Archive | November, 2009

Introducing: Glucaric acid

Here’s another green chemistry company start-up to add to my list. I received an email about Missoula, Montana-based Rivertop Renewables who is developing glucaric acid, a sugar-based acid created by oxidizing glucose which can be used as a building block chemical. According to the company, the US Department of Energy recognized glucaric acid as one […]

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BPA overload

My colleague Simon Robinson noted the increasing hits on ICB’s bisphenol-A (BPA) chemical profile online, which was published last year in October. Last week, it generated over 1300 hits. Barbara Ortner, another colleague and author of the Chemicals Confidential blog, dubbed BPA as the current most hated chemical as it is constantly splashed through the […]

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Weekly News Roundup

For those who thought the blog forgot its Weekly News Roundup, I was actually considering not doing it this week as I wasn’t able to compile them last week. Fortunately, my Google Reader came to the rescue! Here are last week’s news in no particular order. I will put a separate post about the DOE’s […]

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BASF’s new green acrylic and plastic

It looks like chemical companies are in full swing promoting numerous green projects and products. We recently posted news from Dow Chemical, Honeywell, Clariant, Eastman, Teijin, Arkema… and now here’s from BASF. The company is formally launching on Wednesday its new zero-emission Acrodur® acrylic thermosets for automotive applications. The new acrylics are thermally cross-linkable, said […]

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Eastman promotes BPA-free baby bottles

Here’s a video from Eastman Chemical promoting its Tritan copolyester for BPA-free baby bottles under the Weil Brand. Eastman said the bottles are also designed as anti-colic because of its unique venting system. Another interesting news from Eastman is that it recently expanded its bulk storage capacity in the European Union (EU) for its non-phthalate […]

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Coke’s PlantBottle in stores

Coca-Cola announced today that its 500mL and 2L size Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light and Coca-Cola Zero are now available in the PlantBottle packaging throughout Denmark. Western Canada will receive their green-bottled Cokes as well as Dasani water, Sprite and Fresca beginning December, while the Western side of the US including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, […]

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Question on a Monday Morning

Here’s a question: How can chemical companies prove that they are keen on being green (I mean sustainable – I forgot that they hate the word green…) when there’s always the cloud of cynicism hanging over their heads coming from consumers? For example, I posts these great news from various chemical companies on how they’re […]

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Dow: Sustainability = Money

I feel like I wrote this equation before but yesterday’s investor presentation from Dow Chemical emphasized their strategy in incorporating sustainability in all aspects of their operations and businesses mostly because it is profitable to do so. The company has been busy investing and making deals right and left in lithium battery, carbon capture, solar, […]

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US bioplastics reached $1bn in sales

The U.S. bio-plastics market accounted for approximately $1 billion in sales in 2007 and is expected to reach $10 billion by 2020, according to bioplastic producer Cereplast. The company notes estimates pointing to bio-plastics capturing up to 30% of the total US plastics market within 10 years. Cereplast said that algae-based bioplastic, of which the […]

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Ford to use wheat straw plastic in 2010

Ford Motor announced today that it will use wheat-straw reinforced plastic in its vehicle Ford Flex in 2010. The company is working with plastic compounder A. Schulman of Akron, Ohio, as well as with the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, in the development of wheat straw-based plastics formulation as part of the Ontario BioCar […]

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