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Watchdog ranking grades chemical companies on sustainability

Dutch multinational Royal DSM is the world’s most sustainable chemicals company, according to a watchdog group’s report based on companies’ efforts to phase out hazardous substances and replace them with safer alternatives.
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5 sustainable alternatives to plastics

A new range of compostable bioplastics created from seeds and even fish scales could liberate us from plastic waste.

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Products we use every day are full of harmful chemicals. Can green chemistry lead to safer alternatives?

Organization and consumer demand for products that don't harm people or pollute the environment are moving forward-thinking brands toward safer ingredients.

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This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

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Invasive green crab at Keji seaside could soon become biodegradable plastic

Invasive green crabs that have caused major problems for native species could be the latest solution to reducing plastic pollution in the ocean.

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Could algae be an alternative to plastic?

A French think tank called Atelier Luma is investigating whether treated algae can be used an an alternative material to plastic.
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Researchers find way to dissolve, recycle rubber from car tires

The process could lead to new recycling methods that have so far proven to be expensive, difficult and largely inefficient.

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Toxic algae is ruining our lakes. The solution: beer.

A researcher thinks we may be able to recycle beer waste into a powerful algae-fighting tool
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Two green ′trailblazers′ win German Environment Prize

A soil scientist and the maker of green detergents and cosmetics will share the €500,000 prize money.

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This clever gel works like a vaccine for wildfires

Spray the flame-retardant goo on vegetation, and it’ll protect the plants from igniting for months.
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Plant-based fire retardants may offer a less toxic way to tame flames

Flame retardants created from plant materials could be less harmful to the environment than traditional flame-smothering chemicals.
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Sawdust might be one answer to the world’s plastic problem

Beverage giants Pepsi, Danone and Nestle plan to sell water in recyclable plastic bottles made from lumber scraps.
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Bioplastics could solve a major pollution problem

Advanced solvents and enzymes are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics.

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Researchers recommend chemistry educators focus more on environmental impacts

Think chemistry classes should be all about balancing chemical equations and memorizing the periodic table? Think again.

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