ACI offers tips for minimizing energy consumption on laundry day | New technologies could help commercialize sugar-based surfactants | ACI tip: Don't leave laundry detergent uncapped after use
April 26, 2012
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Financial pressures mean innovation is critical
Laundry-care companies are reducing spending even as price and raw-material pressures continue to ratchet up, making innovation crucial for companies that want to gain an edge, this article says. "We're very excited about the prospects for growth in 2012. We've got a number of projects in the works with our major customers to allow them to exploit performance improvements from new ingredient chemistry, while meeting stringent cost constraints," says Croda President Kevin Gallagher. HAPPI magazine (4/2012)
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ACI offers tips for minimizing energy consumption on laundry day
The American Cleaning Institute says that consumers can save energy while doing laundry by using cold water whenever possible, by not overfilling their washing machines and by using a clothesline instead of a dryer. Consumer Reports says Seventh Generation's superconcentrated Natural powder performed the best among laundry detergents that make green claims. (4/19)
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New technologies could help commercialize sugar-based surfactants
Companies including Solazyme and Codexis have unveiled new fermentation technologies for producing fatty alcohols from sugar feedstock. The companies say that they're looking to commercialize the technologies in the next two to three years to compete in the global surfactants market, and that they're looking for funding partners. ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.) (4/20)
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Science and Policy
Phosphate ban leads to dishwashing innovations
Dishwashing experts at General Electric say consumers can fight the cloudy residue sometimes left behind on dishes by using a detergent booster. Observers say the residue has been a concern for consumers ever since the dish-detergent industry agreed to stop using phosphates. Church & Dwight has released a dishwashing booster that targets cloudy film, stains and food particles. HAPPI magazine (4/2012)
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Unilever's eco-friendly push doesn't mean reduced revenue
Companies don't have to act solely as their shareholders wish, but should instead protect investors' long-term interests by seeking to serve society as a whole, argues Unilever CEO Paul Polman. The company has improved its environmental footprint throughout its supply chain while increasing revenue, writes Marc Gunther. "More impressive than any single accomplishment, though, is the scope and seriousness of Unilever's plan, as well as the thinking behind it," Gunther writes. The Guardian (London) (4/24), (4/25)
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Sustainability label is a struggle for Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores has yet to reach a goal of developing a label pointing shoppers toward sustainable choices, a process in the hands of the 90-member Sustainability Consortium. Some say Wal-Mart is not moving quickly enough on sustainability, but Sustainability Communications Director Brooke Buchanan said the company "could have set easy goals [in 2005], but we decided to set the aspirational goals to make a systemic change in our business and, hopefully, the world." Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (4/23)
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Getting Ready for the "Big D": ACI Mid-Year Meeting Heads to Dallas
Experts from ACI member companies will gather for meetings of ACI's standing committees during the 2012 Mid-Year Meeting, June 18 to 21 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Check out ACI's website for more information or e-mail ACI.
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Students Honored for Spreading the Message of Hand Hygiene
Students from California, Washington, Georgia and Virginia are being honored for their efforts to improve hand hygiene in their schools and communities. The Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP program is a joint initiative of ACI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ACI's Cleaning Matters profiles the schools that are being recognized by the 2012 SNAP program.
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Hand Sanitizers: Safe, Beneficial When Used as Directed, Says ACI
With cases of intentional misuse of alcohol-based hand sanitizers being widely reported, ACI offered reminders that the products provide key benefits when properly used. "Intentional misuse of hand sanitizers should not discourage the use of a product that contributes daily to public health," said Nancy Bock, ACI senior vice president of education. "Simply put, hand sanitizers are safe when used as directed." Head to ACI's newsroom for more information.
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