Archive | September, 2008

California signs green chemistry bills

California’s version of European chemical regulation REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances) might come to town sooner than later by the indication of new Green Chemistry bills, SB 509 and AB 1879, signed yesterday by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. SB 509 requires California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to establishes a website […]

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The rise and fall of mercury

The use of mercury could slowly die out as Europe and the US recently passed a ban to export one of the most infamous element in chemical history. Yesterday, the US Congress approved the Mercury Market Minimization Act of 2008, which would ban the export of elemental mercury, prohibit federal agencies from selling or distributing […]

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Agencies place melamine measures

The Chinese melamine scare has spread far and wide across the globe (proving the powerful reach of China-made products) and so the European Commission announced several measures last week to protect Europeans from melamine-contaminated milk (and other melamine-contaminated products). The Commission banned all China-sourced products for infants and young children that contain any percentage of […]

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Unsealing Green Seal

Lots of news going on concerning the soap and detergent industry. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) sent a press release a couple of days ago about their objections on a revised environmental standard for industrial and institutional (I&I) cleaners developed and published by the non-profit green certification company Green Seal. Here are some of […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’ve been juggling several work loads recently (and expecting more next week) so I apologize to the green blog readers if my posts seem to be sparse these past few days. The good news is most of the stories I am working on (three stories right now) is all focusing on green. Watch out for […]

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No plastic bag ban from Wal-Mart

Much to the relief of the chemical and plastic manufacturing community, the big box retailer giant Wal-Mart opts to reduce, reuse and recycle instead of implementing plastic shopping bag bans.Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced its goal to reduce its global plastic shopping bag waste by an average of 33% per store by 2013, amounting to more than […]

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Plug-Ins better than hybrids

Here’s a year-long study from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) proving that a plug-in electric vehicle has more advantages than a standard hybrid and more so over the current traditional cars. Here are some of their selling points: The plug-in hybrid achieved 67 MPG, a 60-percent increase over thestandard hybrid’s 42 MPG and a […]

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Green victory from senate bill proposal

Expansion within the US green sector could further explode if the House of Representatives and President Bush will approve the $18bn clean energy tax incentives passed by the Senate yesterday as part of the huge Baucus-Grassley bill. The amended proposal replaced the H.R. 6049 energy tax legislation approved in the House of Representatives earlier this […]

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No more explosive fertilizers!

Honeywell can be commended in the development of its new ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer, which the company said is not only as effective as the traditional product but it has lower explosive potential, which is very significant when it comes to cutting back potential terrorism activities. Hard as it may be, the chemical industry should do […]

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P&G files coffee container lawsuit

Lighter-weight container is a green marketer’s tool as well as a way for companies to save millions of dollars in reduced packaging material, fuel and other distribution costs. Which is why Procter & Gamble is suing Kraft Foods alleging that it infringed P&G’s patented lighter-weight Folgers plastic container when Kraft recently introduced in the US […]

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