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Weekly News Roundup

A hoi-polloi of green news this week with bisphenol-A issue continuing to plague the packaging industry. Also on ICIS News (which requires subscription), some snapshots of what’s going on in the global industrial biotechnology industry. Caustic potash is free!…of mercury Oxychem has finished converting its chlorine plant manufacture from mercury cell-based into using membrane cell […]

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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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Retailers stop toying with standards

No more child’s play for retailers when it comes to selling toy products. Toys “R” Us and Wal-Mart recently announced stricter standards for their toys’ product safety requirements such as increased quality assurance testing and reduction or phaseout of certain chemicals and metals in toys. Toys “R” Us said all of their products in the […]

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NYC trashes e-waste

Recycling of old computers, printers, and other electronic products will soon become mandatory in New York City, according to this New York Times article. The City Council passed a bill that will fine $100 on anyone who throws away their e-waste in the trash starting in 2010. Manufacturers are also required to take back their […]

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PFOA be gone

Producers of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) also known as C8, are peeling themselves away from the chemical thanks to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s PFOA Stewardship program. PFOA is used as a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers – chemicals that provide non-stick surfaces on cookware and water-proof clothing. Low levels of PFOA has reportedly […]

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San Francisco’s idiotic bag ban

Here’s an opinion from my colleague Ivan Lerner about San Francisco’s recent regulation on plastic bags. The article, titled “Rally round the bag” was published on the Endpoint section of ICIS Chemical Business magazine (January 28, 2008). San Francisco has become the first US city to ban plastic bags, meaning that litter will no longer […]

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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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Norway bans flame retardant Deca-BDE

Europe’s flame retardant group is fired up over the recent move by the Norwegian government to ban brominated flame retardant (BFR) Deca-BDE in all applications effective April 1. Cefic’s European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel said Deca-BDE has been found safe for continued use by an EU risk assessment. BFRs have been in the cross-hair […]

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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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Greenwashers beware

Regulators worldwide are increasingly being vigilant about any greenwashing business for consumers’ protection and rightly so. The FTC is already looking to revised their Environmental Marketing guidelines through a series of workshops that examines green marketing. In Norway, tighter advertising guidelines on cars are being enforced such as fining car makers if they use the […]

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