Green Chemistry News Roundup: July 8 - July 15, 2016

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Greenpeace Calls Out Leading Fashion Brands in ‘Detox Catwalk’

July 14, 2016 | Triple Pundit

The global fashion industry has a massive impact on the environment. This impact extends from the pesticides used to grow fibers such as cotton to the impact textile dyes have on water in countries where regulations tend to go unenforced.

Green Chemistry Is The Path To Chemical Safety

July 14, 2016 | Huffington Post

On June 22nd, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law, bringing the first legislative reform to chemical management regulation in 40 years!

Not Every Teacher Takes the Summer Off

July 13, 2016 | Kota Territory News

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is leading 24 middle and high school science teachers through hands-on green chemistry investigations that they can take back to their classrooms.

Why Water is More Expensive than Most Companies Think

July 13, 2016 | Green Biz

When it comes to managing their operations, savvy businesses know that efficient material use is crucial to improving the bottom line. However, when it comes to water, many companies fail to plan for water shortages until the problem becomes acute.

New Insight into How Plants Make Cellulose

July 12, 2016 |

A Manchester and Dundee collaboration has found out more about one of the most abundant biological substances on the planet. Professor Simon Turner from The University of Manchester and Dr Piers Hemsley from the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute, have been studying cellulose.

Rare-Earth Market

July 12, 2016 | Foreign Policy

Most people have no idea what’s in an iPhone. Yttrium and praseodymium don’t exactly roll off the tongue, but they’re part of what make smartphones so small, powerful, and bright. These exotic materials are among the planet’s 17 rare-earth elements, and surprisingly, the soft, silvery metals are not at all rare. But they’re found in tiny concentrations, all mixed together, and usually embedded in hard rock, which makes them difficult — and messy — to isolate.

Policy: Five cornerstones of a global bioeconomy

July 12, 2016 | Nature

More than 40 nations are proposing to boost their 'bioeconomy' — the part of the economy based in biology and the biosciences. Around US$2 trillion of products in agriculture and forestry, food, bioenergy, biotechnology and green chemistry were exported worldwide in 2014, amounting to 13% of world trade, up from 10% in 2007.

World’s First Full-Scale Bio Plant Will Sort Waste from 110,000 Homes Annually

July 11, 2016 | Sustainable Brands

Danish cleantech company DONG Energy is constructing the world’s first full-scale bio plant capable of handling household waste by means of enzymes. The REnescience plant in Northwich, in the North West of England, will be able to sort 15 tonnes of waste per hour or 120,000 tonnes per year – equivalent to the amount of waste from almost 110,000 homes in the United Kingdom (UK).

A Sustainable Future is #Biobased

July 11, 2016 | AG Wired

BioBased Technologies, LLC (BBT) was just one of the biobased manufacturing companies that made the trip to Washington, D.C. as an exhibitor and participant in the 2016 United Soybean Board (USB) Biobased Stakeholders’ Dialogue, and BBT exhibitor Terri Mallioux was on hand during the event to discuss how the company’s manufactured materials are improving the sustainability of a multitude of American products in ways that most Americans aren’t aware of yet.

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