Tips for overcoming your shyness to network include having a friend or colleague tag along to an event, using social networking to make initial contact and asking questions of new acquaintances, this blogger writes.
AkzoNobel has reached an agreement with Solazyme on producing tailored oils from algae rather than petroleum. The move could reduce AkzoNobel's per-ton emissions in surface chemistry and decorative paints by as much as 30% by 2020 compared with last year.
The transition to a new career can be difficult, Claudia Chan writes, but it may be time to move on if you are unhappy with the culture at your company or if you spend most of your time daydreaming. "It's one thing to need a new source of inspiration at work, but it's another thing when boredom zaps all the inspiration out of you," she writes.
You need to learn to project an executive image if you want to get ahead in your career, writes Ken White, an associate dean at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Those with executive presence are confident, go-to people who keep their cool in a crisis. "Your executive presence is a major part of your personal brand," White writes.
Converting Canada's plastic waste to fuel with the use of pyrolysis could annually produce nearly 9 million barrels of oil-equivalent hydrocarbons worth roughly $792 million, according to a study commissioned by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
The packaging industry should expand its "reduce, reuse, recycle" philosophy to include "recover" as a way of reflecting comprehensive efforts for post-consumer materials, according to Dow Chemical. "The key is understanding how energy recovery works as a system because mechanical recycling and energy recovery can work together. We have the potential to recycle and recovery energy from a large amount of material," said Jeff Wooster, the company's global sustainability leader for plastics.