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What About a Carbon Tax During Trump’s Reign?

What About a Carbon Tax During Trump’s Reign?

Corporate America has a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profits for shareholders. So how does a carbon tax fit into this scheme? Alex Russell for the Bozeman Daily in Montana writes that a multitude of multinationals have saved millions in utility expenses by incentivizing low-carbon strategies. He points specifically to Walmart, Intel, … Read more »

Are Manufacturers on Chemical Management Tool Overload?

Are Manufacturers on Chemical Management Tool Overload?

A new chemical management tool, ZDHC Chemical Gateway, aims to help chemical producers, brands and textile and footwear suppliers make better sourcing decisions. But is the chemical tool market already saturated?

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And the Green Power Leadership Award Goes To…

Intel, SC Johnson, Cisco Systems and Apple are among the leading renewable energy users in the US, according to the EPA, which recognized these and a dozen other companies with Green Power Leadership Awards.

Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Flexible packaging, such as pet food bags and snack pouches, offers several environmental benefits: it uses less energy and materials than other packaging options and reduces waste by protecting products and minimizing food spoilage. But it’s typically not accepted in North American recycling programs, which means that flexible packaging usually … Read more »

Closed Loop Foundation Awards $300K to Plastic Film Recyclers

In an effort to advance film plastic packaging recycling, the Closed Loop Foundation has awarded about $300,000 in grant money to two plastic recycling companies.

Climate Week 2016: Apple, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, GRI, RE100

Climate Week 2016 opened yesterday with business and government leaders convening in New York City for dozens of events that focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy. This year’s Climate Week includes a sharp focus on countries ratifying the Paris climate agreement — and what this means for global … Read more »

Why Walmart’s Chemicals Disclosure Is a Smart Business Move

Walmart released significant information about its progress toward reducing certain chemicals in its products this week. As Michelle Mauthe Harvey writes in an Environmental Defense Fund blog, in April Walmart published its 2016 Global Responsibility Report, highlighting a 95 percent reduction by weight in some 10 high-priority chemicals in home … Read more »

Why Levi’s, J&J, Other Major Firms are Using Chemical Footprinting to Manage Risk

Why Levi’s, J&J, Other Major Firms are Using Chemical Footprinting to Manage Risk

Dozens of major companies including Levi Strauss & Co., Seagate Technology and Johnson & Johnson have participated in a first-of-its-kind effort to publicly benchmark corporate chemical management, the Chemical Footprint Project.

How Reprocessing Medical Devices Can Save Millions While Diverting Waste

How Reprocessing Medical Devices Can Save Millions While Diverting Waste

Medical waste — more than 5.4 tons per year for an average operating room — costs each operating room about $5,243, according to the 2015 Practice Greenhealth Sustainability Benchmark Report. A partnership between Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, which manufacturers surgical devices and and Intermountain Healthcare is tackling this issue, … Read more »

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Plastic Microbead Ban Signed into Law, Wins Industry Support

The plastics industry says it supports a new law that phases out plastic microbeads starting in 2017. US President Barack Obama last week signed the law, which bans personal-care products from containing microbeads and aims to help remove plastic pollution from water supplies. The law defines microbeads as “any solid … Read more »

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Zero Waste: Stop Throwing Money in the Trash

Companies have a major financial incentive to achieve zero waste. “Waste = Wasted Cash,” writes Eric Lombardi, executive director of Eco-Cycle International, on Waste360.com. An example: Unilever North America, which achieved 100 percent zero-waste-to-landfill at all dedicated distribution centers in North America earlier this year, said zero waste resulted in … Read more »

Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens Ranked

Ecolab, Campbell Soup and Microsoft are among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens, according to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s fifth annual ranking. CR Magazine announced the top performers in the following sectors: business services, consumer items, consumer staples, energy, financial, healthcare, information technology, materials, media and entertainment, and utilities. By industry, … Read more »