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Why Patagonia is Getting into Food?


By Yvon Chouinard, founder, Patagonia 

What’s an outdoor clothing company doing selling food? A similar question was asked of me in 1968, when we were blacksmithing new tools for mountain climbing, and suddenly started selling shorts, shirts and pants. Skepticism seems to rise whenever a company refuses to “stay in its lane,” but as an entrepreneur, I see business opportunities everywhere. As a lover of the outdoors, I see a way to save our home planet and its creatures—including us—from the destructive habits we’ve invented for ourselves. 

In Full Swing: A 2019 TSCA Update


The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed by the United States Congress in 1976, providing the EPA with authority to require reporting, recordkeeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures.

40 years after, the Lautenberg Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016, requiring the EPA to conduct formal reviews of new and existing chemical substances in commerce and determine whether a substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment under the conditions of use.

FDA Bans 19 Antibacterial Chemicals Used in Hand and Body Soaps


The FDA has banned 19 antibacterial ingredients used in hand and body soaps, citing a lack of evidence demonstrating that these ingredients are safe and more effective than ordinary soap for preventing illness. The ban specifically targets consumer products and does not apply to soaps used in hospital settings and food services.

From the Source: EPA -- House Bill Could Delay Review of Toxic Chemicals 'Indefinitely'


"Blood-free" minerals scheme must be binding, EU lawmakers say

Reuters. European importers of minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their goods "blood-free", an influential group of EU lawmakers said on Tuesday, seeking to toughen a proposal to prevent the financing of warlords in Africa.

Pioneering A Sustainable Textile Industry Through Sustainability, Innovation and Collaboration

Huntsman Textile Effects to Present A High-level Overview of Challenges Facing the Textile Industry and the Role of Chemical Companies at Planet Textiles on 22 October, Shanghai
Press Release

Singapore, October 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile industry will be presenting a high-level overview covering the current environmental issues facing the textile dyeing sector in Asia. The presentation will take place in the annual Planet Textiles conference on 22 October at Kerry Hotel, Shanghai New International Expo Center in China.

Igniting the Debate on Flame Retardants: Q&A with Arlene Blum

by Bill Walsh, Executive Director, Healthy Building Network

by Bill Walsh, Executive Director, Healthy Building Network

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