Archive | March, 2009

Weekly news roundup

The ICIS blog system was down during the weekend and so the weekly roundup was a little bit late today (always my excuse I say). Several global and US news about bisphenol-A came out last week thanks to my Tweeter insiders and I’ll share that this week. For now, here are this week’s round-up: Air […]

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Another bioplastic facility coming soon

The first biopolymer facility of NatureWorks (a joint venture of US agribusiness Cargill and Japanese chemical firm Teijin) has not even reached its full capacity of 140,000 tons yet and the company is now assessing a second location for another manufacturing plant. Global demand for their bioplastic under the brand Ingeo seems to be really […]

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Baby bath products in toxic allegation

Nowadays, children cannot drink milk from bottles or play with their rubber duckies without worrying about phtalates; they cannot read books or play with toys without worrying about lead; they cannot use wipes and hand sanitizers because of probable bacterial resistance risks due to antimicrobials; and now they cannot even take a bath without worrying […]

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Acrylic acid green makeover

Two chemical companies are on the race to make acrylic acid greener. Acrylic acid is used in the manufacture of various plastics, coatings, adhesives, elastomers as well as floor polishes and paints. France-based Arkema said it has already concluded a successful collaboration with Germany-based hte (the high throughput experimentation company) on trying to convert glycerol […]

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How to get green sleep

I have back-to-back (to back) article deadlines for the next two weeks and therefore will be unable to post as much as I could. This news, however, is too interesting to pass up as I am what you call a “sleep connoisseur”. Maybe I should join the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) – yes there is […]

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ACC agrees on proposed GHG rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting might sound ominous to energy-intensive industries but the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is actually very supportive of this. ACC says a US reporting system such as this is needed as a basis for discussion, development and implementation of a national climate policy. “Consistent […]

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Shell Eco-marathon in California

In a recent media dinner with Shell, they shared with me a really cool event that has been ongoing for years and unfortunately escaped my green radar. Shell’s Eco-marathon invites students from all over the world to design and build the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicle and produce the fewest emissions. Teams can enter two main […]

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Minnesota renewed

My apologies to Amy Johnson of BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota as it took me over a week to finally post the Alliance’s renewables report. The group along with Deloitte Consulting released a roadmap growth report entitled Destination 2025, which recommended the support of renewable energy and renewable materials markets as well as in medical devices, […]

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Disney’s green dreams coming true

I always thought that theme parks could be one of the most wasteful, unsustainable places on earth as I imagine piles and piles of garbage in their gigantic trash warehouse; tons of water being used to keep their gardens and lawns nice and pretty as well as to operate their water rides; and all that […]

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Biotech transforms to clean tech

[Probably] because of the recession and since clean tech investments are still sizzling hot these days, Oncolin Therapeutics is having a big makeover from being a drug development company to becoming a renewable energy producer through its subsidiary New EnerSource. Oncolin Therapeutics recently ditched 75% of its ownership in its biotech subsidiary Intertech Bio as […]

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