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Green Chemistry News

  • Green chemical regulations based on science.
    We are relying on science to make hard decisions and to create change. The more transparent we are about those decisions, the more likely industry, academia, consumers and others can imagine how possible it is in their own work.
  • Companies struggle to reduce chemical footprint.
    In a 2007 Skidmore College museum exhibit titled Molecules That Matter, the exhibit’s curators noted that people are never more than three feet away from something plastic — made from chemicals known to be hazardous to human health or environment.
  • From India, chemicals for cleaning up.
    An engineer by training, Pramod Chaudhari founded Praj Industries in Pune, India, in 1983. The company started supplying technology for waste water treatment and distilleries. Now, the company specializes in bioethanol, waste-water and biochemical technologies.
  • DuPont’s R&D is at center of fight with activist.
    Eight years ago, DuPont Co. started selling a product it considers a prime example of the company’s unique research and development potential: carpet fibers derived from cornstarch. Whether this represents an anomaly or the promise of R&D breakthroughs is at the core of the company’s battle.

Green Chemistry Drivers

  • REDD and the green economy continue to undermine rights.
    Numerous testimonies taken in indigenous, peasant farmer and rubber-tapper communities show how private REDD projects and public PES projects have deepened territorial conflicts, affected communities’ ability to sustain their livelihoods and violated international human rights conventions.
  • Growing a replacement for Styrofoam...out of mushrooms.
    In a college dorm room, under a twin XL bed, a company was born. Ecovative began as a science project for Gavin McIntyre and Eben Bayer -- they grew oyster mushrooms under their beds, in the hopes of using them to recycle farm waste, and eventually, create an alternative to soft plastics, like Styrofoam.
  • Sugar beet growers look toward sustainability.
    Weeds, bugs and diseases were on the minds of sugar beet growers as they gathered for the annual University of Idaho Sugarbeet Conference. But rather than thinking solely about eliminating those pests, growers are increasingly looking for more sustainable alternatives for control.