Monday, February 29, 2016

Something to do with Plastic Bags

For The Win                           
Adorable Afghan boy who made Messi jersey out of plastic bag got a signed jersey from Messi

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

100 years of NC Parks

Visit North Carolina                          
Celebrate of by visiting one of 41 state parks in :

      

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Free sustainable tourism workshop


Tourism-related businesses in the state can benefit from a free sustainable tourism workshop on March 9 in Beaufort. Participants will receive information about protecting our environment while increasing profits. Businesses will also learn how to become NC Green Travel certified. The workshop is sponsored by Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority, NC Coastal Reserve, and NC Green Travel. To register, call Whitney Jenkins at 252-838-0882 or email whitney.jenkins@ncdenr.gov.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Students promote environmental awareness

Unique assignment helps students promote environmental awareness



WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Academy of Arts and Science is partaking in a project to show students how to better handle their trash.

On Monday, teacher Lisa Giacomelli gave students a unique assignment.

She assigned each student a trash bag that they have to carry around with them for 24 hours. Instead of using a trashcan of any kind, the students will throw all of their discarded items into their personal trash bag.
 “They toss stuff in the garbage and they walk away, and they don’t think twice about who deals with it or where it goes,” said Giacomelli. “I thought what if we get rid of the garbage cans, and make them carry their garbage around for 24 hours.”
Many students say they are thrilled to be partaking in the project, and it has changed their perspective on throwing trash away.
"I noticed how much recycling I might be throwing away,” said Harrison Huffmon, a student at the Academy. "I am much more aware of how much trash I actually produce.”
“I’m actually going to try to recycle more, and build up more composts, so I don’t have to build up more landfills that are killing the ecosystem,” said Cole Donner, a student at the Academy,  “I want to do this because I want my grand kids to be able to live and have a good life.”
These children are already thinking ahead to their future while participating in this project, and the teachers at the Academy say this won’t be the last year they implement this project.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

March Forth into March Fourth

NC State Parks                          
Come March Forth into March Fourth! Eno River State Park will have guided hikes all weekend.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Here's the Buzz



