News Roundup December 31st 2016 – January 13th 2017

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The Importance of the Circular Economy in Business

January 9, 2017 | Green Biz

Rather than solely using a bottom line (even a triple bottom line) and largely linear approach to growth and development, we must imagine, analyze and quantify how circular growth augments our conventional business models.

Using Biomimicry to Make Artificial Spider Silk

January 9, 2017 | Forbes

An international team of scientists has devised artificial silk that becomes a slim yet tough fiber, with help from a machine designed to mimic the spinning spiders do naturally. The silk isn’t quite as strong as the real thing, but the researchers have a few ideas for fine-tuning the technology so it can move a step closer to the market.

New Tech from Carbon Clean Solutions Cuts the Cost of CO2 Capture and Utilization

January 8, 2017 | Quartz India

Carbon Clean Solutions built a plant in Tuticorin in southern India that captures carbon dioxide from its coal-fired boiler and converts it into soda ash. The commercial-scale plant, set to capture 60,000 tons of CO2 annually, does it so cheaply that it did not need any government subsidies.

The E factor 25 Years On: The Rise of Green Chemistry and Sustainability

January 7, 2017 | Royal Society of Chemistry Journal

Following an introduction to the origins of green chemistry and the E factor concept, the various metrics for measuring greenness are discussed. It is emphasized that mass-based metrics such as atom economy, E factors and process mass intensity (PMI) need to be supplemented by metrics, in particular life cycle assessment, which measure the environmental impact of waste and, in order to assess sustainability, by metrics which measure economic viability.

Nanowires Offer Low-Cost Printed Electronics

January 5, 2017 | IEEE Spectrum

Researchers at Duke University have discovered that silver nanowires are able to achieve the desired level of conductivity for printed circuits without needing to be heated to the point where they would harm the less expensive substrates.

Hairprint is Nontoxic by Nature, and by Design

January 5, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
Hairprint is the first hair care company to receive the Made Safe certification — an independent third-party nontoxic certification program that puts products through a rigorous screening to test for potentially harmful ingredients.

Natural Catalyst Mimics Nature to Break Tenacious Carbon-Hydrogen Bond

January 4, 2017 |

A new catalyst for breaking the tough molecular bond between carbon and hydrogen holds the promise of a cleaner, easier and cheaper way to derive products from petroleum, says a researcher at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

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