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Apple bans benzene and n-hexane from final product assembly

10:13 AM MDT | August 14, 2014 | Rebecca Coons

Apple announced today that it will ban the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of its electronics as part of a renewed effort to eliminate unsafe work conditions since the addition of ex-EPA chief Lisa Jackson as v.p./environmental initiatives...


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Symrise opens R&D facility in Brazil's Amazon region

In the fourth quarter, Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) will open a site for R&D and the manufacturing of sustainable ingredients from the Amazon region, the company announced today. Symrise plans to explore, develop, and manufacture high-quality products...

ACI 2014: TSCA reform, fuel subsidies key priorities for soapers

Managing TSCA reform as it makes its way through Congress and ensuring that fuel subsidies do not adversely impact oleochemical prices are key priorities for the cleaning chemicals sector, industry leaders said today ACI's Issues Briefing in Orlando. The...

American Cleaning Institute launches sustainability charter

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) announced today that it has launched a voluntary initiative to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the cleaning products industry’s sustainability profile. The Charter for Sustainable...

Monsanto signs option agreement to support biologicals platform

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, a leading developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, announced today that it has signed an option agreement under which Monsanto may obtain a license to use Tekmira's proprietary delivery technology. The transaction will...

Outdoor clothing retailer Jack Wolfskin to eliminate PFCs from supply chain

Outdoor clothing manufacturer Jack Wolfskin (Idstein, Germany) is stepping up plans to remove fluorine chemicals from its production processes by 2020, the company has announced. The decision follows a study by Greenpeace that found perfluorinated and...

Neste Oil awarded the world's first RSPO-RED certificate for biodiesel

Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland) says it will be awarded a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's (RSPO) Renewable Energy Directive (RED)-Supply Chain certificate under the RSPO's new certification system, Neste announced today. The certificate covers the production...

EPCA 2013: Industry sustainability means more than consuming renewables, says BASF chair

Fossil fuels will remain the dominant feedstock and energy source for the worldwide petrochemical industry for the foreseeable future despite the emergence of renewable raw materials in recent years, says BASF chairman Kurt Bock. In an opening address today...

Walmart to phase out 10 chemicals in consumer products

Walmart yesterday announced a plan to phase out 10 hazardous chemicals in cleaning, personal-care, and cosmetic products sold at the store, although the company did not disclose the specific chemicals. The initiative, part of a broader sustainability push...

Unilever, University of Liverpool launch renewable chemicals research center

Unilever has announced the launch of a research project with the University of Liverpool to develop renewable chemicals from biomass for use in home and personal care products. The three-year project will involve developing renewable chemicals from the...

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