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2/25/2021

Pressure doesn't create results as effectively as helping employees learn and connect on their own terms, writes Susan Fowler. "You're more likely to get the results you need when you focus on the needs of the people delivering the results," she writes.

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2/25/2021

Innovative recycling technologies such as advanced recycling are important for curbing plastic waste and protecting the environment, and states should scale these solutions -- not ban them, said the American Chemistry Council's Craig Cookson as the Maryland General Assembly weighs a bill to do just that. "Given the current state of our nation's recycling infrastructure, it is not the time to ban new recycling technologies, something no state has done to date," said Cookson.

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2/25/2021

Braskem will invest $61 million to expand its sugarcane ethanol-based green ethylene capacity in Brazil. "Increasing our production of plastic derived from sugarcane will bring significant gains both for us and our clients around the world in terms of sustainability," said executive Marco Jansen.

2/25/2021

Roehm and OQ Chemicals have entered into a memorandum of understanding to possibly build a methyl methacrylate facility in Texas that would have an annual capacity of 250,000 metric tons. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in the first half of the year.

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2/25/2021

Last week's winter storms took nearly 78% and 60% to 65% of the nation's ethylene and polypropylene capacity offline, according to IHS Markit. Facility restarts are underway, but about 75% of US ethylene capacity remained offline as of Tuesday, per an analysis from Vertical Research Partners.

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2/25/2021

A team from the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a pair of electrochemical cell-based solutions that may make the plastic manufacturing process more sustainable by reducing the need for energy-intensive alkaline additives. One solution links two electrochemical cells, while the other eliminates the role of alkaline additives by changing the cell into an enzyme-like catalyst.

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University of California
2/25/2021

Direct, clear, factual and unified messaging, digital tools, increased media outreach, collaborations and creative information sharing were the key ingredients to the American Cleaning Institute's successful crisis communication strategy deployed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. "[It was] the most intensive time for media requests coming into ACI on all facets of cleaning, hygiene, disinfecting, laundering," said ACI's Brian Sansoni, adding, "We have a library of information we have built up...that we can quickly refer to," which "allows for rapid response when news orgs are calling, looking for that piece of info."

2/25/2021

Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO David Taylor expects demand for certain cleaning products to maintain strong momentum after the pandemic as cleaning and hygiene are likely to remain a priority for consumers. "In many ways, these habits will likely sustain for … an extended period of time post-pandemic, and that bodes well for many of the categories we compete in," Taylor said in an interview with CNBC.

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2/24/2021

Disruptions are part of life, but teams can plan for how they'll prioritize and respond to interruptions, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. "Without a process, it's easy for this urgent situation to involve more people than necessary frenetically working to address the issue, updating their bosses, and duplicating effort," they write.

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Let's Grow Leaders
2/24/2021

British researchers have found that grass-fed beef contains enough omega-3 fatty acids to be marketed as a dietary source alongside fatty fish. "The results show clear differences between the concentration of the good long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and the not-so-good omega-6 fatty acids in the meat between the cattle diets," said Gillian Butler, lead researcher.

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