November 29, 2007

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 also start eliminating plastic bag use six months from now.

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November 28, 2007

Green shopping begins

Thanksgiving is over, and in the US, that means shopping for the holidays has officially begun. This year, perhaps for the first time ever, American consumers are more environmentally conscious when it comes to shopping options, according to Deloitte's 2007 Annual Holiday Survey.

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November 20, 2007

Green Chemistry - a growing billion dollar industry

A recent article from the New York Times talked about how green chemistry is translating into a booming big business opportunities.

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November 16, 2007

Paying farmers to save the ecosystem

Not many kids say they want to be a farmer when they grow up but that could soon change.

Farmers are now reaping the benefits of high wheat, oilseeds, corn and other ag-based products prices as well as profits from government incentives. "It's great to be a farmer these days!", as one US industry official remarked in a recent oleochemical conference that I attended.

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November 13, 2007

Honda opens greener solar cell facility

Honda began mass production of the solar cells last month mostly for domestic distribution including solar cells for homes throughout Japan. The company says it is also planning to export them soon. The plant is expected to reach an annual maximum capacity of 27.5 megawatts, equivalent to powering around 9,000 houses by second quarter next year.

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The global solar electricity (also called photovoltaic or PV) market is growing at more than 30% per year with Germany and Japan leading the market mostly because of government incentive policies, according to DuPont, a PV materials supplier. Around 94% of all PV modules today are made out of crystalline silicon, DuPont said.

November 12, 2007

Solar R&D get an investment boost

The sun is shining for the solar energy sector -- considered the most expensive among alternative energy source.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $21m investment for the development of next generation photovoltaic (PV) technology. 25 projects mostly from various universities were selected for the DOE's MAKE-SOLAR ENERGY-CHEAPER handouts. Each three-year award averages $900,000.

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November 8, 2007

Welcome to my Green Chemicals Blog

Welcome to my first green chemicals blog where we can analyze, dissect and sift through the growing power of the word green. In my seven-year coverage of the fats and oils industry (my editorial day job at ICIS), I’ve been constantly comparing the benefits of oleochemicals --chemical compounds derived from natural fats and oils-- versus petrochemicals. Turn out the world of green is no black and white.

Natural does not always means safe. Renewable is not equivalent to sustainable. But the chemical industry is increasingly finding ways to make products eco-friendly and their manufacturing more sustainable. Growing introduction of bioproducts, biofuels, new green chemical platforms and processes are proof enough. Whether they work or not remain to be seen but the important thing is that the industry is trying.

Let me hear your opinions on the green trend and keep this blog flowing!

Best regards,
Doris

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Pls. click the post's headline or footnote and it will transfer you directly to my official Green Chemicals Blog for full access and comments. Sorry for the hassle..just following company rules....