Chemical recycling offers a way to create a circular plastics economy

January 8, 2020 | 169 views

As public desire to tackle plastic pollution of the natural environment continues to grow, action being taken across the food industry is to be commended in many cases. However, the scale of the challenge that remains is vast. There is a danger that unless a larger-scale solution is implemented rapidly, the demonisation of one of the most versatile materials at our disposal, which has made an immeasurable difference to human health, will result in unintended but serious consequences. An increase in food waste, for instance, at a time when the threat of global food shortages is very real. The reality is that reducing our use of black plastic or using digital watermark technologies to improve the efficiency of mechanical recycling processes will only take us so far

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A company founded in 2000 with a global impact. We look for much-needed technological breakthroughs designed to deal with more current issues. Our products are designed for cost effective and friendly application as well as on waste minimization of hydrocarbon and organic food waste, bioaugmentation, soil and water restoration, biological maintenance solutions, odor control and pollution prevention initiatives.

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Transporting biological and chemical materials - what you need to know

Article | June 6, 2022

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.

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Setting record straight on testing harm in chemicals

Article | July 22, 2021

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.

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Why chemical characterization is the best way to assess patient risk

Article | August 8, 2022

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.

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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.

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A company founded in 2000 with a global impact. We look for much-needed technological breakthroughs designed to deal with more current issues. Our products are designed for cost effective and friendly application as well as on waste minimization of hydrocarbon and organic food waste, bioaugmentation, soil and water restoration, biological maintenance solutions, odor control and pollution prevention initiatives.

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Quantix Joins Alliance to End Plastic Waste

PRnewswire | May 26, 2023

Quantix, North America's leading supply chain services company to the chemical industry, announced today it has joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance), a global non-profit organization that brings together government, companies and communities to end plastic waste in the environment. Quantix is the 31st member in North America to join the Alliance, which has over 70 members including founding member companies such as BASF, Chevron Phillips Chemical, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Procter & Gamble and Shell. "We understand that no viable solution to ending plastic waste can come from any individual company alone, but rather a combination of all of us working together," said Chris Ball, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quantix. "Solving the challenges of reducing plastic waste and redefining how it can be used and repurposed is complex, and we are committed to working with the Alliance and its members to take action toward these goals and more." As a member company, Quantix will participate in projects with other Alliance members to brainstorm and push initiatives forward to create opportunities within the circular economy. Those initiatives will focus on plastic collection, sorting, processing and recycling. Quantix is uniquely positioned to support these efforts with its vast infrastructure of supply chain assets located where plastics are both made and produced. "The Alliance has been a catalyst for more than 50 projects across 30 countries," said Natalie Stirling-Sanders, Chief Advisor, Head of Americas, Alliance to End Plastic Waste. "The solutions that are being supported are often ground-breaking and enabled by strong collaboration amongst all players across the plastic value chain. We are delighted to welcome Quantix to the Alliance, and are pleased we now have a logistics company in North America helping to end plastic waste in the environment." Quantix is committed to being a sustainability leader in the supply chain and logistics industry including helping build the new circular supply chain. The company has several active sustainability initiatives including multi-year environmental goals such as converting 25% of its last mile and drayage fleet to alternative fuel by 2030. To learn more about the company's commitment to sustainability, visit https://quantixscs.com/about/sustainability/. About Quantix Quantix is the leading supply chain services company to the chemical industry. It provides the world's largest chemical providers with end-to-end support through a nationwide network and comprehensive suite of services including transportation, 3PL solutions, distribution centers, export/import and Eco-Recovery. Headquartered in The Woodlands, TX with over 80 locations across the U.S., Quantix is committed to providing the highest level of safety, quality, compliance and integrity across its entire operation. Learn more at www.quantixscs.com.

