Archive | April, 2008

Get your insurance from SOCMA

Worried about sudden plant inspections? Is the facility you’re buying up to regulatory requirements? Want to assure your reliability to your customers? Joe Acker says you’re in good hands if you’re a member of SOCMA. The president of Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association wrote in his blog last week about performance improvement programs such as […]

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Weekly News Roundup

In this week’s news – more opportunities in emissions reduction technology; solar investments going strong (I think I mentioned that for the past few weeks); and new advances in green chemical processing. Certifiably 100% green Independent testing laboratory Beta Analytic has certified that Braskem’s new green butene is 100% made from renewable raw materials. The […]

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Ciba, Syngenta got green-bashed

Several Greenpeace activists exercised their climbing skills last week when they scaled several towers inside Ciba’s chemical complex in Basel and put up banners demanding Ciba and another Swiss chemical firm Syngenta to pay towards toxic waste spill clean-ups in the region. Greenpeace wants Ciba to pay CHF 400m (Euro 245m, $400m) and Syngenta CHF […]

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Screening sunscreens

As previously mentioned in my last blog, consumer watchdogs continue to smear the safety reputation of certain cosmetic chemicals such as the sunscreen oxybenzone. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is demanding the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the safety of oxybenzone after a recently released study is said to link the ingredient […]

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Green is hot for retailers

Sustainability-driven consumers and natural beauty products will continue to play significant roles in the retail market this year. According to market data provider Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the consumer market for sustainable products and packaging is still in the early stages of development and majority of the business is still carried out among niche players. […]

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Hardware show struts green stuff

It seems that every trade shows on the planet, from electronics to cosmetics to auto, are now featuring green products or has a green theme.In this year’s National Hardware Show on May 6-8 in Las Vegas, new green products ranging from trash cans to purifiers to storage, will be highlighted on a separate show floor […]

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Happy Fossil Fools Day!

Climate change activists in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, have declared April 1 as their Fossil Fools Day and to show their holiday spirit, they simultaneously protested today in front of several sites, stores and facilities of companies they accused of responsible for runaway carbon dioxide emissions. Activists in Nottingham blockaded the offices […]

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New green chemicals offerings – March Madness

Plastics and wastes seem to be the focus of new green products and technologies launched last month and here are some of them: 1. Plastinum blendymer plastics – Plastinum Polymer Technologies commercialized its first compounds made from recycled mixed post-consumer plastics manufactured using the company’s Blendymer technology. Plastinum said the technology is currently the only […]

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