February 29, 2008
February 25, 2008
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.
February 22, 2008
Here's a roundup of some of the new green products I came across within the past few weeks:
1. Croda Crotein cashmere - the personal care industry is leaning more towards natural-based ingredients and chemical firms are responding. Croda said its new amino acid complex made from hydrolysis of the keratin fibers in cashmere wool provides good moisturization for skin, hair and nails.
February 21, 2008
The company reported a 33% sales increase on green products last year at EUR 5.3bn ($7.8bn) compared to EUR 4bn in 2006.
February 20, 2008
February 19, 2008
February 18, 2008
However, it seems that I can't escape. When I woke up this morning the first thing I heard when I turned on my TV was about the green trend opening up tons of new, profitable job posts, as reported on CBS Early Morning Show.
February 15, 2008
February 14, 2008
1. Cosmetics and skin care
You won't have a hard time with these ones as there are so many natural-based/organic cosmetic products being hawked out there. Are they really natural or organic? Nobody really knows! And that's the beauty of them.
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February 13, 2008
Greenpeace UK recently released its virtual dream green city dubbed EfficienCity, which uses interactive animation to demonstrate how clean energy can be utilized to cut greenhouse gas emissions and lower electricity bills.
Talk about reaching mass audience especially the younger crowd! Greenpeace should be commended on using this very effective tool to educate consumers about alternative energy.
Maybe the chemical industry should use this type of media as well to educate consumers about the benefits and safety of their products.
February 12, 2008
ICIS Chemical Business, the magazine I work for (About ICB), released on Monday its second annual Green issue covering topics ranging from consumer green trends, China's environmental crisis, to the backlash of biofuels.
These feature stories are free to access and don't be shy if you have some burning comments you want to put out about them.
1. Biofuels backlash grows in fuel versus food debate by Simon Robinson - the stakes are getting high for tortillas, corn flakes, water and bagel. Duck hunters are preparing to go on strike.
2. Consumer industry increases sustainability initiatives by Me - Big box retailers are phasing out chemicals purported to be toxic in their products and packaging. Some industry groups protest.
3. US presidential candidates tackle climate change by Mickey Carter - US climate change regulation is inevitable whoever wins the presidential election. More industry group protests on current proposals.
4. European auto and chem industries seek new refrigerants as R-134a is phased-out by Clay Boswell - the maligned carbon dioxide is being considered as the most environment-friendly refrigerant for automobiles. The fluorocarbon market could shrink extensively.
5. German chemical sector moves swiftly to cut emissions by Dede Williams - Proactive approach by various Germany-based chemical companies to comply with emissions regulations and become more green.
6. Specialty chemical distributor U.S. Chemicals focuses on the environment by Joseph Chang - the women-owned and operated business likes to choose green partners.
7. China's economic boom causes environmental crisis by John Richardson - the darker side of China's economic success. Regulatory enforcements, so far, are not working.
8. Biodegradable plastics confuse the public by Ivan Lerner - Misconception on the greeness of biodegradable plastics. The unrecyclable bioplastics can only degrade in expensive industrial composting plants.
February 9, 2008
February 8, 2008
February 7, 2008
It seems more consumers are willing to spend an extra buck or two to sweep away their environmental guilt.
In the cleaning market, sales for more environment-friendly and sustainable green products surge last year, according to research firms Packaged Facts and Information Resources Inc. (IRI)More on this post...
February 6, 2008
According to a report published in the journal Pediatrics, the use of baby lotions, shampoos and powders resulted in higher levels of phthalates in infants. Around 163 infant urine samples were analyzed in the study.
February 5, 2008
February 4, 2008
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 be a problem there.
Oh, and the Golden Gate Bridge is for sale, too!
By Ivan Lerner/New York
Banning plastic bags will not stop people from being morons and filthy slobs.
February 2, 2008
That is the big question at last week's Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting held in Boca Raton, Florida.
Some interpreted it as using renewable-based or natural/organic raw materials in their products while others try to eliminate any type of chemicals at all (is that possible??)More on this post...