Resources: Bulletins

Alternatives: Are FRs Necessary?


A critical approach to chemicals in products in general and plastics in particular is to ask: Is it necessary? For example, is a flame retardant…
10 23, 2014


Government policies drive, somewhat ironically, both the use and restriction of FRs. International, regional, national, state, and local fire safety regulations and flammability standards drive…
10 16, 2014
Facts on Flame Retardants


Global consumption in 2012: 3.9 billion pounds (lbs). With consumption expected to increase to 5.2 billion lbs by 2018 for a compound annual growth rate…
10 09, 2014
Health Effects of Flame Retardants (FRs)


FRs and their adverse health effects are a seemingly ubiquitous topic in scientific journals. Today we provide a snapshot in the table below of the…
10 09, 2014
Chemical Manufacturers Increase Production of Non-Phthalate Plasticizers


Reflecting market movement away from phthalates, both BASF (DINCH plasticizer) and Eastman Chemical (DEHT plasticizer) are increasing their production of alternative plasticizers that score better…
10 02, 2014
Strategies for Identifying Safer Alternatives to Plasticizers


The solution to hazardous plasticizers like DEHP is not necessarily another plasticizer. The figure to the left from the Plastics Scorecard identifies five solutions to…
10 02, 2014
Solutions to Hazardous Plasticizers


The dominant movement in the marketplace is to alternative plasticizers to DEHP and other phthalates. Yet this is the less preferred solution to avoiding PVC…
10 01, 2014
Recent Studies—Health Effects of Phthalates


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) on Phthalates released its final report in July. Its literature review suggests that prenatal…
09 25, 2014
Databases on chemicals legislation


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09 21, 2014
Chemical disclosure policies


It’s now the law in: Vermont: Act No. 188 (S 239) requires manufacturers of children’s products to notify the State if the product contains a…
09 18, 2014
Flame retardant & PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) restrictions continue to prosper


It’s now the law in: Maryland: HB 229 bans children’s products containing the flame retardants TDCPP (tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate) and TCEP (tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate). New York: AB 4741 /…
09 18, 2014
California to ban plastic bags

9/5/14 California Legislative Information Bulletins

Coming soon: California: SB 270 would make the State the first to enact a statewide ban on plastic bags. The bill passed the Assembly &…
09 18, 2014
Assessing progress in greening electronics

9/3/14 Greenpeace Bulletins

According to the latest Greenpeace report, brands are making progress in reducing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in products. Apple is…
09 11, 2014
Health care wants furniture without unneeded flame retardants

9/10/14 Health Care Without Harm Bulletins

Brominated and other flame retardants are losing the health care market. Four health care providers -- Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical…
09 11, 2014
Target and Walmart cleaning up the supply chain?

9/8/14 Dara O'Rourke GreenBiz Bulletins

The two US retail giants joined together with their supply chain last week in Chicago at the “Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit.” At…
09 11, 2014
Is edible packaging sustainable?

2014 WikiPearl Bulletins

Some novel innovations aimed at reducing waste have been garnering attention this summer, including one pioneered by the company WikiFoods, Inc. The company describes its…
09 04, 2014
Washington State initiates action on PCBs as concern grows about contamination in pigments and dyes

Washington Department of Ecology Bulletins

While the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banned new production and most uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), it allowed some historical uses to continue…
09 04, 2014
Cleaning up the supply chain: Apple limits hazardous chemicals in manufacturing

9/1/14 Apple Bulletins

Apple placed restrictions on benzene, beryllium, n-hexane, trichloroethylene (TCE), and other chlorinated solvents in manufacturing operations as part of its new Regulated Substances Specification.  Apple…
09 04, 2014
Cleaning hands but contaminating the Great Lakes

7/11/14 GreenScreen Clean Production Action Bulletins

A new report from the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Clean Production Action (CPA) uses GreenScreen® to evaluate two antibacterial chemicals and concludes that…
08 11, 2014
BizNGO Applauds Senator Merkley’s Bill to Reduce PBTs Press Release

7/24/2014 Mark Rossi Bulletins Press Releases

Businesses praise bill to avoid chemicals of high concern to human health and the environmentBusiness leaders today urged the U.S. Senate to pass the Protecting…
07 24, 2014