Chemical makers make strides to become more sustainable

November 8, 2019

article image
Chemical products are often criticised people who claim that natural alternatives – or water alone – are more sustainable. And paper-based consumables also attract condemnation from those who fear for our forests. But are manufacturers of these products being judged unfairly, asks ECJ? Sustainability is becoming more complicated all the time as we strive to strike a perfect balance between people, planet and profit. Everything we produce and consume now comes under scrutiny. Was it made ethically, from responsibly-sourced materials and by well-paid adults? How far did the raw materials travel in order to reach the production site? And at the end of its life, is the product recyclable - and what effect will it ultimately have on the planet? In the cleaning and hygiene sector, it is the paper and chemical industries that are often singled out for criticism.

Spotlight

Americhem Inc.

Founded in 1941, Americhem, Inc., is a global organization that specializes in custom color and additive masterbatch solutions. Our clients enjoy access to products with superior performance and batch-to-batch consistency, backed by complete technical support that ensures quality, reliability and value. Americhem operates six manufacturing plants worldwide with Central Research & Development facilities. We pride ourselves on solving highly complex technical problems and delivering a level of service far beyond expectations. Our custom solutions are created by becoming fully immersed in each customer's business, goals and vision. Working as an extension of our customers’ workforces, our collaborative, value engineering approach is evident in each step of every project by: •Serving as customer consultants by drawing from an established knowledge base with technical acumen and product expertise gained through years of work in the lab, production and field service.

OTHER ARTICLES

Transporting biological and chemical materials - what you need to know

Article | February 13, 2020

The landscape of biological and chemical logistics has changed rapidly - as have the regulatory frameworks around it. What has not necessarily kept pace is the end-user understanding of the nature of these logistical processes, their opportunities and their constraints. Twenty years ago, the transmission of biological and chemical materials was limited to a small range of organisations: usually national and international research companies, hospitals, major university departments, police and military departments with forensic responsibilities.

Read More

Setting record straight on testing harm in chemicals

Article | February 13, 2020

The modern world is built on chemicals, be it the medicines we use, or cleaning fluids, crop protection products, or the raw materials for everything from laptops and mobile phones to clothes and furniture. Across all, we have created an entire modern society with chemicals, and, as a result, constantly stretched the size of the world population we can feed, clothe and shelter. Yet, balancing all the gains from the modern chemistry around us against any negative environmental and human impact has been a rising concern, making for ever greater focus on testing and on risk assessment.

Read More

Why chemical characterization is the best way to assess patient risk

Article | February 11, 2020

Everyone is very familiar with the phrase when buying a house: All that really matters are three things - location, location, and location. This same principle applies to extractables and leachables chemistry analysis – the three things that truly matter are identification, identification, and identification. The greatest growth in the past ten years in demonstrating the safety of medical devices and container closure systems for drugs has been using analytical chemistry to determine what chemicals can leach from the device and what the patient is exposed to during its intended use.

Read More

How Chemical Companies Benefit from the Experience Economy

Article | February 10, 2020

To feel or experience from a business engagement started with customer experience mainly in the consumer products business. Today it has extended to even knowledge industries like the chemical industry where experiencing or feeling can be leveraged to include all stake holders from customers primarily to employees to supply chain people & suppliers and all else. With digital technologies this has become easier than before. The benefits from promoting the ‘feel’ or ‘experience’ emotion could be multifarious for the chemical industry as described in this article.

Read More

Spotlight

Americhem Inc.

Founded in 1941, Americhem, Inc., is a global organization that specializes in custom color and additive masterbatch solutions. Our clients enjoy access to products with superior performance and batch-to-batch consistency, backed by complete technical support that ensures quality, reliability and value. Americhem operates six manufacturing plants worldwide with Central Research & Development facilities. We pride ourselves on solving highly complex technical problems and delivering a level of service far beyond expectations. Our custom solutions are created by becoming fully immersed in each customer's business, goals and vision. Working as an extension of our customers’ workforces, our collaborative, value engineering approach is evident in each step of every project by: •Serving as customer consultants by drawing from an established knowledge base with technical acumen and product expertise gained through years of work in the lab, production and field service.

Events