New Bern hosts beekeeper's spring conference

The cold weather may have the honey-bees hibernating, but bee-keepers are on the move. The annual North Carolina bee-keepers conference is set for the last weekend in February in eastern North Carolina. Sarah Finch has more on the popularity of this buzzing hobby.
The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association is expecting a pretty sweet turnout for their annual Spring Conference. It’s held at a different location each year, this time it’s in New Bern. The Craven-Pamlico Bee-keepers are hosting the event, titled “Bees on the Bern!” with programs and workshop offering a wealth of honey-bee knowledge. Bees and bee-keeping are essential to our state, and the NCSBA’s mission is to provide resources and education on the subject.
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust Deputy Director Janice Allen says honey bees are an integral part of our ecosystem.
“If you eat fruits, nuts or vegetables, you have to thank a honey-bee or another pollinator. More than 80% of our flowering plants and 1/3 of our foods, rely on pollinators.”
Bees were first introduced to America by the Europeans, to help pollinate new crops like blueberries. As pollinators, they play a big role in the food industry, which is important for our agricultural state.
North Carolina State Beekeepers Association President Rick Coor says this trend is reflected in their membership.
“The NCSBA has about 4,100 paid members for 2015. It’s the largest bee-keeping organization in the United States.”
Rick Coor personally keeps about 50 hives, where he raises honey bee queens each year. He has noticed that bee-keeping appeals to people from all walks of life. And according to him, it has grown tremendously over the past few years.
“Beekeeping is not losing its popularity. Our bee schools are full. The bee schools are led by the local chapters. We have over 70 chapters. And overall they’re well done and they’re well attended. People enjoy them very much.”
These start-up hobbyists only require basic beekeeping equipment, including the wooden hive, a full length bee suit, a smoker, hive tool and of course the bees.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Eastern Region Apiary Inspector Adolphus Leonard says it’s a rewarding pastime that can be relatively inexpensive.
“It all depends on what equipment you already have, but a few hundred dollars will get you started. And recently there’s been a new interest with honey bees, because of the nationwide attention that honey-bees got in the pollinator decline problem. So many people have taken an interest in bee-keeping, and that’s a good thing.”
Adolphus Leonard has been an apiary inspector in North Carolina for over 20 years. He will be participating at the Spring Conference with a workshop on disease management in bee colonies.
A hobby bee-keeper himself, Leonard says it’s a great way to connect with friends, local clubs and Association Chapters, while learning how to be a part of the bigger picture.
“Well if you love honey bees it’s quite relaxing. It’s a good diversion, it helps you get back to nature. It’s a great hobby for getting your mind off of work, and there’s always something new to learn.”
With constant changes in the apiary world, it’s important to stay on top of bee-keeping concepts. There are four levels to which aspiring bee-keepers can reach. Certifications start after the first year and continue until the Master Craftsman title is achieved, a position which has to be renewed every five years.
Founding member of the Crystal Coast Bee-keepers Association and Down East Public Library Manager Tia Douglass explains how it starts.
“You take the bee-keeping course and that involves taking a written test and a practical test. The practical test is actually going into the hive, and the teacher will ask you, well what are you looking at, and are you dressed properly, all those kind of questions. And if you pass you get a certification, you’re an NCSBA certified Bee-Keeper.”
Whether you’re an expert or interested in learning about bee-keeping, this Spring Conference offers something for everyone, including vendor booths, committee meetings, Master Beekeeping Testing, a children’s program, and speaker forums. The weekend schedule includes 29 workshops, with topics ranging from ‘How to Design a Honey House’ to ‘Honey Bee Pheromones’.
Tia Douglass says it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with good friends and learn more about honeybees.
“There’s all kinds of good things going on. They meet in the auditorium and there’s a lot of talks and then in the afternoon there’s actually classes that you go to. All the bee-keeping vendors are out there and you can buy all kinds of things. They have a wonderful silent auction where people donate things to raise money for honey-bee research.”
The NCSBA has two statewide conferences each year, a spring meeting and a summer meeting. The 2016 Spring Conference is hosted by the Craven-Pamlico Beekeepers at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center on February 25th through 27th.
To learn more about this event, visit: www.ncbeekeepers.org

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Green Travel Destination

This weeks NC GreenTravel Destination is the beautiful Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge in Charlotte, NC. http://www.theballantynehotel.com/…
The Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina offers hotel rooms, meeting, event and wedding venues & resort amenities, spa, dining, golf and group activities
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Dancing Cloud of Starlings

Mother Nature Network                          
This 'dancing cloud' of 70,000 starlings is utterly mesmerizing

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Pro-environment tourism businesses

