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BASF expands bioplastic capacity

Just came back from the World Detergents Conference in Switzerland and the only word that stood out during the entire event was “sustainability”. A colleague from another magazine and I were actually thinking of taking a shot every time sustainability was mentioned but then we would be too drunk before the first morning break starts. […]

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Bio-butanol from whisky

I received this news from my colleague a couple of weeks ago regarding the development of whisky as another bio-butanol feedstock source. I thought that will be such a waste of a good drink. Fortunately, researchers from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland are instead using two main by-products of the whisky production process – […]

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Top Green blogger stories

School is over for now (yey!) and I am back (somewhat) in my blogging form. While I scan last week’s news, here are some of the green stories I did for ICIS Chemical Business — just to prove that I’m really working and not really playing hooky with the blog (lol!) Walmart’s green goals will […]

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ICB’s Green feature this week

My green article masterpiece is finally out (on print) this week as part of ICIS Chemical Business’ March 1 green feature. My article is about the investment environment for green chemistry companies and it has definitely been an eye opener for me on how these companies were able to get the money flowing for their […]

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Sugar electricity in Brazil

General Electric and Brazilian petrochemical company Petrobras announced sugarcane-based ethanol is now, for the first time, being used in a gas turbine system to produce electricity at the Juiz de Fora Power Plant in Minas Gerais state. The natural gas plant has a capacity of 87 megawatts and uses two GE LM6000 gas turbines, one […]

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Growing sustainability profiles

I forgot to mention that ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) is sponsoring and coordinating a program called “Profiles in Sustainability” at the chemical/pharma tradeshow Informex, which as the name implies, will promote, publicize and reward exhibitors’ and attendees’ achievements in “being green”. A panel of industry experts will be assigned to review […]

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ICB’s green automotive issue

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published this week its automotive issue and most of the topics seem to congregate on making automobiles green via fuel efficiency and use of renewable fuels. Andy Brice wrote “The Weighting Game” which talked about innovative chemical products (an example is biobased engineering plastics) that reduce the […]

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Green car inside out

Preceding ICIS Chemical Business’ automotive feature on October 5, here’s a glimpse of some of the green technologies being developed (and commercialized) by chemical companies for the automobile industry. DuPont just announced today that its joint venture company DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products now have the approval of the American Society for Testing and […]

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Learning from Green’s History

Speaking of history, have you ever wondered how the green movement came to being? An article from ICIS Chemical Business(the magazine I work for) examined the rise of green consciousnessduring the 1960s triggered by Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestselling book Silent Spring.Thebook documented the effect of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) onwildlife, particularly birds, and also attacked the way […]

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New soy-based industrial projects

The United Soybean Board (USB) gave me an update during the #AOCS meeting about new industrial projects (and a long list at that) on soy-based development as of April 2009. In plastics category, there are about 28 projects; 7 in lubricants and solvents; 6 in fibers; 23 in coatings, inks and adhesives; and 15 in […]

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