Archive | May, 2009

AOCS wrap-up Day 3

The green blogger focused mostly on regulatory issues in the cleaningindustry during the last day of the American Oil Chemists Society(AOCS) centennial meeting in Orlando, Florida, even though herdoppelganger (who was lounging in the hotel pool) was ordered to attendeither the biobased surfactants session; green processing forindustrial veggie oil-based chemicals; or the session for new […]

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Another Spain study critic

I got this email from the Washington News Observer (sort of like TMZ except covering politics instead of celebrity news *lol*) and they send several YouTube clips about their exclusive interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) criticizing Obama’s emulation of Spain’s renewable energy industry. This topic seems to be getting a lot of comments and […]

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Cap-and-Trade pains

I mentioned about Kimberly-Clark‘s recent prediction that any cap-and-tradebills in Washington will not pass this year as the government is brokeright now and can’t afford to pass a risky (and possibly expensive)legislation. ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) actually interviewed Eastman Chemical‘s chairman and CEO Brian Ferguson who is also outspoken and more […]

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AOCS wrap-up Day 2

[Photo of AOCS annual meeting 1945. Photo Credit: AOCS] The second day at the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS)centennial meeting was particularly interesting as in their Hot TopicsSymposia for the morning session, I have to choose between Historical Perspectives on the Chemistry of Oils and Fats (given that I was writing an article last week […]

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Chemical companies: Green surfers or divers?

ICIS (the company I work for) in cooperation with technology start-up company Genomaticais working on a survey on whether chemical companies these days arejust riding the sustainable chemistry wave e.g. looking atenergy/manufacturing efficiency, using renewable energy inmanufacturing, planting trees to offset carbon emissions…or are theyalready deep into applying green chemistry such as usingpetro-alternative, zero-carbon emitting, […]

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AOCS wrap-up Day 1

So here’s a snapshot of my days at the American Oil Chemists Society’s(AOCS) 100th year meeting in Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando,Florida. The meeting was attended by around 1,520 delegates, down fromlast year’s 1,700 mostly because of the economic downturn (they assuredme it’s not because of the pig flu scare…) Day 1: May 4 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Sooo many news to catch up such especially updates on the wind energymarket, green plastics, regulations and developments in the cleaningindustry, and a little bit of green chemistry overview. Hopefully I’llbe able to post a lot of them this week. I’ll also attendtomorrow’s Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ (NY branch) Suppliers’ Day andmaybe will get some […]

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BPA demand soft

I wonder if continuous pressure from advocates and regulators are finally affecting demand for bisphenol-A (BPA)? BPA producer Hexion Specialty Chemicals recently announced its plans to indefinitely idle its BPA3 production unit, part of its manufacturing complex in Deer Park, Texas. Hexion said the decision was made because of continued soft demand for BPA due […]

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Green blog burn out

The Green blogger is under deadline for the rest of the week and will not be able to post (and answer blog-related emails) until Monday. Sorry folks, gotta earn my keep! I’ll be back on Monday with a wrap-up of [some of] last week’s American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) centennial meeting in Orlando and history […]

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Will organic sales still go up in ’09?

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) reported that total organic sales last year grew 17% despite tough economic times.USorganic food sales grew 16% to reach $22.9 billion, while organicnon-food sales grew 39% to $1.648 billion. Organic food sales is saidto now account for 3.5% of all food product sales in the US.Accordingto OTA, drivers for the […]

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