Pro-environment tourism businesses
More than 150 hotels and other tourism-oriented businesses have earned special recognition for their work to conserve natural resources, thanks to a state program that demonstrates Governor Pat McCrory’s commitment to environmental protection and economic development.
This month, NC Green Travel recognized its 150th and 151st tourism businesses that use sustainable practices to save water, energy and money. The Pisgah Field School became the 150th business to earn recognition from NC Green Travel, a customer service-focused program in North Carolina’s environmental agency. The 151st business is the Holistic Health and Wellness Expo, a Fayetteville-based organization that raises money through an annual expo to pay for health and wellness workshops.
“The Pisgah Field School and Holistic Health and Wellness Expo represent the environmentally-savvy tourism businesses that are sprouting up across North Carolina,” said Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the state environmental agency. “We encourage businesses to look for ways to reduce their use of water and energy, whenever possible. We’ve found that by reducing their environmental footprint, tourism-oriented businesses are more attractive to customers and that has helped reduce the businesses’ bottom line.”
Research has shown that sustainable businesses protect the environment and reduce operating costs and are more profitable without sacrificing peoples’ comfort.
The Pisgah Field School is a business that uses skilled outdoors experts to provide people with tours of the forests, interpretative programs, educational hikes and other learning adventures in the mountains of western North Carolina.
NC Green Travel was established in October 2011 to promote sustainable travel. Tourism-focused businesses, including hotels and restaurants, apply and are selected for the program by the state environmental and commerce agencies as well as the Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University. Applicants are selected based on a grading system in which they earn points for environmentally-friendly practices they use to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and help protect the environment.
The Pisgah Field School and the Holistic Health and Wellness Expo earned points for minimizing their impacts on the environment. For instance, campsites at the Pisgah Field School are spread over a wide area to avoid erosion and sedimentation. The school also discourages clients from taking rocks, flowers or artifacts from places they visit, and adheres to a principle in which people leave no trash at campsites, and take everything from the campsite that was brought in.
The Holistic Health and Wellness Expo reduces its footprint by not operating in a building. Instead, the organization takes its health and wellness programs into police departments, senior centers and other places where its clients live or work, says Nicole Walcott, the expo’s executive director. The company also recycles many of its materials, uses electronic messaging rather than paper to communicate, and works exclusively with environmentally-friendly vendors.
“This is great for us for being a member of NC Green Travel,” Walcott says. “It gets our name out there on another website and gives us much more exposure.” 
Businesses recognized through the NC Green Travel Initiative receive a free listing on the initiative’s website, a door or window decal and a certificate of recognition showing their rating. Applying to the program is free. All applicants are also eligible for free, non-regulatory environmental assessments from the state.
To find NC Green Travel hotels, restaurants or others in the program, check out: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/environmental-assistance-customer-service/nc-green-travel-program (link is external).
Tourism-oriented businesses interested in applying to be a member of NC Green Travel should contact Tom Rhodes at (919) 707-8140 or Tom.Rhodes@ncdenr.gov. To apply for NC Green Travel online, go to: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/environmental-assistance-customer-service/nc-green-travel-program/how-to-apply-for-recognition (link is external).
                                            

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Republic Services to Open Customer Resource Center in Charlotte



Republic Services to Open Customer Resource Center in Charlotte

Company Plans to Hire 350 Customer Service Professionals



      
           
              

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Republic Services, Inc. will open a full-service Customer Resource Center in Mecklenburg County, creating in excess of 350 new jobs during the next three years. Republic plans to invest more than $6.8 million at the Charlotte center over the same period.

“North Carolina is pleased to welcome another Fortune 500 name to its corporate roster along with the hundreds of new jobs it plans to bring our economy,” said Governor McCrory. “Republic Services is a top name in its industry and has a large, growing national customer-base it will serve and support from Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte."

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste.  Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential, and oilfield customers. "We’ll handle it from here.TM," the brand’s tagline, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.

“Republic Services’ choice of Charlotte for this significant new center is additional evidence that our state’s accessibility, strong workforce and moderate operating costs put us in competition for just about any company,” said Secretary Skvarla. “We welcome this prominent new addition to North Carolina’s business community.”

Republic’s operations in Charlotte will facilitate customer interaction via telephone and the Internet. Newly-created positions at the center will include sales professionals, quality assurance specialists, customer care consultants and other professional staff.  The company expects the Customer Resource Center to be a significant contributor to the local economy with an annual payroll of more than $20 million over time.

“With the creation of the Republic Services Customer Resource Centers (CRCs), we are taking an important step toward transforming our customer experience and we believe Charlotte is the right place to do just that,” said Joe Burkel, senior vice president, Customer Experience of Republic Services. “Placing our customers at the center of all we do is our top priority. The state-of-the-art Charlotte CRC will bring advanced technologies and additional professional customer service jobs to the community, and will allow Republic to focus on delivering consistent and superior service to our valued customers.”

The recruitment of Republic Services was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $216,000. The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for grant funds. All One North Carolina grants require a local government match. 

Since Governor McCrory took office in January of 2013, North Carolina has witnessed the net creation of more than 260,000 private-sector jobs.

In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina Community College System, NCWorks, City of Charlotte, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Regional Partnership and Mecklenburg County.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Milk Jug Igloo

Cindy Beecher-Jones's photo.
Cindy Beecher-Jones
A teacher made this for her students out of milk containers...so clever and the kids loved it!

Thursday, February 18, 2016




Old car upcycled into stylish sofa  design home d├ęcor furniture recycled
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Green Thing

 
Debbie Donivan
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for ...the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Recycling supply chain

                          
Recycling supply chain could benefit from common practice seen in mature industries

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Will you steel be my Valentine?


Love is in the air at ArcelorMittal

Valentine’s Day is Sunday and love is in the air. You never know where you’ll meet your match. On the train, at a restaurant, through a friend… or even at ArcelorMittal. 

They found love at a steel mill

Katie Martin-Dobrowolski and Patrick Dobrowolski met a little over three years ago while working together at an Ohio State tailgate to recruit engineering students for ArcelorMittal. At the time, Katie was working at I/N Kote, and Patrick was working at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. They got married this past June and now work together at the Cleveland plant. Katie dispositions the hot mill coils that feed the pickle line that Patrick manages. They made sure to incorporate ArcelorMittal on their big day, as you can see from their wedding picture complete with hardhats. Dobrowolski
Credit: Acquire Wedding Photography

Steel sweethearts

While Cathy and Bruce Collier didn’t meet on the job, they will have contributed 77 years of combined service to ArcelorMittal by the end of this year. Bruce and Cathy met when his family moved across the street when they were just kids. They were sweethearts all through middle and high school, married after graduation and are now in their 40th year of marriage. Bruce is an MTE at the hot strip mill at ArcelorMittal Cleveland, and Cathy works as an administrative assistant in the plant services, logistics and railroad department. Bruce wrote on the back of his senior picture that he wanted to grow old with Cathy, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.  According to the couple, “We really love our kids, and really, really love our grandkids.”

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Paper Snow?

Waste Management                          
That moment when recycled paper looks like colorful snow.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Why Does Salt Melt Ice?

 

Why Does Salt Melt Ice?                   

A Snowy Everyday Example in Engineering

It’s the season of slip-slidin’ away in much of the northern hemisphere, with engineering students among those gingerly making their way across snowy, icy campuses, neighborhoods, and roads.
Why Does Salt Melt Ice?, one of ENGAGE Engineering’s most downloaded lesson plans, is a great way to introduce students to the concept of colligative properties. It’s perfect for use in winter when conditions are icy and treatment of streets and sidewalks is a frequent, and often welcome, occurrence.

Whether you and your students are in a snowy region or watching icy, snowy weather elsewhere on the news, give this easily implemented Everyday Example in Engineering a try and see how your students respond.

The Power of a Well-Timed Everyday Example in Engineering

  • Using examples that are familiar and relevant to students enhances the likelihood that they will be interested in, intuitively understand, and better retain the information they learn.
  • Everyday examples that communicate how engineers help society in both simple and complex ways can create enthusiasm and persistence.
  • E3s are effective among ALL groups of students.

A Wide Array of Everyday Examples in Engineering Across 13 Subject Areas

With a new semester now getting underway, this is a great time to take a look at ENGAGE Engineering’s library of E3s. Exercise your own exquisite sense of timing in selecting lesson plans for effectively teaching complex engineering concepts.
  • Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Chemistry
  • Circuits
  • Control Systems
  • Dynamics
  • Engineering Design
  • Fluids
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Physics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Statics
  • Thermodynamics

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Recycle Hangers


Man Recycles Cheap Store Hangers in Most Brilliant Way Ever

 
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You know those cheap plastic hangers you get when you buy clothes from department or thrift stores? Most of the time I just end up throwing them out. But this guy recycles them in one of the most clever ways ever:
 

I’ve started using this at my home. But if you want to avoid chip clips all together.. this guy has a brilliant way to fold bags so you’ll never go looking for a chip clip again

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recycling a steel can

                          
The amazing benefits of recycling a single steel can!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

You've seen the cardboard version...

