Waste Reduction

Kimberly-Clark’s Howard Sharfstein Named Sustainability “Pro” of the Year

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Kimberly-Clark announced that Howard Sharfstein, the company’s Associate General Counsel for Environment, Energy, Safety and Sustainability, has received a Crystal Tree Award as Kimberly-Clark’s first-ever Sustainability Pro of the Year. The award is the company’s highest internal recognition for individuals whose work helps drive social and environmental impacts that make our communities and workplaces better for future generations.

Earth Week Guest Post: Homelessness is Not a Defining Characteristic

By Erika George
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Erika George, director of Development for The Empowerment Plan, explains why homelessness is not a defining characteristic and shares how we can improve the lives of homeless individuals through partnerships and opportunities.  

Earth Week Guest Post: A GM Engineer’s Drive to Make Recycled Content Mainstream

By Matthew Vandyke
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Matthew, a materials engineer at General Motors, offers tips on how to incorporate more recycled content into manufacturing. 

Several years ago, when I was offered a management position at a plastics recycling company, I had no idea that it would change the way I thought about manufacturing.  Once I was able to take in and comprehend the volume of materials that are recycled and reused in all types of industries, I was surprised, to say the least. 

Sustainability is No Longer Optional for Suppliers

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With several governments internationally developing and implementing Climate Change, Circular Economy and Zero Waste Policies, global firms are already taking a proactive approach to supply chain risk management, while others are taking a riskier “wait and see approach”.

General Motors Corporate Responsibility Newsletter - April 2017

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See How Water Bottles Become Car Parts, Filters and Coat Insulation
Through its Do Your Part program, GM is turning recycled water bottles into car parts, air filters, and insulation for coats for the homeless. In this video, GM's global manager of waste reduction, John Bradburn, explains how the process works.
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Waste is a Wonderful Thing to Mind

By: Pete Witkowski
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Waste is a crucial issue for businesses; reducing waste doesn’t just prevent pollution and conserve energy, it saves companies money.  This is especially evident in the food service industry, where billions of dollars are lost due to food waste.  It’s very clear that waste reduction isn’t just about sustainability; it’s a business imperative.

Vehicle Scrap finds NEW Life at Flint Training Center

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Leftover scrap sound-deadening material that insulates a variety of Chevrolet engines is now insulating the walls of the NEW Life Center, a jobs development and training facility in Flint, Michigan. General Motors tested the material diverted from its Rochester Operations facility in New York for building applications. Now more than 200 pieces have been reused, benefitting the environment and community.

Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit

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  • Green Standards oversees landfill diversion of tens of thousands of GM office assets including in-kind donations to community
  • More than 30 nonprofits have benefited and 1,500 tons have been diverted from landfill to date
  • Company donation of $4,500 boosts crowdfunding effort for Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Video: General Motors Turns Recycled Water Bottles into Car Parts, Air Filters and Coat Insulation

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Through its Do Your Part program, General Motors is turning recycled water bottles into car parts, air filters, and insulation for coats for the homeless. In this video, GM's global manager of waste reduction, John Bradburn, explains how the process works. For more information, visit DoYourPart.GM.green

As Seen on The Guardian: Weave a Supply Web as a Bridge to the Circular Economy

Such a web, made up of companies and organizations of all sizes, helps to keep items in use – and to create projects that benefit communities and the environment
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A more sustainable future means advancing a circular economy – one that keeps material in use and creates jobs along the way. The way to get there lies in the collaboration of organizations of all sizes, in what we’re calling supply webs.

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