SC Johnson fulfills pledge to post all skin allergens by product | National brands, private labels go head-to-head | Dow unveils Dowsil label for silicone-based home care portfolio
December 14, 2017
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SC Johnson fulfills pledge to post all skin allergens by product
SC Johnson has completed its May 2017 pledge to publish all 368 skin allergens it uses, by product, on "We continue to lead by example in ingredient transparency because families should have easy access to information on the products they bring into their homes," said CEO Fisk Johnson
HAPPI online (12/13) 
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National brands, private labels go head-to-head
National brands are increasingly facing stiff competition from private labels due to shifting consumer preferences. Market Track found that consumers perceive private and national brands on equal footing in terms of quality and ingredients, and 21% of shoppers said they'd be more likely to purchase an item that is a store brand.
Store Brands (12/6) 
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EPA explains, defends chemical evaluation plans
Environmental Protection Agency officials recently spoke out in support of plans to rely on significant new-use rules to regulate future uses of new chemicals -- a move that is drawing criticism from NGOs. The EPA would put off risk assessment on some future uses, but it would still be able to require testing before approving future uses if it chose to do so.
Chemical Watch (subscription required) (12/11) 
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Firmenich joins fund to cut carbon emissions, protect farmers
Firmenich has joined Livelihoods' second carbon fund, which is expected to help two million farmers and reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 million tons over the next 20 years. "With 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record, business should play an even bigger leadership role to tackle climate change," said Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine.
Perfumer & Flavorist online (12/5) 
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Group: Major retailers improving their chemical disclosure
Group: Major retailers improving their chemical disclosure
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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.
GreenBiz (12/7) 
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Facility execs value green cleaning products, practices
A large majority of facility executives -- 86% -- expect their cleaning contractors to use green cleaning products and practices as much as possible, a recent survey shows. However, just 32% said they would be willing to pay more for green cleaning.
CleanLink (12/13),  CleanLink (12/13),  CleanLink (12/13) 
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ACI Sustainability Report Named Best Print Publication by PR Daily
ACI's 2017 Sustainability Report won the Print Publication category and received an honorable mention in the Annual Report category in the PR Daily Nonprofit PR Awards. PR Daily writes that "the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has had an impressive run of sustainability reports," and the latest version "stands as an archetype for what a sustainability report can do for an organization or industry." ACI's fourth Sustainability Report, Foundations for Transformation, showcases the steps the cleaning product supply chain is taking to address the industry's core material issues and highlights the progress made by member companies to decrease the industry's environmental footprint.
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See Which Companies are Coming to ACI's 2018 Convention
Hundreds of executives from the global cleaning product supply chain are ready to do business at the 2018 ACI Convention, January 29-February 3 at the Grande Lakes Orlando. View the list of companies signed up for the industry's top business-to-business forum. If you haven't registered, don't wait another day. Visit ACI's Convention website to register today.
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