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March 7, 2013
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  Business Update 
  • Manufacturers appeal to consumer unknowns
    Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Sun Products are among personal-care and detergent-product manufacturers offering products to solve issues that consumers may not have known about. P&G marketed Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant to combat "stress sweat," while Sun Products' Wisk aims to beat "invisible stains" from body oils and sweat. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • ACI chief: TSCA reform key for next EPA administrator
    American Cleaning Institute President and CEO Ernie Rosenberg said he wants to work with Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarthy to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act. "We want and need a workable, science-based, robust bipartisan law that enhances consumer confidence in federal chemical management," he said. "A modernized law needs to give the Agency the authority it needs to protect human health and safety while encouraging -- and not impeding -- innovation." Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry seeks TSCA focused on exposure limitation, not bans
    The chemical industry is advocating for legislation that would change the focus of the Toxic Substances Control Act to a safety standard that manages risk without emphasizing bans, says Terry Medley of DuPont. "The TSCA 'unreasonable risk standard' should be replaced with a safety standard ... that is not zero risk. It should also incorporate exposure based on intended use," Medley said. (free content) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACI stays active on sustainability, policy issues
    Attendance was up at this year's American Cleaning Institute annual meeting, and company membership is also increasing. Sustainability remains a focus for ACI, writes Tom Branna: "In 2012, 24 member companies, representing 82% of ACI's dues base, took part in the sustainability metrics program." HAPPI magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green marketing is a red flag for environmental protesters
    Environmental and social activists tend to target corporations that are vocal in promoting CSR efforts, perhaps because doing so gets them a bigger reaction from the media, studies suggest. "[T]he more active a company is in promoting its CSR efforts and the more highly regarded it is, the more likely it is that it will be targeted by social activists," writes Brayden King. Kellogg Insight (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • National Poison Prevention Week: A timely reminder for handling new laundry products safely
    National Poison Prevention Week takes place from March 17 to 23. ACI and many of its public health and safety partners will shine the light on the importance of ensuring proper use and storage of cleaning and laundry products year-round -- especially newer products like single-load liquid laundry packets. Check out ACI's online fact sheet for using and storing these new products safely. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI Convention volunteers assemble 2,200 hygiene kits to help Clean the World, Families in Transition
    Member companies attending the ACI 2013 Convention helped the nonprofit group Clean the World assemble more than 2,200 hygiene kits that were donated to families in need in Seminole County, Fla. The hygiene kits were sent to the Families in Transition program, which assists homeless children in Seminole County Public Schools. Find out more details via ACI's news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want."
--Anna Lappé,
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