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8/13/2018

Chinese recyclers of copper and other materials are diverting US scrap shipments before China's 25% tariff on such imported materials goes into effect Aug. 23. "The impact will be draconian on both US scrap processors and Chinese consumers," said consultant Michael Lion.

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8/13/2018

Gold Medal Group has proposed to relocate a Philadelphia facility next to a solid-waste management facility. The plan is to use biological-enzyme and mechanical processes to turn mixed waste into a fuel that can be used in such industrial uses as cement kilns, says executive Mike Schmidt.

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8/13/2018

Up to $120 billion of value from plastic packaging is wasted each year, with 72% of such material not being recovered, according to the World Economic Forum. Digital platforms can help companies collaborate, track and trace production materials and measure the impact of their circular strategies, writes SAP's Stefan Guertzgen.

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Manufacturing
8/13/2018

Alba IWS, contracted by Hong Kong to handle disposal of electrical appliances, says it can handle 30,000 metric tons of waste each year. The company offers free collection services and runs a plan for processing such waste.

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8/13/2018

Perricone MD cut prices, discontinued 23 products, altered its brand story and made changes to its packaging and website to boost sales. The changes came after a March 2017 brand study showed consumers were confused about Perricone's products and didn't feel emotionally connected to the company.

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8/13/2018

Beauty brand Lancome and fashion house Proenza Schouler have collaborated on a makeup collection inspired by pop art and fashion. The line melds violet, magenta and other vivid hues with neutrals like taupe and burgundy.

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The Toronto Star
8/13/2018

Misty the Great Pyrenees mix was saved by a team of veterinarians who borrowed from human medicine to surgically treat her congenital valve defect. Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital is one of the only facilities in the US at which veterinarians performed the minimally invasive technique, and they also treated an 18-month-old black Labrador named Cole, the only dog in the world to have two cardiac valves replaced.

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NBC News
8/13/2018

An international study of pet owners found rats more satisfying than cats or dogs to children between 10 and 17 years old. Among other results from the eight-year survey by online resource RightPet, women preferred cats over dogs whereas men liked both species equally.

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Pet Product News
8/13/2018

Pet beds and other furniture are hot items these days, and consumers want compatible style as well as durability, washability and environmental friendliness, makers and retailers say. “Most pet owners are generous when it comes to the needs of their furry family members and usually identify pet preferences as being similar to their own,” said New Hampshire marketer Ira Richards.

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Pet Product News
8/13/2018

Pet owners can pay up to $25 for one of the top four hair and fur removers ranked by Bustle, but the online magazine's choice for best tool overall is the Flint Reusable Lint Roller, only $10 and a mere five inches long. Best for large surfaces: Evercare Pet Mega Cleaning Roller, $22.

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