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Registration Table Open and Opening Remarks
Registration Table Opens
Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Brittany Onslow | Conference Producer, Smithers
  • Brian Sansoni | Senior Vice President, Communications, Outreach & Membership, ACI
Session I: Marketplace Trends and the Future of Cleaning
Cleaning Is Caring: Where the Industry is Headed in a Post-Pandemic World
The essential nature of cleaning products and their chemistries was demonstrated globally throughout coronavirus pandemic. While the unprecedented demand for many products has subsided to a degree, manufacturers are working to ensure that common sense cleaning, hygiene, laundering and disinfecting practices remain front-and-center in all facets of life. The American Cleaning Institute’s new “Cleaning is Caring” campaign is sending a powerful message that cleaning should no longer be viewed as just a chore or to be taken for granted, but is crucial to public health and well-being, showing care for each other and ultimately ensuring a healthy, safe and robust future for us all.
 
Melissa Hockstad | President & CEO, ACI
Dosage in Laundry Care; Why does it Matter?
Dosage on the surface appears pedestrian; slow glacial change over long periods, intersected by brand led compaction activity and bouts of regulation. The truth is, dosage in laundry and dishwashing is a complicated business driven by supply side forces, impacting not only the brands themselves but ingredients, packaging and retail partners. Evidence in 2020 suggests we have already seen the beginning of the end of dosage as we know it, in the world’s high value markets.

Changing market forces will, in the matter of a decade, revolutionise age old practices like laundry, to the point where they will become less recognisable, with new levels of complexity necessitating a radical departure from current dosage practices. This change of course brings with it significant opportunities through the act of disruption. While in time these trends will penetrate the developing world, we are looking very much at a two-tier system which places even more emphasis on getting the element of human intervention right in some of the world most populous and lower income regions.

This presentation has a core focus on automatic laundry and automatic dishwashing detergents.
 
David Mackinson | Research Manager, Euromonitor International
Session II: Regulation in the Age of Pandemic - What Has Changed?
EPA’s Safer Choice Program
  • Overview of the Safer Choice Program
  • How Safer Choice relates to the EPA’s DfE program for certification of disinfectants
  • The presence of DfE-certified products on the Office of Pesticide Programs’ List N

Clive Davies | Chief of the Design for the Environment Program (DfE), Safer Choice, US EPA
Networking Break
Financing Packaging Recycling and Recovery in the U.S – Has the Time Come?
Join AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton for a lively discussion about the latest developments in several states in the U.S. actively considering packaging producer responsibility legislation and the leadership role AMERIPEN is taking in those discussions, on behalf of the entire packaging value chain, with its packaging recycling and recovery financing principles, objectives and policy. He’ll also touch on labeling and recycled content legislation as it intersects with packaging producer responsibility.
 
Dan Felton | Executive Director, AMERIPEN
Washington State’s SB5022: Recycled Content Requirements for Household Personal Care Plastic Bottles
In May 2021, Washington governor signed SB5022 into law.  Championed by Senator Mona Das, this bill addresses improving recycling and helping reduce plastic waste.  A key component is a requirement that plastic bottles and jugs, greater than 8 oz, for household personal care products must be made of at least 50% post-consumer recycled content by 2031. Many companies have made commitments for increased sustainability, including their packaging.

Mona Das | Washington State Senator
Heather Trim | Executive Director, Zero Waste Washington
 
Recycled Content in Cleaning Product Packaging: Implementation in Washington and Other National Trends
ACI continues to be a credible voice for the cleaning products industry. This past year, ACI established forward-thinking packaging principles, ambitious circular packaging commitments and comprehensive guidelines to create the groundwork for recyclable packaging. Brennan will review these recycled content commitments, the status of SB5022 implementation in Washington state and proposals from other states for mandated recycled content.
 
