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April 5, 2012
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  Business Update 
  • Clorox experiments with digital marketing
    Clorox is taking advantage of a cheap digital-marketing sector and trying to directly connect with consumers. Its efforts have included a February flash sale on Facebook, and it is talking with online retailers about other projects. "The good news is that I don't have to make a $10 million to $100 million investment in [enterprise resource planning] systems. I can spend $200,000 and invest to learn," said Chief Information Officer Ralph Loura. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Report blog (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biobased glycols are gaining attention
    Biobased glycols are gaining attention and investment beyond traditional sectors such as oleochemicals. DuPont and other companies are exploring biofuel uses, while Solvay already produces propylene glycol and epichlorohydrin at a plant in Thailand. "Bio-derivatives may not reach into every product slate in the petrochemical groups. But as the bio-derivative products filter into commercial markets, then competition and co-existence can be expected," predicts Judith Taylor. ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • ACI reaffirms triclosan safety as Canada scrutinizes its use
    Canada released a draft assessment of triclosan on Saturday that affirmed its safety in humans while posing questions about its potential environmental effects. The assessment will lead to government talks with industry about potential voluntary reductions in its use. "A number of governmental bodies in the U.S. and around the world have determined the safe uses of triclosan and the products containing it; product manufacturers must abide by those safety rules," said Richard Sedlak, the American Cleaning Institute's senior vice president for technical and international affairs. CosmeticsDesign.com (4/3), Chemical & Engineering News (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read more from ACI on Canada and triclosan  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA and White House clash over regulation
    The Food and Drug Administration and the White House have been clashing on numerous regulatory issues, this article details. "The politicization of the FDA could hurt not only consumer protection but industry profits as well," said Harvard University professor Daniel Carpenter. "If this trend continues, one could easily see major government purchasing programs in Europe, India, China and elsewhere saying, 'We're not going to follow FDA recommendations anymore.' " The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability 
  • Polystyrene industry is urged to act on EPR, green chemistry
    States and municipalities are targeting polystyrene and other substances, and using litter and marine debris as effective marketing, said Laurie Hansen, executive director of the Western Plastics Association. Recycling and other industry efforts are needed to counteract this. "[Extended producer responsibility] has taken root. We can't bury our heads in the sand as an industry," she said. PlasticsNews.com (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • ACI Searching for Managers of Sustainability Programs, Meeting Services
    ACI is looking to fill two staff positions in its Washington, D.C., office: Manager, Sustainability Programs, and Manager, Meetings Services. Details about both positions are available on ACI's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Celebrating Earth Day ... in the Laundry Room
    Though you may have bought an energy-efficient washing machine, are using a concentrated laundry detergent, and are recycling your empty laundry-product packages, there still might be more you can do while cleaning your clothes to lessen your environmental impact. ACI's Cleaning Matters provides ideas for making every laundry day Earth Day. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect."
--Benjamin Franklin,
American statesman and inventor


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