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Will emissions-reducing technology be on time?

The emissions noose is already tightening around many manufacturers’ necks around the world especially in the European Union. My colleague Philippa Jones of ICIS news reported about the recent changes in the EU emissions bill, which will weigh heavily on the pockets of energy-intensive industries in Europe such as power producers, the chemicals sector, aluminum, […]

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Get your eco-patents for free!

The green trend is proving to be a red-hot breeding ground for innovation, and several multinational companies are willing to open their patent vault to encourage more development of renewably-sourced, environment-friendly, emission and waste-reducing, more energy-efficient, solution-providing…[ok, I'll stop now] products and processing. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in partnership with Nokia, […]

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Spinning a green yarn we’re not – says AF&Y

American Fibers & Yarns (AF&Y) says it can prove the greenness of its polypropylene yarns with its cradle to cradle product certification awarded by consulting firm MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry). The MBDC evaluation includes analysis of resin, pigment and additive concentrate formulations, as well as all finish ingredients. Photo by United Colors of Benetton […]

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Brewing bio-chemicals

Chemicals made from fermenting agriculture-based products are reaching their critical point. A few days after agribusiness company Cargill and enzymes producer Novozymes announced their plans to develop bio-chemicals such as acrylic acid from fermented sugar-based 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HPA), chemical company DSM and starch derivatives producer Roquette are building a pilot plant for starch-based succinic acid. […]

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Paint waste makes utilities green

Chrysler is looking to use paint residues from its automobile manufacturing to clean up mercury emissions from coal powered electric power plants. The paint solid residues are said to contain nanostructured titanium dioxide which can chemically bond with mercury and thus has the potential to remove them with an efficiency of greater than 95%, according […]

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Clorox got bleached with green

Clorox is changing its bleach-white image with a softer, green color. The company got a big buzz (pun intended) in the financial market late last year with its acquisition of natural personal care company Burt’s Bees. The acquisition marked Clorox’s entrance not only in the personal care industry but in the fast growing natural personal […]

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ADM injects earth with CO2

Biofuels and agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) plans to reduce some of their greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from its Decatur, Illinois-based ethanol plant and storing it via drilled wells deep below Mount Simon Sandstone, a major regional saline-water-bearing rock formation in Illinois. According to Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), ADM’s partner […]

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Beauty products: Chemicals not wanted

The word “chemical” definitely has a stigma when it comes to beauty products. According to BenchMarking Company’s Pink Report, 45% of women out of 1,800 surveyed in the US choose natural or organic beauty products because of their fear of chemicals in traditionally-made beauty brands. Many major beauty manufacturers have launched organic beauty product lines […]

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Ford installs bean chairs; strengthens renewable R&D

Ford is going to use soybean-based foams for its 2009 Ford Escape, which will come out next year, according to automotive supplier Magna International. The BioFoam is going to be used in seat cushions, head restraints, arm rests, headliners and occupant protection products. In my Green Autopia article Ford says it also incorporated soy foam-based […]

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Take a bite of green Mac

McDonalds vp of social corporate responsibility, Bob Langert, noted on the company’s blog site their top ten global green initiatives in 2007. Among them includes installing dry urinals in their Swiss restaurants to cut water consumption; converting used frying oil into biodiesel in McDonalds UK; green restaurant constructions in France, Brazil and the US; reduced […]

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