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From Food to Human Tissue, How 3D Printing Is Changing the U.S. Manufacturing Game
From Food to Human Tissue, How 3D Printing Is Changing the U.S. Manufacturing Game

ICT AND BIG DATA - As 3D printers are being used to make everything from pottery to human tissue, the domestic manufacturing industry is evolving into something new and robust. As manufacturing begins to step into a growth phase, we examine the brands Stratasys and Organovo and take a closer look at what the introduction of their products means to the marketplace.There is no shortage of areas that were crippled by the financial crisis, and United States manufacturing ranks high on that list. Production jobs were already fleeing overseas in favor of inexpensive labor in the mid-2000s, and the combination of the domestic consumer recession and a burst of Chinese market dominance only amplified the situation.

Cloud Computing: The Latest in Tech Also Has Hidden Environmental Benefits
Cloud Computing: The Latest in Tech Also Has Hidden Environmental Benefits

ICT AND BIG DATA - Looking for ways to reduce your company’s environmental impact? While cloud computing may not seem all that eco-friendly at first glance, a closer look reveals a number of benefits. surprisingly, the answer to that question may very well be yes. Recent studies have shown that a large enterprise that moves its HR application to the public cloud can, in five years, cut its CO2 emissions by as much as 30,000 metric tons. This amount is about the same as you would get if you took 5900 cars off the road.Here are some of the ways that the cloud can help your organization cut its carbon footprint down to size:Energy Savings

Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Rollout Signals Brands Taking Sustainability in China Seriously
Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Rollout Signals Brands Taking Sustainability in China Seriously

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - When Coca-Cola first rolled out its PlantBottle in fall 2009 in Copenhagen, the beverage giant sent a signal to the entire food and beverage industry that it had had to take sustainable packaging more seriously. Additional companies, including Heinz, later rolled out plastic bottles using the same technology.

SB’13 Causeway Reminds Us That Sustainability Means People, Too
SB’13 Causeway Reminds Us That Sustainability Means People, Too

COLLABORATION - Our industry is in recovery mode today as we find our ways home from the always inspiring Sustainable Brands Conference. One of this year’s highlights (there were many) was the Solutions Expo, where 100 providers talked shop in a giant airy tent.

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Raucous Debate, Product Innovations, Women, Biodiversity Celebrated in Sessions on SB '13 Day Three
Raucous Debate, Product Innovations, Women, Biodiversity Celebrated in Sessions on SB '13 Day Three

BLOG - The afternoon of day three at SB ’13 continued with more insightful discussions covering an array of timely topics.

PulpWorks Set To Revolutionize Blister Packaging, Rid the World of PVC
PulpWorks Set To Revolutionize Blister Packaging, Rid the World of PVC

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - PulpWorks, based in San Rafael, CA, designs and manufactures sustainable packaging, molded from 100% post-consumer waste paper, for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. The company has created a compostable and biodegradable alternative to toxic and harmful plastic (PVC) blister packaging.

Efficiency Exchange Leading 'Charge' To Improve Supply Chain Sustainability from the Ground Up
Efficiency Exchange Leading 'Charge' To Improve Supply Chain Sustainability from the Ground Up

SUPPLY CHAIN - In the final week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will feature daily articles introducing our semi-finalists. Today, meet Efficiency Exchange.

Former Recyclebank Executive Preston Read Joins Earth911, Inc. Advisory Board
Former Recyclebank Executive Preston Read Joins Earth911, Inc. Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE - Focus is on a recycling communication pilot program for cities

Shelton Group Hires Brooks Clark as Managing Editor
Shelton Group Hires Brooks Clark as Managing Editor

PRESS RELEASE - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications firm entirely focused in the sustainability and energy efficiency sectors, announced today that it has added Brooks Clark as Managing Editor of Shelton Insights, the agency’s soon-to-be-launched, web-based news service. “This is an exciting move for us a company because we’re expanding our service offering and exploring more ways to share our insights,” said Suzanne Shelton, founder and CEO of Shelton Group. “With Brooks’ extensive writing and editing experience, I know he will do a great job in pioneering this initiative.”

