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Plastics and babies

Plasticizers have been under spotlight this week targeting phthalates in baby care products and bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles. According to a report published in the journal Pediatrics, the use of baby lotions, shampoos and powders resulted in higher levels of phthalates in infants. Around 163 infant urine samples were analyzed in the study. […]

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Eco-fashion in vogue

My colleague Barbara Ortner of Chemicals Confidential Blog wrote about a fashion show in Kuala Lumpur where designers used condoms as their textile of choice (the show is about fighting against AIDS). I, of course, looking at the environmental aspect of it, was curious if the condoms were recycled. Consumers will probably not be that […]

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Green chemicals outlook 2008

After consulting the great green gurus of the world wide web, these are some of the green predictions for the chemical industry I’ve gathered for 2008: Lithium, photovoltaics (for solar energy) and carbon dioxide are hot! These products will continue to be big in terms of research and development. High-powered lithium-based rechargeable batteries will increasingly […]

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Green New Year’s resolution

Here’s several New Year’s green resolution tips for consumers offered by energy provider Green Mountain Energy Company. 1. Sign up for Cleaner Electricity 2. Go on a Carbon Diet 3. Give the Gift of Green 4. Purchase a Hybrid Car 5. Green Your Commute 6. Drive Smart 7. Upgrade to EPA ENERGY STAR-certified products 8. […]

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The carbon cost of Christmas

Not only will you worry about how fattening holiday dinners can be but now you have to worry about their carbon emission as well. In this article from NutraUSAIngredients.com, researchers from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at Manchester University, UK, found that a typical British Christmas meal for eight (excluding eggnogs and […]

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EPA says Merry Green Holidays!

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving out tips on how to lessen fuel consumption, CO2 emission and waste during the holidays. Here are some examples: 1. Regifting is ok when it comes to wrapping. Use recycled wrapping paper or gift bags. When shopping for packaged goods, look for the ones with recycled packaging. […]

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Bioplastics stretching out

The global market for biodegradable polymers is expected to reach 1.2bn pounds by 2012 from the 541m pounds estimated this year, according to BCC Research. Growth in the North American market is slower compared to Europe and Asia but is reportedly beginning to show its potential. The global market’s average annual growth rate is estimated […]

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News bytes – from expansion to reduction

While trying to finish my green car article and working on a story about chemicals made from vegetable oil and animal fats, several news came my way and here are some of them: 1. Cereplast said it will start its 223,000 tonne/year bioplastic plant in Indiana by January. The bioplastic production facility is reportedly the […]

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Shades of green on consumer electronics

Studies and analysis on green marketing and investments seem to be proliferating as much as the products themselves. Here’s another one from Forrester Research rating consumers on their green awareness and concern for environment-friendly electronic products. In their report, “In Search of Green Technology Consumers“, Forrester found out that out of 5,000 American adults surveyed, […]

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Six sins of greenwashing – my two cents

Here’s an interesting take from two GreenBiz.com bloggers Joel Makower and Andy Savitz about a recent report called Six Sins of Greenwashing by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing Inc. Green-wash (green’wash’, -wôsh’) – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. According to […]

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