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UNEP report echoes other major studies in calling for improved waste management to help prevent marine litter

ACC SmartBrief | Dec 07, 2016

The United Nations Environment Program released a report titled "Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity." The report underscored the importance of improving waste management infrastructure to help prevent the flow of trash to our oceans. The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement, which may be attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of plastics:

"UNEP's latest report echoes most major scientific studies on this topic in calling for improved waste management solutions to help prevent the flow of debris into the environment. UNEP also cited the importance of developing and expanding waste management infrastructure in 'Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics: Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy,' released earlier this year. The findings of both UNEP documents are consistent with the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance report 'Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean' and with commitments and programs already undertaken by plastics makers around the world." Read more.

Waste management infrastructure the most pressing priority to help curb marine litter

ACC SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

CNN released the video "Plastic Island," a video/digital documentary about the problem of marine litter on Midway Atoll. The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement, which may be attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of plastics:

"None of us wants to see plastics or trash of any kind end up in our oceans or on beaches. Last year, the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance released 'Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean,' a first-of-its-kind analysis that evaluates specific land-based solutions for plastic waste in the ocean. The recommendations have subsequently been mirrored by reports and recommendations from the United Nations Environment Assembly and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Since 2011, plastics makers have been partners in many efforts to research and prevent marine debris around the world under our 'Declaration of the Global Plastics Solutions for Solutions on Marine Litter,' which has been signed by 68 plastics associations in 34 countries. The Declaration focuses on education, public policy, best practices, plastics recycling and recovery, plastic pellet containment, and research."

Read the full statement.

Global chemicals production starts 4th quarter on soft note

ACC SmartBrief | Dec 01, 2016

The American Chemistry Council's Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) shows that the fourth quarter started on a soft note with the index for October showing no gain or loss on a three-month moving average basis. This follows a slight decline in September and six months of relatively stable activity after fairly good gains last year. During October, chemical production increased in North America, Europe and Africa and the Middle East but fell in the Asia-Pacific region. The Global CPRI was up 0.8% year-over-year on a 3MMA basis and stood at 108.0% of its average 2012 levels in September. Learn more.

Silicones help make the holidays a little less stressful

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 22, 2016

This Thanksgiving, over 50 million Americans will travel to visit friends and family to enjoy our favorite comfort foods. Though you may get frustrated sitting in traffic, standing in security lines at the airport or trying to coordinate the cooking of all your holiday dishes, silicones help make your travel and cooking experiences a little easier. Not a chef? Silicones are used in many of the electronic devices we use to keep up with Thanksgiving football scores and connect with the family and friends we're not able to see in person. The use of silicones materials is key to long-term performance of many, increasingly small, portable and sophisticated electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets. You can learn more about the many benefits of silicones in these and other applications, including construction, energy, health care and consumer products, at our new website,

Chemical Activity Barometer continues strong performance with eighth consecutive gain

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 22, 2016

The Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council, featured another solid gain of 0.3% in November, following a gain of 0.3% in October and a 0.4% gain in September and August. Accounting for adjustments, the CAB is up 4.2% over this time last year, a marked increase over earlier comparisons and the greatest year-over-year gain since August 2014. All data is measured on a three-month moving average. On an unadjusted basis, the CAB climbed 0.3% in November, following a 0.2% gain in October. Learn more.

Caring for Our Communities

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2016

It goes by many names -- corporate citizenship, stewardship or corporate social responsibility, but it all has just one meaning: responsible business behavior and sustainable practices that account for our effects on environmental, economic and societal well-being. This video is a celebration and recognition of our industry's excellence in corporate citizenship and the significant and lasting impacts we are having in our communities all around the world. Watch the video.

Plastic makers award innovations in recycling plastic wraps and bags

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2016

The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division is pleased to announce that Mecklenburg County, N.C., the city of Vancouver, Wash., and Safeway/Albertsons have been selected to receive Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards in 2016. The awards recognize companies, nonprofits and government bodies that successfully bring new technologies, products and initiatives to communities and the marketplace that demonstrate significant innovations in plastics recycling. ACC announced the awards in recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. All three winners are partners of the Wrap Recycling Action Program, a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing the volume of plastic wraps and bags (collectively known as "plastic film") recycled, through public education and sharing tools and best practices. Learn more.

America Recycles Day survey: Older generations leading on recycling

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 15, 2016

A new survey finds older generations are more likely to believe that recycling can help the planet and to go out of their way to recycle. The survey commissioned by Plastics Make It Possible also finds that older adults are more likely to make a daily habit of recycling. For example, people 60 years and older are 15% more likely to recycle daily than millennials. Similarly, 44% of people 60 and older say they would walk a long way to recycle rather than trash a plastic bottle -- more than any other age group. Compared to older Americans, millennials typically are less likely to know that common plastics, such as shampoo bottles, yogurt containers and milk jugs, are recyclable. And the widely held belief that recycling can do some good and help the planet is softer among millennials.

To help bridge the generational gap and inspire more plastics recycling -- on America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and throughout the year -- Plastics Make it Possible released a video featuring Rudy Mancuso, a popular comedian, musician and online personality who appeals to millennials -- and pretty much everyone else. Read more, or watch the video.

EPA and American Chemistry Council partner to promote sustainable materials management

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 15, 2016

The American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division is pleased to announce a new partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency aimed at promoting sustainable materials management for plastics. SMM offers a systematic approach to more efficiently using and reusing materials throughout their life cycles to reduce environmental impacts and waste. Through the partnership, EPA and ACC will work together to:

  • Decrease disposal rates by tracking and lowering the overall amount of plastics disposed through activities that enable source reduction, reuse, recycling and prevention.
  • Reduce environmental impacts -- including greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy use -- of plastics throughout their life cycles.
  • Increase stakeholder capacity to implement SMM through technical assistance and raising the per capita quantity of plastic recyclables recovered.
Learn more.

American Chemistry Council announces 5 new members

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 14, 2016

The American Chemistry Council's board of directors approved the addition of three new regular members and one new affiliate member Friday. The board also approved three new Responsible Care Partner companies. In September of this year, Monsanto was approved as a regular member by ACC's Executive Committee. Read more.

Covestro president to become new officer of American Chemistry Council

ACC SmartBrief | Nov 14, 2016

The American Chemistry Council announced Friday at its board of directors meeting that Covestro President Jerry MacCleary will become the Council's newest board officer, effective Jan. 1. Read more.

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