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Shelton Group Study Shows Decline in Energy-Efficient Product Purchases and Home Improvements
Shelton Group Study Shows Decline in Energy-Efficient Product Purchases and Home Improvements

PRESS RELEASE - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications firm entirely focused in the sustainability and energy efficiency sectors, announced today that its latest Utility Pulse study shows that energy-saving habits have declined in the last three years. The national poll shows decreases in many behaviors, including those listed below: • Replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs, down 13 percent • Adding sealing, caulking or weatherstripping, down 17 percent • Purchasing a higher-efficiency/ENERGY STAR qualified appliance, down 6 percent In addition, the survey found: • 50 percent of Americans still don’t unplug chargers and un-used appliances • 40 percent don’t use energy-saving thermostat settings

Reusable Transport Packaging: Good for the Planet, Operational Efficiency and Brand Protection
Reusable Transport Packaging: Good for the Planet, Operational Efficiency and Brand Protection

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Packaging. The term evokes images of wrappers, tubs, pouches and other types of product encasements we see on store shelves every day. Meanwhile, transport packaging such as pallets, cardboard boxes and plastic stretch wrap remain largely hidden from shoppers’ view.

BASF Licenses Genomatica Process for Creating BDO from Renewable Feedstock
BASF Licenses Genomatica Process for Creating BDO from Renewable Feedstock

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Chemical technology company Genomatica has announced a new partnership with BASF. The chemical giant has licensed Genomatica’s patented new manufacturing process for a renewable form of the organic compound 1,4-butanediol, more commonly known as BDO.BDO and its many derivatives are used for the production of plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibers.

White Paper: Sprint Improved Packaging Sustainability 55 Percent in Three Years
White Paper: Sprint Improved Packaging Sustainability 55 Percent in Three Years

PRESS RELEASE - According to a recently published white paper, Sprint [NYSE: S] has made drastic improvements in the environmental impact of its device packaging. The paper, The Evolution of Greener Device Packaging at Sprint, closely examines the impacts of Sprint-branded device packaging from 2009 to 2012.

Monadnock Develops Eco-Friendly Label for Craft Beers
Monadnock Develops Eco-Friendly Label for Craft Beers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Monadnock Paper Mills, which manufactures technical and specialty printing and packaging papers, recently announced the availability of an uncoated product designed specifically for craft beer made from 100 percent FSC-certified, post-consumer waste fibers.Made in New England, home to many iconic craft brews, Monadnock says its Envi Label offers American brewers a home-grown source for label stock that upholds brewers’ commitments to quality and sustainability with no compromises in performance or aesthetics.

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Nike, NASA, State Department & USAID Seek Innovations To Revolutionize Sustainable Materials
Nike, NASA, State Department & USAID Seek Innovations To Revolutionize Sustainable Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nike last week partnered with NASA, USAID and the U.S. Department of State to bring together some 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and NGOs to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges — the sustainability of materials and how they are made.

The Co-Operative's Lighter Wine Bottles Save Hundreds of Tons of Glass and CO2
The Co-Operative's Lighter Wine Bottles Save Hundreds of Tons of Glass and CO2

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - UK grocery chain The Co-operative has just announced significant reductions in the weight of its private label wine bottles. With the help of its supplier, Kingsland Wines and Spirits, the Co-operative achieved reductions that amounted to a savings of 725 metric tons of glass and 556 metrics tons of CO2. Not only does a major reduction such as this use fewer resources and save energy, the biggest reduction comes from having less weight to transport and therefore dramatically lower fuel costs. By the end of 2013, the Co-operative plans to reduce its packaging weights by a further 15% and increase its carrier bag reduction target to 75%.

Les Bêtises et Les Vaches: Two French Brands Use Humor To Engage Consumers in Sustainability
Les Bêtises et Les Vaches: Two French Brands Use Humor To Engage Consumers in Sustainability

MARKETING AND COMMS - French consumers want to know more about where their products come from to make more sustainable choices. Besides, trust in business is higher when brands take action for sustainability, demonstrate their achievements and communicate well.

Closing the Loop: Turning Waste Into Primary Packaging
Closing the Loop: Turning Waste Into Primary Packaging

WASTE NOT - Over 125 billion rigid plastic containers are produced and consumed in the US every year, but according to the EPA only 28% are recycled, with the rest piling up in landfills and oceans. There is an undeniable packaging waste problem in today’s society, which suggests that innovation opportunities are plenty in the packaging industry.

Kellogg Is Latest Company To Adopt GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label
Kellogg Is Latest Company To Adopt GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label

MARKETING AND COMMS - This week, GreenBlue announced the successful completion of the soft launch phase of its How2Recycle labeling system, and the addition of The Kellogg Company to the 11 other brands already using the label.

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Veteran Recycling Executive Joins Earth911, Inc. Advisory Board
Veteran Recycling Executive Joins Earth911, Inc. Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE - SCOTTSDALE, AZ — March 21, 2013 — Earth911, Inc., an Infinity Resources Holdings company (OTCQB: IRHC) (OTCBB: IRHC), welcomed another key industry advisor to its strategic consulting team with the addition of Ed Skernolis, a 40-year veteran of the recycling industry whose legacy includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Waste Management, Inc., National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and Kee

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