Archive | April, 2008

Germany in green spotlight

Green activities seem to be expanding and flourishing in Germany. One particular session from the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing conference being held in Chicago this week focused on recent industrial biotech developments in Germany as well as companies setting up shops in the region focusing on emerging renewable chemical platforms and value-chains […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I apologize for the lateness of this week’s news roundup as I’m preparing for next week’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference in Chicago starting Monday April 28. Plenty of green materials to cover from there especially on biobased products and chemicals so stay tune! A natural fit for Yulex The US Food and Drug […]

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Learn your 1, 2, 3s

The Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) released a video statement on Monday clarifying the intended purpose of the marked recycled numbers found on the bottom of most plastic bottles and rigid containers. According to SPI President and CEO William Carteaux, the resin codes are simply to help sort the type of plastics that can be […]

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Earth’s wonders

The US Environmental Protection Agency celebrated Earth Day with a photo contest, and most of the photos are really amazing to behold. Here are this year’s winners. You can also check out the finalists at the EPA website. Category: Enjoying the environment Category: Protecting the environment Category: Nature and Wildlife

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Do you really want to know your footprint?

Last night, I was watching National Geographic’s the Human Footprint show where they visually calculate a person’s average consumption of food and other products in his or her lifetime. My first reaction was, “do they really have to use all those materials and products just to prove what a wasteful human being I am?” I […]

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Cleaners: Start your green engine!

Green and sustainable cleaning is here to stay and that message was loud and clear at the Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals and Personal Care (SODEOPEC) conference I attended last week in Orlando, Florida. In the conference’s green session, scientist Libby Sommer from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was promoting EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) […]

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Celebrating Earth Day…with green reports

Being a dedicated green journalist that I am, I decided to contribute to celebrating Earth Day by sharing some deep insights on the green trend from reports and studies I came across for the past few weeks. Dig in and enjoy reading! Happy Earth Day! From a chemical industry perspective: Toxic Stock Syndrome report from […]

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ACC unleashes recycling symbol

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) new plastic bag logo could induced consumers to recycle their used bags with its bigger and bolder graphics. Definitely way better than the microscopic recycle symbol currently found on the bottom of the bags. The organization has been working hard persuading California to resort to recycling instead of banning plastic […]

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EPA probes scientist dismissal

An interesting article from the Royal Society of Chemistry reported an ongoing internal investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the dismissal of one of its scientist Deborah Rice. Rice was accused of bias by the American Chemistry Council and urged the agency of her dismissal when she made a public statement against […]

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BPA ban heats up

Health Canada’s decision last Friday (April 18) to possibly ban polycarbonate plastic baby bottles because of bisphenol A’s (BPA) safety issues drove a flurry of announcements from consumer product manufacturers to phase out the use of BPA-contained plastic baby products and for retailers to remove some of the said products from retail shelves. Wal-Mart Canada […]

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