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P&G Achieves Zero Manufacturing Waste at 45 Sites Worldwide

PG_logo_dark_blueCINCINNATI–()–Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), the Company behind consumer brands including Gillette®, Ariel®, Tide® and Pampers® today announced that 45 of their facilities have now achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill, which marks a major step towards the Company’s long-term vision of sending zero manufacturing and consumer waste to landfills. Over the past 5 years, P&G’s work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the company.

Bob McDonald, P&G President, CEO and Chairman of the Board said, We have a vision for the future, where plants are powered by renewable energy, products are made from recycled and renewable materials and resources are conserved, with no waste going to landfill. Changing the way we see waste as a Company has brought us one step closer to this goal at 45 sites worldwide, where all of our manufacturing waste is recycled, repurposed or converted into energy.” Continue reading

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Regulations and Certifications Cause Increases in Recycling and Reuse of Scrap Electronics

Discarded electronic equipment that is not recycled, reused, or stored becomes e-waste and is buried, incinerated, or dumped, representing a significant environmental hazard.  Today, most unwanted e-waste is still disposed of in landfills rather than being directed toward reuse or recycling, and the total volume of discarded electronics and e-waste in landfills will continue increasing over the next several years.  New laws and regulations, along with advances in industry certification of processors of electronic scrap, however, will slow the dumping of e-waste in coming years.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, these developments will combine to produce strong progress in the electronics recycling movement through 2025.

Between 2010 and 2025, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, the percentage of total e-scrap that is recycled will grow from 18% in 2010 to 54% in 2025.  Electronics recycling and reuse will rise from 122 million cubic feet (and 1.1 million tons) per year in 2010 to 789 million cubic feet (and 7.9 million tons) annually by 2025. Continue reading

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Hershey Company Is a Socially Responsible Company

The Hershey Company famous for its chocolate, producing some of the best, loved chocolate bars in the world, is also fast becoming known for being a socially responsible company. It recently issued its second Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report entitled, ” “Listen. Learn. Act.” It outlines the brand’s commitment to look after the planet while doing business. James Nevels, Chairman at Hershey’s, says, “The issues that we are addressing—such as human rights, climate change and resource scarcity—are global in scope and complex in nature.  They require that we listen, learn and act.”

The Hershey CSR report clearly shows how the company has met or exceeded nearly all of its environmental goals between 2009 and 2011, and now, Hershey wants to do more.  It has set out even more ambitious goals to achieve by the end of 2015. One of Hershey’s key achievements is its Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) at two of its facilities by 2011, exceeding its 2012 goal. Continue reading

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GE Surpasses $1 Billion in Infrastructure Sales from Olympic Games

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, today announced it has exceeded $1 billion in infrastructure sales over the past four Olympic Games. Since 2006, GE has worked closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic Games venues, health centers and surrounding commercial buildings. The technology provided aims to support the organizing committees’ goals of building sustainable Olympic Games that improve the host city and provide state-of-the-art healthcare for Olympic athletes.

“GE partners closely with host cities to deliver a variety of critical healthcare, energy, power, water, lighting and transportation solutions for the Olympic Games,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman & CEO, GE. “Hosting the Games is a transformational opportunity for every city and we are committed to work with the IOC and local Organizing Committees in Russia, Brazil and Korea to deliver advanced infrastructure solutions to help create a sustainable Olympic legacy for future generations.” Continue reading

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EcoBasalt, Developer of an Oil Sorbent Made of Basalt Fibers for Use in Marine Oil Spills

Pardes Hanna-Karkur (Israel), 4 August 2012: EcoBasalt produces a unique oil sorbent material, SB-1, made of basalt fibers from volcanic rock. SB-1 will provide a dramatic improvement in the tackling of oil spills, at the same time saving money, time, efforts, and the environment. SB-1 is the result of decades of research, tests, and modifications based on user feedback.

