Archive | November, 2008

Weekly News Roundup

I intentionally delayed the weekly news roundup so the birthday post will be prominent all day yesterday (did I mention I like receiving congratulation comments??). Here is last week’s green news. It seems that there are a lot more gloom-and-doom scenario from various energy-intensive industries – chemicals, steel, paper, power, and other industrial and manufacturing […]

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Obama cabinet picks

I just received a suggestion from amorris19 that Dow Chemical’s Andrew Liveris should be picked as Obama’s new Secretary of Energy. He (or she) reasoned that Dow should know firsthand the need to conserve and diversify domestic energy resources; the need to focus on energy efficiency (starting from manufacturing to transportation/distribution to consumer); and the […]

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Happy Birthday to the green blog!

November 8 was the blog’s one year anniversary and I am glad to say that within a year, the blog has been able to generate almost 500 posts (460 right now and counting) and almost 100 comments (1 million++ if you count junk comments)! According to the higher beings who track the blog’s progress, the […]

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The Obama Nation: Will it be green?

Now that Obama is going to be the next president and the US Congress will be dominated by the blue party, there were a lot of optimism in the green sphere as well as slight pessimism (sometimes diplomatically called cautiously optimism) in the chemical and manufacturing sectors. According to ICIS news, there are high expectations […]

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No more free NYC plastic bags?

The plastic industry has often been heard this year accusing several US municipal governments of making them their scapegoat by supplementing city coffers with taxes or charging fees for the use of plastic products such as water bottle or supermarket bags. They might be right this time when Mayor Bloomberg of New York City announced […]

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Cheap mushroom band-aids

Scientists from my birth country, the Philippines, are said to have developed band-aids made from the fibers of the edible mushroom volvariella volvacea (incorporated in fibrous materials from agro-industrial wastes, alginate or stabilizer and textile fiber). The mushroom induces the repair of tissues while inhibiting microbial growth. The band-aid itself is said to be non-toxic, […]

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GreenExchange in San Francisco

A very exciting green event is going to be held in January next year in San Francisco. ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) is co-sponsoring a roundtable event within a newly launched green chemistry program called GreenExchange at InformexUSA, an annual tradeshow for buyers and sellers in the fine, custom and specialty chemical […]

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Chemicals enhance green Jaymobile

Plastic producer SABIC says it was able to help Jay Leno’s lean green 650 horsepower EcoJet machine to be more fuel efficient using the company’s lightweight Lexan GLX resin. The talk-show host of the Tonight Show has been working with General Motor’s design team in building his biodiesel-fueled EcoJet supercar, which combines racecar-like performance and […]

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Dow Corning cuts waste

Silicone manufacturer Dow Corning said it made significant progress in reducing their waste partly through its materials conversion program, which converts or recycles its waste, scrap and off-spec silicone materials instead of sending them to landfill or incineration. Materials are then reprocessed into new products that meet customers’ specifications. In Europe, the company said it […]

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EPA’s E-cycling guidelines

The Environmental Protection Agency put out its voluntary Responsible Recycling Practices for electronic waste materials, which can be used as guidelines for accreditation programs to verify that electronic recyclers in the US and outside the US are handling, recycling and even refurbishing their materials in a safe and responsible manner. The guidelines target materials such […]

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