Archive | December, 2007

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Ford installs bean chairs; strengthens renewable R&D

Ford is going to use soybean-based foams for its 2009 Ford Escape, which will come out next year, according to automotive supplier Magna International. The BioFoam is going to be used in seat cushions, head restraints, arm rests, headliners and occupant protection products. In my Green Autopia article Ford says it also incorporated soy foam-based […]

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The e-waste of Christmas Past

Electronic gifts boomed this holiday and to help dispose your old cellular phones, game consoles, computer, MP3s and other gizmos in an environment-friendly way, some retailers are helping out by announcing their electronic recycling programs. Some have their own domestic recycling site but guess where others are being dumped? as reported by the UK newspaper […]

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Chicago bottled water tapped by tax

Consumer plastics remain under siege with another so-called “Eco-Sin” tax underway this time in Chicago. While San Francisco is now fining grocery/shopping stores that use plastic bags Chicago will soon apply a 5-cent tax on each and every plastic bottled-water sold in the city starting January 1. Several food and beverage retailer alliance is already […]

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Take a bite of green Mac

McDonalds vp of social corporate responsibility, Bob Langert, noted on the company’s blog site their top ten global green initiatives in 2007. Among them includes installing dry urinals in their Swiss restaurants to cut water consumption; converting used frying oil into biodiesel in McDonalds UK; green restaurant constructions in France, Brazil and the US; reduced […]

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The carbon cost of Christmas

Not only will you worry about how fattening holiday dinners can be but now you have to worry about their carbon emission as well. In this article from NutraUSAIngredients.com, researchers from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at Manchester University, UK, found that a typical British Christmas meal for eight (excluding eggnogs and […]

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Wanted: CO2

More great news for the much maligned carbon dioxide. Aside from developing CO2 to make ac refrigerants for automobiles, it is now being used to make plastics and biodiesel. DSM is investing in CO2-based plastic developer Novomer. Novomer says its catalyst technology enables the company to manufacture bio-based building blocks, polymers, compounds and other chemical […]

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EPA says Merry Green Holidays!

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving out tips on how to lessen fuel consumption, CO2 emission and waste during the holidays. Here are some examples: 1. Regifting is ok when it comes to wrapping. Use recycled wrapping paper or gift bags. When shopping for packaged goods, look for the ones with recycled packaging. […]

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Bioplastics stretching out

The global market for biodegradable polymers is expected to reach 1.2bn pounds by 2012 from the 541m pounds estimated this year, according to BCC Research. Growth in the North American market is slower compared to Europe and Asia but is reportedly beginning to show its potential. The global market’s average annual growth rate is estimated […]

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Green Autopia

I am shamelessly self-promoting my article about greener automobiles, which just came on out December 17 and was published on ICIS Chemical Business magazine (Did I mention before that I work for ICIS?). According to my interviews with several chemical companies, the global automotive industry is really becoming more green not only because of the […]

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PVC gets sweeter but is still sour for environmentalists

Solvay will build an ethylene plant in Santo Andre, Brazil, which will used sugar cane-based ethanol as feedstock. The ethylene produced in the plant will then be used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Ethylene and chlorine are the two main feedstock needed to manufacture PVC. Solvay says the Santo Andre plant will be the first […]

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