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How Chemicals Affect Us

8 May 2012 -

(New York Times) By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects.

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How elephants could solve the biofuel problem

31 August 2011 -

(The Independent) By Cahal Milmo – August 30, 2011
When it comes to weaning the world’s motorists off their addiction to fossil fuel, few would have bet on finding part of the solution in the pungent depths of elephant droppings and a Swiss compost heap.

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EPA Wants Powers to Limit Use of 14 Chemicals

14 July 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) July 12, 2011 – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that companies be required to report new uses of 14 chemicals known as glymes, currently used in a wide variety of applications including ink, paints, adhesives, batteries and vehicle braking systems.

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Sherwin-Williams Wins Green Chem Award for Bottle-Based Paint

12 July 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) Sherwin-Williams has won an EPA green chemistry award for paints made from recycled soda bottles, among other materials.

The company won the Designing Greener Chemicals category at the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for water-based acrylic alkyd paints that can be made from recycled PET plastic, acrylics, and soybean oil. Unlike traditional alkyd (oil-based) paints, the Sherwin-Williams alkyd has low levels of volatile organic compounds, the EPA said. But the paint still offers the performance benefits of alkyds, the agency said.

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BASF Launches Eco-Label Comparison Site

28 February 2011 -

Chemical company BASF has launched a website to help customers sort out the crowded world of eco-labels and certifications.

The SELECT (Sustainability, Eco-Labeling and Environmental Certification Tracking) Eco-Label Manager is a database designed for the strategic management of eco-labels, environmental claims, directories and rating systems.

Governments, large retailers, trade associations and third-party organizations now run hundreds of eco-labels and certifications, “leading to a lot of confusion”, according to BASF senior product steward and program leader Pat Meyer.

BASF hopes that its tool will simplify efforts for businesses that now spend considerable time and resources trying to understand and distinguish between all the eco-labels.
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