The circular economy is here in Edmonton: Analyzing the benefits of post-use plastics

Across the globe businesses, communities and policy makers are pursuing strategies to more sustainability manage the products used by society. This includes thinking about product design, and designing systems to enhance the recyclability of products, and to develop more circular strategies for materials after they are used.  Brands, investors and policymakers all need a strong […]

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Stay ahead of the regulatory curve at the Twelfth Antimicrobial Workshop

Antimicrobial products are critical to many industries and help in the protection of public health. Antimicrobials are highly regulated, making it critical for companies to stay abreast of the ever-changing regulatory landscape in which they operate. Those engaged in the business of antimicrobials will not want to miss the Twelfth Antimicrobial Workshop held June 7-8 […]

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018: To Fix Plastic Pollution, We Need to Solve the Right Problem

This Earth Day will bring a variety of enthusiastic calls for cleaner oceans. Plastics makers share and welcome that enthusiasm, because no one wants oceans full of plastics. And to effectively turn awareness into meaningful results, it’s worth being clear about how plastics are getting where they shouldn’t be. Where do ocean plastics come from? […]

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Grocery Cart

There’s a Reason We Use Plastics to Package Food

This week, a grocery store in Amsterdam made headlines for being the first to offer an aisle without plastic packaging. If the thinking behind this offering is “less plastic is better in the grocery store”—then we need to ask: In what way is this really a good thing? And we need to be clear about […]

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Using plastics means less waste in the first place

Governments. Businesses. NGOs. Everyday citizens. Today, many of us are taking important steps to help reduce waste and protect our environment. I think we can all agree that’s a very good thing. But earlier this week, the Editorial Board at the LA Times called for California to phase out all “single-use” plastics.  This was a […]

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Going for the win: Silicones in sporting events and competitions

This month at the winter games, outstanding athletes from around the world are gathering in PyeongChang to compete for the gold. No matter the sport— from skiing to bobsledding to curling and figure skating, athletes rely on the unique properties of silicones to improve performance. Here are just a few of the areas where silicones […]

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Tax law is boosting chemical industry investment in the U.S.

Wow, that was fast. Congress’s historic tax reform bill, the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ (H.R. 1) took effect earlier this month, and companies are already announcing plans for new U.S. investments made possible in part by the new law. On Monday, ExxonMobil shared the news that the company plans to invest $50 billion over […]

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Building a strong foundation for chemical security regulations

By Amy Graydon, Guest contributor  Chemicals are essential to our everyday lives. It is hard to think of a field that does not use chemicals—from developing medicines and providing refrigeration for our food supply, to manufacturing fuel for our vehicles and building microchips for our smartphones. We rarely think of these helpful building blocks as […]

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The NAS IRIS review: An unnecessarily narrow review of EPA’s troubled chemical assessment program?  

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced in December 2017 that it will again review EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Previous NAS reports, one in 2011 and another in 2014, found serious problems with IRIS and offered sweeping recommendations to overhaul the program. NAS is not alone in identifying critical issues that need reform […]

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Some good news on recycling

There’s been a lot of negative news coverage on recycling. And while plastic recycling markets face serious challenges, there are areas that are making significant strides. One of those areas is plastic film recycling. Earlier this month, I spoke with PlasticsToday about plastic film recycling, including industry initiatives that are helping to grow the recovery […]

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