One thing that we are consistently reminded of during election season is that each and every person can make a difference – whether it’s casting a vote in a super tight election, or confronting a US Senator in an elevator, the power of one can’t be easily dismissed. This week on Sea Change Radio, we explore how even someone who may not have lots of money or technical know-how but cares deeply for the environment can have an impact.
For years, the United States sold materials for China to be recycled, but with changes to environmental standards required for purchased materials (the "China Sword") recycling programs stateside are in transition. Republic Services' Marek Crabbs and Alberto Guardado spoke with Jill Buck for Go Green Radio about "Recycling Simplified," a program designed to help customers understand what these new regulations mean for curbside recycling and where we go from here.
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This week I had the pleasure of attending our first liner recycling event at the New Gallery of Art, in the Xuhui district of Shanghai. At the event, we recognised and celebrated By-Health Co. Ltd., a China health supplements company, as the first brand owner to partner in the Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Program in China.
Green waste, cranberries and coffee grounds find new life in lawn and garden products
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Finding a product solution that is a win for the environment, consumers and business is challenging. Green waste recycling is an example of one solution, offering the opportunity to divert waste from landfills by incorporating it into beneficial new products. Our Company continues leading in utilizing green waste, incorporating 5 billion pounds annually of woody and green biomass into our products. Procurement, R&D, sales and operations teams also work together to find food waste--such as coffee, fruit and potatoes--that meets stringent criteria for inclusion in our products.
Responsibility, one of our five values, is at the core of everything we do. We are working with customers to create a more sustainable recycling model; developing new products and services that meet customers’ emerging recycling needs; engaging and empowering our employees to always do the right thing to minimize the impacts of all facets of our operations; and enabling our customers to make an even greater difference in their communities. Together, we are leading the way within our industry and receiving notable recognition for our sustainability achievements.
While many of us have the best intentions about recycling, we aren’t always doing it right. For example, the clothes hangers that came with the new outfit you bought may be made of plastic, but that doesn’t mean they’re recyclable.
Many people will toss items like this in their recycling bin, hoping they can be recycled. In the industry, this is referred to as “aspirational recycling” or “wish-cycling.” But these items become contaminants in the recycling stream. One contaminant can lead to an entire truckload of perfectly recyclable items being sent to a landfill.
In the last two to three years I’ve witnessed a growing interest in recycling, predominantly in relation to the plastics debate, as there is increasing public awareness of the unacceptable and unsustainable effects of (plastic) waste getting into the ocean. Even though Tetra Pak packages are made mainly from paperboard (about 75%), we are part of this conversation because we use plastic for openings, closures and some of the barrier layers.
Company's 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights achievements in operations, workplace and community outreach
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Inspired by the words of Miracle-Gro founder Horace Hagedorn to “find a need and fill it”, ScottsMiracle-Gro continues to invest in its associates, communities and operations to ensure we leave our piece of the Earth better than we found it. We are pleased to share our latest Corporate Responsibility Update, which provides information on our achievements in the 2015-2017 timeframe.
From products to offices to manufacturing, HP’s commitment to sustainability affects every aspect of our business. Here’s what we achieved in just one year.
When most people hear the word “sustainability,” they instantly think of recycling. And while creating new products out of reusable materials is one of our biggest goals, it is not by any means the only one. Strengthening the planet, its people and our communities isn’t just our responsibility as an influential participant in the global market — it’s vital to the longevity of our business. That’s why we aim to create a business that has lasting sustainable impact on the world.