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Big Opportunity for Chemical Firms from Phthalate Phaseout

Plasticizers called phthalates — used in everything from plastic shower curtains to car dashboards — are being phased out of the marketplace due to environmental, health and safety concerns. This presents a major opportunity for chemical manufacturers, such as those that make phthalate replacements, reports Chemical and Engineering News. The … Read more »

Chemical Concerns Drive Natural, Organic Cosmetic Sales

Ninety percent of buyers of natural and organic personal care products in the UK are going out of their way to avoid products that contain synthetic chemicals, according to a Consumer Insights report by Organic Monitor. When asked to name specific chemicals they look to avoid, almost two-thirds of buyers … Read more »

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EPA Adds BPA, 22 Other Chemicals to TSCA List

Twenty-three chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA), seven phthalates and two flame retardants, have been added to the EPA’s list of chemicals for assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Manufacturers of some of the newly added chemicals include Dow Chemical, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, Mexichem S.A.B de C.V., Momentive Performance Materials … Read more »

Hazardous Chemicals Found in Halloween Supplies

Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Party City and Walgreens are among the retailers whose Halloween costumes and party supplies contain hazardous chemicals, according to a study by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project. The project tested 106 Halloween related products, including costumes, accessories, decorations and party favors, and found chemicals that are … Read more »

SIN List Updated, Substitution Tool Launched

ChemSec’s annual Substitute It Now, or SIN list, has been updated with the addition of 28 chemicals identified as Substances of Very High Concern, using criteria defined by the EU’s REACH regulation. In addition, the update marks the launch of SINimilarity, a tool for identifying SIN-like chemicals to assist companies … Read more »

Exposure to Phthalate Drops, Other Chemicals Levels on the Rise

Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates — chemicals often referred to as plasticizers — that were banned from children’s products in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply, according to a study led by researchers at University of California, San … Read more »

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Toxic Chemicals Found in Kids’ Clothes from Disney, Gap, 10 Other Brands

Disney, Burberry, Adidas and other major brands tested positive for hazardous chemicals in their children’s clothes and shoes, according to a Greenpeace investigation. A Little Story About the Monsters in Your Closet details chemicals found in children’s products from 12 clothing brands: Adidas, American Apparel, Burberry, C&A, Disney, GAP H&M, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Building Commissioning, Laptop Chargers, Phthalate Listed

ASHRAE is requesting public input on ASHRAE Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, which describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings using the principlesof ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The proposed guideline is open for public comment until Jan. 20, … Read more »

Victoria’s Secret, Benetton Commit to ‘Detox Fashion’

Victoria’s Secret parent company Limited Brands and the Benetton Group have agreed to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020 after pressure from Greenpeace to sign on to its Detox campaign. Greenpeace says today’s commitment from Limited Brands includes a process to stop using phthalates … Read more »