Webinar archive for Do You Want a Receipt With That? BPA and BPS in Thermal Receipt Papers

If you missed today’s webinar on BPA and BPS in thermal receipt paper, you can watch the recording, download the slides, and learn more at http://www.glrppr.org/meetings/#bpa.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has developed a retailer toolkit available at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/receipts. If you work in a restaurant or retail outlet that uses thermal paper, or know someone who does, you should definitely check this out.

At the Core of Sustainable Electronics

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There’s rightfully much ado about the climate — from extreme weather events, severe droughts and water crises to fossil fuels and the race to renewables. However, there’s far too little talk about electronics and their role in environmental ecosystems.

Improving Industrial Processes by Adopting a Renewable Approach

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The manufacturing industry is in constant need of innovation to survive — and many are not aware of the limitless potentials surrounding the crucial need for eco-friendly approaches within industrial manufacturing. Sustainable thinking must be implemented at all levels of the organization to address inefficiencies throughout all our systems, especially when it comes to the use of our finite natural resources — air and water. This is a worldwide imperative necessary to keep growing in an evolving international marketplace.

New ISTC report: Softener Feed Water Reduction

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Founded in 1915, Carus Corporation is an environmental services company located in LaSalle, Illinois that manufactures a range of products for municipal and industrial markets. The site currently uses approximately 1,360 gallons of water per minute daily. This is equivalent to 1,958,400 gallons per day or 675 million gallons per year, based on 345 days of operation. They are charged $0.798 per 100 cubic feet of water used, including the city′s 5% utility tax. In 2015, the company began a new water contract with the city that increased their water usage rate to $1.145 per 100 cubic feet. If they continue to use water at their 2014 rate, they would spend $1,033,725, which as an increase of $312,962. Their goal was to develop a plan to reduce current water usage by utilizing spent non−contact cooling water from their crystallizer hot well to feed their water softeners in the boiler house. Previously,they had used raw city water to feed the softeners, which consume approximately 100gallons of water per minute. Factoring in the increased cost of the new contract, they saved $86,600 to $120,200 per year and reduced their water usage by 56.6. to 65.6 million gallons.

Money in your pants: Levi’s new recycling program offers 20% discount for old duds

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San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. announced Tuesday that customers who drop off a clean, dry item of clothing or a pair of shoes at any U.S. Levi’s store (outlets included) — of any brand — will receive a voucher for 20% off the purchase of a regular-priced in-store Levi’s item.

Net positive: Revolution, not evolution

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A novel concept has been doing the rounds of the sustainability world in the last few years and gradually building momentum: “net positive,” or the idea of a company leaving the world a better place than it found it.

Product ecolabels: To certify or not to certify?

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With 201 ecolabel certifications in the U.S. and 459 globally, it is no wonder that businesses are confused about their value. Putting aside the important question of choosing among the multiple overlapping eco-certifications, how should a business answer the threshold question of whether to seek eco-certification in the first place?

The answer depends on your business facts and point of view. Are you most interested in bolstering the credibility of your environmental claims? Or do you view eco-certification as a way to increase sales or enhance your business reputation?

Think about your primary motivation when you read the following list of key considerations: