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Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Retailers and manufacturers have dictated that sustainable packaging is no longer just “nice to have,” but is something they expect from the packaging industry, according to a new study from Smithers Pira. Packaging materials are extremely visible to the consumer, and retailers, packaged product suppliers, governments, regulators, NGOs and environmental groups are … Read more »

Singapore Air’s 1st ‘Green’ Flight Takes Off; Supplier to Develop Biofuel Supply Chain

Singapore Air’s 1st ‘Green’ Flight Takes Off; Supplier to Develop Biofuel Supply Chain

In a bid to adopt more efficient and sustainable processes, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has begun operating what it calls “green package” flights on its non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route, powered by sustainable biofuels produced from used cooking oils and conventional jet fuel. The flights – the first of which took off … Read more »

VW Beginning to Face Serious Cash-flow Consequences of Emissions-Cheating Scandal

VW Beginning to Face Serious Cash-flow Consequences of Emissions-Cheating Scandal

An “unprecedented cash drain” as a result of Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal has required the automaker to strip costs and revive returns at its largest division, the VW brand (via Bloomberg). Despite the lingering fallout from Volkswagen AG’s emissions-cheating scandal, the automaker is reporting a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, according to … Read more »

Coke, Amazon Appear to Lead the Way with Sustainable Packaging Improvements

Coke, Amazon Appear to Lead the Way with Sustainable Packaging Improvements

Coca-Cola and Amazon are leading the way in terms of sustainable packaging strides, according to the buzz leading up to Interpack trade fair in Germany this week. Coke’s bio-based PlantBottle, 100% bio-based recyclable container, is leading the buzz, per Packaging Digest. Coke’s sustainable packaging lead, Sarah Dearman, says sourcing plays a … Read more »

Construction Companies, Quarries Face Tougher Testing, Argue ‘Undue Financial Burden’

Construction Companies, Quarries Face Tougher Testing, Argue ‘Undue Financial Burden’

Companies in the construction business in Illinois are arguing against tougher monitoring of porous rock quarries that are being reclaimed by being filled with “clean construction-demolition debris” (CCDD). Road builders, engineers and the like say Illinois has enough quarry regulations and that additional monitoring would place an undue financial burden … Read more »

Big Lots Nailed w/Fines for Hazardous Waste Abuses (Like Dollar General Last Month)

Big Lots Nailed w/Fines for Hazardous Waste Abuses (Like Dollar General Last Month)

A second California retailer has been ordered to pay a significant fine following its failure to dispose of hazardous waste properly: Big Lots was found to have been disposing hazardous waste into its trash bins at stores throughout California, as well as transporting hazardous waste to landfills not permitted to … Read more »

Manufacturers Win if Conflict Minerals Requirements Are Axed – But That’s Not Likely

Manufacturers Win if Conflict Minerals Requirements Are Axed – But That’s Not Likely

Manufacturers stand to win if the current administration succeeds in its efforts to all but repeal The Dodd-Frank Act, which the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has called harmful and costly to manufacturers. The Act is being looked at this week by the House Committee on Financial Services. At a hearing, the … Read more »

NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

The state of New York managed to save $40 million since 2011 simply by reducing its use of copy paper, and will continue to save about $7 million per year, according to a new report from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Various entities (a total of 66) within the state’s government … Read more »

Employee Environmental Management Ideas Really Do Save Money; Here’s How

Employee Environmental Management Ideas Really Do Save Money; Here’s How

Conagra Brands saved more than $5 million in the past year by implementing employees’ sustainability ideas. Based on those ideas, Conagra diverted more than 8,700 tons of waste from landfills, saved more than 245 million gallons of water, and reduced emissions by more than 2,100 metric tons. The company also … Read more »

Water, Waste & Energy Reduction Projects Lead to Better Operations, LEED Certification

Water, Waste & Energy Reduction Projects Lead to Better Operations, LEED Certification

Client demand and market demand are the top two reasons to pursue LEED certification. A recent peer-reviewed study showed that buildings with lower operating costs and better indoor environmental quality are more attractive to a growing group of corporate, public and individual buyers, according to the USGBC. And high-performing building … Read more »

ExxonMobil Decision Reversed, Ordered to Pay $20M for Clean Air Violations

ExxonMobil Decision Reversed, Ordered to Pay $20M for Clean Air Violations

ExxonMobil has been ordered by a federal judge to pay nearly $20 million to settle a lawsuit by the Sierra Club and Environment Texas Citizen Lobby that was filed in 2010. Under the Clean Air Act – which allows people to sue companies for violations of emissions regulations – the groups … Read more »

Fleets Improve Fuel Efficiency with New Technology Including Automated Driving Systems

Fleets Improve Fuel Efficiency with New Technology Including Automated Driving Systems

Smart companies with trucking fleets are improving fuel efficiency, lowering NOx and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by taking advantage of new technology solutions. These include idle reduction products, automated transmissions, low rolling resistance tire, tire pressure systems, engine parameters, and technologies that automate maintenance practices, writes FleetOwner. So-called “savvy fleets” that … Read more »