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Sustainability Buzz Up 169%

Sustainability Buzz Up 169%

sustainability_buzzmetrics.jpgThe term “sustainability” peaked on blogs, boards and discussion groups after the February 25 telecast of The Oscars as Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” took home the Oscar for Documentary Feature. Nonetheless, “sustainability” has remained a persistent issue in the blogosphere, with buzz levels on this term up 169 percent in July 2007 versus one year ago, Nielsen BuzzMetrics reports…

Virgin To Avoid Buying 4 Engine Planes For Environmental Reasons

virgin_atlantic_logo.jpgRichard Branson says Virgin Atlantic will aim to avoid buying four-engined airplanes in future for both economic and environmental reasons, Reuters reports. Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of 38 planes all have four…

Qantas Plans September Takeoff For Carbon Offset Program

qantas_airplane.jpgQantas says that beginning in September, consumers and businesses will be able to purchase carbon credits to offset their carbon dioxide emissions, Australia’s The Age reports.

The company hasn’t said how much the offsets will increase the price of a ticket. Qantas will cover…

Volkswagen To Offset Projected Emissions Of Cars

vw_jetta.jpgVolkswagon of America plans to offset the carbon emissions of projected consumer use. From September 1, 2007, until January 2, 2008, every vehicle sold by Volkswagen will have its carbon emissions offset for the first year of ownership.

In addition, the Volkswagen…

Enterprise, GM, VeraSun, Kroger Step Up FlexFuel Marketing Efforts

live_green_go_yellow.jpgEnterprise Rent-A-Car has dubbed one of its Cincinnati rental locations as an official “VE85/FlexFuel branch.” On June 28, a similar VE85/FlexFuel branch was announced in Washington, D.C.


UPS Pushes Paperless Billing, Sort Of

ups_delivery_person.jpgWith less than one percent of UPS’s small- to medium-sized business customers using the electronic billing option, UPS recently surveyed its customers to find out what would make them make the switch away from paper. What they discovered was that the primary motivator would be the environment. To reduce paper/help the environment was the reason cited by 40 percent of those polled.


Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Touts Recycling Efforts

couch.jpgRaymour & Flanigan Furniture says it’s on track to recycle 15.2 million pounds of waste this year “Furniture ships from our manufacturers in cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam packaging,” explains Michael Goldberg, Executive Vice President. “Considering we sell on average 8,000 pieces of furniture each day, we generate a lot of recyclable material.”

Raymour & Flanigan has renovated…

Perry Ellis Launching Line Of ‘Eco-Friendly’ Outdoor Garments

perry_ellis_logo.jpgEconomics are making it difficult for mainstream garment manufacturers to go green, The New York Times reports. Most synthetic materials are still petroleum-based, and organically grown fibers are in short supply.

George Feldenkreis…

iLinc Positions Video Conferencing As Emissions-Cutting Tool

Web and audio conferencing software company iLinc Communications says that customers, partners and employees participating in its iReduce program have saved a combined total of one billion pounds of CO2 by avoiding business travel. North Carolina-based Global Knowledge Training calculates that it prevents more than 4.4 million pounds of CO2 … Read more »

44% Of UK Shoppers Would Buy Brand With Smaller Carbon Footprint

lek_consulting.jpgMore than half of UK consumers want information about the carbon footprint of the products they purchase and nearly half would switch to brands with smaller carbon footprints, according to the L.E.K. Carbon Footprint Report (PDF) issued by L.E.K. Consulting.

Fifty-six percent…

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