May 25, 2010

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 impact chemical supply chain
Walmart is taking initiatives to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via their supply chain. Chemical companies say "bring it on!" and are even taking steps to help Walmart achieve their sustainability goals.

Sustainability helps cosmetics companies beat the recession
The sustainability theme in cosmetics and personal care remains a big driver for chemical companies in bucking economic woes since last year. Interviews from Cognis, Dow Corning, Croda, Akzo Nobel, Bayer Materialscience, and chemical distributor Univar.

Development of BPA alternatives is increasing
While the safety of bisphenol A is being hotly debated, development of alternatives is on the rise. One is corn-derived epoxy resin by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) that may be able to replace bisphenol A (BPA)-based epoxies.

Bioplastic industry remains strong despite recession
The global bioplastics industry has proven its flexibility in navigating the recession, as companies restructured, delayed projects or significantly cut costs. Interviews from Cereplast, Novamont, Teijin, NatureWorks, Telles, BASF.

Green chemistry companies attract more investors
More and more companies dealing with renewable-based chemistries and industrial biotechnology are coming out of the woodwork, as interest from the investment community continues to surge. Interviews from DNP Green Technology, Segetis, Genomatica, Zeachem, OPX Biotechnologies, Elevance, Verdezyne.

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