Archive | March, 2011

BASF starts compostable bag pilot project

BASF says its biodegradable plastic Ecovio FS film is being used in a pilot project by German waste management service AWB. Ecovio FS film is made from combination of petroleum-based Ecoflex FS biodegradable polyester (also produced by BASF) and corn starch-based PLA (polylactic acid). Starting April 6, a 3-month test will be conducted to see […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The countdown begins! I need 6 more twitter followers to reach my 1000 mark before my birthday ends today. For those who are already in the twitter world and would like to get instant blog updates (and updates from conferences I attend from time to time), follow me at @ICISgreenblog. And after that self-advertising, here […]

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Biobased chemicals article on NPRA supplement

It is interesting to note that the petrochemical industry is now interested in learning more about renewable-based chemicals alternatives as seen on this year’s International Petrochemical Conference supplement commissioned by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) for distribution at their annual meeting this week in San Antonio, Texas. The NPRA picked ICIS to do […]

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Rhodia ready to invests in US green chems

France-based specialty chemical company Rhodia seems to be now looking to invests in US-based green chemistry/renewable chemicals companies after the blog heard this announcement today of the company acquiring equity stake in a a venture capital company Phoenix Venture Partners based in Silicon Valley, California. Phoenix Venture Partners specializes in start-up companies focusing primarily on […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Failed to meet my schedule yet again…to compensate, I have more than enough two weeks worth of news here. I am also preparing to write an article on bio-based surfactants so those who are interested to participate, just email me. Eastman stops phthalates production Eastman Chemical will discontinue the manufacture and supply of two of […]

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Solazyme files for IPO

I can’t believe I missed this news! I must have been very busy that week (that or I was in a zombie land) when this news about Solazyme filing for IPO (initial public offering) came out on March 11. As you’ve probably seen in recent previous posts, Solazyme has been very busy with the launch […]

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Battle of the bioplastic bottle

I am still working on the Weekly News Roundup but in the meantime there is an interesting and very lively discussion going on in one of LinkedIn’s group that I joined regarding PepsiCo’s recent announcement of its plans to use 100% plant-based polethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle. PepsiCo said that its “green” bottle is made from […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Here’s our very,very late news roundup for the week…my apologies. Jury duty is over and my next civic duty that I should really tackle now is filing my tax report! Solazyme and Dow in algae industrial fluids Solazyme is collaborating with Dow Chemical to advance the development of Solazyme’s algal oils for use in bio-based […]

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ICIS coverage of Japan’s crisis

While on jury duty, I’ve been trying to catch up as much as I can about the impact of ongoing crisis in Japan within the chemical industry based on the coverage from ICIS. The green blog along with my ICIS colleagues are deeply saddened and very much concerned about the disaster still happening in Japan. […]

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BioAmber enters adipic acid

Biosuccinic acid producer BioAmber is now venturing into the bio-adipic acid market (and other intermediates) with an exclusive licensing deal with US bioengineering firm Celexion LLC. Unfortunately, I am still on jury duty and so do not have time right now to do more information digging. Hopefully I’ll be able to post more information on […]

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