Archive | April, 2009

Food companies graded on BPA

After several baby bottle manufacturers announced their plans to phase out polycarbonate baby bottles that might contain bisphenol-A, the pressure is on for food and beverage manufacturers to do the same in their packaging. A new report from investment advisory firm Green Century Capital Management and noprofit group As You Sow said food and beverage […]

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New green chemical developments

In honor of post-Earth Day I am trying to clean up and consolidate all my Inbox’s green news releases and so bear with me as I post more updates, this time on new green chemical research and developments. A University of Toronto research team from the Department of Chemistry has discovered useful “green” catalysts made […]

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Earth day roundup

Like most green bloggers and reporters will tell you, Earth Day is a good time to clean up one’s email inbox if you don’t want incoming emails bouncing back. This article from Greenbiz.com talks about the good, the bad and the ugly as companies come out in full force hawking their green wares and spreading […]

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Top Green Oilers

Oil companies are usually environmentalists’ biggest nemesis but the website Greenopia admitted that you can’t live without ‘em…yet. So they ranked the top ten most sustainable oil companies based on their production efficiency, oil spill efficiency, sustainability reporting, alternative energy investments, climate change position and resource efficiency. And here are the results: British Petroleum – […]

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Linde develops hydrogen from glycerine

Glycerine [or glycerin] is actually the first topic that I covered when I started working for the chemical publishing industry so this subject is somewhat near and dear to my heart. A lot changed in this industry since September 2000 and one of them is the development in new glycerine application. According to gas company […]

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Too much greenwashing these days

Now that you read (hopefully you did) about my recent posts about several new eco-friendly products recently launched in the market; Kimberly-Clark’s new green tissue and diapers; Frito-Lay’s biodegradable packaging and PepsiCo’s Eco-Fina water bottle, my question is do you think many of these product and technology launches are just greenwashing?? According to TerraChoice Environmental […]

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Eco-kooks?

I find sometimes that Earth Day, which is being celebrated today allover the world, is becoming too hype and full of marketing BS for mytaste.But that’s just me…In a more amusing but maybe sinister tone for some, being eco-friendly and green is becoming extreme as reported by this Washington Post article. Extreme green living is […]

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KC recycles tissues, launch natural diaper

US consumer products company Kimberly-Clark (K-C) launched early this month its line of Scott Naturals composed of bath tissue, towels, napkins and flushable wipes that contain a blend of recycled and virgin fiber.40% recycled fiber in bath tissue, 60% in towels, and 80% in napkins to be exact.Thecompany said the products perform comparably to competitors’ […]

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Weekly News Roundup

My apologies for the late weekly news roundup as I am trying torecuperate from an exhausting (but still fun!) trip in California. Coming up in future event coverage is the 100th year meeting of the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) in Orlando, Florida. Stay tune for that starting May 4-6. For now here are last […]

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Shell Eco-Marathon Wrap-up

I had a fun time at Shell’s Eco-marathon Americas event although I forgot how exhausting it is sometimes just to be around teenagers (my age is showing lol!). Morethan 500 students from different high school and universities acrossthe US as well as from Brazil, Mexico, Canada and even from Indiashowed their creativity, skills, camaraderie and […]

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