Archive | May, 2008

Mother’s day green extravaganza

I’m actually giving my Mom just a bunch of tulips and a pink cute address book (she likes to call a lot of people) with a pink pen attached. However, for those who really like to splurge for their environmentally-conscious moms, here are some suggestions: 1. Eco-Lux Mattress – Your mom might stop complaining about […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I received a suggestion to break out the Weekly News Roundup and make it as an individual post. That can be done but let me know what you think about it. For now, here’s this week’s news bites from ExxonMobil’s CO2 remover to Solvay’s garbage-powered plant in Germany. A cool way to remove CO2 ExxonMobil […]

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Cooking up new uses for soy

Biodiesel might be upstaging some of soybean oil’s industrial use but the quest continues to find new application for the versatile vegetable oil. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) discovered a new potential use for soy oil in pharmaceutical and and personal care markets. Soy oil-based polymers known as hydrogels have been developed by the […]

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Sustainability is profitable for DuPont

Providing sustainable solutions will be a high growth business for DuPont’s Performance Materials segment, according to the group’s vice president Diane Gulyas. In Bank of America’s Basics/Industrial conference, Gulyas highlighted DuPont’s participation in high growth, end-use markets such as photovoltaics for solar cells, advanced metals replacement, and renewably sourced polymers. She said that a critical […]

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Juiced on plastics

Plastic is the beverage industry’s best friend. Despite the ongoing hoopla on bisphenol-A and plastic bottle pollution, the beverage industry would rather have the cheaper and more energy-efficient plastic than using glass bottles. Manufacturers are instead assuring consumers that their plastics are recyclable, BPA-free, and soon, some will even be biodegradable. Healthy beverage company Fuze […]

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A Mom’s day gift from Sierra Club

US environmental group Sierra Club is giving mothers across the country a mercury-free bag of lawsuits against coal-powered plants. Sierra Club is asking the 30 coal plant developers across the US to go back to the drawing board and develop new plans to control mercury and other toxic pollution before the plants may be built […]

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Bubbling organic war

After giving a warning to several natural personal care products manufacturers on their supposed organic labeling misdemeanor, organic soap manufacturer Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps filed a suit last week against the said manufacturers the company calls organic cheaters. The suit also included organic certification group ECOCERT and the newly formed OASIS. Hain Celestial, Kiss my […]

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Sustainability as a Status Symbol

Sustainable Business.com reported the growing business model of using Sustainability as a Status Symbol. Do you think this is tacky? I don’t think this is a subtle form of greenwashing but I could be wrong. I personally think this will help boost the sustainability cause and if renewable energy companies can get money out of […]

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Plight of the Canadian ducks

The recent Canadian ducks’ death need to be avenged and not just by mere apologies. Greenpeace Canada says big oil players are ducking (sorry, just can’t help it!) their responsibility in the deaths of more than 500 migratory birds because of their oil sands project in Alberta. The project’s operator, Syncrude, apologize profusely in its […]

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Biotech recap

Last week’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing conference in Chicago was a well of news and information for green journalists. The debate on food versus biofuel was a constant issue while biomass refineries was the most talked about topic for the whole 3-day meeting. Attendance of major oil companies were most noticeable and […]

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