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DayGlo Announces Introduction of Elara Luxe Cosmetic Colorants

DayGlo | March 16, 2023

DayGlo Color Corp., one of the world's leaders in manufacturing daylight fluorescent pigments, has recently announced the introduction of Elara Luxe, its latest innovation in fluorescent color technology for the personal care and cosmetics industries. The Elara Luxe product range, which includes seven new plant-based fluorescent pigments, was created with the notion that clean beauty should never have to sacrifice brilliance. It empowers formulators and transforms the conventional way of thinking about color in the sector. For the very first time, clean beauty products can have the robust and rich palette that clients demand. Elara Luxe pigments provide new opportunities for creating vibrant colors with unprecedented color breadth and intensity. Customers are driving demand for environmentally friendly products that are free of toxic substances. The new product range has no microplastics, which benefits both consumers and the environment. Elara Luxe exemplifies clean beauty standards and establishes a new class of cosmetic colorants derived from all-natural rice protein, a potent union of nature and technology. All pigments are plant-based, naturally biodegradable, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, and halal-approved. Elara Luxe colorants are compatible with oil-based, solvent-based, and water-based formulations. This makes them suitable for a wide variety of applications when utilized in compliance with the usage and restrictions specified in 21 CFR Part 82 Subparts B and 21 CFR Part 74 Subpart C, C, and D. These include cosmetics, temporary hair color, lotions and soaps, lip gloss and lipsticks, face paint, and nail polish or nail lacquer. Will Wooten, VP of Global Sales and Marketing at DayGlo, said, "The Elara Luxe range is a key element of DayGlo's growth strategy." He added, "As America's leading fluorescent pigment manufacturer, we are ecstatic about our latest innovation. Here is a product with the power to revolutionize the palette available to formulators." (Source – Business Wire) About DayGlo DayGlo, founded in 1946, is the world's leading manufacturer of daylight fluorescent pigments, and it creates technology to improve and enhance colors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the company manufactures pigments, inks, toners, coatings, and fluorescent dispersions for a range of applications, including food and beverage, plastics, safety equipment, and consumer goods. Moreover, DayGlo markets the Radiant, Swada, and Sterling fluorescent colorant brands in Europe and other regions.

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Zenni Introduces ReMakes a Sustainable Eyewear Collection Made With Recycled Plastic

Zenni | August 29, 2022

Online eyewear retail leader Zenni announced today the launch of ReMakes™, a new sustainable eyewear collection made with 100% certified recycled post-consumer plastic. ReMakes™ by Zenni are created by collecting post-consumer plastic and repurposing it to produce high quality, stylish frames. Every pair purchased supports the Wyland Foundation and its mission to promote, protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. “Plastic waste is entering the ocean at unprecedented levels, which comes with devastating impacts to marine life. At Zenni, we’re committed to reducing plastic waste entering our natural environment, and taking steps to be part of the solution. We’re proud to release ReMakes™, our first collection of sustainable glasses upcycled from common consumer goods. We’re also excited to begin our partnership with the incredible Wyland Foundation, and work closely with them to bring people together for clean water and a healthy ocean.” Michelle Ticknor, head of social impact and lifestyle partnerships with Zenni Approximately three plastic water bottles are recycled to create one ReMakes™ frame. The on-trend collection includes eight unique, lightweight frame styles named after seas around the world, including six adult styles and two kids styles. The collection is available with the full range of Zenni’s optical and sunglass lenses including its suite of Blokz™ blue light blocking lenses with prices starting at $39.95 for adults and $35.95 for kids. Zenni is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, an international organization whose members contribute at least 1% of profits from specific collections or entire organizations to support environmental causes. One percent of ReMakes™ proceeds will directly support environmental nonprofit Wyland Foundation to help advance its mission to promote, protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. Beyond the launch of ReMakes™, Zenni is partnering with Wyland Foundation to encourage environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects and community events. “We strive to educate people everywhere about clean water and healthy oceans, and are thrilled to work with Zenni to continue that mission,” Wyland said. “Every choice is important – from the glasses you buy to the waste you throw out. ReMakes™ by Zenni give you one more simple choice to help protect and preserve our world’s waterways.” The ReMakes™ by Zenni collection is manufactured with Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification. GRS promotes sustainability and social responsibility on all levels of production. In addition to providing customers a more sustainable way to wear fashionable customizable eyewear, Zenni is also committed to delivering these glasses in a more sustainable way. ReMakes™ by Zenni are shipped in a cylindrical tube made of recyclable paper and include a pouch and lens cloth made from 80% recycled PET fabric (RPET) extracted from plastic bottles. About Zenni Zenni pioneered the online eyewear industry in 2003 with a mission to make prescription eyewear affordable and accessible to everyone. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zenni offers men, women, and children the freedom to express their personal style through high-quality prescription and protective eyewear curated with a sense for fashion and incredible selection. With complete prescription pairs starting at just $6.95, and averaging just over $40, the company has brought massive price disruption to the traditional retail model. With over 45 million frames sold worldwide, a pair of Zennis is owned in every country across the globe. Zenni is proud to be the Official Eyewear of the San Francisco 49ers, Boston Red Sox, Call of Duty League and the Chicago Bulls. Zenni has worked with designers and tastemakers on curations and collections, including Iris Apfel, Rashida Jones, Cynthia Rowley, Coco + Breezy and George and Claire Kittle.

