Day: November 18, 2016

How Avery Dennison Helps Global Brands Shrink Their Environmental Footprint

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Columbia Sportswear wanted an environmentally sustainable version of a clear plastic shipping bag for its new jacket.

Avery Dennison had a renewable version of the poly bag, made from sugar cane instead of petroleum-based plastic, on the drawing board.

Columbia approached the global packaging and label manufacturer for help and Avery Dennison went from prototype of the sugar-cane bag to finished product in six weeks.

“And when we looked at it from an environmental footprint of the product itself, it had a very favorable footprint,” said Helen Sahi, Avery Dennison’s senior director of sustainability. “On CO2 emissions, for example, it’s on the negative side because some of the byproduct of making the sugarcane resin is put back into the electric grid. We also looked at certification, how the suppliers were harvesting the sugar cane, whether they were growing it in the right areas, whether they were taking it out of the foodstream or not.”

This is one example of how Avery Dennison works with its customers — from fashion designers and apparel makers paper manufacturers — as well as its suppliers to rethink their approach to sustainable design and production.

The E-Waste Aftermath of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 Recall

Read the full story at Waste360.

Samsung and waste management companies are facing the challenge of safely disposing or recycling the massive amount of e-waste caused by the recall.

14 Charts from the EPA’s Latest MSW Estimates

Read the full story at Waste360.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual analysis of municipal solid waste (MSW) figures with its annual Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts Sheet.

Tracking Your Questions on the Trump Transition

Read the full story in CityLab. They are continuously updating the page.

Since the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, CityLab readers have tons of questions—and we’ve been doing our best to answer them. Throughout the transition, we’ll be updating this page with your most pressing questions, alongside links to our relevant reporting on those subjects.

Have a question you’d like us to answer? Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter, down in the comments, or via email.

The Tricky Nature of Reusing Urban Timber

Read the full story in CityLab.

The benefits of urban trees are well documented, from storing carbon and absorbing rainfall to easing depression and increasing property values. But what happens to our stately benefactors when they come down due to disease, development, weather, or old age? Millions of trees in the United States meet this fate every year; New York City alone cuts down around 8,000 trees annually.

The urban forest’s deceased are generally ground up and sent to the dump, say Ted and Zeb Esselstyn, brothers who create furniture and wall art from felled urban trees and sell them via their business, City Bench. “Urban wood is a seriously un-utilized resource in our country’s metropolitan areas,” says Zeb. The brothers collect logs of such wood from cities in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, though they particularly work with wood from New Haven, where they’re based.

What a Trump Win Means For the Global Climate Fight

Read the full story at e360.

Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency signals an end to American leadership on international climate policy. With the withdrawal of U.S. support, efforts to implement the Paris agreement and avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming have suffered a huge blow.

Obama’s Environmental Legacy: How Much Can Trump Undo?

Read the full story at e360.

Few groups were as shocked and chagrined by Donald Trump’s victory as the environmental community. Yale Environment 360 asked environmentalists, academics, and pro-business representatives just how far Trump might roll back President Obama’s environmental initiatives.

Kimberly-Clark Recycling Program Helps Two Midwestern Universities Turn Used Gloves into Durable Goods

Read the full story at Waste360.

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University have diverted almost six tons of waste from landfills through a recycling program that turns used lab gloves and garments into shelving, flowerpots and lawn and garden furniture.

This is where Obama’s hugely ambitious climate policies were headed — before Trump came along

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The White House Wednesday unleashed a detailed 111-page document outlining a “mid century strategy” to massively slash U.S. carbon emissions by the year 2050, reducing them 80 percent “or more” below their 2005 levels. Just to give some sense of scale, the long-term impact of the plan would be larger than the effect of instantly taking all cars off U.S. roads.

Obama administration cancels oil and gas leases on Blackfeet tribe’s sacred grounds

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Interior Department on Wednesday announced a settlement with Devon Energy for the cancellation of leases in Montana for oil and gas drilling on lands considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe.

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