chemical, Merck win ENERGY STAR awards for use of CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems got a big boost this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handed out its latest ENERGY STAR awards. Eastman Chemical Company and Merck were among the companies recognized for “their highly efficient CHP systems.” Also known as cogeneration, CHP is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat [...]

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National Coffee Day: Enjoy a ‘cup of Joe’ with a side of polystyrene info

For many Americans, every day is coffee day. But Monday, September 29, is officially “National Coffee Day” in the United States. In honor of our caffeinated friend’s special day, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group would like to share some information on polystyrene foodservice products. Polystyrene foodservice packaging works. Plastic foodservice packaging helps [...]

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Dow and Preferred Sands win 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award for TERAFORCE™ technology

“Innovation” in the 21st century can come from many industries and have a measurable impact on our way of life: social, environmental, economic or technological. But for American chemistry, innovation applies to “all of the above”: chemical companies are making real, tangible products that are helping to create a healthier, cleaner, stronger and more sustainable [...]

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FutureStructure Summit explores how leading states and municipalities are investing in energy recovery technologies

At the recent FutureStructure Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, state and local policymakers and key stakeholders discussed strategies for developing the necessary infrastructure for cities of the future. The discussions, sponsored by GOVERNING Magazine, focused on water, waste, and energy issues, including options to recover energy from a city’s non-recycled waste. One panel discussion, “Using Waste [...]

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At home and at the ball park, recycling is always a home run

At ACC, we encourage everyone to recycle their plastic bottles and containers whenever they can — at home, at the mall, even at the baseball stadium. It makes sense: many beverages sold at baseball games come in plastic bottles or are served in plastic cups, making the ballpark a great place for plastic recycling. Recently, [...]

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Biomonitoring Equivalents: A valuable scientific tool for making better chemical safety decisions

Among all the discussion and debate about improving how chemicals are managed to ensure the public and the environment are protected from potentially harmful exposures, at least one point stands out on which we can all agree: better access to information, as well as a greater understanding of that information, will help lead to better [...]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) June 2011 decision to include styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). In reviewing the NAS findings, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Styrene, a liquid, and polystyrene, a solid, are fundamentally different. [...]

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Plasticity 2014: New ways of thinking about old problems

Plasticity 2014 was an inspiring event.  This annual discussion about the future of plastics brings together designers, brand owners, environmental groups, and public and private sector leaders to discuss design solutions, material innovations, plastic recycling, and waste reduction with the aim of encouraging further innovations and collaborations between stakeholders. Plastics have become the “go to” [...]

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New study highlights significant potential to recover energy from waste in the U.S.

Most people don’t give a second thought to where their trash goes once it’s hauled away, but thanks to exciting developments in technologies that recover energy from waste, it’s worth taking a closer look. Today, a growing number of technologies are able to turn non-recycled trash can into valuable products, including energy. To better understand [...]

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American chemistry: Growing the U.S. economy, providing jobs, enhancing safety

Have you used your cell phone today? Laptop? Drunk from a coffee mug, or worn a bicycle helmet? If so, you, along with millions of consumers around the world, have touched a product of chemistry. 96 percent of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry. From life-saving medical devices to airbags [...]

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