Is it always circular to turn a product into a service?

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Even when goods are sold as rental or subscription services to extend their lifespan, other factors still matter in determining whether they’re circular.

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Managing packaging perceptions vs. realities for a truly circular future

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A coffee company’s wake-up call from the circular economy.

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Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms isn’t enough to save the environment

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The move away from single-use plastic containers could still result in the use of other plastics — and be another incremental corporate action.

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Is Organic Food Healthier?: All the Factors Analyzed

November 15, 2017 by  
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Organic food has become incredibly popular in the past five … The post Is Organic Food Healthier?: All the Factors Analyzed appeared first on Earth911.com.

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From the ‘me’ economy to the ‘we’ economy

November 15, 2016 by  
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Watch these four factors advancing the transition, with examples from Ford, Unilever and General Electric.

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A visit to a treehouse in the Carpet Capital

November 15, 2016 by  
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When I first agreed to fly to Georgia to witness the opening of Mohawk Industries’ new design center in Dalton, I hadn’t appreciated that the event would take place on Election Day. And when I flew that morning from California, I never imagined that Donald Trump would be our new president — at least, not until the next morning when I woke up in Atlanta.Yes, plenty shocking for me and millions of others.  Obviously, that story is well covered elsewhere.

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How companies are coping with water risks

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With a drought and other factors having pushed up water prices sharply over the past two years, companies are conserving and working with watershed stakeholders to lower their risks.

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What is the Right Light For Your Business? LED’s or Fluorescent?

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The decision to retrofit lighting systems has become more appealing to businesses for environmental and financial reasons. By making the switch from outdated fixtures to energy efficient lighting, companies immediately realize cost-savings and help lower their energy usage. For smart businesses, the choice is not whether or not to upgrade, but rather what lighting technology to utilize. LEDs are everywhere these days: on your cell phone, your TV remote and the buttons on your DVD player. LEDs are popular in these applications because they’re very efficient at converting energy to light and they have a long lifespan. But is LED the most efficient lighting technology for your business? The answer depends… In a laboratory setting where testing is done in a controlled environment, LED lighting systems have an advantage since technicians can utilize the optimal components that will produce the highest output. However, this might not be the case in the real world where such components are not readily available to facilities. To determine whether LED is the most efficient light source for your business, LED commercial lighting manufacturer Precision Paragon [P2], conducted a comparison between fluorescent lighting and LED technologies in a “real world” setting. This provides a more accurate evaluation of performance and takes into consideration other factors such as the quality of the light, light distribution and how well the fixture works in a specific environment overall. For the study, P2 compared two high-bay fixtures: representing fluorescent lighting technology, a SIH standard industrial hood with four T8 lamps and representing the latest in LED lighting technology a QPD parking-garage fixture configured with 60 LED chips. Both sources produce the same amount of lumens as a 250W metal halide fixture. The results will likely surprise a lot of people. Fluorescent – a technology that’s been around for over 30 years is still slightly more efficient than LED technology. But saying fluorescent lighting technology has been around for 30 years doesn’t tell the whole story. The truth is fluorescent lighting has been steadily improving over the years so a fluorescent light developed years ago has very little in common with today’s energy efficient fluorescent fixtures. But lumens don’t tell the entire story. Since this is a “real world” test, there are numerous other factors that need to be taken into consideration. For example, if you needed to meet a specific minimum light level over an entire parking structure, you’d be able to achieve that level with fewer LED fixtures because LED lighting is better at distributing light evenly over a wide area than any other light source. Another area where LEDs shine is in very low temperature environments. Imagine you needed to light a freezer storage area with sub-zero temperatures. If you used fluorescent fixtures you would need to leave the lights on all day since they take a few minutes to warm up to full brightness. Unless your food is afraid of the dark, there is little reason to light an empty storage unit. LEDs come up to full brightness instantly in sub-zero temperatures and can be fitted with occupancy sensors that only turn the light on when people are in the room. This application would provide a significant energy savings over fluorescent fixtures by simply turning the lights off when no one’s around. These are just a few of the considerations that come into play when choosing a light source. In many cases, the features of LED-based fixtures add enough efficiency to overcome the initial cost. In other situations, fluorescent fixtures are still the more affordable, more efficient choice. The best way to approach an energy efficient lighting retrofit is to define the goals of the system, and pick the technology that meets those goals, rather than selecting a technology and forcing it to fit the situation. Source: Precision Paragon Lighting

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