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Green Chemistry News

  • Forward-thinking companies bet on green energy.
    A couple of decades ago, two academic chemists developed 12 principles of green chemistry to guide the design of chemical products and processes which reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.
  • Making it with mushrooms.
    For a more sustainable world, Ecovative Design’s marketing and sales manager says, industry will need to exploit processes found in nature. That’s the goal of a handful of companies developing mushroom plastics.

Green Chemistry Drivers

  • Ham scramble: Southern delicacy companies struggle to replace methyl bromide.
    For more than 30 years, Sam Edwards – like many country ham producers – has used a single chemical to keep critters from infesting high-value hocks. That chemical, methyl bromide, is being phased out because it is one of the most potent compounds depleting the Earth’s protective ozone layer. The nation’s country ham producers are hanging on as they scramble to find a pest-killing alternative.
  • The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic.
    Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission - to rid the world's oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work - and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day?
  • Plastic bag makers in denial about California ban.
    t’s a true if gruesome fact that chickens that have been relieved of their heads sometimes run around for a while before they quite realize their irreversible predicament. That appears to be happening to the plastic bag industry.
  • Forward-thinking companies bet on green energy.
    A couple of decades ago, two academic chemists developed 12 principles of green chemistry to guide the design of chemical products and processes which reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.