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Chemical Concerns Drive Natural, Organic Cosmetic Sales

Ninety percent of buyers of natural and organic personal care products in the UK are going out of their way to avoid products that contain synthetic chemicals, according to a Consumer Insights report by Organic Monitor. When asked to name specific chemicals they look to avoid, almost two-thirds of buyers … Read more »

DuPont: India Confident In Green, Biobased Products

A majority of Indian consumers are familiar with green products, have confidence that green products are better for the environment, and feel that biobased ingredients enhance the desirability of a product, according to a survey by DuPont and TNS Global. The research took place in 12 major Indian cities with … Read more »

General Mills Rejects GMO Ban

The majority of participating shareholders — 97.8 percent — at General Mills’ annual shareholder meeting Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban genetically modified organisms from all of its brands, according to the LA Times. Earlier this year the company removed genetically modified ingredients from its well-known cereal brand Cheerios and … Read more »

Henkel Beauty Care Launches More Sustainable Aerosol Packaging

Henkel and Ball have launched a new, lighter weight industrial aluminum aerosol can for the popular beauty care brand, Fa.   Ball manufactures the new, lighter extruded aluminum can using recycled aluminum to create a metal alloy that exhibits increased strength and allows lightweighting of the container without affecting package … Read more »

University-Themed Products Might Contain Hazardous Chemicals

That March Madness shirt or trinket you’re displaying might contain chemicals already banned in other consumer products, according to a new report. A new study found that 7 in 10 (71 percent) of university-themed products sold at top retailers contain one or more hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine … Read more »

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Chinese Solar Eyes US Market After EU Agreement

European officials announced a trade settlement that avoids proposed harsh tariffs for Chinese solar panel makers – and actually sets the minimum price at 25 percent lower than when the case began. European trade commissioner Karel De Gucht described the agreement, setting the panel price at €0.56 ($0.74) per watt as … Read more »

GM Sustainability Report: Renewable Capacity Down, But So is Carbon

GM Sustainability Report: Renewable Capacity Down, But So is Carbon

GM drew on 62.3 MW of renewable power last year, down from 73 MW in 2011 – but at the same time, the company’s scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions intensity fell 2 percent, from 0.9 to 0.88 metric tons of CO2e per vehicle, according to its 2012 sustainability report. GM’s … Read more »

Firms’ Environmental Practices Influence Consumer Purchases

Firms’ Environmental Practices Influence Consumer Purchases

Half of all Americans consider the environmental impact of products and services when deciding whether or not to make a purchase, according to a national survey. The Americans’ Actions to Limit Global Warming report, which is based on findings from a national survey of 1,045 adults, investigated four types of … Read more »

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Bayer, Syngenta, Rapeseed Producers Possible Bee Vote Losers

Dow Chemical may see an uptick in sales of its pesticide sprays as a result of the European Union ban on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline that are produced mainly by Bayer and Syngenta, Reuters reports. Another possible loser in the vote last month to protect … Read more »

Amazon, Macy’s, Sears Settle with FTC over Bamboo Claims

Amazon, Leon Max, Macy’s and Sears – and Sears’ Kmart subsidiaries – have agreed to pay $1.26 million in penalties to settle Federal Trade Commission charges the retailers misled customers by selling rayon fabrics labeled as made from bamboo fiber. Sears will pay $475,000, Amazon $455,000, Macy’s $250,000 and Leon … Read more »

Hybrid, EV Sales ‘Up 73%’ in 2012, Mintel Says

Hybrid and electric car sales are up 73 percent over last year, with about 440,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electrics sold thus far this year, representing 3.3 percent of all vehicles sold in 2012, according to a Mintel report. According to Hybrid and Electric Cars – US – November 2012, … Read more »

Hyundai, Kia Overstated Fuel Economy Ratings in 13 Vehicle Models

Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will lower the fuel economy ratings for more than one million vehicles sold in the US and Canada, after an EPA investigation found the automakers overstated mileage claims in 13 models. The auto companies, which are both owned by Hyundai Motor Group, said … Read more »