Sustainability Initiatives

Recycling Today: “Groups vow to raise $150 million for plastic recycling”

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The nonprofit organization Ocean Conservancy has formed an alliance with partners that include the Trash Free Seas Alliance, Closed Loop Partners, PepsiCo, 3M, Procter & Gamble, the American Chemistry Council and the World Plastics Council to work to raise $150 million for a new funding mechanism to prevent plastic waste from flowing into the ocean.

The initiative is being designed to fund waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia, with a focus on investments to improve collection, sorting and recycling markets, says the group, which met in early October 2017 in Malta at the Our Ocean 2017 conference.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: “Commission: $271B needed for Great Lakes water systems”

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DULUTH, Minn. — State leaders said the Great Lakes region needs to drastically improve public water systems. The Great Lakes Commission has called for upgrading wastewater treatment plants, stormwater pipes and drinking water filtration systems. The Ann Arbor-based commission, which represents the region’s eight states, said a conservative cost estimate is $271 billion.

 

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Woodworking Network: “Watson Furniture provides transparency in its product materials”

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POULSBO, Wash. – Watson Furniture is a manufacturer of office and contract furniture, including tables, desks, storage products, markerboards, dividers and furniture collections. Watson believes people have a right to know where their furniture came from, and whether there are harmful or toxic ingredients in products that go into offices where they spend 40 hours a week. They also want to assure customers that the materials Watson uses in production are sustainably sourced.

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Fashion United: “Textile Toxicity: What lurks in your clothes”

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Around 2.5 percent of the world’s arable land is planted with cotton, which, in turn, consumes approximately 25 percent of all the pesticides used worldwide. This is a fact which does not leave us indifferent, but rather reveals the large amount of toxic chemicals which are used day after day to manufacture our cotton textiles and garments.

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getSurrey: “New car smell is actually made up of toxic substances and gets worse in summer heat”

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The ‘new car smell’ that is an enjoyable by-product of purchasing a new vehicle may actually be causing you more harm than good, new research shows.

Researchers have found more than 275 different chemicals in the interior of cars and discovered the new car smell is really a mix of poisonous chemicals.

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Cochrane & Associates, LLC, Vinyl Chloride and Potential Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

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Phoenix, AZ — Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses the industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride and potential exposure concerns.

“Vinyl chloride is an important industrial chemical that is produced in large quantities as a chemical intermediate for manufacturing other products, such PVC,” said Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates and the IAQ Video Network.  “For those who could have occupational exposures to this chemical there are potential health concerns. The National Cancer Institute states that vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer, as well as brain and lung cancers, lymphoma and leukemia.”

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Contractor Magazine, IAPMO leads coalition effort urging EPA to continue funding WaterSense

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WASHINGTON — IAPMO, The High-Performance Buildings Coalition, and 61 of the nation’s leading manufacturers, associations, and professional organizations in the building industry delivered a letter Monday to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging continued federal funding for the highly successful WaterSenseSM program.

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The Alternative Daily: “What’s Lurking In Your Bagged Tea?”

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If you love your tea then you’re not alone. Americans drink 3.8 billion gallons of tea a year — that’s a lot of tea bags! But wait — do you really know what’s lurking inside your bagged tea? Sure, tea bags are more convenient. However, is the convenience worth risking your health? If you enjoy a good cup of brew, you need to know what else may be steeping in your cup.

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The Signal, “Clean air, contaminated soil at old Keysor site”

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The latest test results of the air wafting over the site at the former Keysor Century Corporation reveal good news and bad news. The good news is that the air at the site is clean and of no risk at all. The bad news is more than half a dozen nasty, cancer-causing chemicals including Tetrachloroethene – a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning – remain in the soil at the site and contribute to detectable amounts of volatile organic compounds trapped in the soil.

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