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Quantix Joins Alliance to End Plastic Waste

PRnewswire | May 26, 2023

Quantix, North America's leading supply chain services company to the chemical industry, announced today it has joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance), a global non-profit organization that brings together government, companies and communities to end plastic waste in the environment. Quantix is the 31st member in North America to join the Alliance, which has over 70 members including founding member companies such as BASF, Chevron Phillips Chemical, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Procter & Gamble and Shell. "We understand that no viable solution to ending plastic waste can come from any individual company alone, but rather a combination of all of us working together," said Chris Ball, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quantix. "Solving the challenges of reducing plastic waste and redefining how it can be used and repurposed is complex, and we are committed to working with the Alliance and its members to take action toward these goals and more." As a member company, Quantix will participate in projects with other Alliance members to brainstorm and push initiatives forward to create opportunities within the circular economy. Those initiatives will focus on plastic collection, sorting, processing and recycling. Quantix is uniquely positioned to support these efforts with its vast infrastructure of supply chain assets located where plastics are both made and produced. "The Alliance has been a catalyst for more than 50 projects across 30 countries," said Natalie Stirling-Sanders, Chief Advisor, Head of Americas, Alliance to End Plastic Waste. "The solutions that are being supported are often ground-breaking and enabled by strong collaboration amongst all players across the plastic value chain. We are delighted to welcome Quantix to the Alliance, and are pleased we now have a logistics company in North America helping to end plastic waste in the environment." Quantix is committed to being a sustainability leader in the supply chain and logistics industry including helping build the new circular supply chain. The company has several active sustainability initiatives including multi-year environmental goals such as converting 25% of its last mile and drayage fleet to alternative fuel by 2030. To learn more about the company's commitment to sustainability, visit https://quantixscs.com/about/sustainability/. About Quantix Quantix is the leading supply chain services company to the chemical industry. It provides the world's largest chemical providers with end-to-end support through a nationwide network and comprehensive suite of services including transportation, 3PL solutions, distribution centers, export/import and Eco-Recovery. Headquartered in The Woodlands, TX with over 80 locations across the U.S., Quantix is committed to providing the highest level of safety, quality, compliance and integrity across its entire operation. Learn more at www.quantixscs.com.

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DayGlo Announces Introduction of Elara Luxe Cosmetic Colorants

DayGlo | March 16, 2023

DayGlo Color Corp., one of the world's leaders in manufacturing daylight fluorescent pigments, has recently announced the introduction of Elara Luxe, its latest innovation in fluorescent color technology for the personal care and cosmetics industries. The Elara Luxe product range, which includes seven new plant-based fluorescent pigments, was created with the notion that clean beauty should never have to sacrifice brilliance. It empowers formulators and transforms the conventional way of thinking about color in the sector. For the very first time, clean beauty products can have the robust and rich palette that clients demand. Elara Luxe pigments provide new opportunities for creating vibrant colors with unprecedented color breadth and intensity. Customers are driving demand for environmentally friendly products that are free of toxic substances. The new product range has no microplastics, which benefits both consumers and the environment. Elara Luxe exemplifies clean beauty standards and establishes a new class of cosmetic colorants derived from all-natural rice protein, a potent union of nature and technology. All pigments are plant-based, naturally biodegradable, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, and halal-approved. Elara Luxe colorants are compatible with oil-based, solvent-based, and water-based formulations. This makes them suitable for a wide variety of applications when utilized in compliance with the usage and restrictions specified in 21 CFR Part 82 Subparts B and 21 CFR Part 74 Subpart C, C, and D. These include cosmetics, temporary hair color, lotions and soaps, lip gloss and lipsticks, face paint, and nail polish or nail lacquer. Will Wooten, VP of Global Sales and Marketing at DayGlo, said, "The Elara Luxe range is a key element of DayGlo's growth strategy." He added, "As America's leading fluorescent pigment manufacturer, we are ecstatic about our latest innovation. Here is a product with the power to revolutionize the palette available to formulators." (Source – Business Wire) About DayGlo DayGlo, founded in 1946, is the world's leading manufacturer of daylight fluorescent pigments, and it creates technology to improve and enhance colors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the company manufactures pigments, inks, toners, coatings, and fluorescent dispersions for a range of applications, including food and beverage, plastics, safety equipment, and consumer goods. Moreover, DayGlo markets the Radiant, Swada, and Sterling fluorescent colorant brands in Europe and other regions.

