Archive | September, 2008

ExxonMobil Ad axed

After Shell, ExxonMobil is the next Big Oil advertiser to get bitten by the UK media watchdog, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The agency received four complaints challenging ExxonMobil’s television ad that claims natural gas is one of the world’s cleanest fuel. ASA ruled that the ad should not be broadcast again since “it misleadingly implied […]

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Corn in solar panel

Solar is becoming more green thanks to development of several biobased materials. In this instance, solar panel manufacturer Solar Panels Plus developed SPP corn glycol for use as a heat transfer fluid in solar thermal system. The company said the corn glycol is an alternative to traditional petroleum-based propylene glycol. The corn glycol is completely […]

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Sprouting green chemical companies

Another green US company is ready to revolutionize the way chemicals are produced. Segetis, formed in 2006 and funded by Khosla Ventures, just appointed former Cargill employee James Stoppert as its new president and CEO. I remembered interviewing Mr. Stoppert about their corn-based plastics and ethanol a few years ago at Cargill’s Nebraska facility, when […]

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Green chemicals in August

The chemical industry has been busy churning out new biobased and other green chemicals last month ranging from cleaners to cookwares to films and foams. I do wonder how prices of some of these chemicals compare to traditional products. Do they still have premiums over petroleum-based products despite current (still high) crude oil prices? 1. […]

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Spinning a yarn on eco-fibers

While the goal of appliance manufacturers are to clean clothes using eco-friendly machines, the goal of the fashion and textile industry is also to go with the green flow using energy-saving, eco-friendly fibers. ICIS Chemical Business, the magazine I work for featured today the Textiles and Fabrics market, and one interesting topic is that chemical […]

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Washing machines of the future

Yesterday, all in the US were celebrating the Labor Day holiday and it was indeed a labor weekend for me. I agreed to help my sister with her house moving and not only did I find myself paper lining drawers and closet shelves, I also accompanied her into shopping for a new washing machine and […]

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