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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Textile industry needs 'major rethink' to cut down on waste
The textile industry is the next dirty frontier when it comes to the need to recycle and reduce the amount of clothing that finds its way into landfills and oceans, a Zero Waste conference sponsored by Metro Vancouver heard Wednesday. Source: Vancouver Sun, 11/1/17

Monday, November 6, 2017
Leading the Green Revolution
Libraries inspire their communities through green initiatives. Source: American Libraries, 11/1/17

Swedish government considers action on preservatives in cosmetics
The Swedish government is considering action on problematic preservatives in cosmetic products, after a closed consultation on a report by its chemicals agency (Kemi). Source: Chemical Watch, 11/2/17

Is it time to retune our mindsets?
The frame with which we approach big challenges is crucial. Source: GreenBiz, 11/6/17

The high cost of exposing workers to chemicals at point of use
The tip-and-pour method, as well as poorly designed pumps, can expose workers to injury and companies to significant financial losses. Source: Manufacturing Chemist, 1/27/17

Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals
Open-surface plating chemical tanks often commit hazardous mist and vapor crimes. Source: Products Finishing, 11/1/17

Artist, fashion designer to make water bottles from Flint into clothing
Artist Mel Chin is hoping to turn something that's become a daily annoyance for Flint residents into something that can be used for good. The Houston, Texas native turned conceptual artist has teamed up with fashion designer Tracy Reese and the Queens Museum in New York City as part of his Flint Fit project that will turn water bottles from the city into raincoats, swimwear and other articles of clothing. Source: MLive, 10/30/17

Friday, November 3, 2017
Device refurbishers assess critical issues
Nearly 300 IT product refurbishing experts convened in New Orleans this week to consider industry trends and to address barriers to growth. The event was the 14th annual Electronics Reuse Conference, now operated by the consulting firm E-Reuse Services. Source: E-scrap News, 11/2/17

iPhone X Release: The Human Cost of Apple's Most Expensive IPhone Ever
Ten years of metronomic iPhone launches has not muted the mania surrounding the release of the iPhone X--dubbed by Apple as "the future of the smartphone." But beneath the din of delayed deliveries and overpriced devices are resurfacing allegations of human rights violations at supplier factories, including worker protests and abuse. Source: Newsweek, 11/3/17

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Marijuana farming hurts environment, new study finds
Planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse, according to a new study. Source: Science Daily, 10/31/17

Building a better plastic bottle
DuPont, Corbion, and Synvina pilot furan-based polymers made from sugar but must confront PET's dominance. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 10/31/17

Are the packaging wars coming to California?
The state of California potentially is embarking on a mandatory comprehensive program to address packaging waste. This is in line with what some other national, regional and local governments are considering for their respective jurisdictions. The European Union, many Canadian provinces, China, India and the state of Connecticut -- to name just a few -- have adopted regulatory programs to manage and reduce packaging waste. Source: Waste Dive, 11/1/17

Arsenic declines in public drinking water
NIEHS-funded researchers reported that exposure to arsenic in drinking water was significantly reduced among Americans using public water systems after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered maximum levels of arsenic in 2006. Source: Environmental Factor, November 2017

Reflecting the importance of software in the research landscape, OSTI has launched the Alpha version of DOE CODE, a new software services platform and search tool for software resulting from DOE-funded research. DOE CODE is an open source platform that makes it easy for DOE-funded researchers and scientific software developers to share scientific software and discover other DOE-funded code. It also offers code repository services for DOE developers in OSTI's open source GitHub community repository and in a DOE-hosted GitLab instance. Source: U.S. DOE, 11/1/17

McCormick's recipe for packaging that's more sustainable
Mike Okoroafor, vp, global sustainability & packaging innovation, discusses the key ingredients of McCormick & Company's sustainable packaging projects. Source: Packaging Digest, 10/30/17

Senators Introduce Bill to Reduce 'Colossal and Completely Preventable Waste'
Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Tuesday requiring federal agencies to come up with solutions to the waste caused by oversized eyedrops and single-use drug vials, citing a ProPublica story published earlier this month. Source: ProPublica, 11/1/17

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers
Once the mainstay of weekday lunchboxes and thrifty home cooks, leftovers today constitute the single largest source of edible food waste in U.S. homes, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. Source: Washington Post, 10/31/17

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