Archive | February, 2008

Retailers stop toying with standards

No more child’s play for retailers when it comes to selling toy products. Toys “R” Us and Wal-Mart recently announced stricter standards for their toys’ product safety requirements such as increased quality assurance testing and reduction or phaseout of certain chemicals and metals in toys. Toys “R” Us said all of their products in the […]

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New green chemicals offerings

The chemical industry is no fool when it comes to the green trend. Companies might whine about regulations and environmental groups’ biases against chemicals but the bottom line remains – they will offer what their customers want. Here’s a roundup of some of the new green products I came across within the past few weeks: […]

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Philips’ green products light up

Marketing green products is paying off big time for electronics giant Philips. The company reported a 33% sales increase on green products last year at EUR 5.3bn ($7.8bn) compared to EUR 4bn in 2006. Green products sales in Philips’ global healthcare, lighting and consumer businesses now account for 20% of the company’s total 2007 sales. […]

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BASF bares carbon soul

European chemical company BASF SE said it is the first company ever across the globe to present a comprehensive carbon balance for its operations. The analysis include emissions from raw materials, to manufacturing of their products and ultimately disposal of their products. Life cycle analysis of key 90 products were also assessed and verified by […]

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Finding Nema in California

No this is not Nemo’s sister but could be Nemo himself…except a little bit altered. Toxicology researchers from Southern California released a study stating hormone-altering chemicals are escaping sewage-treatment plants and finding their way in coastal ocean waters, according to this LA Times article. In the study, higher levels of flame retardants and plastic additives […]

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R&D news roundup

Research and development on carbon dioxide is rising. As mentioned in my old CO2 post in December, there seem to be a lot of focus on the storage, reduction or new applications for this greenhouse gas. Dow Chemical formed a joint venture with power generation technology company Alstom to develop and commercialize amine-based carbon dioxide […]

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Green people wanted

Today’s the President’s Day holiday and I planned to take a break from my green blogging. However, it seems that I can’t escape. When I woke up this morning the first thing I heard when I turned on my TV was about the green trend opening up tons of new, profitable job posts, as reported […]

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NYC trashes e-waste

Recycling of old computers, printers, and other electronic products will soon become mandatory in New York City, according to this New York Times article. The City Council passed a bill that will fine $100 on anyone who throws away their e-waste in the trash starting in 2010. Manufacturers are also required to take back their […]

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Coke high on recycling

Coca-cola says its long term target is to recyle or reuse 100% of the aluminum beverage cans it sells in the US. How long it will take for that goal to reach remains uncertain. The same objective is also planned for the company’s PET (polyethylene) plastic bottles. By the end of the year, Coca-Cola estimates […]

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Be my green valentine

Thinking of what to give your environmentally-conscious, die-hard go-green sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Surprise him or her with these “green” products guaranteed to offset her carbon-filled heart. 1. Cosmetics and skin care You won’t have a hard time with these ones as there are so many natural-based/organic cosmetic products being hawked out there. Are they […]

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