Archive | May, 2009

EPA cancels carbofuran use

Before I delved more deeply into the green regulatory buzzwords of the week CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and ACES (American Clean Energy and Security Act), let me go to the more simple news such as this cancellation of carbofuran registration by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The blog posted last yearin July about EPA’s […]

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Guides to safe plastics

Plastic manufacturers beware! I’ve been seeing a lot of these “Guides on safe plastics” in the tweeting world… Here’s one from the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. They place HDPE (#2), LDPE (#4) and PP (#5) as safe plastics, while the rest — PET (#1), PVC (#3), PS (#6), and others including polycarbonate (#7), not […]

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Yummy cosmetic butters

Just got this email from our good friends at BioChemica about their new organic fruit butters for personal care applications, which they launched at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Suppliers’ Day. These butters, consisting of fruits such as Acai, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Blueberry and Black Currant, look so darn tempting that I can’t […]

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Teflon lawsuit didn’t stick

Catching up on some of the twitter news I encountered last week, one is a May 1 ruling from Judge Ronald Longstaff in Iowa that said DuPont is off the hook with its Teflon case. DuPont said the Des Moines, Iowa, federal court dismissed a consolidated group of 22 cases filed on behalf of consumers […]

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Philly rejects plastic bag tax

It looks like I’m having a field week with plastics… The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Progressive Bag Affiliates said today that Philadelphia’s City Council rejected on May 14 the proposed 25-cent-per-bag tax on plastic and paper grocery bags. The ACC welcomed the City Council’s vote and said that recycling is the answer and not taxing […]

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Cereplast exits bioplastic manufacturing

Instead of manufacturing its own bioplastic, Cereplast said it will follow the semiconductor industry’s business model and rely on contract manufacturing to reduce costs.TheCalifornia-based bioplastic producer said that it is exiting themanufacturing business and instead will contract with large compoundersto produce its bio-based resins because of a worldwide excess ofplastics compounding capacity. Cereplast will instead […]

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Cosmetic suppliers say naturals still hot

As mentioned last week, the green blogger attended this year’s annual New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Suppliers’ Dayin New Jersey, and based on interviews that I had with several chemicalcompanies, one trend that continues to be big for cosmetic and personalcare formulators is the use of natural-based/sustainable ingredientsand processing. EvonikGoldschmidt’s Lauren Kjeldsen said […]

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More bioplastic news

Here are more green plastic news from last week. Incidentally, I ampreparing for a bioplastic article for ICIS Chemical Business so watchout for that in June. First stop is Coca-Cola’sannouncement of its new plant-based plastic bottle, 30% of which ismade from sugar cane and molasses. The rest of the plastic ispetroleum-based polyethylene (PET). The company […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Interesting news last week was the introduction of the House of Representatives 2454 bill – the American Clean Energy and Security Act,by Waxman and Markey. This is the bill where the controversialcap-and-trade program is being proposed. Several news reports indicatethat several environmental groups are not satisfied by this bill, andenergy-intensive industries of course, are not […]

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Green plastic surges in Brazil

Several bioplastic news came out last week as reporters from ICIS (the company I work for) covered the recent BrasilPlast tradeshow. Officials from BASF and Corn Products International announced theirplans to build a new plant in Sao Paulo for the production ofstarch-based plastics. BASF is said to have already started producingthe “green” resin in small […]

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