3 circular plastics trends to watch

March 21, 2019 by  
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They’re helping make the case for circularity.

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Holiday Tip: Don’t Recycle Gift Wrap

December 7, 2018 by  
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In the case of gift wrap, it’s better to reuse, or not use at all, than to try to recycle. The post Holiday Tip: Don’t Recycle Gift Wrap appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Episode 112: Leading the ‘Lyft of energy’; Elon Musk’s space stunt

February 16, 2018 by  
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In this week’s episode, the case for climate gentrification, leading the “Lyft of energy,” Steelcase on the circular economy and a Q&A with John Picard.

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The circular economy starts with product design

October 3, 2017 by  
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A senior HP executive makes the case that even complex technologies must be built to last, to be easily repairable.

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South Carolina kills millions of bees while spraying for Zika mosquitos

September 2, 2016 by  
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The Zika virus is now officially spreading within the US , so it’s understandable that public health officials are doing all they can to try to stop the spread of the disease before it can gain a foothold. Unfortunately, in the case of one South Carolina county, those efforts have unintentionally resulted in the deaths of 2.5 million bees. Dorchester County generally uses ground-based sprays in order to combat mosquitos , deploying clouds of pesticide by truck in order to keep the insects at bay. However, last Sunday, officials made the decision to switch to an aerial spraying method instead. With little more than a Facebook post on Saturday and a newspaper announcement on Friday to alert locals of the change in plans, an airplane traveled across the county in the early hours of Sunday morning dispensing a mist of the pesticide Naled. Most people seem to have missed the memo from the county, and that included the beekeepers at Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply in Summerville. After the pesticide hit the farm, it wiped out a whopping 46 hives and a total of 2.5 million bees. One visitor to the farm described the scene as “ like visiting a cemetery .” There’s a simple reason why Dorchester County didn’t consider the short notice a problem: Naled is not considered a serious hazard to human beings due to how quickly the chemical dissipates in the air. However, it’s highly toxic to a variety of pollinators, including bees. Normally, if beekeepers are aware of aerial spraying nearby, they’ll cover their hives in order to protect the bees. Moreover, many counties spray for mosquitos at night, because honeybees are primarily active during the day. Related: 44% of US honeybee colonies died off last year Dorchester County officials claimed in an interview with the Washington Post that they had attempted to call all beekeepers in the county, but had made some errors. For one thing, their registry was apparently missing many local beekeepers in the area, particularly hobbyists. Other beekeepers who were on the county’s list apparently slipped through the cracks and weren’t contacted at all. Related: EPA finally admits popular insecticide threatens honeybees While it’s understandable that public officials would want to do everything possible to keep mosquito populations down, in this case, no one followed any of the best practices for protecting local pollinators. Given how colony collapse disorder has already devastated bee populations, it’s incredibly irresponsible to spray when bees are likely to be out and about. Hopefully the negative publicity and backlash from this incident will cause administrators of mosquito control programs across the US to act more carefully in the future. Via TreeHugger Images via Wikipedia and Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies

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Make A Difference: Donate Your Computer Through InterConnection

March 24, 2016 by  
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Donating your old computer could change a life — and maybe even save one. That’s the case for one young woman in Ethiopia, who gained access to a computer through Studio Samuel, an organization that aims to empower vulnerable girls with life…

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Holiday Tip: Don’t Recycle Gift Wrap

December 12, 2013 by  
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In the case of gift wrap, it’s better to reuse, or not use at all, than to try to recycle.

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Tips for Growing Food in a Small Space

April 8, 2013 by  
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You may be worried that because you have a small yard or even just a front porch, growing your own food is out of reach. That, however, is not the case. Plenty of options exist for growing food. Greg Peterson, an expert gardener and gardening…

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Ingram Barge, Domtar make the case for integrated sustainability

February 22, 2013 by  
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With a business model linked to a natural resource, the companies share the same challenge. How will each tackle it?

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NASCAR’s sustainability race: Q&A with Mike Lynch

February 22, 2013 by  
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Can NASCAR continue to ramp up its green initiatives?

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