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Re-fashioned plastic bag

Speaking about the Green Inaugural Ball last night and as everybody was talking about Michelle Obama’s making a fashion statement in her “Jason Wu” gown, this press release about re-fashioned plastic bag into couture dresses caught my eye. I was thinking this type of recycled clothing should be mandatory in any green-type events. Boutique store […]

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Con Edison’s Transformed Oil

New York power company Con Edison says its transfomer oil has more to it than meets the eye. No, it is not imported from Cybertron, but instead their transformer oil is going to be re-refined by the company Hydrodec into a Superfine oil, which Hydrodec says will be the world’s first commercially recycled transformer oil. […]

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Meet Mr. Ellie Pooh

I seem to be getting a lot of animal-based news this week. Here’s another one forwarded by my secret informant from the American Oil Chemists Society. A company called Mr. Ellie Pooh (yes, that is really their name) has recently received CO-OP America‘s 2008 Green Business Leader Award. This innovative Brooklyn, NY-based company sells 100% […]

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What bites corn plastic?

Here is one big reason why food manufacturers and consumer product goods retailers are still hesitant about using corn-based plastics. According to The Oregonian newspaper, it is difficult for recyclers to recycle corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) plastics because it melts at lower temperatures compared to traditional resins such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This means PLA […]

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Green struck film festival

Last week’s opening of the 21st Tokyo International Film Festival was celebrated with an environmental theme in mind, and our good friends from Japanese chemical company Teijin, in collaboration with Coca-Cola Japan, did their part with the unrolling of their Green Carpet. Not only is it colored green (duh!), but the carpet is made completely […]

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No plastic bag ban from Wal-Mart

Much to the relief of the chemical and plastic manufacturing community, the big box retailer giant Wal-Mart opts to reduce, reuse and recycle instead of implementing plastic shopping bag bans.Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced its goal to reduce its global plastic shopping bag waste by an average of 33% per store by 2013, amounting to more than […]

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Rumors on Chinese hair bands

I just got this email from a friend about rumors circulating the web that some China-sourced hair bands are made out of recycled condoms. Snopes.com, the website that verifies whether a web-circulating urban legend is true or not, confirmed the rumor and cited several press agencies that reported the news. However, Snopes did emphasize that […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I am off again today visiting Rhodia’s new North American research and technology center in to Bristol, Pennsylvania. According to my google source, the lab’s research team develops and launches about 20 new products, and files an average of 20 new patent applications each year. I’m sure there are green chemistry brewing around there somewhere. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The US presidential race is now in full speed as both democratic and republican parties officially nominate their candidates. The future of the US renewable energy market will be at stake as each presidential nominee tries to solve the soaring energy price crisis. In other news, the 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy conference in Valencia, […]

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Dwindling virgin plastic demand

Here’s more bad news for plastic producers but good news for the environment. According to ConAgra Foods, a major US packaged food manufacturer, they are planning to recycle 8 million pounds of plastic waste into new frozen meal trays for their brands Healthy Choice®,Banquet®, Kid Cuisine® and Marie Callender‘s® products. I hate thinking of recycled […]

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