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Green products for your holiday list

This year, I am making sure my annual green gifts for the holidays will be a bit early (still in time for Hannukkah!) compared to last year. It seems there are more offerings as well this year so I hope this will be helpful in crossing out some from your holiday list. Enjoy and Happy […]

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Green chemicals from October

There have been so many new green product introductions for October and November because of various industry tradeshows and conferences where companies prefer to announce new product launch. I already kick-started some of the new bioplastic introductions from the K Show but there were others that I did not get in time so they’re now […]

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Bioplastic news at K Show

The bioplastic industry strengthened its presence at last week’s international plastic and rubber trade show “K” held every four years in Germany. There had been several announcements from major plastic producers at the show and one of them the blog already reported about Braskem’s plans to build a sugarcane-based polypropylene. Here is a video from […]

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Interview: Sustainability at Eastman

My apologies for posting this interview so late…I really have to cut back on interviews lately because of my weekly column (not to mention several features stories) at ICIS Chemical Business. Eastman launched its first sustainability review in June this year and the company is actually aiming for 2/3 of its revenue (at a minimum) […]

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Stonyfield yogurt cups from PLA

Yogurt manufacturer Stonyfield Farms announced yesterday that it is now using NatureWorks’ Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) resin for its multi-pack yogurt cups under the brands YoBaby, YoToddler and YoKids as well as B-Healthy, B-Well, Probiotic & O’Soy. The new cups replace petroleum-based polystyrene (PS#6) and will be stamped with “Made From Plants” on the bottom. […]

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Green chemicals from September

 Here are September’s new green chemicals list. Solar technologies rule on this one!1. Momentive surfactant for green polyol – Momentive Performance Materials in collaboration with Cargill has developed its Niax silicone L-670 surfactant that allows for the increased use of natural oil-based polyols in foam production. The surfactant also reduces the amount of flame retardant […]

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P&G compacts US powder detergents

Procter & Gamble announced this week that it will compact its entire US and Canadian powder laundry detergents starting February 2011, which will help reduce waste, save energy and save water. The smaller packaging and compacted formulas will also reduced fuel consumption, according to the company. With the proper dosage use as recommended, consumers can […]

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Green chemicals in August

The monthly green chemicals product launch is back! (at least while I have extra time to put it all together) August seems to be the month for new product introductions focusing on the energy market. I also have a growing list of new bio-based products in the retail market that hopefully, I’ll be able to […]

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ADM offers bio-isosorbide as BPA alternative

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced today it has begun offering its corn-based isosorbide to the market as potential alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics and other chemical applications. ADM said it is the first North American company to offer renewable isosorbide on a commercial scale. Isosorbides can be used in polyesters for inks, toners, powder […]

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GM uses green refrigerant

General Motors said it was the first auto manufacturer to use a new greenhouse gas-friendly air-conditioning refrigerant, which will be incorporated in 2013 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the U.S The new refrigerant, (HFO-1234yf) supplied by Honeywell, breaks down faster in the atmosphere than the refrigerant currently used (R-134a). R-134a refrigerant has an […]

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