The Coolest Things Ikea, Coca-Cola, and Walmart Are Doing to Cut Waste

Read the full story in Fortune.

Take, make, and dispose — for years that has been the developed world’s economic model. This consumption cycle led the World Bank to estimate that the globe was on track to produce 6 million metric tons of solid waste per day by 2025, up from 3.5 million metric tons in 2010.

But there are signs the take-make-dispose paradigm is shifting, and some of the world’s largest companies are helping to drive change through their scale.

Chemical footprinting has arrived at Levi’s, Seagate, J&J

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The inaugural Chemical Footprint Project report released this week highlights the financial risks that companies face due to chemicals of high concern (CoHCs) to human health and the environment in their products and supply chains. The Chemical Footprint Project is an initiative backed by companies and investors with a total $1.1 trillion in assets under management and purchasing power, which aims to help companies measure, analyze and ultimately act to mitigate their reliance on potentially hazardous chemicals.

The new report features key findings from the 2015 survey, including an assessment of how companies manage the potential liabilities posed by hazardous chemicals and opportunities for improvement.

Imagine A World In Which Nothing Gets Thrown Away

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

There’s an idea for a world without trash.

Items are not just recycled, but created with the intention of making new things out of them after they are used. Imagine if every pair of Levi’s jeans were manufactured with fibers made to be pulled apart and repurposed into a new pair of jeans after the old ones are cast off. The cycle repeats itself endlessly, meaning old jeans become new jeans, rather than being chucked into a landfill.

This is the promise of the “circular economy,” a metaphorical description of a world where nothing ever needs to be discarded because goods are designed with materials that can be constantly remade into something else. It’s important to note that the concept is pretty theoretical at this point. There are companies that are working on making their operations more circular — even big ones like Walmart — but no one yet can claim to have a business free of waste.

Chemical Hazard Assessment Database

The IC2 has developed the Chemical Hazard Assessment Database to enable users to search for GreenScreen® and Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) assessments. The purpose of this tool is to promote awareness of assessments conducted on chemicals of high concern, facilitate transparency and discussion, and reduce duplication of effort.

Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT)

The Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) is a simple chemical hazard assessment tool used to evaluate chemicals — such as whether a chemical causes cancer, kills fish, or accumulates in people and animals. Using this standard approach to weigh these hazards means you can compare potential chemical ingredients against each other on a level playing field.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management seeks applications for 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in conjunction with the Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is seeking nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

The Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is the state’s most prestigious environmental recognition award. IDEM accepts nominations from all Indiana citizens and organizations, and the selection process is highly competitive. All projects must demonstrate significant, measurable results. The projects must be innovative, comprehensive and thoroughly documented, and only one winner will be selected. Award applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 13, 2016.

“Indiana businesses have demonstrated that determination and ingenuity can benefit the environment while boosting the bottom line,” said IDEM Commissioner Carol S. Comer. “The 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence will honor the achievements of Hoosier companies and individuals for their exemplary work.”

To learn more about the 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence nomination process, visit www.idem.IN.gov/prevention/2358.htm or contact Nathan Christian, program coordinator with IDEM’s Office of Program Support, at (800) 988-7901 or nchristi@idem.IN.gov.

Webinar: Waste Reduction and Recycling – Making the Right Choices

Thu, Jun 16, 2016 9:00-10:00 AM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7476793791350572545

Recycling and waste reduction is not just about dumpster dives and weights anymore. The now “holistic approach” includes an assessment of the material stream. Programs are changing as material choices, commodity markets, goals and customer expectations are being challenged. A culture of sustainability is about the choices up front that influence the end result. How can “change” including a different way of thinking and collaborative solutions affect your recycling and waste program?

This webinar is geared towards small business leaders and professionals who are interested in developing or improving their organization’s current waste reduction and recycling programs.

Presenter:
Betsy Hernandez, Environment Engineer in the Steelcase Global Environmental Performance Department. Steelcase, Inc.