Archive | June, 2009

P&G resin wins Green Chem award

This news came in this morning from Procter & Gamble (P&G) Chemicals about their green alkyd resin Chempol® MPS winning this year’s EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award under the category Greener Chemicals Design. The resin is based from P&G’s Sefose technology which is produced from combined sugar and vegetable oil. Chempol® MPS enables formulation […]

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Weekly news roundup

For this week’s upcoming posts, the green blog will have more plastic updates to coincide with this week’s plastic feature from ICIS Chemical Business (ICB). Included in the feature is the state of plastic recycling as well as new regulations driving plastic research and development. The blog will also look at the recently passed Cash […]

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BPA under fire from new studies

And the bisphenol-A (BPA) cycle of “is it safe or not?” goes on… Severalstudies have again come out mostly from the Endocrine Society and noneof them were pleasing to the BPA manufacturers’ (and consumers’) ears.First stop is during the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting which washeld last week in Washington, DC. The following papers were presented […]

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Poo Power rises

Don’t underestimate the chemical power of waste and sh*t (I think I’ve just been bleeped!)In Manchester, UK, United Utilities and National Gridhave teamed up in building a plant producing biomethane from wastewatersludge. The plant will soon power up a small town of about 5,000 homesas well as fleet of sludge trucks.The GBP4.3 million ($7.1m)project will […]

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Six flags gone green

Following Mickey Mouse’s carbon footprint, Bugs Bunny and the rest of Six Flags amusement park‘s characters are joining to save world from the evil greenhouse gas emissions…and save money at the same time. Six Flags said all their vehicles and trains will now use vegetable oil (as biodiesel) generated in Six Flags kitchens. They will […]

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Frost & Sullivan (too many!) reports

Green reports from consulting firm Frost & Sullivan especiallyfocusing on renewable energy have been piling up for the past month.It’s time to get rid of them!!.. by posting them in the blog, of course. Demand for Energy-efficiency Offers High Potential for Electric Drives in the European Chemical Industry. Government Incentives for Renewable Energy to Boost […]

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US biorefineries step up capacities

A recent round table hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization(BIO) produced interesting updates on several biorefineries planned inthe US. Participants at the roundtable included Coskata, Zeachem, Genomatica and Genencor. First let’s define what a biorefinery is according to BIO: “Bio-refinery”- a facility that integrates production of biofuels, energy andvalue-added chemicals or – or plastics from […]

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Europe’s future chem industry

The European Chemical Industry (Cefic) launched last week its latest sustainability vision project, the F3 Factory, under the EU Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).Ceficand its partner EuropaBio created the multi-stakeholder SusChem in2004, which aims to boost innovation in chemistry geared towardssustainability.The EU-funded F3 Factory will allow faster, moreefficient and more flexible production, using techniques […]

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Degradable petro plastics: Your thoughts?

Adding to the confusion of bioplastic definition (see comments on previous bioplastic post) is another growing sector, the development of biodegradable petroleum-based plastics. I’m sure petroleum-plastics eventually degrade give or take a century or so (maybe even several decades if we’re lucky). But brilliant chemists have found ways to make petroleum-based plastics degrade faster – […]

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SC Johnson’s sustainable insecticide

Another addition to my biopesticide saga, although this might be my last this summer. For this post, SC Johnson is making sure that one of their key natural insecticide ingredient, Pyrethrum extracted from the dried flower heads of chrysanthemums, is benefiting farmers in East Africa (as well as them of course). SC Johnson initiated a […]

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