Archive | June, 2009

The challenge of biopesticides

Got the copy of my latest article about biopesticide, with pretty cool (and a little gross) graphic of a venus flytrap. As previously tweeted, I was intrigued by how the biopesticide industry have been struggling in the overall pesticide and crop protection market despite their products having the benefits of being environment- and regulatory-friendly (especially […]

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Green trend affects biocide demand

A new report from consulting firm Kline & Company said that the green trend is affecting customers of specialty biocides within the cleaning products sector. Biocides are chemicals used as antimicrobials (and disinfectants). Specialty biocides used in disinfectants and sanitizers in household, industrial, and institutional cleaners was estimated at $130 million in 2008, with growth […]

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Dow Corning green innovation

As mentioned in this week’s news roundup, I attended Dow Corning’s worldwide press conference (this one held in New York last week) where part of their agenda is to reinforce the company’s goals toward sustainability. Dow Corning is a major silicone producer based in Midland, Michigan. The company plans for more than 50% of its […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is back and really apologize for the very sparse blog. Last week was a heck of a week and glad that was over. Sowhat’s new? Aside from finishing up a bioplastic article and abiomass-to-chemicals development interview from a University ofCalifornia San Francisco professor (all of them I will hopefully postsoon), I also […]

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How to check if your compost is ready

I saw this bit “How to check if your compost is ready” a few months back and forgot about it until somebody retweeted it today (thanks to @greenbiztweets). It is very timely as I just finished my bioplastic article, which talked about compostable plastics. Check that one coming out on June 29! If you really […]

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UL verifies its first green product

Underwriters Laboratories or UL is well known for its safety product testing (just look at the back of your electric appliances for their symbol). Now their venturing into the Eco logo categories with their first-ever green validation announced a few days ago. UL (through its new subsidiary UL Environment) said it has validated environmental claims […]

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Green news from Cargill

Natural-based glycerine production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are Cargill’s recent top green news. Cargill said today that it has successfully registered and sold over 400,000 tonnes of Verified Emission Offsets through the Canadian Standards Association. The emission offsets originate from a methane gas capture project at the wastewater treatment system of its beef processing […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blog is going to be spotty this week due to several deadlines(from my real day job!) and one or two company events that I have toattend. And I thought June would be slow… Pure BDO from sugar Genomaticademonstrated that it can process greater than 99% pure 1,4 butanediol(BDO) produced from sugar using a […]

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Soy Industry Adopts Environmental Standards

The palm oil industry has been the center of environmentalists’ focus because of widespread deforestation going on (especially in Indonesia) blamed on some palm plantation owners. Unilever have already promised to sustainably source their palm products feedstock while European fuel producer Neste Oil announced yesterday that they too will use solely certified sustainably-sourced palm oil […]

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Celebrating World Environment Day

I have no idea that there is such a thing as World Environment Day but I was reminded from this corporate e-mail that came in from Reed Elsevier (our parent company) this morning: ————————– Dear Colleagues, Today, on World Environment Day, I would like to reiterate RE’s support for environmental improvement. While we work to […]

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