Archive | March, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

I’ve been tinkering with twitter for the past two weeks and I think this tool will be really useful in getting out interesting tidbits of information especially when attending conferences and trade shows. I’ll test out this theory at the 100th birthday of the American Oil Chemists Society meeting in Orlando, Florida, which will be […]

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ConAgra shrinks petro plastic use

ConAgra Foods is not only using biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) plastic to some of its packaged food products’ shrink films but the plastics themselves contain more than 50% recycled PLA. The new recycled biodegradable shrink films can be found on tamper evident seals of ConAgra’s branded products such as Fleischmann’s Blue Bonnet and Parkay, and […]

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Green chemicals reached $1.63bn

This is not about my blog’s revenue (which, unfortunately, currentlyamounts to zero) but pertaining to the global renewable chemicalsmarket. According to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, revenues for the global biorenewable chemicals market reached $1.63 billion last year and is expected to increase to $5 billion in 2015. Most of the growth is driven by […]

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Think about the children!

You’ve read about the ruckus that the recently-enforced Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is causing to small business retailers and libraries.Here’s a commentary from my colleague Ivan Lerner about the foolishness of this law and its effects on our cultural heritage. This was published on March 9 Endpoint issue of ICIS Chemical Business. Lead, […]

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DuPont bets on solar

While Shell abandons the solar and wind market in favor of biofuels, DuPont meanwhile expects the solar market to increase more than half of its size in 2013 to $70 billion as compared to today’s $30 billion (worldwide). I can understand DuPont’s enthusiasm for the solar market since sales of their photovoltaic materials and technology […]

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Shell’s got cold feet on wind and solar

Yesterday, ICIS News reported that Shell is focusing more on biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) for their renewables project rather than wind and solar where according to Shell’s downstream director Mark Williams, “Wind and Solar have struggled to compete even with substantial subsidies.” A Reuters report expounded that Shell doesn’t plan to make […]

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Gushing about green

Just to press my point about the numerous consulting reports and studies that came out – and continuously coming out – with most of them positive about not only the promise of green jobs and higher green investments but expectations of rising interests in green products amid the current economy. I think being gushy and […]

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No such such thing as green economy?

It is true that most of the reports I’ve encountered (and posts) about the burgeoning green economy and the promise of new jobs are all seem to be bright, sunny, absolutely, positively (sometimes nauseatingly) optimistic. Finally, here is a report that might put back a little bit of realism into the equation. Researchers from the […]

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What’s inside SC Johnson?

Now you will know what SC Johnson is using in their air care and home cleaning products such as Windex®, Pledge®, Glade®, and Scrubbing Bubbles® (among others) as the company pledged (Lol! no pun intended) to list all of their ingredients including dyes, preservatives and fragrances on product labels. This is above and beyond what […]

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Plastic recycler produces oil

Oregon-based plastic recycler Agri-Plas claims to be the first company in the US to convert unrecyclable agricultural plastics — dirty agricultural film, greenhouse cover, mixed nursery and jug material, prepackaged food containers and lids, etc. — into crude oil. The plastics were usually discarded in landfills or is abandoned, burned or buried on Northwest farms […]

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