Waste Reduction

As Seen on The Guardian: Turning Trash into Energy Makes Good Business Sense


Many people probably don’t think their local landfills are more than a final resting place for waste. But companies like Apple and General Motors are using them as a source of renewable energy that reduces their costs and impact on the environment.

GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles into Fleece

Material becomes coats for the homeless, car parts and air filters
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DETROIT, August 24, 2016 /3BL Media/ - General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Your Company Landfill-Free

Follow these nine suggestions to transform your business into a zero waste facility. They’ll help the environment – and make your employees happier.

Businesses generate billions of tons of industrial solid waste each year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Much of it gets dumped in landfills, which become hubs for wasted resources and greenhouse gases.

GM Recycles Water Bottles to Make Chevy Equinox Part

Material also is transformed into coat insulation for the homeless, air filters
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DETROIT, April 12, 2016  /3BL Media/ – General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a new life: noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from five of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community.

Top 15 GM Sustainability Stories of 2015


Each year we continue to make progress and chip away at our carbon footprint, reducing the environmental impact of our vehicles and operations while maximizing the positive impact we make in the communities where we live and work.

From electrifying vehicles and finding a second useful life for waste to protecting threatened species and engaging colleges in a vision for a clean energy future, we’ve had plenty of great stories to tell this year. Here are our 15 favorites from 2015.

Cutting Edge: Knives + Politics

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This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from a craftsman who makes razor-sharp kitchen knives, and with a progressive political talk show host who relies on razor-sharp analysis. First, knife-maker extraordinaire, Adam Simha, gives us a glimpse into the world of high-end kitchen blades. We talk about how having fine knives can help you savor life more and be less wasteful at the same time. Then, host Alex Wise talks with political analyst and talk show host David Pakman about the 2016 election and review the environmental positions of candidates on both sides of the aisle.

At Subaru, Innovative Styrofoam Reuse Saves $1MM

[Video] Episode 2 of Who We Are is What We Leave Behind
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Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), the home of Subaru manufacturing in North America, was the first automotive assembly plant in America designated as zero landfill, achieving that status in 2004. Previously, in 2003, SIA became the first automotive plant site to be designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation for wildlife such as blue heron, snapping turtles, coyote, white-tailed deer and bald eagles.

Aramark and Campus Partners Recycle More Than 16.6 Million Pounds of Waste in National Competition

77 Aramark college and university partners participate in RecycleMania 2015 to encourage sustainability on campus and in local communities
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PHILADELPHIA, July 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ Aramark and 77 of its higher education partners recycled more than 16.6 million pounds of waste in the 2015 RecycleMania competition, an annual competition for college and university recycling programs aimed at promoting waste reduction on campuses.

Aramark, (NYSE: ARMK), the $15 billion global provider of award-winning services in food, facilities management and uniforms, coll

Recycling is Good BUT Behaviour Change is What’s Really Needed.


Have you seen the documentary ‘Racing To Zero’ yet? It spotlights San Francisco’s efforts to achieve an aggressive Zero Waste goal of diverting 90% of its municipal waste from landfill by 2020. San Francisco leads the country in this endeavor, and in that regard has much to teach the rest of us.

John Dewar & Sons Surges Ahead with State-of-the-Art Sustainability Practices

New biomass boiler reduces carbon footprint at its historic Aberfeldy distillery by 90%
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Hamilton, Bermuda, July 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The DEWAR’S® Aberfeldy Distillery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands is known for its rich tradition of producing some of the world’s finest Scotch – while at the same time, setting industry-leading sustainability standards.

The late 2014 installment of a biomass boiler at the Aberfeldy site cut the carbon footprint at the home of DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky by a whopping 90 percent.


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