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The e-waste of Christmas Past

Electronic gifts boomed this holiday and to help dispose your old cellular phones, game consoles, computer, MP3s and other gizmos in an environment-friendly way, some retailers are helping out by announcing their electronic recycling programs. Some have their own domestic recycling site but guess where others are being dumped? as reported by the UK newspaper […]

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Chicago bottled water tapped by tax

Consumer plastics remain under siege with another so-called “Eco-Sin” tax underway this time in Chicago. While San Francisco is now fining grocery/shopping stores that use plastic bags Chicago will soon apply a 5-cent tax on each and every plastic bottled-water sold in the city starting January 1. Several food and beverage retailer alliance is already […]

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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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CO2 is auto makers’ new cool friend

While everybody is trying to reduce their carbon footprint, some auto makers are driving the opposite way by embracing carbon dioxide for use as a refrigerant in car air-conditioners. According to this recent article from the New York Times supporters claimed CO2 as more ozone-friendly and 20% more energy efficient in ac systems than the […]

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San Francisco starts plastic bag ban

Speaking of plastic bags, San Francisco already started eliminating their use (unless they’re biodegradable) in large grocery stores last week, according to San Francisco Chronicle. According to a new policy from the city’s Department of Environment, only retail businesses and smaller grocery stores are still allowed to hand out the bags while pharmacy chains will […]

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