Greenpeace is accusing Barbie of destroying rainforests in Indonesia “including areas that are home to some of the last tiger, orangutans and elephants, just so she can wrap herself in pretty packaging.” Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, has been using paper packaging for the world’s most famous toy from Indonesia’s most notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).
So habitats full of animals and trees are being destroyed for cheap packaging that you’re going to throw away anyway? Does that make sense to you?
Watch the video below where they break the news of Barbie’s misdeeds to Ken.
A large percentage of waste comes from packaging alone so it’s kind of nice to see Pepsico taking charge of their packaging and making it more environmentally friendly, even though Coke beat ‘em to it. Now Pepsico has compostable and recyclable cup designs. Continue reading →
If you were hoping for less OJ Simpson than no such luck. What you may get less of is the OJ you probably liked. Due to wacky weather and orange crop failure Tropicana is going to shrink their most popular size of orange juice by five ounces. Find out why that might be good for the environment by visiting the good folks at greenerdesign.com.
Less packaging alone would good for the environment but Tropicana juice is actually really sweet. Personally I think you could do better for juice or even dilute it with water…or vodka- no judgments here. Continue reading →
Known for being brown on the outside shipping company UPS has gone green on the inside. UPS ranked #1 on Climate Counts’ scorecard in the consumer shipping sector.
Climate Counts is a nonprofit organization that ranks corporations on their efforts towards reducing climate impact, corporate support of public policy initiatives on climate change and openness and transparency in reporting.
UPS ranked higher than DHL, FedEx and sadly the U.S. Postal Service. While the U.S. Postal Service does a pretty incredible job considering what they have to do it would be a great step to get them to be #1. It could even save taxpayer money.
According to Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president of supply chain, strategy, engineering and sustainability:
“‘…In 2009 we introduced several new green packaging and shipping services including the UPS carbon neutral program, the first such option available to offset the climate impact of shipping within the United States.’”
UPS has also recently been honored by Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index’s “Top 50 Global Companies,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Excellence Award, and Newsweek’s Greenest Companies in America.
Companies that invest in going green see the rewards for it on their balance sheets. More consumers are starting to like to feel good about spending their money with a company that takes initiative on issues like the environment.
It also can give employees something to feel good about too, which can boost productivity. So going green makes good financial sense for corporations too.
Ziploc’s famous zipper lock bags have undergone a green transformation. At least some of them have. The company has released their Ziploc Evolve storage bags.
The company claims these Ziploc bags are made using 25% less plastic than their other bags.
They are manufactured using 50% renewable energy.
They are manufactured using less energy, thereby reducing their carbon footprint.
They are packaged in a 100% recycled paper carton, with a minimum of 35% post customer content. So you’re not going to get a huge box that’s too big for the Evolve bags, so you won’t be disappointed when you get home an open it. Also you won’t think you’re getting more for your money. Tricks like this that manufacturers play to using more energy and ultimately jipping the customer too.
Detail at actual size: Plastic Bottles, 2007 by Chris Jordan
The photo above is by Chris Jordan. It is a close up of a photo that “depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”
Why are plastic bottles in the news anyway?
Plastic bottles are everywhere in today’s society, but they were not just a few decades ago. Bottled water is an very popular product worldwide which is extraordinary considering bottled water as we know today didn’t exist as a product 30-40 years ago.
What’s wrong with plastic bottles?
They are everywhere now and don’t seem to be hurting anyone but their impact can be felt in many ways. Making the plastic bottle requires pollution producing energy. So does the rest of the packaging, shipping, shipping packaging and recycling. Many plastic bottles don’t end up recycled. Instead they are thrown in the garbage or somehow end up in the ocean, and even in the fish we eat. On top of that some plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals called BPA that leaves the bottles and gets into your drink.
What do these harmful chemicals do?
BPA or bisphenol A is considered an is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it messes up your hormones may be the cause of abnormal sexual development or even learning disabilities. This is of great concern for babies because BPA was found in many baby bottles. Continue reading →