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La Quinta, Shaw Recycle 30 Tons of Carpet

When La Quinta Inns & Suites renovated some hotels recently, it recycled 30 tons of carpet through Shaw Industries, which is reclaiming the fibers for use in other carpet products. The old carpets were recycled from hotel renovations in Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, reports Hotels.com. The carpet is … Read more »

Retailers, Check Your Shorts (or be Bamboozled)

Why would the big bad Federal Trade Commission go after a small business rather than a big retailer for violating consumer protection laws prohibiting false green product claims? The FTC recently charged four sellers of clothing and other textile products with “bamboozling” consumers  by deceptively labeling and advertising goods as … Read more »

EPA Releases TRI Data in Raw Form

Information about companies’ toxic chemical releases is about to become a lot more public. To promote openness and transparency, the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing the raw, preliminary data behind the Toxics Release Inventory, which typically is published in the beginning of the year. The Toxics Release Inventory, a database … Read more »

Chemicals Industry Works Toward Safe Chemicals Management by 2020

Leading global chemical companies, the United Nations, along with other stakeholders, recently met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the chemical industry’s progress to meet its goal to ensure safe global chemicals management by 2020. At the Second Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-2), the global chemical industry … Read more »

EPA Changing the Way it Tests Chemical Toxicity

In a move that could affect how companies approach new product development and risk management, the Environmental Protection Agency has new scientific methods to assess the toxicity of chemicals. The advanced methods also could reduce companies’ testing costs. On March 25, the EPA released the “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Strategic … Read more »

VRTX Inks Deal with Chem-Aqua for Chemical-Free Water Treatment

VRTX Technologies, a water treatment company that specializes in chemical-free treatment for cooling towers and evaporative condensers, has inked a non-exclusive representative agreement with Chem-Aqua, Inc., a water treatment company. As a part of its Resourcefully Green initiatives program, the Irving, Texas-based Chem-Aqua added VRTX’s non-chemical treatment to its portfolio … Read more »

Household Cleaning Products Give Nod To Sustainability

Makers of household cleaning products are making more efforts to reduce their impact on the environment, CSRwire reports. Seventh Generation has purchased sustainable palm kernel oil certification credits to offset company wide use of the ingredient across its entire product line. The company says it is the first in its … Read more »

Chemical Industry Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Even with a growing recession, the chemical industry is continuing to focus on energy management and efficiency, according to ChemicalProcessing.com. A recent survey by AspenTech of Burlington, Massachusetts finds that feedstock and energy costs make up about 70 percent of a chemical company’s process costs, so savings in this department … Read more »

California EPA Releases Green Chemistry Initiative

California’s EPA recently released the state’s landmark Green Chemistry Initiative (PDF), which focuses on encouraging or mandating manufacturers to develop chemicals that are less poisonous and degrade more quickly in the environment, Mercury News reports. The initiative also focuses on providing more information to business customers and consumers on the … Read more »

Green Chemistry Means Business

Six months can seem like an eternity. For the traveler on space shuttle traveling from the Earth to Mars. For the aging major league slugger during the typical baseball season. For the child waiting for the “age-and-a-half” to become whole with a shiny new bike and a cake. Really, though, … Read more »

California Passes Green Chemistry Legislation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed AB 1879 and SB 509, moving California on the path toward a comprehensive green chemistry program to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in products and the environment. AB 1879 establishes authority for the Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop regulations that create a process … Read more »

Sacred Heart Medical Center Designed with Green in Mind

The new Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Oregon is touting itself as one of the nation’s greenest hospitals. The facility incorporates energy efficiency features and reduces the amount of chemicals typically used in a hospital. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering and Johnson Controls, recently released the 2008 … Read more »

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