The Truth About Recycling

As the Boston-area economy booms, buildings go up, and people have more disposable income to spend. More goods are manufactured and services provided to meet consumers’ demand. Under our current economic system, waste is a natural byproduct of this economic growth, despite having environmental, social, and economic costs. To put it in perspective, in 2013, … More The Truth About Recycling

ReuseConex 2016 Recap

From October 17th – 19th, the ReuseConex international conference on reuse took place in Somerville, MA, hosted by Reuse Institute and MassDEP. Thanks to the creator and producer, MaryEllen Etienne, the conference brought together the world’s top sustainability professionals who spoke on the importance of the reuse and repair in today’s waste management practice.  For … More ReuseConex 2016 Recap

What is a Materiality Assessment?

First of all, what is “Materiality” and why are corporations assessing it separately within their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and financial reports? As taken from SustainAbility, “materiality assessments provide a tool for prioritizing. A materiality assessment helps a company make sense of the sustainability landscape and build a powerful mandate for focusing and acting on … More What is a Materiality Assessment?

Waste Hierarchy

Originally posted on Andrew T Marlow MBA MIEMA CEnv:
Waste Hierarchy Recently, I attended a joint Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) / CIWM (Chartered Institute of Waste Management) workshop with the support of the Environment Agency aimed at improving the understanding of the Waste Hierarchy for waste producers. Many businesses are unaware of…

Pop a cork, save a tree!

“Cork harvesting is like sheering sheep,” said Patrick Spencer as he sat down to discuss his non-profit organization, Cork Forest Conservation Alliance, over coffee. Cork farming and production is the most sustainable forest industry in the world. Yet, in the last 20 years or so, misinformation has plagued it. Demand has shifted away from cork toward plastic … More Pop a cork, save a tree!