Newsweek                           
You've seen the cardboard version—now Google is planning a much higher-end VR headset Embedded image permalink

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Farm House Is Covered With Recycled CDs

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ikea Wants You To Stop Throwing Away Your Ikea Furniture

Ikea Wants You To Stop Throwing Away Your Ikea Furniture

Pilot programs to repair or recycle furniture show promise but have yet to take hold in the U.S., despite us hitting "peak stuff."
Where does an Ikea product go when it approaches the end of its useful life? Maybe Craigslist, or the annual yard sale, or—for the optimistic or guilt-ridden—a storage unit. Probably the worst option of all? The landfill. But Steve Howard, the Scandinavian company’s chief sustainability officer, believes in a future where Ikea furniture never really dies at all. Instead, it gets reincarnated.
"Can products have more than one life?" Howard asks. "Can you help extend the life the products you do have?" At a recent event, he said Westerners had (finally!) reached "peak stuff," a bold statement for the world’s largest home-furnishing company, whose warehouses are bursting with an eye-popping array of stuff. But Howard isn’t naive about Ikea’s contribution to overflowing landfills. The company’s furniture, which is trendy and cheap, is also seen by many customers as disposable.
"It’s interesting that there’s a perception that products that are affordable are somehow also disposable," Howard told Fast Company. "And we’ve got to challenge that. We think it’s our obligation as a business to make sure there are good channels available for people to resell products that are good and when products are actually finished, those are recycled as well." He calls this concept the "circular store," a place where customers repair or recycle their expired couches, mattresses, and rugs (something the company has been talking about since at least 2011), instead of throwing them out.
One only has to look around at the various pilot projects happening at Ikea locations across the globe to get a sense of Howard’s vision for increased sustainability—though the company notes that it's at the beginning of a "challenging" task of creating a closed-loop economy. "It will change the way we select materials, work with our suppliers, make our products, and interact with customers," its most recent sustainability report notes, which may be why these programs aren't available yet in the U.S. Here’s what the Ikea of the future might look like:
Photo: courtesy of IKEA

You’ll Get Paid For Your Used Stuff

Howard knows some people require an incentive to recycle their stuff, especially if that means trekking across town (or several towns over) to the closest Ikea location. In France and Belgium, Ikea’s "Second Life for Furniture" program lets customers bring old items, from Lack tables to Billy bookcases, into the store and exchange them for a store voucher. The items are then recycled or resold as-is, and the donor has a wallet full of Ikea money ready to spend on something new, so the cycle continues.
Another pilot program, this one in the U.K., offers a "reverse vending machine" for compact fluorescent light bulbs. Insert a bulb, out pops a voucher for coffee.
But the company is also finding it doesn’t necessarily need to lure people with rewards. Many are already anxious about their waste, and the relief of knowing it’s not going to a landfill is reward enough. In Moscow, an Ikea that let shoppers drop off batteries for recycling was an astounding success. "In the space of a few months, we had six tons of batteries in there," Howard says. "People had been storing batteries because they didn’t want to throw them away."
In Sweden, a pilot that promised to recycle any plastic furniture, even if it wasn’t purchased at Ikea, was also hugely successful. "People only brought back broken furniture," Howard says. "They didn’t bring back stuff they were just bored with, which means people were holding onto broken plastic furniture because they didn’t know how to throw it away."
And in 20 markets, Ikea will now pick up old mattresses to be recycled. "We found out that meets a real need for people, because they worry about it," Howard says. "Maybe people don’t worry about the small stuff they put in the trash, but with big household items, it’s a concern. As soon as you create that option, letting people recycle stuff they couldn’t before, people are happy to have the option."
This year the company is assessing the results of its "Resource Chain Project," and looking at ways returned Ikea products can be recycled into new, less expensive products. "We would basically be taking old bookshelves, old furniture, or an old door that’s finished its first life and sending it into new products," Howard says. "You'll have a kitchen that used to be a bookshelf, without seeing any visible difference in them. It's not a revolution, but you have to actually fundamentally change your supply chain to do that."
Photo: courtesy of Ikea

