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How Retail Stores Can Influence Sustainable Consumer Behaviors

In recent years many brands have brought environmental issues to the forefront of their business and marketing practices. Read our latest blog post to learn why retailers have an excellent opportunity to integrate sustainability into their business activities and how they can educate consumers to make better purchase decisions and increase brand loyalty—all while making a positive impact on the planet.

 

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5 Tips to Create an Evergreen Recycling Program

For some companies, it’s easy to create a recycling program with a laissez-faire approach and hope for the best while calling it a success. However, to truly have an effective waste and recycling program that makes an impact, companies must be dynamic . Check out a few tips in this post that your business can implement to ensure a successful recycling program, increase recycling rates, and improve cost savings--No matter what curveballs are thrown your way!

  For some companies, it’s easy to create a recycling program with a laissez-faire approach and hope for the best while calling it a success. However, to truly have an effective waste and recycling program that makes an impact, companies must be more dynamic—adjusting recycling programs to meet new needs as they arise, such as business expansion, unexpected materials being introduced into the waste stream, and new employees joining the team.

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How COVID-19 Is Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility

The world is currently facing a global health crisis unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in our lifetime. Without a doubt, the novel coronavirus has presented many challenges across industries, but has also offered opportunities for businesses to evaluate the effectiveness of current strategies and identify new methods to improve their processes for the future. Read this blog post to understand how COVID-19 is shedding light on new opportunities for corporate social responsibility.

 

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The Decomposition Clock

If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that recycling can be confusing by nature, which often results in individuals sending the majority of their waste to landfills. Unfortunately, this behavior has consequences—the most obvious being the length of time it takes certain materials to decompose in a landfill. We've created a helpful visualization to better understand the decomposition times of frequently discarded materials. Check out our post to learn more.

 

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The Ultimate List of What Can Be Recycled

If you're wondering what items can be recycled, you've come to the right place. Understanding this information will help improve your recycling efforts. Still, with several materials, rules, and bins to keep track of, we know it can be easy to lose sight of the specifics. Here, we're going to list the items you can (and cannot) recycle to help your business maximize the positive impacts of your recycling efforts. Follow along for more!

  If you're wondering what items can be recycled, you've come to the right place. Understanding this information will help improve your recycling efforts. Still, with several materials, rules, and bins to keep track of, we know it can be easy to lose sight of the specifics. Here, we're going to list the items you can (and cannot) recycle to help your business maximize the positive impacts of your recycling efforts. Follow along for more!

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How To Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Business

Developing a strategy for reducing your business' carbon footprint can help educate your employees about climate change and the importance of incorporating environmentally-friendly workplace behaviors. To help your business get started, this post covers everything you need to know about carbon footprints, how to calculate them, and actionable reduction tips for your workplace. Continue reading to learn more!

  April 22nd, 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, motivating businesses around the world to change their behaviors to minimize their environmental impact. One way companies can do this is by reducing their carbon footprints. Developing a strategy for reducing your business' impact can help educate your employees about this year's Earth Day theme, climate change, and the importance of incorporating environmentally-friendly workplace behaviors. To help your business get started, this post covers everything you need to know about carbon footprints, how to calculate them, and actionable reduction tips for your workplace. Continue reading to learn more!

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How To Celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary (Remotely)

April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders, Earth Day Network has turned Earth Day's 50th anniversary into a digital event. Continue reading for more information on Earth Day 2020 and to learn how your business can participate. Read the post to learn more!

  April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In 1970, an estimated 20 million people celebrated the first Earth Day by joining together in parks, streets, and universities to promote a healthy planet. Since then, billions of people across the globe participate in Earth Day, making it the largest secular observance in the world. But this year, individuals and organizations will celebrate Earth Day differently. In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders, Earth Day Network has turned Earth Day's 50th anniversary into a digital event. Whether you're an environmental enthusiast or just learning about Earth Day, there are still numerous ways to celebrate this year and make a difference! Continue reading for more information on Earth Day 2020 and to learn how your business can participate.

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The Problem With Styrofoam and How Your Business Can Help

Businesses and consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impacts Styrofoam has on the environment and wondering how they can help mitigate the problem. To help you get started, this post covers everything you need to know about Styrofoam and the negative environmental impacts associated with it, as well as tips for reducing or eliminating it at your business.

  For decades Styrofoam has been one of the most commonly used plastics because it is lightweight, durable, and inexpensive. However, businesses and consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impacts it has on the environment and wondering how they can help mitigate the problem. If your business generates Styrofoam waste, don't worry, there's a lot of things you can do to reduce or eliminate it! To help you get started, this post covers everything you need to know about Styrofoam and the negative environmental impacts associated with it, as well as tips for reducing or eliminating it at your business. Continue reading to learn more! What Is Styrofoam? Styrofoam, identified by the plastic #6 symbol, is a trademarked brand name for expanded polystyrene (EPS), a plastic material frequently used to create a variety of consumer products. Styrofoam is a preferred material in the packaging and food industries because it is lightweight (95% air!), has insulation properties that keep food and drinks hot or cold, and is durable enough to protect items during shipping. In practice, Styrofoam is most often used for coffee cups, home insulation, packing materials, carry-out cartons, and egg cartons. Although Styrofoam is known to be cost-effective, it is very difficult and costly to recycle. Most recycling facilities are unable to process EPS because, unlike other plastics, it is bulky and often contaminated. Its brittle form means it easily breaks into tiny pieces and disperses, an additional complexity for recyclers.

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How COVID-19 Is Impacting The Waste & Recycling Industry

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States, businesses and individuals throughout the country have been impacted by this pandemic in numerous ways. We created a blog post to address COVID-19's impact on the waste and recycling industry, how it may temporarily effect your waste and recycling services, and safety measures the industry is taking to keep businesses and workers safe.

  Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States, businesses and individuals throughout the country have been impacted by this pandemic in numerous ways. The waste and recycling industry’s essential role means that services will continue, but stakeholders are keeping a close eye on how to ensure the safety of businesses, waste workers, and communities at this time. We realize you probably have questions about this, so we created a blog post to address COVID-19's impact on the waste and recycling industry, how it may temporarily effect your waste and recycling services, and safety measures the industry is taking to keep businesses and workers safe. Continue reading for more details.

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