Archive | January, 2008

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Clorox got bleached with green

Clorox is changing its bleach-white image with a softer, green color. The company got a big buzz (pun intended) in the financial market late last year with its acquisition of natural personal care company Burt’s Bees. The acquisition marked Clorox’s entrance not only in the personal care industry but in the fast growing natural personal […]

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Roaches have their use after all

Environmental groups and some scientists are saying biofuels such as soy-based biodiesel or ethanol are not as that helpful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions because they use insecticides and fertilizers, which they claimed could be harmful to the environment. Scientists from the US Dept. of Agriculture are looking to develop pesticides that have more environment-friendly […]

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New greener chemicals that EPA loves

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given out its 2007 P2 Recognition Project award, which recognizes new chemicals and technology designed for pollution prevention to Clariant, BASF and Chisso America. Clariant got a thumbs up for its Cartaspers PSM, a readily biodegradable chemical designed to keep stickies out in the board-and paper-making process. Paper […]

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Acrylic acid from sugar

Cargill and Novozymes have joined to develop a range of valuable chemical derivatives including acrylic acid from 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HPA) produced from sugar fermentation using bioengineered microorganisms. The US Dept. of Energy is also supporting the project with a $1.5m funding. Acrylic acid is currently produced by the oxidation of propylene. The companies said half […]

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Green Index rises

As the global temperature rises, green trading is warming up in the financial market with several institutions launching their own Green Index. Standard & Poors launched in January 7 its Global Eco Index designed for 30 of the largest publicly listed companies worldwide operating in ecology-related industries, including clean energy production, water utilities and infrastructure, […]

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Greenwashers beware

Regulators worldwide are increasingly being vigilant about any greenwashing business for consumers’ protection and rightly so. The FTC is already looking to revised their Environmental Marketing guidelines through a series of workshops that examines green marketing. In Norway, tighter advertising guidelines on cars are being enforced such as fining car makers if they use the […]

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Carbon offset programs…are they for real?

I once received an offer from a green energy company asking me if I want to reduce my carbon footprint by parting some of my few precious dollars every month to support their wind energy project. They call it selling carbon offsets, meaning, if you feel guilty about your carbon emissions every time you drive, […]

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Global plastic bag crackdown

Several governments are starting the year by planning to reduce their plastic baggage. China plans to ban super thin plastic shopping bags (thinner than 0.001 inches) effective June 1 because of growing plastic pollution problems, according to several news report. Thicker plastic bags will be charged although the Chinese government did not yet provide any […]

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Eco-fashion in vogue

My colleague Barbara Ortner of Chemicals Confidential Blog wrote about a fashion show in Kuala Lumpur where designers used condoms as their textile of choice (the show is about fighting against AIDS). I, of course, looking at the environmental aspect of it, was curious if the condoms were recycled. Consumers will probably not be that […]

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ADM injects earth with CO2

Biofuels and agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) plans to reduce some of their greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from its Decatur, Illinois-based ethanol plant and storing it via drilled wells deep below Mount Simon Sandstone, a major regional saline-water-bearing rock formation in Illinois. According to Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), ADM’s partner […]

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