Archive | October, 2009

Pulp producers gain in black biofuel credit

Pine chemical company Arizona Chemical is complaining about the possibility of losing their black liquor-based feedstock because of the federal tax credit that are being given to pulp mills who mix black liquor with diesel and burn them as fuel for their operations. Black liquor, by the way, is a liquid byproduct you get at […]

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Honeywell getting sweet with green

My inbox was flooded this week with green news from Honeywell, which manufactures high-performance specialty materials. First stop, the company announced that its Genetron® R-245fa refrigerant in an equipment called the 35Z Micro Power Plant, manufactured by Germany-based Turbolina GmbH & Co. KG. The equipment, which is sold to homeowners uses water heated by thermal […]

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UK ban on phosphates

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is considering the ban of inorganic phosphates in domestic laundry cleaning products (DLCPs) and is soliciting comments about it since October 22 up until January 21, 2010. According to DEFRA, a regulatory ban is needed to reduce phosphorus pollution in the UK’s water system as […]

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Walmart’s not-so secret green weapon

I wonder what chemical companies (who deal with Walmart directly and indirectly) think about this new tool called GreenWERCS, which Walmart said will help them analyze the products on the market and identify risks across a broad spectrum instead of looking at each chemical individually. The chemical screening tool GreenWERCS reportedly analyzes the composition of […]

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Trouble in palm land

One of the issues hotly debated in the ICIS oleochemicals conference that I attended last week in Berlin is the sustainability of palm oil. Palm oil and palm kernel oil account for majority of oleochemical feedstock used most especially in Southeast Asia. Non-government organizations such as Friends of the Earth and GreenPeace have increasingly sounded […]

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California tackles trash with green chemistry

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) believes green chemistry will wipe away the problem of trash in the ocean as seen in this promotional video. DTSC via its Green Chemistry Initiative program is currently developing a “Safer Alternative Regulations” that will establish a process to identify and prioritize chemicals of concern in consumer products, […]

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What is Itaconic acid?

Thanks to the Green Underworld Reporter about this green tech company called Itaconix that I have not encountered before. Based in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, Itaconix (and its partners Microbia Inc. and the University of Maine) recently received a $1.8m grant from the US Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy to produce green polymers […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Ok, so I lied. I was able to compile several news after all after trying to clean out most of my unread emails from last week. As previously mentioned, there seems to be more news coming in every time I travel. Or maybe I’m just getting paranoid. Here are last week’s news in no particular […]

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More green chems from Cargill

Major agribusiness company Cargill is really getting into the green industrial chemicals market aside from its BioFoam polyurethanes; bioplastic from its NatureWorks subsidiary; and the assorted vegetable oil/corn-based chems as well as its biofuels business of course. This recent announcement is the joint production of vegetable-based coating formulations called TopScreen DS13, which was developed by […]

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Metabolix in tobacco and hospital

No, this is not about Metabolix developing genetically modified tobacco so people can smoke it without having lung cancer. Metabolix had two announcements last week, the first one is the use of its bioplastic resin Mirel in disposable hospital products; and the other is that Mirel has completed a field trial of genetically engineered tobacco […]

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