Archive | October, 2010

Avantium builds furanics pilot plant

The blog mentioned Avantium before in its coverage of the Biobased Chemicals East conference last month. The company announced today that it has started construction of its 20 tons/year pilot plant to produce furanics-based monomers and polymers starting in the first quarter of 2011. The plant is located at the Chemelot site in Geleen, the […]

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Stonyfield yogurt cups from PLA

Yogurt manufacturer Stonyfield Farms announced yesterday that it is now using NatureWorks’ Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) resin for its multi-pack yogurt cups under the brands YoBaby, YoToddler and YoKids as well as B-Healthy, B-Well, Probiotic & O’Soy. The new cups replace petroleum-based polystyrene (PS#6) and will be stamped with “Made From Plants” on the bottom. […]

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Green chemicals from September

 Here are September’s new green chemicals list. Solar technologies rule on this one!1. Momentive surfactant for green polyol – Momentive Performance Materials in collaboration with Cargill has developed its Niax silicone L-670 surfactant that allows for the increased use of natural oil-based polyols in foam production. The surfactant also reduces the amount of flame retardant […]

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No more crunchy Frito Lay bio-bags?

I have not bought any of the Sun Chips with compostable bags yet but if Frito Lay is withdrawing them from the market, then these bags must be very noisy indeed. According to this article from the USA Today, Frito Lay is returning five of six SunChips flavors on its original packaging after complaints of […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Currently transcribing interviews from Eastman, Novozymes and Cereplast, and in the line-up are P&G’s global VP of sustainability Len Sauers and Henkel’s Thomas Muller-Kirschbaum, senior vice president for Research & Development, Technology and Supply Chain at Henkel’s laundry and home care business. Also coming soon is a video interview of DSM’s bio-succinic acid project from […]

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BASF expands bioplastic capacity

Just came back from the World Detergents Conference in Switzerland and the only word that stood out during the entire event was “sustainability”. A colleague from another magazine and I were actually thinking of taking a shot every time sustainability was mentioned but then we would be too drunk before the first morning break starts. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is in Montreux, Switzerland, this week covering the World Detergents Conference, which is held every four years. In honor of the occasion, feel free (and it’s free!) to read my green surfactants article published this week at ICIS Chemical Business. The detergent conference will see keynote presentations from CEOs of major detergent […]

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