Brennan Georgianni | Director, State Government Affairs, The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)
Lunch Break
On the Reduction and Measurement of 1, 4-Dioxane Formation in Alcohol Ether Sulfates
New regulations regarding the allowable amount of 1,4-dioxane present in consumer products are being imposed or proposed in various states. The new lower limits have a significant effect on the raw material ingredients allowed to be used in the formulated products. Formulators are challenged to find alternatives and meet the new regulations. For example, alcohol ether sulfates (AES) are widely used in various consumer products and 1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of their sulfation process. There are several process factors available to control the levels of 1,4-dioxane in AES including using Narrow Range Ethoxylation (NRE) catalyst. The increased effectiveness of using NRE catalyst, compared to KOH catalyst, at reducing 1,4-dioxane in the AES will be discussed. In addition, it is critical to have qualified analytical methods for measuring and reporting the 1,4-dioxane level. Mass spectrometry and flame ionization detection methods with gas chromatography were developed for this purpose and will be discussed. The methods can reproducibly detect limits below the newly regulated 1 ppm maximum allowable concentration.
 
Nelson Prieto | Senior Research Scientist, Sasol
Session III: Cleaning Your Home When It is the Home Office
Converting to Green Brands in the Age of a Pandemic
Demand for household care products has boomed with people spending more time at home and more time cleaning in an effort to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
 
Stew Lawrence | CEO, CleanWell, LLC
Use of Human Coronavirus 229E as a Surrogate For Testing In Suspension, Carrier, Airborne Room Disinfection and Textile Standard Test Methods
The outbreak of respiratory infection with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus has emerged as a serious global public health threat. It is the third time in the last two decades that an animal coronavirus has emerged to cause epidemic infection in humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and the infection has spread across almost all countries and regions of the world. The challenge for category 2 laboratories across the globe was to find a closely related surrogate to enable rapid testing and allow companies to bring more anti-viral products to market. Methods Following the announcement, a closely related Human Coronavirus, 229E, which causes upper respiratory tract infection in healthy individuals and serious disease in patients with comorbidities, was rapidly obtained. The strain was utilised in suspension (EN 14476), carrier (EN 16777), airborne room disinfection (EN 17272) and textile (ISO 18184) test methods and was used to differentiate the activity of a wide range of products. Results Stock titres of between 1 x 106 and 1 x 108 TCID50/mL were utilised across the assays. The virus remained stable during each assay in suspension or when dried onto surfaces. Between 1 x 105 and 1 x 106 TCID50/mL Human Coronavirus, 229E was recovered from the negative controls outlined in each standard. Across each standard tested, high, mid and low effectiveness was observed following testing with a range of products. Discussion Chemical disinfectants and biocides have played a crucial part in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Utilising the 229E surrogate either helped companies to claim activity against coronaviruses or aided them in their development of their products. The data gathered over 12 months demonstrated the reproducibility of the assays with the Human Coronavirus, 229E and the ability of the virus to demonstrate a range of activity demonstrated by surface sprays, antimicrobial wipes and pre-treated surfaces.
 
Dr. Marnie Peterson | Chief Scientific Officer & US Managing Director, Perfectus Biomed Group
Networking Break
Session IV: Addressing the Unprecedented
Panel: Supply Chain Demand and Partnerships
This panel discussion will address supply chain challenges and lessons learned. Our panelists will also cover how new product development and formulations changed over the pandemic in response to material shortages, etc.

