Dow Chemical is hosting a lecture series at the University of Michigan this week to teach people who make purchasing decisions and other business leaders about sustainability. "To solve pressing sustainability challenges, people who make daily purchases of services and goods for companies or as individuals need to better understand fundamentals of sustainability," Dow Consumer Solutions executive Erica Ocampo says.
The American Chemistry Council and companies are urging states to streamline the permitting process for plastics-to-fuel plants by considering them to be manufacturing sites instead of landfills or waste facilities. "We're pleased to see legislation that attracts new businesses and supports job creation by treating post-use plastics as raw materials for 'manufacturing' and not as 'waste,'" said ACC's Craig Cookson, noting that Iowa and Tennessee recently passed similar legislation.
Bans on the use of polystyrene food containers don't necessarily lead to increased recycling, says Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council regarding a proposed bill in Colorado that would ban the material beginning in 2024. Cities that ban PS often discover that it results in a "litter substitution situation," he says.
President Donald Trump must act quickly to remove all tariffs on Chinese products, wrote the American Chemistry Council and other Americans for Free Trade members in a letter on Monday.
PolyOne has been committed to sustainable products and plans to continue pursuing growth in the segment in 2019 after generating $1.3 billion in related sales between 2016 and 2018, says Vice President of Sustainability Walt Ripple. "We have a wide portfolio of sustainable products that can reduce weight and improve recyclability," he says.
Industry stakeholders brainstormed ways to increase curbside recycling and discussed other trends, such as the Recycling Partnership's focus on contamination education, at the recent Residential Recycling Summit. The How2Recycle labeling program is another effort to help the public understand what can and can't be recycled.
Leaders can avoid the overconfidence trap by surrounding themselves with people who will give them honest feedback and being willing to question their own assumptions, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Overconfidence may be part of management today but savvy managers are those who keep it in check," he says.
Huntsman invited students from school districts in the Port Neches, Texas, area to its Environmental Education Center on Thursday to learn about the company and its role in the local environment. "It's neat to see how a chemical plant is a very important piece in the community," says Site Director Chad Anderson.
The Environmental Protection Agency has until mid-July to decide whether it will ban the use of pesticide chlorpyrifos in the US, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled on Friday. The agency previously said that science connecting the substance to developmental delays in children "was unresolved."
Wacker Chemie is looking for opportunities to expand its Biosolutions unit, noting the segment surpassed $250 million in sales in 2018. "We have not set an upper limit for our Biosolutions activities, but we intend to increase the business significantly," says President and CEO Rudolf Staudigl.