Archive | December, 2009

A drink to ours and earth’s health in 2010!

Before 2009 ends, I just wanted to greet our faithful (and not-so faithful lol!) blog readers a Happy New Year!! I hope 2010 will bring green chemistry more to the forefront of every nook and cranny of the manufacturing, energy, chemical, and other industrial and commercial sectors. To celebrate, here’s an article from enzymes company […]

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EPA’s 4 new chemicals of concern

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that it is raising its red warning flag on four chemicals – phthalates, short chain chlorinated paraffins, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and perfluorinated chemicals (including PFOA) that are believed to be of concern to health and environment. The EPA said it is using, for the first time, […]

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Sweet green promise of sugar

Sugar-based chemical feedstock seems to be prominently featured in 2009 as several developments continue to center on the promise of sugar as alternative to petroleum. So what are some of the bioproducts currently using sugar? The International Sugar Organization just published their first-ever report about using sugar for chemicals and other bio-products, which led me […]

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Toxic chemicals release down in 2008

The Bad news: Americans seem to be more exposed to chemicals from 2003 to 2004, according to a biomonitoring survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Good news: Toxic chemicals released into the environment in 2008 was 6% less compared to 2007, according to a recent analysis from the Environmental Protection […]

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Growing sustainability profiles

I forgot to mention that ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) is sponsoring and coordinating a program called “Profiles in Sustainability” at the chemical/pharma tradeshow Informex, which as the name implies, will promote, publicize and reward exhibitors’ and attendees’ achievements in “being green”. A panel of industry experts will be assigned to review […]

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Arkema launches sustainability group

ICIS news reported in November that French specialty chemical company Arkema plans that 10% of its sales will soon come from renewable resources. The company says it is also currently directly allocating over 50% of its R&D expenditure to innovation in every area which contributes to the development of eco-technologies. The company has been very […]

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More US chemical exposures?

I was a little bit tied up with deadlines when this report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out two weeks ago but this is still interesting enough to warrant a post before the year ends. CDC said its recently released Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environment Chemicals was […]

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Codexis files for IPO

During my previous interview with CEO Alan Shaw, Codexis mentioned its plans to file an initial public offering (IPO) and I guess this is as good time as any. The company announced yesterday that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the proposed […]

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Cleaning up: Green Reports from 2009

As the title indicated, I am trying to clean up my blog drafts to prepare for 2010 influx (I’m sure there are plenty of outlook reports coming up by January). Most of the reports in this post are from Frost & Sullivan although there are some other interesting studies from Freedonia, Pike Research, McKinsey and […]

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BPA-free plastic alternatives

Consulting firm Nexant recently published a report discussing several bisphenol-A (BPA)-free alternative resins for baby bottles production. Some of them include high density polyethylene (HDPE), metallocene polypropylene (PP), polyethylene naphthalate, Eastman’s Tritan copolyester, and polyethersulfone. The consulting firm discussed the pros and cons of these alternative plastics in terms of process economics and properties compared […]

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