Archive | June, 2009

Green workers feel safe says Reuters

A recent Reuters survey indicate that green collar workers (about 68% of those who were polled) felt secured in their jobs because of heightened response in the past few years from government and business to the threat of climate change. The Reuters’ Carbon Salary Survey, conducted along with green sector recruiters Acre Resources and consultants […]

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Is Organic Food Sustainable?

Interesting debate from ooffoo.com about the sustainability of the organic food industry. In the US, organic food sales still grew 16% last year already occupying almost 4% of all food products sales in the US, according to the Organic Trade Association. UK-based Soil Association reported that UK sales of organic food products increased by 19% […]

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Battered by battery news

A lot of chemical investments going on for next generation alternative energy storage (specifically lithium ion), which could accelerate the use of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles in the near future. Just this week, BASF announced its plans to build North America’s largest cathode material production plant in Ohio as soon as it gets a […]

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Is this a green soap to you?

I read an article from the New York Times’ Green Inc. blog about their interview with hotelier Richard Spigler, president of Great Addresses, the company that manages the Carlyle and also the Savoy Suites in D.C. Spigler talked about, among other green things, their hotel’s green soap called Green Natura, which he said prevents soap […]

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Gov’t should stop deforestation – Unilever

Consumer goods producer Unilever said governments especially in Southeast Asia particularly Indonesia should call for a moratorium on deforestation of tropical rainforest. Unilever CEO Paul Polman said the destruction of the world’s tropical rainforests accounts for about 20% of greenhouse gases, more than the entire transport sector. “The consumer goods industry must exert pressure on […]

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NAMPA BPA meeting leaked

This has been going around the twittering world (in my twittering world anyway) which led to various outraged comments and further cynicism from various environmental/health advocates on bisphenol- A’s (BPA) supposed safety as according to BPA manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration. A private meeting held on May 28 at a Washington, DC social […]

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China’s plastic bag use down after ban

ICIS co-blogger Paul Hodges of the Chemicals & The Economy blog reported about this article from China Daily stating that after a year of plastic bag ban in China (which started on June 1, 2008), supermarkets cut their plastic bag use by 66%. Statistics from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) showed that the […]

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May green chemicals

Green chemical development heats up in May with new product launch announcements emailed to me. Do they deserve to be in the green chemical category or not? 1. Low VOC construction chems – Specialty product manufacturer RectorSeal® has added Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) solvent cements, primers and cleaners to its line of quality products for […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’m back from my short vacation and I am swamped with looming deadlines unfortunately. Because of that, some of my weekend news this week are from ICIS news (which is subscription based) so pls. bear with me if the links do not go straight to the company/organization’s press releases. Arizona closes plant Arizona Chemical confirmed […]

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