EcoBasalt is a private, fully self-financed company, established in Feb 2012 after extensive market research and analysis evidenced the urgent need for an oil sorbent with superior qualities, as well as environmental and economical benefits. The production process is EcoBasalt’s proprietary technology, and regards the design of the super thin basalt fiber production methodology, as well as the production process, which includes nanotech emulsification stages at different pressures and temperatures.

Oil spills occur on a daily basis. Worldwide 180,000–240,000 oil spills are reported with 40–100 million liters of oil spilled annually from the production, storage, transport, transfer, and use of oil. Calamities like the accidents with the Exxon Valdez, the BP Deepwater Horizon oilrig, and so many more occur every 5-6 years, but when they happen, they are big trouble. The disaster has cost BP thus far $40 billion, and counting. In spite of the financial settlements by BP, the damage to flora, fauna and effected businesses can never be fully recovered with money. Continue reading

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Subaru Hauls Trash with United By Blue

(3BL Media) Cherry Hill, NJ – May 24, 2012 – Subaru of America, Inc. announced a new partnership with United By Blue, the ocean-friendly apparel brand. United By Blue (UBB) removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. The all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback will serve as the official UBB cleanup vehicle.

“A partnership with Subaru goes beyond cleanups and cars: it drives home the fact that other companies are as committed to protecting our oceans and waterways as United By Blue,” said Brian Linton, United By Blue Founder and Chief Trash Collector.

During a cleanup season, UBB hosts an average of 25-30 ocean and waterway cleanups throughout the country. To date, UBB has removed 105,955 pounds of trash from oceans and waterways in 12 states during 70 cleanups. UBB organic t-shirts, canvas bags and jewelry can be purchased online or from over 200 retailers throughout the US and Japan.

“There is no better vehicle for cleaning up waterways than an Outback,” said Mike Cangi, United By Blue Director of Cleanups. “The roof cargo carrier holds all of our cleanup gear, the comfortable seats are perfect for transporting eager volunteers and the open hatchback and collapsible seats make it easy for us to move thousands of pounds of trash in a matter of minutes.” Continue reading

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PennFuture, Sierra Club, and NRDC Slam EPA for Proposing a Free Pass for Toxic Air Pollution

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft proposed rules this week that would create special loopholes for dirty diesel and gas electricity generators, allowing them to avoid installing pollution controls for toxic and other air pollution emissions.

“These proposed rules sacrifice local air quality and public health, distort energy markets, and could endanger electricity reliability in our region,” said Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center, a program of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future.

“The loophole in these rules could result in reduced reliability and will result in increased air pollution, by making the electricity system more dependent on small, dirty sources of electricity. Closing this loophole will send market signals to invest in cleaner generation and conservation while better protecting Americans’ health”

Several years ago, EPA adopted rules limiting the amount of toxic air emissions – like formaldehyde and benzene – that are released from small diesel and gas-fired generators. EPA is now proposing to allow dirty generators to increase by six times the number of hours they may operate in electricity planning programs without any pollution controls. Continue reading

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Frack Water Market to Grow Nine-fold to $9 Billion in 2020

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – the use of high pressure water to help extract previously inaccessible shale gas – eager to replicate its success outside the U.S., the market for water treatment will grow nine-fold to $9 billion in 2020. This expansion will spur technology innovation and novel thinking about water disposal and reuse, but the field is rapidly growing overcrowded, creating significant risk for new entrants, Lux Research said in a report.

“Fracking represents a significant water treatment challenge – hydrocarbons, heavy metals, scalants, microbes, and salts in produced and flowback water from shale gas wells represent a water treatment challenge on par with the most difficult industrial wastewaters”

Fracking requires between 4,000 m3 and over 22,000 m3 (25,000 bbl to 140,000 bbl) of water per well and produces toxin-laced brine that can be more than six times as salty as the sea. Its growth has energized the water industry, inspiring a bumper crop of new water treatment startups vying to treat the highly challenging flowback water. Continue reading

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