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  • “Eco-Sustainable” Packaging Made from Yucca

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) has announced that it will back a local firm that produces biodegradable packaging and products made from yucca (otherwise known as manioc or cassava, depending on where you are). BNDES will provide R$2.3 million in the form of fixed-income financing (bond) in CBPAK […]

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    Are Biodegradable Plastic Bags Really Better?

    Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

    In my rant last June about unnecessary plastic wrap being praised by Chile’s Environment Minister simply because it is “biodegradable,” I promised a guest post from an expert who can explain better than I can the debate over whether “biodegradable” plastic bags are really a substantial improvement over conventional plastic bags.  I’m happy to publish […]

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    Environment-Friendly Mexican Diapers?

    Monday, July 2nd, 2007

    In May a Mexican multinational, Grupo PI Mabe (better known as “Mabesa”) announced the launch of a new, “environment friendly” premium disposable diaper brand to be known as “Bio Baby.” They plan to focus first on the Mexican baby market, but hope to soon offer it in the other 35 countries they operate in, […]

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    What’s Wrong with This Picture?

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

    It’s the type of photo-op you probably see on environment ministry or agency websites around the world, especially as World Environment Day (05 June) approaches. The Environment Minister, praising some company or group or individual for doing something deemed environmentally-friendly, often followed by a representative of the company touting the measure as a sign […]

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