Archive | January, 2009

Renewable Energy in 401(k)

Would you like your company to add Renewable Energy Mutual Funds to your 401(K)? I would. My 401K is probably so depleted by now that renewable energy funds might just be the thing to enable me to retire to Aruba. Just make sure that Madoff-type investors will be hands-off on this one. The South Denver […]

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Clorox launches green wipes

Speaking of green cleaning, Clorox said the natural cleaning category has grown more than 100% within the past year and its Green Works brand (which was introduced early last year) now occupies 42% of the US market to date. The company added to the line this week its new Green Works™ Natural Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes […]

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What’s up with glycerine?

My article on oils and fats-based chemicals (also called oleochemicals) is now out on ICIS Chemical Business (ICB). According to consultants and industry players, the global oleochemicals market has been very turbulent in 2008 as the first half of the year saw high feedstock costs and high demand, while during the second part of the […]

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Solar activities still going strong

Investments in solar might be down and expected to decline according to market analysts but activities seem to be still strong as seen in several recent news. Here are some of them just the past week alone: Solar in winery – Perpetual Energy Systems, a financier and developer of solar powered renewable energy systems, and […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Some interesting news that came out from the past week are the further greening of electronic products and IT as reported from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas; further confirmation from the incoming US president Barack Obama on his intention to boost jobs coming from the green industry; and more planned hybrids and […]

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Clean tech investments to slow in 2009

Venture investments within clean technology is expected to decline this year compared to the all-time peak experienced in 2008, according to two recent reports.Market research and financial service Cleantech Group said some of the challenges predicted this year include twice the amount of failure rate of cleantech startups; delays in global climate change and US […]

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More recycling woes

The green blog mentioned in November how the economic recession is driving down the demand for recycled materials. ABC News recently reported how prices for all kinds of recycled goods – cardboard, tin cans, glass, plastic, etc. – crashed in just the past two months. The report cited for example the price of cardboard falling […]

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Con Edison’s Transformed Oil

New York power company Con Edison says its transfomer oil has more to it than meets the eye. No, it is not imported from Cybertron, but instead their transformer oil is going to be re-refined by the company Hydrodec into a Superfine oil, which Hydrodec says will be the world’s first commercially recycled transformer oil. […]

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Coconut and rice polymers

Here are two several interesting developments in the world of natural plastics. In Texas, researchers from Baylor University have found a way to use coconut husks as a replacement for synthetic polyester fibers in compression molded composites, specifically, to make trunk liners, floorboards and interior door covers on cars out of coconut fibers. Back when […]

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Green Building is still recession-proof

The consulting firm Yudelson Associates predicts that green building will continue to grow in spite of the global credit crisis and the ongoing economic recession in most countries. “What we’re seeing is that more people are going green each year, and there is nothing on the horizon that will stop this trend,” explains Jerry Yudelson, […]

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