Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a central California-based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. With a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.” Twitter: @gmcheeseman - See more at:

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6 years 1 month ago

Why would a liquor company have a no straw initiative? The answer is simple. Bacardi Limited knows that those little plastic tubes are bad for the environment. In the U.S. alone, 500 million straws are used daily. That’s enough to fill over 127 school buses every day, or over 46,400 school buses a year. Most straws are made from plastic, which is not biodegradable. 

Back in March, Bacardi launched an initiative to stop the use of straws and plastic stirrers in cocktails at company events. The company famous for its rum, began the initiative at its regional headquarters in Coral Gables, Florida and its Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke...

6 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sappi North America, a subsidiary of Sappi Limited with over 2,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, focuses on sustainability. The company established long term sustainability goals in 2008, called 2020Vision. One of those goals is to ensure that 60 percent of its fiber content is certified by third-party certification programs, including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). 

Already, all of its wood fiber is sourced from well-managed forests according to FSC controlled wood standard and the SFI certified sourcing...

6 years 2 months ago

Big companies are taking climate change very seriously. Before the December 2015 climate talks in Paris, 154 companies signed the pledge to demonstrate their support for action on climate change. The 154 companies have operations in all 50 states, employ almost 11 million people, represent over $4.2 trillion in annual revenue and have a combined market capitalization of over $7 trillion. 

The possibility of a price on carbon is helping spur these companies to take action on climate change. Most companies have a positive perception of a mandatory carbon price....

6 years 2 months ago

Whirlpool Corporation bills itself as the world’s largest global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Some of the appliances it sells in the U.S. are made domestically. In the near future, many of those appliances will be partly made with wind energy. 

Whirlpool is building wind turbines to help power its plants in the Ohio towns of Marion and Ottawa. Once the wind power projects are completed, they will make Whirlpool one of the largest Fortune 500 users of on-site wind power in the U.S. The turbines will generate enough energy to power over 2,400 average homes. 

The three Marion wind turbines, scheduled for...

6 years 3 months ago

Hospitals rely on a vast amount of plastic--from irrigation bottles to pitchers. What happens to that plastic when it’s reached the end of its uselessness? It is used once and then chucked into the garbage bin.

Hospitals generate 33.8 pounds of waste every day per staffed bed. When this is multiplied across world hospital bed density the amount of waste generated is about 100 million tons per year. That is a staggering amount of waste to end up in landfills. When waste rots in landfills methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG) with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon, is emitted. A portion of the waste generated in hospitals is plastic...

6 years 3 months ago

Can a hotel chain practice environmental sustainability? The hotel and resort chain, Sands, proves that it's possible. The company has completed over 300 energy conservation projects globally since 2010. The projects resulted in annual electricity savings of 247 kilowatt hours (kWh), more than enough energy to power The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo in Las Vegas combined.

The company’s latest sustainability report highlights what it has done to take care of the environment. The projects range from simple lighting retrofits to building re-commissioning, air side optimization and chiller plant optimization. Sands added an...

6 years 3 months ago

Steel manufacturing is energy intensive. That means it creates a significant amount of carbon emissions. Can the metal be created without those carbon emissions? Siemens and other European companies seem to think so, as they are looking at making steel without carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Siemens, a German company, is at the forefront. Germany made 42.7 million tons of steel in 2015, making it the largest producer of raw steel in the EU. It is the seventh largest steel producer in the world. The German steel industry accounted for 6.4 percent of Germany’s total carbon emissions in 2014. Siemens and other partners in...

6 years 3 months ago

Mars Inc. is known for making candy and pet food. Now the company can be known for achieving its zero waste to landfill goal. As of December 31, 2015 none of the company’s 126 manufacturing sites globally sends waste to landfill. In 2007, Mars sent over 154,000 tons of waste to landfill. 

Mars makes good use of the old adage reduce, reuse and recycle. And it is by adhering to that adage that it has achieved zero waste to landfill. Take its Mars Petcare manufacturing site in Melton, U.K. which reached zero waste to landfill ahead of the 2015 deadline. All of the waste generated onsite is either reused, recycled or used as fuel. The site also composts...

6 years 3 months ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Water is not something that should ever be wasted. Just ask Californians who are suffering through their fifth year of drought. General Motors clearly understands that water conservation is essential as the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, where the Chevrolet Volt is manufactured, now has a a rainwater capture system. 

It took two years to complete the rainwater capture project which allows rainwater to be reused in manufacturing. The assembly plant, which is four million square feet, already had two rainwater retention ponds on its grounds, but it paid to send the excess water to the city’s treatment...

6 years 4 months ago

Textile waste is a huge problem. In just the U.S. alone, 25 million pounds of textiles are created every year. That is about 82 pounds per person. Only 15 percent is donated or recycled, and the rest ends up in landfills. The amount that isn’t recycled is about 21 billion pounds, and is over 5.2 percent of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S.

Some companies are working to address the problem. One of them is Project Repat, which takes old, unwanted t-shirts and sweatshirts and turns them into quilts or pillows. Customers send in their old tee shirts and sweatshirts to create a customized quilt or pillow. The company began in Nairobi,...