Archive | January, 2009

NYC mayor plans to tax plastic bag

I just received a press release from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) berating Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to tax New York city residents on their use of grocery plastic bags. City Hall proposed that stores charge customers a 5 cent fee for each plastic carryout bag, which would raise $84m/year for the city. New York City […]

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Wal-Mart to reduce detergent phosphates

Phosphates’ doomed fate in detergent cleaners will probably be sealed this week as big box retailer Wal-Mart announced its plans to reduce phosphates in laundry and dish detergents sold in the Americas by 70% by 2011. Wal-Mart said phosphates from detergents are a significant contributor to water pollution. Wal-Mart pointed out Procter & Gamble’s Ariel […]

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Chemicals: The backbone of green cleaning

As the blog mentioned in the past, there’s no doubt that the green trend is very much prevalent within the cleaning chemicals market although they prefer to call it more as sustainability. Within my first day at the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting held in Florida, a sustainability wall postered with consumer product goods […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is attending the Soap and Detergent Association meeting in Florida and so posts for this week will be erratic (gotta do her daytime job diligently!). For now here is this week’s news roundup which seem to be centered mostly on renewable energy. Trash to Energy system IST Energy launched its new GEM […]

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DuPont’s PFOA progress

I have not realized how vital the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is in many products. Which is why it is probably taking DuPont and probably other PFOA producers and consumers years to develop an alternative chemical. The company’s goal is to no longer produce, buy or use PFOA by 2015 or earlier if possible. […]

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Green chem JVs

Two interesting green chem joint ventures were announced this week. Dow Chemical and German specialty chemicals company Sud-Chemie agreed to research alternative routes in producing chemicals. Converting synthesis gas from coal or biomass to chemicals is one such route, according to the companies. They aim to make this process more efficient and economically viable using […]

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Booming green jobs

Apologies for not being able to post yesterday as I had to line up for registration to my next class which will start on January 26. I will not regale you with the horrors of my College enrollment and instead will hopefully cheer you up (and maybe myself) with the good news of expanding green […]

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Showing green muscles at trade shows

Another year starts for chemical companies to strut their green stuff at numerous trade shows. At this month alone, Rohm and Haas is gearing up for the incoming Sustainable Package Design Expo in Florida. The company says its focus is to educate users on the sustainability aspects of advanced adhesive technologies and newer laminating products […]

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Green chemistry in ICIS

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published on Monday several interesting articles on the fields of green and chemistry. I already mentioned in my previous post about the growth of carbon capture technology and its potential for chemical companies. An article titled “Green is in the air“ interviewed Air Products’ head of the […]

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Re-fashioned plastic bag

Speaking about the Green Inaugural Ball last night and as everybody was talking about Michelle Obama’s making a fashion statement in her “Jason Wu” gown, this press release about re-fashioned plastic bag into couture dresses caught my eye. I was thinking this type of recycled clothing should be mandatory in any green-type events. Boutique store […]

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