Business briefs, Dec. 5

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 07:32 PM

Burt’s Bees partners in plastic recycling program

DURHAM – Durham-based Burt’s Bees, a division of The Clorox Co. that makes personal care products, is partnering with a producer of recycled household products in a program that will allow for the recycling of lip balm tubes and plastic caps.

The Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Tinted Lip Balm and Lip Shimmer tubes, the Face Lotion Air Pumps, and Burt’s Bees plastic caps will be collected in bins at Whole Foods, including at the location in Durham.

Through a partnership with Preserve, the hope is that plastics can be used in consumer goods like toothbrushes and razors.


Syngetna announces yield results for drought-tolerance trait

DURHAM – The Switzerland-based company Syngenta announced Tuesday that a hybrid corn seed with a drought-tolerance trait developed by the company produced higher yields under drought conditions.

The company said that under severe and extreme drought conditions, hybrids with its Agrisure Artesian technology produced 16.8 percent higher yields compared to the plot average.

Steven Goldsmith, a spokesman for the company, said in an email message that workers at the Research Triangle Park led the development of the technology. Syngenta has its plant biotechnology headquarters in the park.