April 28, 2008
One particular session from the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing conference being held in Chicago this week focused on recent industrial biotech developments in Germany as well as companies setting up shops in the region focusing on emerging renewable chemical platforms and value-chains of chemicals made from renewable-based feedstock.
April 25, 2008
Plenty of green materials to cover from there especially on biobased products and chemicals so stay tune!
A natural fit for Yulex
The US Food and Drug Administration gave a thumbs up for the marketing of Yulex's medical gloves made from guayule, a desert crop native to the Southwest. Other guayule-based products are currently in the pipeline, the company said.
April 24, 2008
April 23, 2008
In the conference's green session, scientist Libby Sommer from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was promoting EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator program, which, through the use of the DfE logo, recognizes products that are certified safer for the environment and human health. Sommer said the Formulator program has resulted in a reduction of more than 40 million pounds/year of chemicals of concern.
April 22, 2008
Dig in and enjoy reading! Happy Earth Day!
From the chemical industry perspective:
- Toxic Stock Syndrome report from IEHN. The group says many companies especially from the chemical industry are keeping shareholders in the dark on potential recalls, bans and other risks.
- 2007 Ethical chemical companies report by Covalence. An excerpt from the report gives some insight on why it is difficult for chemical companies to be perceived as ethical.
April 21, 2008
April 18, 2008
For now here's this week's green news and there are definitely plenty of them to sort through:
The beauty of cradle to cradle
Aveda said it is the first beauty company to receive cradle to cradle certification for four botanical ingredients: sandalwood oil from Australia, rose oil and lavender oil from Bulgaria and uruku from Brazil. The certification was assessed by the Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA).
April 16, 2008
This year, two recipients of the $150,000 annual Goldman Environmental Award - considered the green equivalent of Oscar Academy - were Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, and Luis Yanza, who represents the Coalition.
April 15, 2008
According to the magazine, several green groups are having a hard time deciding whom to endorse. Obama and CLinton are said to be strong environmental candidates although McCain is reportedly also appealing to some environmentalists because of his green legislative record.
According to a recent company-sponsored survey conducted by Market Tools, 65% of US consumers are willing to pay premium for renewably-sourced products.
April 14, 2008
According to the website Chemie.de, chemists from Virginia Tech have been developing a low-cost hydrogen producing system using plant sugars, water and a cocktail of enzymes. Improving the technology could eventually lead to production of sugar-powered vehicles, they said.
April 11, 2008
Ohio's energy boost
The State of Ohio awarded12 companies a total of more than $8.9m for the advancement of research, production and product commercialization of fuel cells. The investments are expected to bring more than 2,000 jobs to the state.
April 10, 2008
Mintel said 328 eco-friendly products were launched last year compared to 5 in 2002.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will finance in the building of a total 4,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant in the Mundra region, with the first 800 mega-watt unit to start in mid-2011. IFC says the facility will use supercritical technology making the plant's carbon emissions 40% less compared to existing coal-fired power plants in India.
April 9, 2008
Fuel cells have the potential to power small manned and unmanned vehicles and on the long run, could be used as a secondary power-generating systems for large commercial airplanes, said Boeing.
April 8, 2008
IKEA said more than 92% of their customers opted on not buying their plastic bags during the program.
April 7, 2008
Joe Acker says you're in good hands if you're a member of SOCMA.
April 4, 2008
Certifiably 100% green
Independent testing laboratory Beta Analytic has certified that Braskem's new green butene is 100% made from renewable raw materials. The Brazilian chemical company said they are the first to manufacture linear polyethylene made from 100% renewable raw materials.
Several Greenpeace activists exercised their climbing skills last week when they scaled several towers inside Ciba's chemical complex in Basel and put up banners demanding Ciba and another Swiss chemical firm Syngenta to pay towards toxic waste spill clean-ups in the region.
April 3, 2008
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is demanding the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the safety of oxybenzone...
Sustainability-driven consumers and natural beauty products will continue to play significant roles in the retail market this year.
According to market data provider Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the consumer market for sustainable products and packaging is still in the early stages of development and majority of the business is still carried out among niche players.
April 2, 2008
In this year's National Hardware Show on May 6-8 in Las Vegas, new green products ranging from trash cans to purifiers to storage, will be highlighted on a separate show floor called Green Product World, according to Reed Exhibitions, which manages the event.
Here's a sneak peek on some of the green products to be launched at the show. Prepare your greens to leave your wallet if you want these green products to enter your home!
1. Miracle Toilet Faucet
The Miracle Toilet Faucet allows the homeowner to drastically lower toilet paper and water usage while enjoying improved hygiene and comfort. The product uses the existing water supply from the toilet and can be installed with a few common tools in about fifteen minutes.
April 1, 2008
1. Plastinum blendymer plastics - Plastinum Polymer Technologies commercialized its first compounds made from recycled mixed post-consumer plastics manufactured using the company's Blendymer technology. Plastinum said the technology is currently the only environmentally-friendly mechanical process to treat mixed-plastic waste in an economically viable way.