The American Cleaning Institute and Consumer Healthcare Products Association praised a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its temporary hand sanitizer manufacturing guidance that went into place in March 2020. The organizations said they applauded the efforts of companies that temporarily stepped up and provided hand sanitizer when it was needed, but they have grown concerned with reports of dangerous ingredients being found in products.
Insights from data and Real Simple magazine publisher Meredith Corp. inspired the debut of Clorox's Real Simple Cleaning Collection. The line's all-purpose sprays and compostable wipes feature floral fragrances and less-toxic ingredients to boost their appeal to millennial women, said Tad Kittredge, general manager of transformational growth and vice president of marketing, Clorox.
Unilever is testing four-day workweeks, assignment-based work and paid learning sabbaticals to prepare the workplace for the future, says Leena Nair, chief HR officer. "Companies have to pioneer and experiment with models like this so that we can come up with a bouquet of options for employees," Nair says.
Macy's outlined a slew of sustainability goals in a new report, including plans to cut energy consumption by 10% from the retailer's 2018 levels by 2025 and develop lists of banned substances for its private-label brands. Macy's will also make it easier for shoppers to find sustainable products and start requiring ingredient disclosures on baby care, beauty, personal care and cleaning products by 2025.
ExxonMobil is preparing to build an advanced recycling facility in Baytown, Texas, that will initially be able to recycle 66 million pounds of plastic annually and supports ExxonMobil's goal to have an advanced recycling capacity of 1.1 billion pounds by 2026. "Availability of reliable advanced recycling capacity will play an important role in helping address plastic waste in the environment, and we are evaluating wide-scale deployment in other locations around the world," said ExxonMobil Chemical President Karen McKee.
Technology is making handwashing compliance in healthcare settings more easily monitored, as evidenced through programs developed by companies such as Ecolab, GOJO and GP Pro. Experts note that the pandemic heightened awareness of being vigilant about hand hygiene practices in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the United States.
Dettol latest foaming handwashing campaign focuses on making hygiene fun and that children properly wash their hands. The foaming soap comes in two scents and also includes components to help with both germ protection and moisturizing.
Hand hygiene has always been important for hospital staff to reduce hospital-acquired infections, and it became even more vital but more difficult to monitor as hospitals filled with COVID-19 patients. Novant Health had already tested an artificial intelligence system for monitoring staff hand hygiene practices, and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Eric Eskioglu credits the technology with the health system's 30% decline in HAIs during the pandemic.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus has slowed some return-to-office plans, but Colin Bates, who leads the Ontario division of Jan-Pro, says that "we're pretty much back at pre-COVID levels [of demand] now." Meanwhile, Claude Bigras of GDI Integrated Facility Services says demand for offerings such as high-frequency cleaning has made up for the fact that some clients have yet to reopen their physical offices.
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last week that mandates "Do Not Flush" warnings on disposable wet wipes be clearly displayed. Wipes manufacturers, product groups and lawmakers have been working to address the problem and the bill is a result of that three-year effort.
Guess What? Your Competitors Are Already Registered for the ACI Convention
Companies from around the cleaning product supply chain are already registering for the in-person 2022 ACI Convention, Jan. 31-Feb. 5 at the Grande Lakes Orlando. What are you waiting for? The ACI Convention provides the industry's best forum for business-to-business planning and networking. ACI members: register you and your teams today on ACI's website. For questions on Convention sponsorships and programming, contact ACI's Meetings Department.
ACI's Communications Team Named PR Daily's 2021 Nonprofit Team of the Year
The American Cleaning Institute's (ACI) Communications Team received PR Daily's Grand Prize for Nonprofit Communications Team of the Year for their innovative and effective efforts to ensure consumers use proper cleaning and hygiene practices amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The winning effort, "Small Team Raises Loud Voice to Educate Consumers on Correct COVID-19 Cleaning Practices," is highlighted on PR Daily's website. "Our communications team is made up of highly trained and dedicated communications professionals who exemplify work ethic and talent, combined with accurate knowledge to deliver cleaning and hygiene information to keep consumers safe. I couldn't be prouder of this team and the recognition of our work when it counted most during the first year of the pandemic," said ACI CEO Melissa Hockstad. ACI news release