Archive | June, 2008

Views on green cleaning

ICIS Chemical Business (disclosure: I work for ICIS) published its second soap and detergent issue for the year and like the first one, the global cleaning industry continue its major focus on sustainability, regulation and innovation. As far as the green cleaning trend goes, eco-labeling seems to be a very hot topic within North America […]

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Plumping plastics with ethanol

The US Department of Agriculture’s research unit discovered that distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a coproduct of ethanol production, could be used as plastic fillers. DDGS concentrations between 25 and 50 percent worked best, according to the researchers. Other bio-based fillers such as bamboo, kenaf, corn stover, soybean hulls or even chicken feathers are […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Posts next week might sputter a bit as the blog prepares for another conference involving sustainability and environmental issues in the global surfactants/detergents industry. For now, here are this week’s green news roundup. Biomass plastic in cars Mazda Motor launched its Bioplastic Project with Hiroshima University aiming to develop plastics made from non-food cellulosic biomass. […]

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ex-Fujicolor guy fined for green crime

A former employee of Fujicolor Processing recently plead guilty to cherry-picking samples of the company’s wastewater effluent In Terrell, Texas. According to the Department of Justice, Gerald Lakota presented on their monthly discharge monitoring reports only good sample to meet their facility’s effluent limits required by the discharge permit. He faces up to five years […]

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Who’s the most sustainable of them all?

This new report from the Roberts Environmental Center of Claremont McKenna College might answer the question of what companies are the most sustainable in California. Titled “Analysis of Sustainability Reporting of Fortune Companies in California,” the report contains a compilation of Pacific Sustainability Index scores evaluating the environmental and social reporting of all California companies […]

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To help the weary green travelers…

Unlike other travel review sites, the newly launched social network iStayGreen.org will help eco-conscious travelers find their dream green lodgings, according to the site’s founder. Aside from their Green Leaf rating system, the site’s users can also provide in-depth green review and rate the property’s eco-friendliness. “Our membership will create tremendous social pressure, forcing hoteliers […]

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Green hydrogen for sale

Hydrogen it seems is becoming a very important feedstock for the green future. To make hydrogen production more green (and maybe get it cheaper??), InEnTec Chemical developed its mobile Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) that produces hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from chemical residues that are usually treated as hazardous waste (which are incinerated). InEnTEc is building its […]

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Perc got a reprieve in New Jersey

Perchloroethylene in drycleaning might get a temporary break as two senators from New Jersey proposed a bill that will continue its use through 2011 while the Department of Environmental Protection conducts a study on alternative drycleaning solvents. According to the Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance, the bill responds to concerns raised by the drycleaning industry about […]

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EU emissions down in 2006

Member states of the European Union are happy to note that their overall greenhouse gas emissions in 2006, as reported by the European Environment Agency, is down 0.3% from 2006 for EU-27 and 0.8% for EU-15. The EU Commission said the result puts them on track to meeting Kyoto Protocol emissions target. Total emissions in […]

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Hot air news

My pile of wind news is bursting at the seams so I’d better released them now… Major wind energy generator GE said it achieved more than 115 million hours of operation through its installed global fleet of 1.5 megawatt wind turbines. The company also said today that federal tax incentives for wind energy projects (which […]

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