FROM THE EDITOR
Sustainable Packaging Grows to One-Third of Global Market
Sustainable packaging will grow to 32% of the total global market by the end of this year, according to a study by Pike Research. “Green” packaging is produced from sustainable, renewable, and recyclable raw materials, including paper, plastic, metal and glass. It is lightweight and/or biodegradable, and produces less toxic emissions once it is discarded. And it is valuable: that nearly one-third of the overall packaging market is a $170 billion industry. Consumer demand, government legislation, and technology advances will create a sustainable packaging market of $244 billion market by 2018, according to a report by Smithers Para. From reduced costs to increased profits, sustainable packaging is a business strategy with “win-win” written all over it.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Water shortage is no longer a crisis confined only to the developing regions of the world. Half of the world’s wetlands have already vanished due to unsustainable economic development. The quality of water around the world is increasingly deteriorating, posing a threat to human health as well as ecosystems. Nearly 780 million people worldwide still lack access to clean water and thousands die every day for lack of it.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - What’s been happening in Syria has been high-level news for some time. It’s estimated that almost three million people have fled across Syria's borders to escape the gory civil war that has engulfed the nation. The daily flow of men, women and children has become one of the largest forced migrations since World War II.
A recent article in The Economist describes a blog post by Charles Frank of the Brookings Institute in which he questions the methods that have been used to compare renewable energy sources with more traditional sources like coal, gas and nuclear.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Over the years, alcohol and drug-related problems have continued to grow in China. If the current trend continues, these addictions could have a major impact on this vast nation.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Technological advancements in prosthetics reached a new level when a lengthy public debate arose on whether double-amputee Oscar Pistorius had an unfair advantage over other athletes in the 2012 summer Olympics! That is an excellent testimony to the potential power of prosthetics for people around the world who need them. However, the fact remains that the prosthetics technology still has a long way to go before it can match the abilities of natural limbs.
(3BLMedia/Justmeans) - Physicist Amory Lovins has been at the leading edge of energy alternatives since well before most people ever heard of climate change. Far from an idealist, he is a hard-nosed scientist who has done the math to show what is possible if we are willing to think outside the box. His two latest books, Winning the Oil Endgame, and Reinventing Fire, lay out in detail the ways that our society can wean itself off of oil, coal and nuclear through a smart...