Why Plastic Waste is a C Suite Issue

September 9, 2020 by  
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Why Plastic Waste is a C Suite Issue Why is plastic waste a c-suite issue, and how can corporate leaders have a positive impact on plastic waste reduction, while potentially benefiting their businesses? Plastic waste reduction is not only an environmental issue. It is an economic one. Indeed, every C-suite officer has a reason to care about plastic waste reduction, and can benefit by trying to address the problem. Even companies who are not a traditional part of the plastic value chain can play an important role. Last year, Morgan Stanley made a firm-wide commitment, the Morgan Stanley Plastic Waste Resolution, to facilitate the prevention, reduction, and removal of 50 million metric tons of plastic waste from rivers, oceans, landfills, and landscapes by 2030. Across other industries, and all around the C-suite table, business leaders can play an important part in building a more sustainable plastics economy that can deliver benefits for sustainability, for brand and for profits. Speaker Audrey Choi, Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 22:22 Featured Off

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Circularity in This Moment

September 9, 2020 by  
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Circularity in This Moment What is the state of the circular economy today, how can we encourage stakeholders to adopt its principles, and what systemic shifts should we prioritize to advance this model’s future? Speakers Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 22:12 Featured Off

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Accelerate at Circularity 20: Fast-Pitch Competition

September 9, 2020 by  
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Accelerate at Circularity 20: Fast-Pitch Competition At Circularity 20, GreenBiz’s online circular economy event, five startups presented their potentially world-altering ideas during the Accelerate competition. This GreenBiz tradition began in 2012 at its VERGE events, offering a venue where startups make a 2.5-minute pitch of their technology to the audience. During the event, the online audience voted on its favorite, and an expert panel of Taj Eldridge, senior director of investments at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and Monique Mills, with the Startup Catalyst at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Institute of Technology, offered thoughts on the startups and their potential. Speakers Taj Eldridge, senior director of investments at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Monique Mills, head of the Startup Catalyst at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Institute of Technology Shana Rappaport, Executive Director at GreenBiz Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 20:35 Featured Off

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Global e-waste growth rate poses increased danger to the environment

July 8, 2020 by  
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Recent research findings published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have revealed that global e-waste is growing at an alarming rate. Many people worldwide use electronic gadgets such as smartphones, laptops and TVs, but few countries have an elaborate plan for disposing or recycling the waste generated. Today, approximately 5.16 billion people use mobile phones globally . Interestingly, most people only use a new phone for 2.5 years . According to the ITU report , a record 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste was discarded in 2019 alone. This is about 9.2 metric tons higher than just five years ago. Due to these figures, the organization is concerned over the improper disposal of e-waste. Some of the compounds in the waste are potential hazards to human health . Most of the e-waste was found to contain mercury, brominated flame-retardants and chlorofluorocarbons. Related: How to properly and safely dispose of these 10 items in your home According to the report, only 17.4% of e-waste is recycled annually, leaving about 83% of electronic waste to end up in landfills and bodies of water. According to Belmont Trading , many marine species are dying due to the increase in electronic waste in the oceans. “We know we’re losing biodiversity at a rate that is 1,000 times faster than we should be,” said Stuart Pimm, a conservation biologist at Duke University. In 2018, ITU set a target of recycling about 30% of e-waste produce annually by 2023. The aim is to increase the formal collection and recycling of e-waste to reduce the volume of waste going into oceans and landfills. The organization is now lobbying member states to adopt sustainable methods of e-waste disposal. In 2019, 78 countries are reported to have adopted an official e-waste policy. If more countries can do the same, global e-waste can decline in the near future. We can all contribute to the efforts toward a world with little e-waste. Before you dispose of that phone, laptop, TV or kitchen appliance, think about other ways you could use it, donate it or recycle it. + ITU Image via Willfried Wende

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5 Stores Who Kicked Plastic Bags To The Curb

August 15, 2016 by  
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Did you know that studies have shown that about 12 million metric tons of plastic debris, including plastic bags, has accumulated in our oceans around the world? Due to this pollution, more than 100,000 marine animals die each year due to plastic…

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Video: Creating Green Jobs

February 18, 2016 by  
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You already know that recycling is important for the amount it saves from going to landfills — scrap recycling diverts 40 million metric tons of useful materials a year — but did you know that job creation is also a huge benefit? Scrap recycling…

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Will Walmart meet its sustainability goals?

March 8, 2012 by  
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A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that Walmart is falling woefully short of its sustainability goals. But a Walmart spokeswoman says the retail giant has projects in the works to eliminate 16 million metric tons of greenhouse gases.

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Set-Top Boxes Are the #1 Household Energy Drain

June 28, 2011 by  
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A recent study by the National Resources Defense Council finds that cable and digital recording devices are now “the single largest electricity drain in many American homes.” The study found that “In 2010, set-top boxes in the United States consumed approximately 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to the annual output of nine average (500 MW) coal-fired power plants.” This power consumption translates to roughly $3 billion in annual electricity costs paid by consumers, as well as being responsible for the release of 16 million metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. Furthermore, according to the NRDC report, an average HD set-top cable box and HD-DVR uses more energy (446 kWh/year) than an average 21 cubic foot Energy Star refrigerator (415 kWh/year).

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Obama Administration Wants 56 MPG Standard by 2025

June 27, 2011 by  
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The Obama administration will formally propose new fuel efficiency standards in September, but recent meetings with domestic automakers reveal that the administration is gunning for a 56.2 mpg standard for cars and light trucks by 2025. The new standard would be a huge jump from the current 30.2 mpg standard for cars and 24.1 mpg standard for light trucks. The White House will hold more meetings with both domestic and foreign automakers and the numbers could change before September.  According to reports, the initial proposal would require automakers to increase fuel efficiency by an average of five percent each year over years 2017 to 2025

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Natural Gas Flaring Emits as Much CO2 as 77 Million Cars, Wastes 5% of World Production

April 4, 2011 by  
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Photo: Ken Doerr , Flickr, CC 400 Million Metric Tons of CO2 are Emitted… Every Year The world consumption of natural gas is enormous (2007’s peak was at 108 trillion cubic feet, according to the USEIA ).

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