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April showers new green chemicals

Another month passed and more green chemicals have been launched. After attending this week’s World Congress on Industrial Biotech and Bioprocessing conference in Chicago, I’m pretty sure there will be much, much more new ones to come. For now, here’s several new environment-friendly or renewable or sustainable or energy-saving or biodegradable…etc. chemicals that caught my […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I apologize for the lateness of this week’s news roundup as I’m preparing for next week’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference in Chicago starting Monday April 28. Plenty of green materials to cover from there especially on biobased products and chemicals so stay tune! A natural fit for Yulex The US Food and Drug […]

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New green chemicals offerings

The chemical industry is no fool when it comes to the green trend. Companies might whine about regulations and environmental groups’ biases against chemicals but the bottom line remains – they will offer what their customers want. Here’s a roundup of some of the new green products I came across within the past few weeks: […]

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Recession-proof buildings?

The US housing sector might be weak but green buildings are still expected to proliferate in the US this year and it is not because of re-painting. According to the American Institute of Architects, the number of cities with green building programs has risen by 418% since 2003. The western regions leads the way accounting […]

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Green and bubbly

I’m off next week to the annual Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, where the global cleaning industry will talk about sustainability, regulation, trends, and maybe a little bit about politics. For now I’ll leave you with these two interesting articles from ICIS Chemical Business about the trend towards a more […]

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No more freezer burns for bioplastics

Bioplastic producer Cereplast says it has developed biodegradable, compostable plastics that can withstand freezing temperatures as low as -35 degree Celsius. Standard polylactic acid (PLA)-based bioplastics can only withstand up to about 20 degree Celsius, says the company. The plastic can be ideal for frozen food applications such as ice cream containers. With these fast […]

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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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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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PVC gets sweeter but is still sour for environmentalists

Solvay will build an ethylene plant in Santo Andre, Brazil, which will used sugar cane-based ethanol as feedstock. The ethylene produced in the plant will then be used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Ethylene and chlorine are the two main feedstock needed to manufacture PVC. Solvay says the Santo Andre plant will be the first […]

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