Archive for May, 2013

Education in Sustainability

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

sustainable manufacturingThe American Institute of Chemical Engineers Institute for Sustainability offers specialized credentials for sustainability professionals as a response to the growing demand for specialized knowledge in sustainable industrial practice. The chair of the Institute and president of Sustainability Solutions LLC, Deb Grubbe, has noted that the credentialing effort has shaped a program built on existing curricula that includes real world case studies from companies. The body of knowledge that students will learn stems from the Institute’s Sustainability Index. The index focuses on seven areas that are critical to a sustainability effort. They are: strategic commitment, innovation, environmental performance, safety performance, product stewardship, social responsibility and value chain management.

Blog Source: Packaging Digest

Eco-Friendly Business Practices for Retail

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

local manufacturingWhile consumers are more in tune with how their decisions affect the environment, it is only logical that retailers, manufacturers, and shippers strive toward the same goal. For any business to succeed in captivating an eco-conscious customer, they need to be fully aware of how their products and practices affect our world. One step that many retailers are missing is the use of eco-friendly materials in their products. Despite the green movement, many companies continue to rely on cheap, toxic and unsustainable materials for their products. Aside from materials, a company should also employ sustainable practices like choosing local suppliers or manufacturers. By choosing local suppliers, companies build a close community, invest in the local market, and reduce their carbon footprint. Shipping costs increase exponentially when using overseas suppliers, not to mention taking an important investment away from a local company that needs the business.

Blog Source: Greener Ideal

Sprint Excels with Sustainable Packaging

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

sustainable packagingSince 2009, Sprint has improved the sustainability of its product packaging by 55%. “The Evolution of Green Device Packaging and Sprint” is a recently published white paper that closely examines Sprint’s branded device packaging and its impacts. The report explains Sprint’s commitment to managing the environmental performance of all of its products, packaging and the services they offer. The 55% reduction in environmental effect is largely attributed to careful and innovation driven design. The company explored all options by reworking everything from raw materials to inks and adhesives. Compared to previous packaging solutions, the current packaging used by Sprint is 60% smaller in volume and 50% light in weight. They lowered both use and cost of materials, therefore fitting more devices onto each loading palette and reducing shipping needs. For each million devices produced, Sprint saves a significant amount of resources.

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Limited Packaging

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

green-packagingEco-friendly packaging characteristics like biodegradable, recycled, and reusable all strive toward the same goal of having the least affect on the environment. In reality, less is more. Next time you search for a “green” product, or environmentally safe packaging options for something you sell, keep limited packaging in mind. Sounds a little crazy coming from a packaging company, right? Well in all honesty, limited or no packaging is really the most environmentally friendly option there is. We are so concerned with the reusablity and recycled content in our packaging products, but if we didn’t use them in the first place we would need to justify using them again. Realistically, you are going to need some form of packaging to protect products in shipping, on the shelf, and even in your car on the way home- so eliminating packaging entirely isn’t necessarily an option. Instead, try to choose packaging that is more frugal with its resources. For example, buy products that are not individually wrapped, bring your own reusable bag to the store, even choose beverage bottles that use less plastic. Incorporating these habits in your shopping and business will save resources, cut costs, and save you the hassle of having to determine which products with “green” claims are really the best choice.

Look for Postconsumer

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

earth friendly post consumerPackaging is one of the biggest contributors to waste- up to one third of the nonindustrial waste in developed countries, according to the United States EPA. That is why packaging is a huge concern for consumers in retail. For the people that are interested in environmentally-friendly options here’s the issue: packaging is practically impossible to avoid altogether, so the goal of these consumers will always be to purchase products with packaging that does the least amount of damage. Not only is this good for our environment, but it is an added incentive for companies to strive for sustainable business practices. What we at Sunrise like to offer, and what the EPA recommends is to buy packaged products wrapped in material with a high percentage of recycled content. By doing this, consumers motivate companies to continue the cycle. SO- instead of simply grabbing for the product that makes general Eco-claims and call themselves green, search the labels for “recycled content” or “postconsumer content” and your sustainable efforts are a guarantee.

Blog Source: National Geographic