Spare Parts Will Be 3-D Printed

Part of extending a product's life is encouraging people to take good care of it, and repair it when it breaks rather than tossing it. "We’ve already started rolling out more material about how customers can look after products and repair products," Howard says.
In the coming years, Ikea will launch initiatives that make it easier to access lost or broken parts. Perhaps your local store will have a Makerbot on site, or the company will dispatch blueprints for hinges and screws, or even an entire product, which customers could print from their home. "In the Ikea of the distant future, if it’s a small spare part, it could be printed nearby and dispatched quickly to you," Howard says. "That’s not in the next three years, but easily within the next 10."
Hackers will also become pseudo product consultants, doling out new ideas for ways to repurpose Ikea furniture, which is something they do already, but Ikea isn’t necessarily embracing. "We should reach out to the hacker community to come up with their favorite ways of extending the life of Ikea products," Howard says. In a sense, Ikea could become a sort of open-source retailer for physical home goods.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tailgate Recycling with PepsiRecycling

          
                          
Did you know in 2015 we piloted a program with & to encourage fans to recycle at their tailgates?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

G.E. to Phase Out CFL Bulbs

The GE Helical 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulb. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Just a few years ago, the compact fluorescent light was the go-to choice for customers seeking an inexpensive, energy-efficient replacement for the standard incandescent bulb. But as the light quality of LEDs improved and their cost plummeted, manufacturers and retailers began shifting their efforts in that direction.
Now, the industrial giant General Electric is saying farewell to the compact fluorescent light, or CFL. The company said on Monday that it would stop making and selling the bulbs in the United States by the end of the year.
“Now is the right time to transition from CFL to LED,” said John Strainic, chief operating officer of consumer and conventional lighting at GE Lighting. “There are so many choices that a consumer has for one socket in their home that it’s overwhelming. This will help simplify that.”
Compact fluorescents were the first big energy-saving alternative to standard incandescents, which no longer meet government standards for energy efficiency in the United States and many places abroad. But consumers complained about the harsh quality of light of the early models. They can also be slow to warm up and difficult to dim, and they contain trace amounts of mercury.
LEDs were more expensive, with bulbs often running $30, but the technology found fans who said they offered better light quality. Prices dropped steadily, falling well below $5 for a basic bulb last year, in part because of government regulations making it easier for them to qualify for generous discounts.
As a result, customers have been migrating toward LEDs. In 2014, LEDs made up about 5 percent of the American market, Mr. Strainic said. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, LEDs reached 15 percent of bulb shipments in the third quarter of last year, a jump of more than 237 percent over the same quarter in 2014. Halogen dominates standard bulb shipments, the association reported, representing almost half of the total, followed by CFLs at about 27 percent, a share that is on the decline.
Retailers have also been moving away from CFLs, which will have a harder time qualifying for the Energy Star rating under regulations proposed for next year, Mr. Strainic said. Those include giants like Sam’s Club and Walmart, which have fewer CFL options on shelves, he said. Ikea abandoned CFLs and started carrying only LEDs last year.
For now, the General Electric move applies only in the United States. There has been wider acceptance of CFLs elsewhere, especially in Europe, Mexico and other parts of Latin America

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Exciting goals for Keep America Beautiful

NCBev                           
Exciting goals for Keep America Beautiful! is a proud partner and is ready to get started!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Using Lighter Materials for a Brighter Tomorrow

Using Lighter Materials for a Brighter Tomorrow

America’s beverage industry is always looking to innovate. We do it in a number of ways from the beverage choices we offer to the design of our packaging.
The can, bottle or package holding your favorite beverage has to be sturdy. It has to be reliable. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be made in an environmentally-conscious way.
We are producing 100 percent recyclable aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers – even the plastic caps can be recycled. And using our creativity and desire to innovate for a better tomorrow, we have identified how to create lighter, more streamlined packaging that’s friendly to our planet.
Thanks to the new lightweight packaging we have saved hundreds of millions of pounds of raw materials industry-wide. Lighter, more streamlined packaging also cuts down on the fuel needed to transport our products.
Our packaging isn’t the only place we’re making strides to do business in a more sustainable way – check out InnovationNaturally.org to learn more.

Home Electronics Disposal

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