Read the full story in The Guardian. As Pollution Prevention Week winds down, it’s worth noting that the sustainable design strategies associated with the circular economy are also pollution prevention strategies. P2 lives within today’s sustainability movement. We just don’t call it that very often anymore.
We can remedy our planet’s problems, but only if we are willing to redesign wasteful manufacturing processes and give up our throwaway habits.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4278701489425281537
There are tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce in the United States, many of which may have a range of negative impacts on health, the environment, and the economy during their lifecycle. It should be a key part of any sustainable purchasing program to understand which of these chemicals could pose hazards in products and services procured, and how to find safer alternatives.
The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Responsible Purchasing Network, and Green Electronics Council have joined together to present this webinar on steps that public and private institutions can take to purchase products with safer chemistries.
The webinar will cover a new report from the sponsoring organizations on how six leading institutions have taken advanced steps to purchase products with safer chemistries, including how they are engaging with their staff, suppliers, and other stakeholders. The webinar will also identify key steps that can be taken by purchasers who are just starting to look at chemicals in the products they buy, as well as those who are more advanced in doing so, including understanding ecolabels.
Read the full story at Tech Times.
Art and engineering intersect in a new design for origami structures that scientists see uses for in everything from shipping packages to exploring outer space.
The researchers call their creation a “zippered tube.” Made of interlocking, zigzagging paper tubes, the design fortifies paper so that it can hold much more weight than would otherwise be possible, they report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When not in use, the structure can fold flat for compact storage and shipping.
Read the full story at Fast Company.
Algae is already being used to make clothing, power buildings, suck up highway pollution, and feed farmed animals. Soon you may be hitting the gym with algae-based products too.
A new business called Bloom Foam plans to use algae to make the ubiquitous flexible foams that are found in yoga mats, sneakers and sandals, luggage, and even bath toys.
Jeremy Faludi has created a series of Instructables for choosing greener design materials. The topics covered include:
Read the full story in GreenBiz.
For the past five years I’ve been growing a certification program based on Cradle to Cradle design and thinking. Today, I’m letting friends and colleagues know that I’m leaving my position as president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, an organization I helped found. While this is nothing more than my choice to go in a new direction, I want to share some of what I’ve learned along the way.