15:00 | 13.10.2017
Dow Provides Solutions and Education to Promote Healthy Living through Handwashing

More than one million people are killed by water, sanitation and
hygiene-related disease each year.1 One of the most effective
and affordable ways to prevent the transmission of disease is through
handwashing with soap. This is why Dow
Home & Personal Care – a business unit of DowDuPont Materials
Science Division – has made it a priority to promote healthy handwashing
with its innovations and support of Global
Handwashing Day, Oct. 15.

Global Handwashing Day was established to educate consumers on the
importance of handwashing with soap. For less than a minute per wash,
handwashing can help people around the world live a healthier life. Dow
participates in the event to share its commitment to provide
cost-effective solutions to make handwashing more accessible, last
longer and feel better on skin.

“Although it may seem like a simple solution, many people don’t realize
the important and positive health impact of soap,” said Eunice Heath,
environment, health, safety & sustainability (EHS&S) global director for
Dow Consumer Solutions, which includes Dow Home & Personal Care. “Our
hand soap solutions are developed to use less water and resources, meet
local water conditions and provide accessibility to more people in
regions around the globe.”

Dow’s ingredients that promote handwashing and drive positive change,
POLYOX™ Water Soluble Polymers: create an enhanced soap
formulation that lasts longer and provides better value with improved
sensory feel. Unilever used POLYOX Water Soluble Polymers to improve
its Lifebuoy soap and provide an affordable hygiene solution to
economically challenged regions.
ACULYN™ Rheology Modifiers: suspend active ingredients and
bubbles to adjust flow properties, enhance texture and stabilize, even
at low pH values. It enables milder cleansers and thickens body wash
formulations. When combined with suspended particles ACULYN Rheology
Modifiers deliver multi-functional cleansing products with specialized
beauty benefits, such as moisturizing, exfoliating or anti-aging.

Dow is a strategic partner with the Global Handwashing Partnership and
facilitates global events to educate and promote proper handwashing
practices. To see if an event is taking place in your community, visit
the Global
Handwashing Partnership’s interactive map. Through Dow’s 2025
Sustainability Goals to engage employees for impact and commitment to
global citizenship, the company is partnering with organizations in
community-based efforts to encourage people to wash their hands with
soap at critical times, including:

In Singapore, DowCorps volunteers and employees of one of the
business’ customers will teach local children in Singapore how to
effectively reduce the spread of germs and disease through proper
handwashing during an event on Oct. 30, 2017.

In Ghana and Kenya, Dow and community partner Global Communities are
holding local events to educate children on proper handwashing
techniques, as well as procure/install/repair handwashing stations in
schools. Up to 2,000 residents will be positively impacted by these

“By partnering with local organizations and our customers on local
education and community handwashing initiatives, we can advance the
well-being and health of society,” said Rob Vallentine, director of
Global Citizenship for Dow and president of The Dow Chemical Company
Foundation. “Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity for us to engage
our employees, our expertise and our science as a bridge to address
global challenges and develop community solutions.”

To learn more about Dow Home & Personal Care’s technologies that
encourage healthy handwashing, please visit
and follow @DowHomePersonal.
About Dow Home and Personal Care Solutions
Through its Home and Personal Care business, part of the Dow Consumer
Solutions Portfolio, Dow offers unique innovations that empower brand
owners around the world to create products with exceptional performance
and exciting new benefits consumers can see and feel. Our expansive
portfolio serves a wide range of applications across home and personal
care markets from skin and hair care to fabric care and beyond. Our
novel solutions help enable products that are unique and memorable, and
meet the growing demands of today’s consumers. We continue to bring
forward innovative technologies and formulation solutions that
differentiate our customers’ products, enhance the consumer experience
and sustain the environment. With business centers, research and
development (R&D), manufacturing plants and customer applications
centers around the globe, Dow has the expertise and foundation to foster
global and local innovations.

Please visit
for more information.
About DowDuPont Materials Science Division
DowDuPont Materials Science, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE:
DWDP), combines more than 200 years of science and technology knowledge
to passionately develop what is essential to human progress. The
division drives innovation that extracts value from the strongest and
broadest chemistry and polymers toolkit in the industry to help address
many of the world’s most challenging problems. DowDuPont Materials
Science’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of
specialty chemical, advanced materials and plastics businesses deliver a
broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions
for customers in high-growth end-markets such as packaging,
transportation, infrastructure, and consumer care. DowDuPont intends to
separate the Materials Science division into an independent, publicly
traded company. More information can be found at
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