Archive | September, 2008

The new green leagues

You can’t have a green industry without green associations and there have been several new groups that came out just this year. This is just in the US unfortunately but anybody who can give me a new green group list (anywhere), I’ll be happy to share it with the green blog readers. 1. Bioplastic Council […]

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More BPA-free bottles

I was debating with myself whether to post another bisphenol-A (BPA) story as it’s getting to be too repetitive. Another study, this time from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reported that the estrogenic chemicals are found in urine samples and that they have a strong link in diseases such as cardiovascular, type […]

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Tires on the road to green

You don’t usually associate Danisco, globally-known for its yummy biscuits, in producing rubber tire chemicals. However, Danisco’s biotechnology company Genencor has been active in producing renewable-based chemicals and fuels, and just this week announced a joint collaboration deal with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to develop biobased isoprene – a key feedstock in rubber tire […]

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Breakthrough in sugar chemicals

Another eureka moment in the world of green chemistry is Genomatica‘s development of sugar-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO), a key feedstock in the manufacturing of hundreds of industrial chemicals for making plastics, rubber and fiber products. The privately-held company, which has the backing of several Silicon Valley venture capital firms, said it was able to create […]

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Top sustainable companies

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) released yesterday its Top 100 global chemical companies based on their financial performance, and Germany’s BASF topped the chart with $85bn (EUR61bn) in 2007 sales. Just less than a week ago, BASF was also picked as the top sustainable company within the chemical sector by the Dow […]

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Vegetable seed cleans up toxic soils

Irish scientists are looking at the vegetable oilseed rapeseed, which is currently being used as a raw material to produce biodiesel, to also help clean up soils that are contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, copper, zinc and chromium. By injecting the rapeseed plant with metal-resistant bacteria, not only can the oilseed deal with […]

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Drilling to save the environment

Here is another interesting economic analysis (with a little facts and numbers for those who like hard data) from the New York Times on US offshore drilling. According to Robert Hahn, director of the Reg-Markets Center at the American Enterprise Institute, and Peter Passell, senior fellow at the Milken Institute, coastal drilling in restricted US […]

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Eastman on cosmetic sustainability

The green blog is fortunate enough to get Jim McCaulley, Eastman Chemical‘s global market development manager for Cosmetics and Personal Care, to provide some cosmetic sustainability insights through, I believe, is the blog’s first podcast. According to McCaulley, sustainability is a big trend that will continue to grow and dictate the needs of consumers in […]

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Here comes China melamine..again

After a spectacular Olympic event in China, you’d kind of forget some of the tainted food and consumer goods problems that the country faced before then. Unfortunately, there has been another recent tainted food problem going around in China and this time it affected infant formulas. According to today’s New York Times report, the Chinese […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The US Gulf Coast, where major oil and gas refineries are located, is preparing for hurricane Ike’s fury, which means we might expect fuel costs to go up in the very near term. That said, various renewable energy associations are still waiting for Congress to extend tax breaks for alternative energy such as wind, solar, […]

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