Panelists Include:
  • Lisa VanDreumel | Director, Inventory Management, Walgreens
Additional panelists to be announced
Session V: Supply Chain Demand and Lessons Learned
Protecting Workers: Lessons Learned and Current Challenges with the Use of Antimicrobial Agents
Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, antimicrobial agents, especially disinfectants, are being used in the workplace at a higher frequency than ever before and are expected to continue increasing in use post pandemic. Several of the active ingredients approved for use in disinfectants by the EPA, many of which are on List N, are still actively being researched from exposure and toxicological perspectives. Two examples of such active ingredients used in disinfectants are quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) and peracetic acid (PAA), which are used in a wide variety of industries. Particular areas where knowledge is lacking include for not both QACs and PAA along with other active ingredients, includes occupational exposure limits (OELs) and established sampling methodologies. However, despite these limitations, disinfectants are still being used by workers across several industries. Use of disinfectants with active ingredients that are still poorly understood from a health and safety standpoint may increase the potential health risks associated with workplace exposure. Therefore, health and safety professional’s efforts need to be taken to address aforementioned gaps and develop comprehensive plans that balance the needs to control the spread of infectious agents (e.g., SARS-CoV-2, Influenza, Legionella, etc.) and addresses the chemical risks, as well.

Jason Lotter, MS, CIH | Supervising Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk
Corey Boyles, PhD | Senior Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk
Evening Networking Reception
Registration Table Open & Opening Remarks
Registration Table Opens
Opening Remarks
Session VI: A New Age for Cleaning?
Destroying the "Green Doesn't Clean" Myth
There is a widely held consumer perception, based on firsthand experience, that those cleaning products sold as green/more sustainable don't work as well as traditional products - this is further reinforced by online consumer reviews for such products. This paper intends to set the record straight, comparing the performance of a range of more sustainable cleaning ingredients from various classes, and comparing their performance against industry benchmarks showing that there performance is at least as good, if not better than traditional chemistries. As consumers, and hence the household market moves toward more sustainable solutions, we'll demonstrate that currently available technology is indeed available and fit for purpose for formulation development, and that in fact, "green does clean!"
 
Stuart Holt | Global Strategic Marketing Manager – Cleaning, Home and Personal Care, Nouryon
Panel: Changing Overall Behavior in a Pandemic
This panel will address multi-generational marketing, analyzing how people change their behavior and buying habits and how the pandemic has changed their purchasing habits. What does this mean in this new age of cleaning? How will cleaning change in the future?

Panelists include:
  • Rebecca Watters | Senior Household Care Analyst, Mintel
Additional panelists to be announced!
Meeting Evolving Consumer Expectations
This presentation will address how evolving consumer expectations are transforming consumer careline services, and unprecedented trends throughout the pandemic and beyond.
 
Edurne Ozaeta | Consumer Relations Director, Reckitt
Wellness and Hygiene and Creating a Healthy Home
Industry experts think strong demand will continue this year, and manufacturers are adding new features inspired by the pandemic. Some manufacturers are adding UV lights to refrigerators, either to combat the growth of bacteria in water-filtration systems or to sanitize shelving.
 
Jill Notini | VP, Communications and Marketing, AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers)
Networking Break
Session VII: Packaging Design | Understanding the Consumer Angle
Panel: Changing Packaging and Product Design Based on Trends and Consumer Demand
In this panel discussion, our panelists will address the following questions:

What are some of the elements that determine product design? How does this change with consumer demand influence? When designing packaging, what are some essentials needed for design and how does that change for e-commerce? How have you changed your product design or packaging?

Panelists Include:
  • Oscar Xoy | Global Packaging Engineer, Colgate-Palmolive
  • John Stickney | Director, Home Care R&D, P&G
Additional panelists to be announced.
Lunch Break
Chemical Recycling – Enabling Circularity of Difficult to Recycle Plastics into Packaging and Products
Chemical Recycling is an advanced recycling process that, when used with a mass balance allocation methodology, enables difficult to recycle plastic waste streams to be diverted from landfills or incineration. The recovered materials can then be used to make virgin quality base chemicals, which are in turn converted into plastic packaging and ingredients for cleaning products.

Chemical recycling compliments other recycling processes like mechanical recycling while offering valuable benefits.  This presentation will cover basic information on the process, allocation methodology and the benefits Chemical Recycling is providing in the quest to provide sustainable end of life solutions for plastics.

