Eliminating Harmful Chemicals from Your Household Products

| February 24, 2020

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I have just recently starting swapping out my old household cleaning products for new, safer versions that contain fewer harmful chemicals. This can be a daunting process for most people including me! I am by no means an expert in this process, and I have debated whether I should write a blog article about it. However, I decided to go ahead and share with you what I have learned so far, and maybe we can go through this process together.

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Carpenter Co.

Carpenter Co. is one of the world’s leading producers of flexible polyurethane foam, processed polyester fiber and many other types of related products. We are a privately held manufacturer with sales of approximately $1.6 billion and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia where we were founded in 1948. Carpenter manufactures bedding and furniture foam, carpeting cushion, consumer products, expanded polystyrene, air filtration media, polyether polyols, chemical systems, and tire fill.

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Chemical Accidents Lead To Increase In Investigations

Article | February 17, 2020

In the last two years, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has launched investigations into seven separate chemical accidents or explosions in the Houston area. Prior to 2018, the CSB only conducted roughly one investigation per year. Investigators believe that the massive increase in accidents which require an investigation by the CSB is due to a variety of factors such as the large number of chemical companies in the Houston area, the age of the infrastructure, and companies being allowed to self-regulate. Many of these explosions and fires have directly led to the deaths of workers, bystanders, millions of dollars in property damage, and the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents who risk being exposed to toxic chemicals.

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SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises

Article | February 17, 2020

SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmental future. In a follow-up post – which I will publish on Thursday, 1 July – I will offer some suggestions about how we can avoid an outcome that nobody of course wants.Both posts are meant to be provocative, challenging and controversial because only through debate, and sometimes outright argument, will we get to the answers. If you disagree after either or both posts have been published, great, that would be good. In fact, I would love to hear from you whatever your views at john.richardson@icis.com. The petrochemicals industry can do this; we can fix this if we create the right forums for ideas and then solutions. Let me provide the background first. Let me start by examining developments in the refinery industry and the implications for petrochemicals as important background. Then I will look at a sample of ICIS petrochemicals demand growth forecasts for 2020-2040. I will conclude by providing the bleakest of bleak outcomes for the world in 2025

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CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT

The multi-million dollar polymers opportunity: continued big regional price differentials

Article | February 17, 2020

POLYMER BUYERS outside northeast (NEA) and southeast Asia (SEA) have a big opportunity to save millions of dollars on procurement costs during the rest of this year through purchasing more from the two regions.The opportunity has arisen because I believe that NEA and SEA polymer prices will remain very cheap relative to most of the world until at least the end of 2021. NEA comprises China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Our definition of the SEA region is Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.NEA and SEA producers can also make a lot of money by constantly monitoring and acting on strong arbitrage opportunities in other regions. As supply disruptions in the US look likely to continue, Europe and South & Central America seem particularly good opportunities for both buyers and producers.Before we discuss why I see NEA and SEA remaining cheap relative to most of the rest of the world until at least the end of the year, let us consider in more detail the size of the prize, starting with the resin buyers.

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COVID-19’S IMPACT ON CHEMICAL SUPPLY CHAINS

Article | February 17, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant impact on chemical supply chains. Here we take a look at some of the chemicals that have been affected: Sanitization products such as Isopropyl Alcohol have experienced skyrocketing demand. Unfortunately, manufacturers are simultaneously dealing with problems that are preventing them from supplying at full capacity. While two US producers are experiencing production issues, another is having trouble with raw material Acetone supply. A fourth US producer is scheduled to restart production of IPA, but this material will take a few weeks to come online. Meeting this unprecedented demand is proving to be a challenge, and prices have increased sharply.

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Spotlight

Carpenter Co.

Carpenter Co. is one of the world’s leading producers of flexible polyurethane foam, processed polyester fiber and many other types of related products. We are a privately held manufacturer with sales of approximately $1.6 billion and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia where we were founded in 1948. Carpenter manufactures bedding and furniture foam, carpeting cushion, consumer products, expanded polystyrene, air filtration media, polyether polyols, chemical systems, and tire fill.

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