Archive | December, 2009

Green gifts for the holidays

Although these products might be too late to give for Christmas but there are still birthdays and Valentine’s Day to consider. I tried to compile all of these for the past two months now and if you are already using any of them, give me a feedback! 1. Eco-Green Graffiti Remover – got a problem […]

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NYC passes green buildings plan

As I am currently writing my article on sustainable buildings and construction, I came across this news about the City Council of New York recently passing four legislation under the six-point Greener, Greater Buildings plan that will reduce emissions from large existing buildings in the city. The legislation include the following: New York City Energy […]

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France promotes compostable plastic bags

France recently signed a framework agreement to promote development and commercialization of compostable bioplastic bags. The covenant was signed by the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the French Mayors Association (AMF), the Federation of Commerce and Distribution in France (FCD), the French Bioplastics Association (Club Bio-plastiques), the Association of Plastics Manufacturers (Plastics Europe) […]

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Green holiday tips

The chemical industry knows a thing or two to make your holidays green not blue — trying to practice my poetry skill here. = ) Here are some tips from the America Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) to make the holidays more environment-friendly. The Institute works to foster the discovery and design of […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Posts will be few in the next two weeks as the Green Blog prepares for the holidays (I still have some last minute shopping to do!) as well as working on a deadline for a sustainable building and construction article. Unfortunately, there seems to be more news coming out this month so I hope to […]

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Companies phase out flame retardant

Chemical companies Albemarle, Chemtura and ICL just announced today that they will phase out their flame retardant Deca-BDE even though it has been deemed safe for years by scientific studies The companies have committed to end production, importation, and sales of deca BDE for most uses in the United States by December 31, 2012, and […]

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Green Danish in California

A very interesting development here is the recent agreement between the Danish government and the Californian environment authorities on green chemistry initiatives. The Danish Minister for the Environment, Troels Lund Poulsen, said this cooperation will focus on exchanging experience, training, and best available technology in the chemicals field, particularly on endocrine disruptors, combination effects and […]

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Novomer’s green plastic coming soon

Finals is over (woohoo!) and now I can get back to blogging and tweeting. This one is about the the $800,000 funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYERSDA) will soon help Novomer commercialize its polypropylene carbonate (PPC) materials made carbon dioxide. Novomer said it will use Kodak Specialty Chemicals’ existing […]

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Weekly News Roundup

So my news roundup schedule is busted the past two weeks but it’s a shame to not post these announcements especially updates about bio-succinic acid. I have also several consulting studies on draft that hopefully will soon be posted (as soon as school final exams are over this week! Yeah!). For now here are last […]

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Novozymes and Braskem in bioplastic deal

Novozymes, it seems, is flooding my inbox with lots of news from Copenhagen, but this one is pretty significant for the bioplastic market. Novozymes and Brazilian chemical company Braskem announced today that they formed a research partnership to develop large-scale polypropylene production from sugarcane. The sugar-based propylene production will use Novozyme’s fermentation technology, although the […]

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