Archive | November, 2007


San Francisco starts plastic bag ban

Speaking of plastic bags, San Francisco already started eliminating their use (unless they’re biodegradable) in large grocery stores last week, according to San Francisco Chronicle. According to a new policy from the city’s Department of Environment, only retail businesses and smaller grocery stores are still allowed to hand out the bags while pharmacy chains will […]

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Green shopping begins

Thanksgiving is over, and in the US, that means shopping for the holidays has officially begun. This year, perhaps for the first time ever, American consumers are more environmentally conscious when it comes to shopping options, according to Deloitte’s 2007 Annual Holiday Survey. In the report, 27% of shoppers said they will use fewer plastic […]

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Green Chemistry – a growing billion dollar industry

A recent article from the

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Paying farmers to save the ecosystem

Not many kids say they want to be a farmer when they grow up but that could soon change. Farmers are now reaping the benefits of high wheat, oilseeds, corn and other ag-based products prices as well as profits from government incentives. “It’s great to be a farmer these days!”, as one US industry official […]

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BASF talks about Bioplastics

BASF talks about the company’s Ecovio biodegradable plastics on its latest Innovations podcast. BASF said they have wide range of applications such as in rip-proof plastic wraps and shopping bags, shampoo bottles, or food foam containers. Ecovio is made up of corn-based polylactic acid (45%) and BASF’s Ecoflex, a petroleum-based (aliphatically aromatic copolyester) biodegradable plastic. […]

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Honda opens greener solar cell facility

More solar news! Honda Soltec, a subsidiary of the car maker Honda, opened its new solar cell production facility in Kumamoto, Japan. Instead of silicon, the company’s solar cell uses a thin film made up from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenum (CIGS), which Honda said reduces 50% of energy consumed during manufacturing […]

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Solar R&D get an investment boost

The sun is shining for the solar energy sector — considered the most expensive among alternative energy source. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $21m investment for the development of next generation photovoltaic (PV) technology. 25 projects mostly from various universities were selected for the DOE’s MAKE-SOLAR ENERGY-CHEAPER handouts. Each three-year award averages […]

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PPG seeks green star

PPG Industries said it is developing an energy reduction plan for all of its facilities through ENERGY STAR, a program of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) that sets standards for energy efficiency in buildings, products and services. PPG said many of its glass, coatings and paints products under […]

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PolyOne’s Safe Ingredients Warranty

Plastic producer PolyOne immediately stepped up with its guaranteed-safe and regulatory-compliant products through its No Surprise Pledge following the latest recall of Chinese toys allegedly containing a coma-inducing chemical 1,4 butanediol when ingested. “NO SURPRISES PLEDGE” At PolyOne, we are committed to helping you grow your business with safe and environmentally sound solutions. This commitment […]

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Welcome to my first green chemicals blog where we can analyze, dissect and sift through the growing power of the word green. In my seven-year coverage of the fats and oils industry (my editorial day job at ICIS), I’ve been constantly comparing the benefits of oleochemicals –chemical compounds derived from natural fats and oils– versus […]

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