Archive | April, 2011

Cereplast bioplastic symbol launched

Cereplast announced last week the launch of its new bioplastic symbol, which came from a graphic design student at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, — the winner of Cereplast’s “Make Your Mark” competition. The new bioplastic symbol will be stamped on products made from Cereplast’s bioplastic, which will serve as an identifying mark of bioplastic […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog is thinking of moving back the Weekly News Roundup to Friday instead of Monday…maybe this will work…maybe… Amyris now operates commercial plantRenewable chemicals firm Amyris has completed its first industrial-scale facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil, producing its farnesene product Biofene. Amyris expects production to begin in May using sugarcane syrup as feedstock. Its […]

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Green innovation at Bayer MaterialScience

ICIS now officially opens its annual Innovation Awards, which is handled by co-blogger and colleague John Baker. This year, the award has a new category called Best Innovation for Sustainability sponsored by Dutch chemical firm DSM. This category intends to recognize companies that have been innovative in their approach to embracing sustainability practices in product […]

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Genomatica partners with Mitsubishi on bio-BDO

Mitsubishi Chemical and Genomatica are two busy bees this week as fresh from the presses, Genomatica just announced its joint venture partnership with Mitsubishi for the production of bio-BDO as well as other renewable-based chemicals. The blog mentioned this week the possibility of Mitsubishi selling a 100% renewable-based polybutylene succinate (PbS) — made from succinic […]

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P&G expands sugar-packaged Pantene sale

Procter & Gamble is now heavily marketing its sugarcane-based packaged Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion hair care products starting in Western Europe this summer. If readers recall, P&G announced in August last year its intent to use Braskem’s sugarcane-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic for packaging on its Pantene Pro-V, Covergirl and Max Factor brands. According to […]

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Mitsubishi picks BioAmber for succinic supply

Ok, so I was wrong when I assumed Myriant Technologies will be involved with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation’s (MCC) planned bio-polybutylene succinate (bio-Pbs) joint venture with PTT Limited. Just got the news this morning that BioAmber was picked as the exclusive succinic acid distributor for Mitsubishi’s PbS. According to the press release, BioAmber, its Asian distribution […]

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Genomatica’s cellulosic BDO in Europe

As previously mentioned, Genomatica recently announced its plans to construct a bio-butanediol (BDO) demonstration facility in Rivalta, Italy, this time using cellulosic feedstock in collaboration with engineering firm Chemtex, a subsidiary of Italian PET producer M&G (Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi). By the way, M&G is currently building what the company claimed to be the world’s […]

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Rivertop to start pilot plant construction

This post was from my Q&A with Rivertop Renewables’ new president and chief financial officer Jere Kolstad (ex-CEO Jim Stoppert reportedly still continues as an advisor). The company recently announced its plans to start building its 100,0000 lb/year semi-works plant in the Fall this year at its headquarters in Missoula, Montana, as well as expanding equipments […]

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Cobalt Technologies builds biobutanol facility

The world of green chemicals had gone amok with demo facility announcements… First we had Genomatica’s press release yesterday about its plans to build a bio-butanediol (BDO) demo facility in Italy in partnership with Chemtex; last week, Rivertop Renewables announced its plans to start construction of its semi-works glucaric acid facility in Missoula, Montana, this […]

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Dow enters bio-acrylic acid with OPXBIO

Dow Chemical might not be as loud as DuPont or DSM in their bio-based chemicals intent but they have been very active in investing in this area. In the plastics arena, Dow is still intent on producing sugarcane-based polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). In fact, my colleague Anna Jagger wrote an excellent story about the […]

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