Tags: consumer goods

Bioplastic, It’s Fantastic?

As demand for plastic is on the rise and recycling efforts can only repurpose about 9% of generated plastic, scientists, engineers and producers are looking for green solutions to our petroleum plastic dependency.  While bioplastics have been around for about 100 years, there has been a recent surge of interest in them. 

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The 411 on Cell Phone Sustainability

Cell phones are an everyday item and an almost unavoidable necessity in our society.   In 2018, it was estimated 1.5 billion phones were produced with more cell phones active than people on the planet. Unfortunately, our increasing reliance on cell phones poses a number of environmental and social problems. 

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It’s All Downcycled From Here

Recycling gives some plastics a second or third life but ultimately recycling just delays the inevitable: all plastic is destined for the landfill.  While recycling systems have been developed for plastics that are commonly used and easily broken down, typically #1 and #2, technical and economic factors as well as smaller volumes have prevented recycling of other plastics such as #3 and #7.

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Sustainability Never Tasted So Good: 9 Resolutions to Eat Greener in 2020

It’s resolution season again, and in 2019 many resolved to eat healthier and to save money.  Eating greener is a great opportunity to meet your needs, reduce environmental impact and save money.

 

  1. Use reusable bags when shopping

A greener diet starts at the store.  

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Startup to Address America’s Waste Problems by ‘Bringing Back the Milkman’

In May of 2019 the recycling giant, Terracycle, launched Loop: a subsidiary with the goal of reducing household waste by ‘bringing back the milkman’. They aren’t just stopping at milk either. Through Loop, subscribers can receive totes of household items ranging from toothpaste and laundry detergent, to salad dressings and Haagen-Dazs ice cream: all packaged in aesthetically-pleasing reusable containers.

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