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Coke recycling: Bad news for plastics?

This news could be another blow to virgin polyethylene (PET) plastic producers. The Coca-Cola company opened today the world’s largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C., which when fully operational, will produce around 100 million pounds/year of food-grade recycled PET plastic – the equivalent of nearly 2 billion 20-ounce Coke bottles. While the new […]

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Food container ban in California

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is battling another proposed plastic ban in California this time on food containers. The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) proposed yesterday a ban on polystyrene (the styrofoamy ones) take out containers as well as a statewide fees for plastic bag use as ways to clean out ocean litter. OPC said […]

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Economic slump hits recyclables

You would think that recyclable materials and chemicals should do well with manufacturers and retailers looking for cheaper and more environment-friendly alternatives during a global economic recession. Unfortunately the excess waste of the economic boom era as well as the current weak demand for products (thus the slow-down of manufacturing) seemed to have driven the […]

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Oil weaning should be shared

I was watching the show 60 Minutes where the US President-elect Obama was being interviewed for the first time after winning the election. According to Obama, despite that the price of oil has gone down energy and a green economy will remain at the forefront of his agenda along with trying to fix the economy. […]

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EPA’s E-cycling guidelines

The Environmental Protection Agency put out its voluntary Responsible Recycling Practices for electronic waste materials, which can be used as guidelines for accreditation programs to verify that electronic recyclers in the US and outside the US are handling, recycling and even refurbishing their materials in a safe and responsible manner. The guidelines target materials such […]

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Greenhouse gas on the rise

A report from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) said methane emission in the atmosphere is on the rise again across the globe. The rise in Northern Hemispheric emissions may be a result of very warm conditions over Siberia throughout 2007, potentially leading to increased bacterial emissions from wetland areas. Potential cause for an increase […]

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Green packaging is hot

ICIS Chemical Business released this Monday its feature on packaging and from what the magazine’s editors have found out is that sustainability is definitely becoming more ingrained within this industry mostly driven by consumer demand. The benefits of cost-cutting and energy saving also add to packaging players’ enthusiasm over this trend. In the article “Green […]

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Japan launches voluntary CO2 market

My Green Japan article in ICIS Chemical Business is now available online. In it are some examples of how the chemical industry is responding to the issue of climate change. The article also reported about how carbon emissions from Japan’s industrial manufacturing sector (including energy, steel, chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, cement, etc.) is closely […]

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From garbage to gas to cash

“In California, they don’t throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows.” – Woody Allen. And that’s how garbage is being revolutionized by following Woody Allen’s sage (or should we say green) advice. There are so many developments now of turning trash into cash, garbage into gas, and… (what else rhyme’s with […]

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GREEN = INNOVATION

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published yesterday its feature on Innovations and most innovations nowadays it seems is focused on the environment. Specialty chemicals company Rhodia is certainly on top of this trend as they talked about how sustainability issues are largely affecting their R&D projects during my visit to their Center […]

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