Archive | December, 2008

‘Tis the season for green donation

Green bucks is usually the best donation for a worthwhile cause but I guess biobased materials will also do. Cargill said it teamed up with its customer Healthier Choice, a premium carpet cushion manufacturer, in donating over 1,500 square feet of carpet cushion and underlayment made in part with Cargill’s BiOH polyols to Habitat for […]

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Solar group demands new policies

Various groups, companies, associations and industries seem to be eager to present their own blueprints to the incoming administration on how to create green American jobs starting next year. In this instance, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), comprised of over 800 member companies that manufacture, distribute, sell, design, own, install and finance solar power […]

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Meet Mr. Ellie Pooh

I seem to be getting a lot of animal-based news this week. Here’s another one forwarded by my secret informant from the American Oil Chemists Society. A company called Mr. Ellie Pooh (yes, that is really their name) has recently received CO-OP America‘s 2008 Green Business Leader Award. This innovative Brooklyn, NY-based company sells 100% […]

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Wal-Mart creates green council

The emperor of retailers has formed its own Green Jobs Council comprising representatives from Wal-Mart’s kingdoms ..err..divisions, as well as representatives from its suppliers across various industries. Wal-Mart said the Green Council will facilitate the creation of US green jobs starting off with Wal-Mart’s recent initiative to source some of its Texas stores’ electricity from […]

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Sugar-based acrylic glass

An interesting development from the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is the manufacture of polymethyl methacrylate, also known as acrylic glass, made from natural sugars, alcohols or fatty acids using a certain enzyme called 2-hydroxyisobutyryl-CoA mutase. The scientists involved in the project discovered the enzyme in a newly isolated […]

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Cow tax emits panic

You’d think the chemical industry has big problems when it comes to carbon emissions, but the US agriculture industry is said to be in a state of panic about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The EPA has been gathering comments, which ended last week Friday, about […]

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US wind gains speed

ICIS co-blogger Barbara Ortner told me two weeks ago that my post about the top 10 wind turbine spenders in the US are registering more than a hundred visits per day. Meanwhile, I’ve been getting so many press release about wind energy investments, joint ventures, etc. in the past few weeks (see some examples below). […]

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Green chemicals for the month

Here are some of the new green chemicals introduced in November. I’m predicting a lot more of these new “green” alternatives will come out next year… 1. Ticona’s green flame retardant – Ticona Engineering Polymers launched its halogen-free enhanced Celanex® 6842 flame retardant series with improved processability and equivalent properties that give designers and manufacturers […]

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Calling all green folks

Now that California is implementing its Green Chemistry law, the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is looking for candidates to fill its Green Ribbon Science Panel slots. The Panel is comprised of experts that will provide advice on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations and implementation strategies. DTSC says the Panel will ensure that […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I am back this week and proud to say that I [along with my sisters] did our best to help our ailing economy by shopping non-stop for two days. I am not sure, however, if I want to see my bills that will arrive before Christmas. Speaking of shopping, there was no noticeable plastic shopping […]

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