Archive | May, 2008

Heinz’ green potatoes and tomatoes

Heinz is planning to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2015 some of them via its potatoes and tomatoes operations. Some of the initiatives include converting potato peels into biofuels as well as recycling 90% of the water used in daily potato production; expanding domestic source of its tomato worldwide to lessen shipping; […]

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US officials introduced kid-safe chemical bill

Proliferating news on leaching chemicals in kids’ mattresses, bottles, toys, and electronics have driven three government officials to introduce a new US chemical regulatory proposal targeting kid safety. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and representatives Hilda Solis (D-Ca) and Henry Waxman (D-Ca) introduced the ‘Kid Safe Chemicals Act of 2008′ that would ensure for the first […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog is going to be off on Monday celebrating Memorial Day in the US, and Bank Holiday in the UK. To quell readers’ disappointments, here are some of this week’s news roundup to fill your green needs until the blog returns. Hot R&D center Dow Corning opened its new $3m solar module and assembly […]

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Trashy stories from Reuters

Caught your attention didn’t it? Here’s several titillating articles (especially if you’re in the waste business) from Reuters on the growing issues and potential profitability of rubbish. 1. Trash and burn: Singapore’s waste problem – With growing population and little land mass, Singapore needs to find new ways to eliminate waste as alternative to incineration, […]

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A solution to road hazardous waste

It was remissed of us (ICIS Chemical Business, the magazine I work for) not to include this important news in our next week’s logistics issue. To compensate, I decided to put this as the blog’s green feature of the week! Presenting: The revolutionary Ipee, a disposable, biodegradable, single-use urine device. It converts the urine into […]

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Don’t play around with GreenPeace

There will be no peace for game console manufacturers unless they fully comply to GreenPeace’s demand. According to the group’s new study “Playing Dirty”, three major electronic manufacturers continue to use chemicals and materials GreenPeace deems hazardous in the game consoles Wii (Nintendo), Playstation (Sony) and Xbox (Microsoft). Through a series of testing, GreenPeace said […]

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ExxonMobil on green defense

ExxonMobil shareholders seem to think that the oil company is lagging behind competitors when dealing with climate change. Several major investors, which include ExxonMobil’s largest share owners plan to vote next week in a resolution that will force the company to address climate change risks. The investors hold over 91 million ExxonMobil shares currently valued […]

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The new JetGreen

JetBlue is changing its color to green through its new environmental initiatives. Here are some of them: Hook up with Carbonfund.org to offer their customers the opportunity to offset their own carbon emissions..via donations. Partnered with Airbus, Honeywell and International Aero Engines for possible future use of biomass-based fuel. Recycling spent jet fuel and oil, […]

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IBM gets their solar idea from kids

Another bright idea to lower cost of solar technology came from the minds of children, according to IBM. Like using a magnifying glass to burn a piece of paper with the use of the sun’s rays, IBM constructed a really large lens to capture the sun’s power using a technology called concentrator photovoltaics. The trick, […]

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Save the bees…with ozone

Here’s another reason why we have to reduce/eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals. According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), ozone might help solve the mystery of the bees’ reduced population by making their hives cleaner and safer. ARS scientists said ozone could break down pesticide residues in the hives as well as kill […]

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