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 •  May 15, 2012

With all his talk about sugar cane, corn, casaba, and fungi, Jeff White sounded like someone with a food obsession. But the ingredients he enumerated during an interview last week had to do with manufacturing, not a meal.
His is an unconventional view of the world, where vegetables and other crops are the base materials for such durable goods as ...

Philadelphia Inquirer

 •  January 4, 2012

By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The German chemical giant BASF has invested $30 million in Renmatix Inc., a King of Prussia early-stage company that produces industrial sugars from wood and other nonfood plant materials that can be used to make chemicals, the companies said Tuesday.
Renmatix, also backed by John Doerr of the Silicon ...

Philadelphia Inquirer

 •  November 10, 2011

Despite having the apparent support of Congress, Sunoco's plan to transport ethane from the Marcellus Shale through the Philadelphia area is far from a sure bet.
Energy analysts say that the Mariner project, which would pipe ethane derived from shale gas to a Sunoco dock on the Delaware River and then by sea to the Gulf Coast, is an unlikely path ...

Philadelphia Inquirer

 •  April 12, 2011

By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's household recycling rate has hit its highest level in history.
And with three sorting facilities already in the region, Waste Management Inc. held a formal opening Monday for yet another - a $20 million operation in Northeast Philadelphia.
A jubilant Mayor Nutter extolled the green values of ...

Philadelphia Inquirer

 •  January 11, 2011

By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
DuPont Co., in its biggest acquisition since the purchase of seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in the late 1990s, has agreed to pay $5.8 billion for Danisco, a Danish company that makes enzymes used to produce chemicals and fuels from plants.
The deal for Danisco, a partner in DuPont's ...

Philadelphia Inquirer

 •  August 22, 2010

By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brendan Lynch used to use his living room floor to sort all those oddball plastics that Philadelphia wouldn't recycle. Then he would give them to a neighbor, who would haul them to a special recycling facility in Pottstown.
Tag Brewer used to smuggle hers to a cousin in Radnor, where the recycling program was ...