Co presented by:
  • Michael Capracotta | Technical Manager, Home Care and I&I, BASF Corporation
  • Thomas McKay | Sr. Program Manager, Circular Economy Solutions, BASF Corporation
Session VIII: Sustainability – Where Are We Now?
Panel: Safe, Circular & Responsible Cleaning: Using the Cradle to Cradle Certified Framework to Create & Communicate Sustainable Products
As “green cleaning” moves into the mainstream, ingredient suppliers, brands, retailers, consumers and investors are broadening their focus to the entire supply chain and to the many dimensions of sustainability – ingredient safety, circularity, climate, water and soil, and social responsibility – for product and packaging.  As a result, clear sustainability metrics for ingredients, developed with industry and stakeholder input; resources to help brands identify and assess their formulations and packaging for sustainability; and trusted, third-party certifications that recognize levels of achievement are becoming increasingly important for suppliers and brands to evaluate, improve and market their products. 
 
In this panel we will briefly describe the global approach of Cradle to Cradle Certified and how leading household and professional cleaning products companies, such as GOJO and Blueland, and suppliers such as IFF, are leveraging the Cradle to Cradle Certified framework to advance their sustainability and circularity efforts.

Moderated by: Monica Becker | Director of Beauty, Personal Care and Household Products, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Panelists Include:
  • Dylan Beach | Sustainability Manager, GOJO
  • John A. Mascari | Co-Founder & COO, Blueland
  • Michael Hershkowitz | Global Director, Product Sustainability, IFF

Monica Becker | Director of Beauty, Personal Care and Household Products, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Biodegradability of Polyvinyl Alcohol Based Film Used for Liquid Detergent Capsules
Questions and potential misperceptions have arisen about the potential contribution of liquid detergent capsules to the environmental microplastics issue. The film of these detergents is highly water soluble, also in cold water, as it must fully dissolve during every type of washing process. Water-soluble grades of polyvinyl alcohol, the most commonly used detergent capsule film material, are recognized to be biodegradable. This presentation will show data to confirm biodegradability by means of ready biodegradation screening tests, across a range of polyvinyl alcohol detergent grade films. The high water solubility in itself implies that detergent capsule films are not within the micro-plastic scope. Furthermore, their biodegradability ensures there is no concern for persistence or accumulation in the environment.
 
Yash Parulekar | Head of Product Strategy, Stewardship & Regulatory, MonoSol, A Kuraray division
Sustainable and Multifunctional Cleaning With Probiotic Ingredients
Consumers are increasingly concerned over the potential impact that chemical cleaners can have on the health and safety of their families and on the environment. To address these concerns, we have turned to the power of nature and introduced probiotic cleaning ingredients that offer sustainable and multifunctional cleaning benefits. These probiotic ingredients incorporate a blend of application specific bacterial strains selected for their ability to degrade a wide range of organic soils, including fats, proteins and carbohydrates. By breaking down these soils, the probiotics also effectively eliminate odors that can be generated by these substances in hard to clean areas of the home. The probiotics also break down odor molecules directly as they are generated, as demonstrated in a series of consumer panels. Data will also be presented to show that these probiotic ingredients work synergistically with 100% bio-based surfactants, enabling the formulation of a sustainable and multifunctional cleaning system that reduces the need for traditional surfactants and lets nature do the work.
 
Scott Jaynes | Applications Manager, Croda, Inc.
Session IX: How Are You Certifying Your Product?
Leaning into the Health Benefits of Green Cleaning Products
The COVID-19 pandemic raised unresolved national questions about what it means to clean for health, and businesses, schools and consumers are hungry for science-based information.  Third-party certifications can provide confidence that products are verified for health, safety and performance. Learn about the latest trends in product certifications, including the health and sustainability attributes end users are looking for today and how to meaningfully communicate about the impacts and benefits of cleaning products amid a growing focus on indoor air quality.
 
Doug Gatlin | CEO, Green Seal
Closing Remarks & Conclusion of Conference