Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger was trying to multitask: writing this post, watching the Superbowl, and eating popcorn. She failed.

The Steelers won and the blogger lost her office pool bet. Oh well…Here is this week’s news roundup:

DSM joins green roundtable
DSM Pharmaceutical Products joined the Green Chemistry Institute® Pharmaceutical Roundtable of the American Chemical Society as an associate member. The roundtable promotes sustainable manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) by integrating the principles of green chemistry and engineering into drug discovery and manufacturing.

Waste recycling tech
Catalyx, Inc. successfully piloted its patent-pending Two-Way Osmosis system for recycling of difficult to treat, high biochemical oxygen demand and high chemical oxygen demand carpet dyeing wastewater. Catalyx’s eventual goal is to design a system which can utilize the membrane for desalination of seawater.New green packaging owners
Swedish start-up Xylophane has raised $4.2m in a share issue to finance a pilot plant for the production of biopolymers for packaging. The company has two new joint owners, SEB Venture Capital and Capricorn Cleantech fund.

Waste-based energy in Wales
Covanta Energy plans to build a $575 million plant to convert waste to energy in the heart of the former Welsh coal mining district. The plant will supply electricity for up to 180,000 homes in Wales.

Recycle your PP#5
Recycled products manufacturer Preserve launched its Gimme 5 program, which gives shoppers a drop-off locations in select Whole Foods Market for yogurt cups and other #5 polypropylene plastic containers. The program also accepts Brita® water pitcher filters for recycling.

Green bottle at the USDA
Bottled spring bottle water manufacturer Naturally Iowa says its Green Bottle Spring Water has been chosen for all food service locations at the national headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The bottled water is made from corn-based plastic produced by NatureWorks, a venture company of Cargill and Teijin.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):
Procter & Gamble said it was able to save about 73m lb of plastics by compacting their liquid laundry detergent packaging in the US and Europe.

Japan’s Soap and Detergent Association plans to reduce plastics use per unit volume of laundry detergents produced in Japan by 30% by 2010 compared to the 1995 volume of plastics used.

The more aggressive environmental policies of the new Obama administration and the 111th Congress may open new opportunities for the US polymers sector and boost demand in the automotive industry.

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