Posted on September 23, 2015 by Envirothink
If you’re not familiar with the phrase Extended Producer Responsibility, it’s time to learn.
EPR is the larger picture of what’s necessary and what’s possible going well beyond recycling. It requires manufacturers to be accountable for the products they produce – its complete life cycle from beginning to its final and responsible disposal. It’s a way to dramatically reduce what goes into our landfills and increase the amount of waste that gets recycled and/or reused.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: Allan Gerlat, California Product Stewardship Council, environmental, environmental regulations, EPR, Extended Producer Responsibility, landfills, product lifecycle, recycling, take-back programs, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 14, 2015 by Envirothink
Large corporations are beginning to get that recycling – the 2nd of the “3 R’s” – can really pay back. With the launch of the new National Materials Marketplace, more than 20 companies with U.S.-based operations are avoiding waste by turning it into raw materials for other companies’ use.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: Armstrong World Industries, CO2 emissions, Corporate Eco Forum, General Motors, landfill waste, National Materials Marketplace, recycling, Reduce Reuse Recycle, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, waste, waste disposal, waste stream, World Business Council for Sustainable Development | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 28, 2014 by Envirothink
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 4.4 pounds of garbage daily. That’s around 1,600 pounds a year!
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: garbage, landfill, landfill waste, recyclable, recycling, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, waste, waste stream, world’s population | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 29, 2014 by Envirothink
As more companies look for ways to upcycle their unwanted materials, they divert waste from our landfills
I was perusing old emails and came across one that not only was interesting but inspiring.
I’ve written a number of articles about the growing trend of upcycling. It’s much more than simply recycling something. It’s taking what once was considered trash and turning it into something useful, giving it a second life.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: B corporation, environmental, government leaders, IRN Recycling, landfills, non-recyclable material, Ramada Inn, recycling, renovation, reuse+recycling rate, Salesian Missions, triple bottom line, upcycle, waste | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Envirothink
California’s goal to achieve a 75 percent recycling rate would create thousands of green jobs, photo courtesy of Recology
California has earned its reputation for leading the way in green innovation and legislation. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 341, which required the mandatory commercial recycling in California beginning July 1, 2012. This new law modified the California Integrated Waste Management Act, establishing a policy goal that “75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020.”
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: California Integrated Waste Management Act, CalRecycle, environment, Governor Jerry Brown, green innovation, green jobs, landfill disposal, landfills, NRDC, plastic, recycled materials, recycling, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 14, 2014 by Envirothink
There are a lot of water bottling companies out there, and a lot of so-called “green” water and water bottles. I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical when I hear about yet another one. But I did a bit of checking and there’s one that’s caught my eye and imagination.
There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for Treeson water that’s piqued my interest.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Recycling | Tagged: Carlton Solle, Costa Rica, deforestation, environment, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Kickstarter, natural spring water, petroleum-based products, plastic pollution, product sustainability, recycling, restore the rainforest, Treeson water botles | Leave a comment »