Retailers should place traditional cleaning products and green alternatives side by side on shelves so that consumers can make a comparison and choose what's right for them, said Seventh Generation Brand Manager Sarah McLaren. Research firm IRI found 75% of new converts to Seventh Generation are purchasing their products in traditional retail stores, like supermarkets.
Allergens are a growing concern for consumers, and detergent companies such as Procter & Gamble and Henkel are responding with new products for sensitive skin. "The sensitive skin category is increasing disproportionately than the laundry detergent category overall," said P&G Senior Scientific Communications Manager Mary Johnson.
AkzoNobel has proposed spinning off or selling its chemical business within the next year as an alternative to being bought out by PPG Industries. AkzoNobel posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday, with operating profit up 13% from the year-ago quarter.
The Environmental Protection Agency could do a better job assessing chemicals of high concern if it adopts a 20-year time frame for reviewing chemicals in commerce, according to the American Cleaning Institute. "From an industry standpoint, we need a credible federal program that would install confidence in the market," said Paul DeLeo, ACI's associate vice president for environmental safety.
Britain's decision to exit the EU could have negative consequences for the chemical industry, including trade disruption and other concerns, according to European Chemical Industry Council Director General Marco Mensink, whose group represents BASF, AkzoNobel, DuPont and others.
Wal-Mart has set a goal of removing 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain by 2030. The effort, dubbed Project Gigaton, will focus on emissions that fall outside of Wal-Mart's direct control, so it is working with its top suppliers of personal care products and other merchandise. The retail giant has created an online toolkit for suppliers and will assess their performance annually.
ACI's expert standing committees will gather in Washington, DC to tackle the key issues facing the cleaning product supply chain during the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting, June 6-8 in Washington, DC. Member company representatives can register today on ACI's website. There is no registration fee for this meeting.
ACI Member Connect Lands in Houston May 25
ACI's brand-new Member Connect program heads to Houston, Texas Thursday, May 25, at 9 a.m. Central Time, hosted by Shell Chemicals. "Since ACI member companies have a strong presence in the Houston area, I invite you to join us for conversations about how we're addressing your key issues and the challenges your company is facing on a day-to-day basis," said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO. Space at this second ACI Member Connect is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. This meeting is open to ACI member companies only. For more information, contact Brian Sansoni.