DIY laundry detergents, made from soap rather than detergent, are far less effective at cleaning than store-bought options, according to testing by Reviewed.com.
Further, the surfactants in detergents help lift dirt away from fabric without leaving a stiff residue behind, unlike with soap, the American Cleaning Institute notes.
Chemistry is the foundation of sustainability, which is why BASF developed its "value-to-society" approach to corporate sustainability, according to executives Dirk Voeste and Christian Heller. The two-part approach helps the firm assess how activities affect human health and well-being, while also weighing their economic, social and environmental effects.
Wilmar International has tied its current loan with ING to its sustainability metrics, creating a mechanism where its interest rate will vary based on its annual sustainability performance. The company also passed a new policy to help protect the children of palm oil workers and increase their access to education.
The Environmental Protection Agency will examine perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate and other polyfluoroalkyl substances across its offices. Regulation is not necessarily expected to result from the effort.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sought to streamline its approach to addressing new chemicals by eliminating the need for a consent order in addition to a significant new use rule. "In our view, this particular approach allows us to go from those two actions, issuing the order, followed by the SNUR ... which we believe would accomplish the same objective," said Jeff Morris, who leads the agency's toxics office.
The Senate voted 51-47 on Wednesday to enter conference talks with the House of Representatives on tax legislation. Republican lawmakers are expecting speedy negotiations and hope to submit a final measure to President Donald Trump by Christmas.
Mind the Store's annual report card on large retailers' chemical disclosure and elimination policies showed overall improvement, including specific policies or campaigns undertaken by retailers. For example, Target will publish the chemical footprint of all its products by 2020.
General Motors is expected to announce a plan to use carbon fiber in pickup trucks within the next two years, which would make the vehicles lighter and potentially more fuel-efficient. Plastics and plastics composites make up 8% of the average vehicle by volume, according to data from the American Chemistry Council and WardsAuto.com.