Archive | May, 2010

Eastman’s 50-yr old BPA-free Tritan

It was fascinating to learn that Eastman’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber modifier, Tritan, was originally developed in the late 1950s and was shelved until 2003!! This is according to my colleague, Ivan Lerner, who attended Eastman’s opening ceremony of its newly expanded 60,000 tonne/year Tritan copolyester facility in Kingsport, Tennessee, on May 13. In his […]

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Green surfactants on the rise

I’ve learned several new information about the development of new green surfactants from the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) meeting, which of course I’ll share here. But first, an announcement from Cognis about their green surfactant alkyl polyglucoside (APG®) caught my attention. Cognis announced yesterday that it has officially opened its new production facility for […]

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Lanxess invests in bio-butanol firm Gevo

I am so happy to get this news as I will be able to add this information to my upcoming article about chemical companies investing in biotechnology. German specialty chemical company Lanxess has just plunked $10m in bio-butanol developer Gevo, which is based in Denver, Colorado. Gevo and Lanxess plan to jointly develop and produce […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Just finished my article about bio-based materials for automotive parts and I have plenty of left-over to share for the blog. Before I do that, I am also compiling all information I’ve gathered last week at the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) meeting, which hopefully I’ll be able to post. And on top of that, […]

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Update on REACH

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything about the European chemical legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances). Under Reach regulations, substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of more than 1,000 tonnes/year and hazardous substances must be registered up to the November 30 2010 deadline. My colleague […]

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Top Green blogger stories

School is over for now (yey!) and I am back (somewhat) in my blogging form. While I scan last week’s news, here are some of the green stories I did for ICIS Chemical Business — just to prove that I’m really working and not really playing hooky with the blog (lol!) Walmart’s green goals will […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I am here in Phoenix, Arizona, already baked brown under this afternoon’s hot sun and preparing for the AOCS (American Oil Chemists Society) annual meeting. I hope to do some tweeting as well but that depends on the mercy of the WiFi gods. I’ll try to post some info this week but I already have […]

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EPA to start regulating GHG

So I finally finished my article about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate under the Clean Air Act (CAA) greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. This is very timely given that agency published its final rule yesterday (and my deadline is this week). Here’s a little bit of a snapshot of the GHG […]

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Climate Bill reactions

I am trying to wrap up my article on EPA’s GHG rule on stationary sources when I just saw on twitter that the EPA is expecting to announce its guidelines for that rule today. Aarrrrgh!! So while my article is in limbo, we’ll take a brief look on the newly introduced 1,000 page climate bill […]

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P&G Launches Supplier Scorecard

Here’s a video from Procter & Gamble’s purchasing officer Rick Hughes talking about their newly launched Sustainability Scorecard for their suppliers. This will definitely impact their surfactant and plastic packaging supply chain. The new scorecard will assess P&G suppliers’ environmental footprint and will measure energy use, water use, waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions on […]

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