Archive | September, 2008

Regulatory and sustainability in cosmetics

On the second day of the HBA cosmetic show in New York City as I attended some presentations on their third annual regulatory summit, the buzzwords that frequently circulated throughout the program were green, California, bisphenol-A, phthalates, REACH, consumer advocacy groups, organic, certification, and of course regulation. According to Rupert Day from Milbar Labs, each […]

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Zero waste in Japan

While working on another article about the Japanese green movement, I came across this interview from BBC News about a small town in Japan called Kamitkatsu, where its mayor implemented a zero waste policy since 2003. There is no garbage collector in this neighborhood and all residents have to compost their food waste and separate […]

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Cosmetic show in full green force

I’ve been running around at the annual HBA cosmetic event in New York city for the past two days and that led me to not being able to do my blogging job, for which I apologize. Fortunately, the 3-day show is full of green news, events and presentations. For my stories on new green packaging […]

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Drill! Drill! Drill!

It was no surprise that one of the main focus in last week’s Republican convention, especially during the speech of the vice presidential nominee (and current Alaska governor) Sarah Palin, is the need for oil drilling.Here’s an excerpt from her speech while the crowd chanted “Drill! Drill! Drill!”: “Take it from a gal who knows […]

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Warning on solar fraud

Ever had solar panels explode in your face? Or does your rooftop seems to glow in the dark? Maybe you should have checked if your solar panel contractor is legit. The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) released this advisory a couple of days ago warning consumers to be careful about the growing fraudulent solar […]

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Chems profit from the sun

Clean energy equates to profitability for several chemical companies. It seems more so when it comes to the solar market where the race is on to produce the cheapest and most efficient photovoltaic materials. For example, Germany-based Evonik is really giddy about the bright prospect of solar market in Europe. The company said it has […]

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Get your green MBA

I’ve been taking some classes this fall and somebody suggested for me to take a look at this new MBA (masters in business administration) program being offered at the Brandeis International Business School, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The business school just launched their Global Green MBA designed to address the growing issues of corporate social, […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I am off again today visiting Rhodia’s new North American research and technology center in to Bristol, Pennsylvania. According to my google source, the lab’s research team develops and launches about 20 new products, and files an average of 20 new patent applications each year. I’m sure there are green chemistry brewing around there somewhere. […]

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BPA saga continues

Is bisphenol-A (BPA) in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resin safe for use or not? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there is no health risk associated with the chemical “although” further testing is required. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed that people are safe from the levels of BPA exposure currently found […]

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Low battery? Charged it with vodka!

Here’s a really good invention (according to my non-scientific survey). iPod addicts will probably developed alcoholic tendency as well now that you can charge your beloved MP3 (or any other portable consumer electronics) with vodka or other household alcohol products hidden in your cupboards…..or office drawers. Shanghai-based Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has developed its direct […]

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