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Chew Chew Train

By on June 28th, 2013 - Comments Off

It is not often—or ever, really—that one comes across the phrase “string of beaver attacks,” but it’s a phrase which this blog, in its infinite whimsy, can scarcely pass up. And, yes, that appears to be exactly what has been going on in Belarus (h/t Charlie Pierce): It was the most serious in a string…

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Two Sides Going Green Fast Fact

By on June 17th, 2013 - 1 Comment

In the latest edition of SAPPI’s eQ Journal, entitled “Rethinking Recyling,” says that “For paper products, recovery rates in the US are at an all-time high. In fact, paper recovery increased by 1.2 million tons in 2011, lifting the recovery rate to a record-high 66.8%. That’s up from 63.5% in 2010 and 33.5% in 1990.”…

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Second Navitor Facility Achieves SGP Certification

By on June 10th, 2013 - Comments Off

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has certified Navitor Inc.’s Alto, Goergia, facility, making this the second of Navitor’s facilities to receive SGP certification. (The company’s North Mankato, Minn., facility was certified last spring.) “We are so very proud of all of our employees who have helped us to get SGP Certified and still encourage…

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Sustainability 101

By on June 3rd, 2013 - 1 Comment

Friend of the blog Stephen Whittaker (whose company, Monroe Litho of Rochester, N.Y., won the 2011 Thought Leader Environmental Innovation Award) has taken his experience in printing industry sustainability into the classroom. Last year, as an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Print Media, he launched a class in “Operations Management…

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The Menagerie

By on May 23rd, 2013 - Comments Off

Maybe it’s just me, but this launch a few weeks ago sounds like some weird new remake of Incredible Journey, or perhaps a new Animal Planet sitcom. From Discover: a crew of geckoes, forty-five mice, eight Mongolian gerbils, fish, snails, and plant seedlings were rocket launched on the Bion M1 into space, for the longest animal…

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SFI Launches Consumer Microsite

By on May 15th, 2013 - 2 Comments

To help consumers learn more about sustainable forestry, and ideally make better decisions when purchasing items derived from forestry products, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has launched a new microsite designed to explain the raison d’être of sustainable forestry, SFI governance and basic principles, and the meaning of the SFI logo on various products, as…

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4Over’s Sandy-Damaged Plant Now Fully Operational

By on May 7th, 2013 - 1 Comment

When Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast last October, assaulting the Northeast on October 29, many lives and businesses were disrupted. Among them was commercial printer 4Over, Inc., whose Moonachie, N.J. plant was devastated by Sandy, with the shop floor submerged under nearly four feet of water. For five months after Sandy, while Moonachie ran…

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What Is Sustainability?

By on May 3rd, 2013 - 2 Comments

A question posed and posted by GreenBiz’s Joel Makower a little over a month ago asks, “What is sustainability anyway?” Admittedly, it’s a question we have asked on the Going Green blog at various times over my three-year tenure and whilst it is easy to come up with abstract theories, and perhaps loosely defined mission…

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National Geographic Explores Their World

By on March 26th, 2013 - 4 Comments

Over at Dead Tree Edition, our friend Mr. Tree (if that is his name) turns the microphone over to Frank Locantore, Project Director of the Green America Better Paper Project, to discuss the highlights of a new study (pdf) commissioned by the National Geographic Society and conducted by Environ that attempts to gauge the environmental…

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Gulp!

By on March 20th, 2013 - Comments Off

Whilst it could be argued that New York Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban large sugary drinks is a bit of an overreach which probably won’t make much of a difference for anyone jonesing for a sugar fix (people can’t just buy two or more smaller drinks?), and personally I’d push for a cigarette ban over…

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