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Tenneco Unveils Tier 3 Emission Control Technologies

Tenneco has exhibited a demonstration vehicle equipped with several emission control technologies designed to meet upcoming US EPA Tier 3 emissions regulations. In addition to meeting the Tier 3 emissions regulations, the technologies are designed to deliver efficiency improvements that can help automakers further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. US EPA … Read more »

Aquafil, Star Sock to Turn Fishing Nets into Socks

Nylon polymer manufacturer Aquafil, sock company Star Sock, and the European Centre for Nature Conservation Land & Sea Group have launched an initiative to remove marine litter — in particular used fishing nets — and recycle it into yarn to make carpeting, socks, underwear, swimwear and other textiles. The Healthy … Read more »

Patagonia to Help Customers Reuse Clothing, in an Ebay ‘First’

Patagonia is encouraging consumers to buy and sell its clothing through a new storefront on Ebay, paired with a customer pledge system. The outdoor apparel manufacturer yesterday launched its Common Threads Initiative, which the company describes as a partnership with customers to reduce consumption. The program asks customers to make … Read more »

Dell Closing in on Recycling Goal

Electronics manufacturer Dell is two-thirds of the way toward its goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of e-waste by 2014, the company has announced. The Texas-based computer giant says it diverted 150 million pounds of used electronics from landfills worldwide in the 2011 financial year. That is an increase of … Read more »

Recycling of Non-Bottle Rigid Plastics Up 33%

The amount of post-consumer non-bottle rigid plastic recovered for recycling increased by a third between 2008 and 2009, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The ACC’s third annual report (pdf) on this subset of plastic recycling found that at least 479 million pounds were recovered in 2009, a 47 … Read more »

Alfred Music Launches Initiative to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Alfred Music Publishing, an educational music print publisher, has launched its “Alfred Cares” initiative, aimed at reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The program centers on decreasing the company’s natural resource consumption, recycling waste and reusing materials in the production processes. Spearheaded by Alfred’s CEO, Ron Manus, the company’s environmental push … Read more »

Reuse IT to Promote Sustainability, Efficiency

As many school kids know, the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – are the fundamental building blocks for protecting the environment. Of course, the order is important. For instance, reducing energy use – convincing my teenagers to take shorter showers or turn off a light once in a while – … Read more »

Pitney Bowes Recycles 14.5m Lbs of Waste

Pitney Bowes announced it recycled 14,532,290 pounds of waste in 2009, equivalent to the emissions of 26,938 metric tons of carbon, according to a company press release. The figure was verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the company’s participation in the voluntary WasteWise program. That amount of … Read more »

Apple, Sony Ericsson Lead in Removing Harmful Chemicals from Electronics

Apple and Sony Ericsson are among the leaders in the electronics industry to move away from using chemicals that can lead to health and environmental problems, according to a new report released by ChemSec and Clean Production Action, two nonprofit organizations. The report, Greening Consumer Electronics: Moving Away from Bromine … Read more »

American Airlines Recycling Wine Corks

At its numerous Admirals Club locations, American Airlines will begin recycling wine corks to prevent them from ending up in landfills. In conjunction with ReCork America and Sodexo, American Airlines will collect corks from 24 locations in the U.S. and San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to a press release. ReCork … Read more »

Red Bull Pays Record U.K. Fine for Failing to Recycle Packaging Waste

Soft drink company Red Bull has been fined £271,800 (about $448,400) for failing to meet its requirements to recover and recycle packaging waste for eight years between 1999 and 2006, and for failing to register with the Environment Agency (EA) in London as a producer of packaging waste, reports Recycling … Read more »

Electronics Recycling Certification May Halt Unethical Practices

In a move to help businesses ensure that they are ethically recycling their obsolete electronics, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) now offers electronics recyclers and others including asset management and refurbishing operations national certification to the e-Stewards Certification Program developed by the Basel Action Network (BAN). ANAB, the U.S. … Read more »

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