Day: May 22, 2019

State lawmakers targeting harmful chemical found in receipts

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A harmful chemical found in paper receipts is the target of a crackdown in Illinois.

State senators passed a measure Tuesday that would prohibit BPA from being used in paper for business and banking records. Cash register paper and debit card and sales receipts would be included.

For more on BPA in receipt paper, see this GLRPPR webinar, which discusses the health impacts of BPA and describes a project by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to work with Minnesota retailers to switch to alternative receipt paper.

Climate change: Global sea level rise could be bigger than expected

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Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica.

The long-held view has been that the world’s seas would rise by a maximum of just under a metre by 2100.

This new study, based on expert opinions, projects that the real level may be around double that figure.

The Body Shop launches in-store take-back scheme for plastic packaging

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Health and beauty retailer The Body Shop has launched a multinational take-back scheme for its plastic packaging, after consumers voiced concerns that not all of the brand’s packaging is accepted by local authorities under kerbside recycling schemes.

End of Waste Foundation’s new blockchain recycling concept starts with glass

Read the full story in WasteDive.

The End of Waste Foundation (EOW), a California-based startup, is set to launch a software platform with blockchain technology that will track material from haulers to MRFs to processors to manufacturers. This will result in a certificate verifying tonnage, path to recycling and greenhouse gas emissions offset once the loop is complete.

Valued at $70 per ton, certificates can be purchased or partially funded by generators and others in the value chain. Up to $35 per ton will get shared among each entity involved – from haulers to manufacturers. A minimum of $20 will be dedicated to R&D. The remainder stays with EOW as a management fee.

EOW’s first official industry partner is Colorado-based Momentum Recycling. Paul Dolan Vineyards and others have also signed on. The foundation projects it can help achieve a 75% glass container recycling rate in the U.S. by 2030 if the concept is successful.

How the EU’s product stewardship regulations affect global supply chains

Read the full story from the American Bar Association.

While the European Union (EU) does not have any legal principle specific to product stewardship, it has applied the full range of EU environmental law principles to create a comprehensive framework for product stewardship. These principles include the prevention and precautionary principles, sustainability, extended producer responsibility, supply chain responsibility, and corporate social responsibility. In addition, product stewardship is a key instrument in the EU’s latest strategic environmental focus areas: the circular economy and the toxic-free environment, two main themes of current EU environmental policy making.

Options for extended producer responsibility: food and drink packaging waste

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The research aims to help identify an approach to packaging that: reduces the amount of waste, increases reuse, repair and recycling.

LA Sanitation director’s plans to tackle organics and hit ‘zero waste’ targets

Read the full story in WasteDive.

In the second part of a recent Waste Dive interview, Enrique Zaldivar discusses California’s transformative SB 1383 regulations, a large curbside organics pilot and extended producer responsibility.

With uncanny accuracy, computer model predicts how certain policies impact air pollution

Read the full story from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.

In the February 11 issue of Nature Sustainability, a multi-institution team unveiled a new tool for understanding and controlling the health and climate impacts of shipping goods – a source not only of greenhouse gases but of soot and smog threatening our health.

‘Bee corridor’ planted in London to boost insect numbers

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The wildflower meadows will be put in place in 22 of Brent Council’s parks in north London.

A recent study blamed the decline of wildflowers as a factor behind the drop in pollinating insect numbers in the UK since the 1980s.

Councillor Krupa Sheth said bees were “so important for pollinating the crops that provide the food that we eat”.

Beyond the stadium: Q&A with sports professionals on the impact of sustainability in the industry

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

According to Forbes, the sports industry’s projected worth will grow to over $70 billion this year. Encouraged by its fans, the industry’s sustainability initiatives are keeping pace.

In the NFL, for instance, the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedez-Benz Stadium is the first pro football stadium in the United States to reach LEED platinum certification. The NHL’s new Greener Rinksinitiative is measuring the environmental impact of 4,800 North American indoor ice rinks on their communities. And MLB awarded its annual Green Glove Award to the San Francisco Giants. The team diverts 94 percent of its trash from landfills.

To get their take on the intersection of sport and sustainability, Bard MBA student Alexandra Criscuolo, an athlete in her own right, spoke with Allen Hershkowitz, former president of the Green Sports Alliance; Rocky Harris, CEO of USA Triathlon; and Kaitlin Sandeno Hogan, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming, about how the industry is primed to move fans and society toward a more sustainable future.

The following Q&A is an edited excerpt from the Bard MBA’s May 3 The Impact Report podcast. The Impact Report brings together students and faculty in Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship.

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