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Zenni Introduces ReMakes a Sustainable Eyewear Collection Made With Recycled Plastic

Zenni | August 29, 2022

Online eyewear retail leader Zenni announced today the launch of ReMakes™, a new sustainable eyewear collection made with 100% certified recycled post-consumer plastic. ReMakes™ by Zenni are created by collecting post-consumer plastic and repurposing it to produce high quality, stylish frames. Every pair purchased supports the Wyland Foundation and its mission to promote, protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. “Plastic waste is entering the ocean at unprecedented levels, which comes with devastating impacts to marine life. At Zenni, we’re committed to reducing plastic waste entering our natural environment, and taking steps to be part of the solution. We’re proud to release ReMakes™, our first collection of sustainable glasses upcycled from common consumer goods. We’re also excited to begin our partnership with the incredible Wyland Foundation, and work closely with them to bring people together for clean water and a healthy ocean.” Michelle Ticknor, head of social impact and lifestyle partnerships with Zenni Approximately three plastic water bottles are recycled to create one ReMakes™ frame. The on-trend collection includes eight unique, lightweight frame styles named after seas around the world, including six adult styles and two kids styles. The collection is available with the full range of Zenni’s optical and sunglass lenses including its suite of Blokz™ blue light blocking lenses with prices starting at $39.95 for adults and $35.95 for kids. Zenni is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, an international organization whose members contribute at least 1% of profits from specific collections or entire organizations to support environmental causes. One percent of ReMakes™ proceeds will directly support environmental nonprofit Wyland Foundation to help advance its mission to promote, protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life. Beyond the launch of ReMakes™, Zenni is partnering with Wyland Foundation to encourage environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects and community events. “We strive to educate people everywhere about clean water and healthy oceans, and are thrilled to work with Zenni to continue that mission,” Wyland said. “Every choice is important – from the glasses you buy to the waste you throw out. ReMakes™ by Zenni give you one more simple choice to help protect and preserve our world’s waterways.” The ReMakes™ by Zenni collection is manufactured with Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification. GRS promotes sustainability and social responsibility on all levels of production. In addition to providing customers a more sustainable way to wear fashionable customizable eyewear, Zenni is also committed to delivering these glasses in a more sustainable way. ReMakes™ by Zenni are shipped in a cylindrical tube made of recyclable paper and include a pouch and lens cloth made from 80% recycled PET fabric (RPET) extracted from plastic bottles. About Zenni Zenni pioneered the online eyewear industry in 2003 with a mission to make prescription eyewear affordable and accessible to everyone. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zenni offers men, women, and children the freedom to express their personal style through high-quality prescription and protective eyewear curated with a sense for fashion and incredible selection. With complete prescription pairs starting at just $6.95, and averaging just over $40, the company has brought massive price disruption to the traditional retail model. With over 45 million frames sold worldwide, a pair of Zennis is owned in every country across the globe. Zenni is proud to be the Official Eyewear of the San Francisco 49ers, Boston Red Sox, Call of Duty League and the Chicago Bulls. Zenni has worked with designers and tastemakers on curations and collections, including Iris Apfel, Rashida Jones, Cynthia Rowley, Coco + Breezy and George and Claire Kittle.

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