Archive | August, 2008

Dwindling virgin plastic demand

Here’s more bad news for plastic producers but good news for the environment. According to ConAgra Foods, a major US packaged food manufacturer, they are planning to recycle 8 million pounds of plastic waste into new frozen meal trays for their brands Healthy Choice®,Banquet®, Kid Cuisine® and Marie Callender‘s® products. I hate thinking of recycled […]

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Stronger US wind power

Here’s a nice cool story from the New York Times about a certain Nebraska town and its growing pride in their windy condition. Ainsworth, Nebraska, according to the article, became the state’s first major wind farm with 36 wind turbines erected in late 2005. Nebraska Public Power District, the state’s largest utility, hopes that within […]

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Organic store bans bottled water

Step aside Whole Foods! This up and coming organic retail chain store from Washington metro area, MOM’s (which stands for My Organic Market) is taking its green initiative to the next level by phasing out all imported bottled water from their shelves. “Once we thought about the amount of energy, oil, and water that go […]

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Bob the green builder

It seems congratulations are in order to more than 1,000 US builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry who just got their green certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). If you want to be green certified, the association said all you need to do is complete 24 hours of […]

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Fire retardant ban rose from the ashes

After being dismissed in California’s legislation floor last year, the bill AB 706 was again revived although slightly amended in August 4 by its sponsor, Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). This time, AB 706 does not outrightly proposed a ban on brominated (BFRs) and chlorinated fire retardants (CFRs) but instead laid the banning discretion to […]

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BPA is safe says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report last week Thursday stating that there is no health risk in the use of bisphenol-A in food containers for infants and adults. The FDA is still proposing more testing strategy to erase the uncertainties surrounding BPA’s use in food contact materials but for now the […]

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Shell’s UK Ad a greenwash?

Companies nowadays have to be careful in using green words when it comes to advertising, as government agencies are getting complaints from green groups…especially maybe if the advertiser is a big oil firm?? Read this new national advertising in the UK from Shell and let me know which word/s or sentence/s gave a greenwash flag. […]

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California: Bright and green

Why is California always seem to be ahead when it comes to ginormous green projects? In the solar sector, Pacific Gas and Electric Company will soon be able to supply enough clean energy to 239,000 homes in California with its recent solar power contracts for a total of 800 megawatts with Topaz Solar Farms and […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The media world is abuzz with the Olympics in Beijing, and even the chemical industry is enthusiastically putting out news releases on how their products contribute to some athletes getting the gold, or how they enable them to break world records, why the LED lights in the ceremony are brighter and colorful, or why Peking […]

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The smaller the better

Ford’s new motto seems to be focus on getting smaller…with their vehicles that is. The company’s new Ford Fiesta, said to be the first of a generation of new global small Ford cars, is now being mass produced in Cologne, Germany. The Fiesta will be tailor-made for each region, Europe, Asia, Americas, and will go […]

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