Kimberly-Clark, S.C. Johnson launch sustainable packaging | IEA: Chemical R&D spending declined in Q1 | PolyOne rebrands as Avient after buying Clariant assets
July 7, 2020
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Kimberly-Clark's Kleenex unit is eliminating the plastic openings for tissue boxes by August as the brand strives to cut its virgin plastic use by 50% by 2025. S.C. Johnson has launched a bottle for its Mr Muscle window and glass cleaner in the UK and Ireland comprising entirely of plastic waste that was likely to otherwise end up in the ocean.
Full Story: Edie (UK) (free registration) (7/2) 
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All reporting chemical companies posted a year-over-year decline in research and development spending in the first quarter of 2020, says the International Energy Agency. The IEA attributed the decline to the global economic slowdown and the coronavirus pandemic.
Full Story: Chemical Week (tiered subscription model) (7/3) 
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PolyOne has finalized its acquisition of Clariant's masterbatches business and changed its name to Avient. The deal supports Avient's ongoing shift toward specialty chemicals.
Full Story: Chemical Week (tiered subscription model) (7/1) 
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Carbios has broken ground in France on a demonstration project that will use enzyme technology to break down polyethylene terephthalate plastic. "The demonstration unit allows us to test different waste streams and to adapt certain steps of our process to the specification of collection systems," says executive Antoine Sevenier.
Full Story: Recycling Today (6/2020) 
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Master Bond EP110F8-3 is a two component epoxy with a long pot life of at least 2-3 days at room temperature. It is ideal for potting, sealing, encapsulating and casting applications. This low viscosity system has low shrinkage upon cure and superior electrical insulation.
Energy, Sustainability & Safety
Agilyx launches plastics circularity subsidiary
Agilyx has introduced Cyclyx, a new subsidiary that will help build a circular economy for post-consumer plastic feedstocks by focusing on supply chain development. The unit will use data and industry partnerships to help companies source recycled content.
Full Story: PlasticsToday (7/3) 
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Biological Engineering & Pharmaceuticals
Daewoong Pharmaceutical says it will begin clinical trials of a stem cell therapy designed to treat COVID-19 patients. The therapy, which targets acute respiratory illness, has proven to be effective in animal tests, the company says.
Full Story: The Korea Herald (Seoul) (7/6) 
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Japanese regulators approved GlaxoSmithKline's Duvroq and Akebia Therapeutics' Vafseo to treat kidney-related anemia. GSK is conducting another trial before seeking US approval.
Full Story: FiercePharma (6/30) 
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Materials & Nanotechnology
Ascend Performance Materials is seeking regulatory clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to use Acteev Biodefend in surgical masks. Independent testing shows the material can deactivate 99% of viruses, bacteria and fungi, including the coronavirus.
Full Story: Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (6/30) 
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Education & Government Update
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., plan to introduce legislation that would urge the Federal Trade Commission and the Treasury Secretary to submit a report within a year about the effects of US reliance on foreign firms and foreign investment for pharmaceutical production. The US Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Review Act seeks information on how to address vulnerabilities in the drug supply chain and overreliance on China, Rubio noted.
Full Story: Reuters (6/30) 
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The Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy plan to clean up groundwater contaminated by green goo in Madison Heights by injecting chemicals into the soil to treat the water as it flows through the ground. The state agency will take control of the project later this year and will likely have to replace the chemicals every few years.
Full Story: The Oakland Press (Troy, Mich.) (tiered subscription model) (6/30) 
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