September 16, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

So many news, so little time. I'm still working on an oleochemical post and in the meantime, something is brewing in the cleaning products market that needs to be investigated. Stay tune! In the meantime, here are this week's news roundup (which seems to be focusing on bioplastic these days...)

H&M bans PFCs
Retailer H&M Group will start banning the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in their global supply chain starting January 1, 2013. PFCs are used to for water repellent function mainly on outer wear garments, but also on shower curtains, tents, etc. The company said alternative chemical is being used that has good environmental and health properties.

Ingeo bioplastic stable in landfill
A peer-reviewed article in the journal of Polymer Degradation and Stability concludes that Ingeo biopolymer is stable in landfills with no statistically significant quantity of methane released. The tests according to ASTM D5526 and D5511 standards simulated a century's worth of landfill conditions.

Cardia bioplastic in personal care package
A multinational consumer goods company has commenced in-market validation of their personal care products packaging made from Cardia's renewable Biohybrid resin technology. The undisclosed company is collaborating with Cardia in order to improve the environmental profile of their product packaging.

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