Archive | April, 2010

Want some toxic chemical info?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just opened to public access to database on chemical hazard, exposure and toxicity data under their website called ToxRefDB (Toxicity Reference Database). Those interested in chemical toxicity can query a specific chemical and find all available public hazard, exposure, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related […]

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Petroleum people are not anti-green

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) reiterated yesterday that their members are not anti-green jobs or anti-clean energy, they just want Congress not to over-tax and over-regulate the domestic refining and petrochemical industry into extinction. NPRA president Charles Drevna presented the industry’s views yesterday at a hearing entitled “Clean Energy Policies That Reduce Our […]

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Algae resins in the market this year

Just got this news from Cereplast talking about their plans to commercially introduce the first-ever algae-based resins in the market by the end of 2010. Their proprietary resins could contain 50% or more algae biomass based resins (the rest are petroleum-based). I am not sure who they source their algae biomass from but since research […]

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Battle of ethanol: Sugarcane vs Corn

The battle over corn-based and sugarcane-based ethanol — which one is cheaper? — has been brewing for weeks, and I’ve received emails and tweets last week about statements released from both camps: the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). RFA accused UNICA last week of making exaggerated and (in some […]

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Green tires from Goodyear

I love YouTube! It makes my blogging easier by just posting videos while I’m caught up with work. This one is about Goodyear’s new Assurance Fuel Max tire, which was launched in North America last year. The tire features a proprietary fuel-saving tread compound that helps reduce energy loss as the tire rolls, so less […]

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Green IPO week

Big money news last week came from Amyris Biotechnologies and Codexis. Amyris finally filed with the SEC for an initial public offering (IPO) of $100m. The company’s current R&D focuses on sugarcane-based chemicals especially farnesene, a molecule which can be used as a renewable chemical ingredient for consumer and industrial products and as a fuel. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Dear readers:School and work prevent me from being more blog-productive. Sorry! Hope the weekly news roundup will help make amends -Green Blogger Commercial bio-ethyl acetateZeachem has produced commercial grade ethyl acetate from bio-based glacial acetic acid through an esterification reaction process. Ethyl acetate is primarily used as a solvent in paints, printing inks, pharmaceuticals and […]

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Bioplastic pros and cons – Video

Just filed my article about Walmart’s sustainability goals (and how it affects the chemical supply chain). Check that out on ICIS Chemical Business‘ May 10 issue. Now back to blogging! I’m pretty sure there are plenty of green news out there trying to position themselves for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. I’ll be busy scanning my […]

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Bioplastics in China

Interesting that after my post late last week regarding DNP’s bio-succinic acid ventures in Asia, Cereplast announced today their bioplastic distribution deal with Chinese plastic company Vulcan Plastics Technology Co. Ltd. (the company is based in Hongkong under the name S&P Sourcing Co. Ltd). Under the deal, Vulcan will distribute Cereplast’s Compostables and Hybrids resins […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A busy week last week especially in Washington with the introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010. I’m sure we’ll hear more of those in the coming days ahead. This week’s blog is going to be sparse again as I work on two deadlines, one of them is an insight on the impact of […]

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