Provocative Conversation About Next Generation Product Manufacturing in the Heart of U.S. Steel Belt
September 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Can we grow rather than manufacture materials? Why does a labor union care about green and regenerative manufacturing? How are 3D printing and the circular economy revolutionizing our currently industrial economy? These questions and other provocative topics are on the table at the second annual Living Product EXPO, hosted by the International Living Future Institute this week, in the heart of America’s steel belt, Pittsburgh. For more information, visit the /3BL Media/Can we grow rather than manufacture materials?
There is a growing recognition among businesses and consumers that we must move away from a linear “take, make, waste” model of consumption where we extract materials, produce things and discard products to landfills. We are now embracing circular economy models, which by design are restorative and regenerative. Done properly, the final result is a system in which material streams are efficiently managed and recycled. The benefits of this holistic approach are clear, resulting in less waste, lower costs and reduced environmental impact.
Paper is inherently circular by nature – made with renewable resources with high levels of renewable energy and is recyclable. And Sappi takes additional measure to further reduce impact at its operations.
Norfolk Southern rolled out a strategic plan in 2015 that sets targets for the company’s economic performance over five years. Developed by CEO Jim Squires, his senior management team, and the company’s board of directors, the dynamic plan is based on the core competencies of NS’ business: safety and service; revenue growth; and stewardship of resources through productivity and operating efficiencies.
A recent article in Recycling Product News entitled "Profitable and Practical Plastics: Reuse and Recycling for the Circular Economy" featured HPRC's Chicago regional recycling project as a real-world example of what's possible in plastics recycling.
Increasing after-life use of products is increasingly a priority for product and packaging managers seeking to apply the principals of the Circular Economy and concepts embodied in the New Plastics Economy in order to promote resource conservation and optimize existing resource value.
Jennifer Miller was named Chief Business Sustainability Officer for Sappi North America in August 2015. In this new role, she is focused on identifying strategic growth and diversification opportunities for the Company as well as continuing to lead the sustainability strategies for all four of Sappi North America’s businesses.
Q: What is your focus in your new role as Chief Business Sustainability Officer?
HPRC got a nice shout-out in a recent Packaging Digest piece about Bella the Bride, a traveling display jointly put on by DuPont and Beacon Converters that features a wedding gown made of discarded Tyvek meant to encourage conversations about reuse of healthcare plastics. The gown was created by artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd.