Tag Archives: waste reduction

Jun
14
2013
Adaptive Reuse - BONUS

What It Is Adaptive reuse is the process of reusing an existing site or building for a purpose other than what it was originally intended for. Unlike simple historic conservation, adaptive reuse transforms underused buildings and sites into locations that are economically useful. Examples include the renovation of abandoned warehouses …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Apr
26
2013
Do Your Part for the Environment and Eat Your Spoon!

Even for the most environmentally conscious of us, it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience of disposable utensils. But even under the most ideal conditions, a plastic spoon would take at least 20 years to decompose; these conditions virtually never happen though, putting the more realistic time of decomposition …

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Drew Nitschke is a first-year graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, working towards degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. He is especially interested in sustainability and how it relates to business of all sizes. He graduated from UCLA in June 2012 after...
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Oct
29
2012
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Handles A Tons of Waste Daily - with Worms

From apartment owners making their own bins, to industrial-scale operations utilizing worm farms the size of a football field, vermiposting — or composting with earthworms — is becoming increasingly mainstream. It is expensive to collect, haul and dispose of materials that worms can otherwise easily digest, and their waste or castings are a commercially …

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Susannah Brouwer has worked for more than a decade to help organizations build their brand, engage the community and pursue sustainability to achieve business development goals. Susannah earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University in 2012. Her concentration was...
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Oct
15
2012
Sanitation Creations is solving the global sanitation crisis one toilet at a time

One of the least enjoyable things about participating in an organized festival, sporting event or athletic race is using the port-a-potty. They are dark, smelly and generally just gross. Portable toilets also contribute significantly to water expenditure problems in the United States. Each year, the processes associated with their cleaning and maintenance …

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Susannah Brouwer has worked for more than a decade to help organizations build their brand, engage the community and pursue sustainability to achieve business development goals. Susannah earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University in 2012. Her concentration was...
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Apr
10
2012
Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Ecovative Design pioneered a new technology to create a Styrofoam substitute using mushroom material. The material is produced in optimal growing conditions for mushrooms, where mycelium (the mushrooms) digests agricultural byproducts that cannot be used for food, making a strong, binding structure.  Essentially, the mushroom materials acts like a glue. Because it …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Nov
7
2011
Making Money with Garbage: A Green Plus Podcast

Green Plus Community Coordinator Amanda Komar had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Baldassari, President & CEO of The Taylor Companies, the oldest furniture manufacturing company in the country and a Green Plus Certified business.  One of Jeff’s biggest concerns was how to handle the waste generated through the …

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Amanda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received her master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, specializing in Public Relations. She received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, where she majored in Environmental Policy and Planning and...
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Nov
2
2011
Zero Waste to Landfill – BONUS

What It Is Zero waste is when absolutely no trash or other types of solid waste generated in a business or home are sent to a landfill. It goes beyond recycling in that it strives for the most efficient use possible for all materials and that those materials either return to the …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Sep
12
2011
Disposing of Hazardous Waste

What It Is Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They include commercial products, such as cleaning fluids or pesticides, and some by-products of manufacturing processes.[1] Hazardous waste should not be dumped …

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Sep
12
2011
Environmentally-Friendly Printing

What It Is Environmentally-friendly printing combines sustainability with the printing of paper products. It involves practices that prove less harmful to the environment than customary printing practices. Some eco-friendly printing tips include: Using digital formats over printing whenever possible Using recycled paper Using recycled printer cartridges Purchasing soy-based ink Printing …

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Mar
11
2010
GreenBiz: How to Work with Your Vendors to Go on a Packaging Diet

As recently published on GreenBiz.com by Claudia Girrbach: “Packaging — especially wasteful packaging — has become a bright spot on the radar for companies and individuals that are working on reducing their environmental impacts. But even the most proactive companies are finding that the problem can’t simply be addressed in-house. …

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