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Small Business Saturday 2020

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping tradition held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting your favorite small businesses on November 24th!

  Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? We can’t! This year, among many things, has felt paradoxical—time flying one minute and standing still the next. But despite the unforeseen circumstances of 2020, a major theme that's been consistently present is the resilience among people and institutions in the face of challenges. One area where this resilience is apparent is in the support of small businesses. Whether a local restaurant, unique consignment shop, or small town bakery, there have been numerous examples of communities coming together to support the businesses they love most...even amidst a global pandemic. And, this makes sense when 99.9 percent of businesses in the U.S.— 30.7 million to be exact—fall into this category and contribute to keeping our economy healthy. However, as winter sets in across the country, and COVID-19 cases rise, it’s important to not lose sight of the momentum behind supporting small businesses before, through, and after the holidays, even if that support looks a little different this year. Moreover, it’s worth noting: some small business owners, while grateful for the influx of support, have also struggled to keep up with mountains of new orders or expanding their supply chain, especially if their products are handmade, require customization, or are created with specialty ingredients or parts.  That’s why, it’s important to support these business owners with patience and proactivity top of mind—Shopping earlier this year and giving small store owners the space, understanding, and time necessary to fill your order within the constraints of their business and resources.  This coming week marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, but is still happening to call attention to the importance of shopping at small businesses, which, no matter what year it is, happens to be the backbone of our local communities and national economy. So be sure to keep reading for why you should support small business, a few sustainability tips to keep in mind while shopping in-person or online, and a roundup of local businesses to support in key markets (plus, a map for how to #ShopSmall in your area).

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Why We Scream for Clean-Stream

At RoadRunner Recycling, we scream for clean-stream! When it comes to separating materials, retaining their value, and responsibly disposing of them, clean-stream is far and away the best method for doing so. There's a whole lot of good to shout about here - read on to learn more about the recycling debate and why we're team clean-stream all the way! In the comments, let us know how your office likes to recycle and if you use the clean-stream method!

  At RoadRunner Recycling, we scream for clean-stream! When it comes to separating materials, retaining their value, and responsibly disposing of them, clean-stream is far and away the best method for doing so. There's a whole lot of good to shout about here - read on to learn more about the recycling debate and why we're team clean-stream all the way!

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The Dark Side of E-Waste

We’ve put together a post describing the most surprising aspects of E-Waste as an industry and the increasing impact it has on humans and our environment.

  Anyone who stumbles across this post is using an electronic device, and sooner than later, your device will reach the end of its useful life and need to be replaced. On the surface, the lifecyle of our electronic devices doesn't seem all that complicated – we buy and use devices, they stop working or become obsolete, and we discard and replace them. But when you dig a bit deeper, the process of discarding electronics is extremely complex in nature. We’ve put together a post describing the most surprising aspects of E-Waste as an industry and the increasing impact it has on humans and our environment.

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Back to (Sustainable) School!

  Fall into Sustainability this Back to School Season

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Happy Centennial, National Park Service!

We’re taking some time to reflect on the National Park Service history, the everlasting power of parkland and why its mission to preserve these magnificent pieces of Earth is more important now than ever before.

  If you've ever wondered why we have national parks, you've likely never stepped into one. The boundless natural beauty and mind-boggling formations of the 59 parks leave lasting impressions on all who visit them. Each park is unique in its majesty, from the vibrantly red rocks of the Arches to Bryce Canyon's spire-shaped formations, from Yellowstone's storied waterworks all the way to the lush vistas of Zion.

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Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day! To celebrate the day, we’re going to take a look at some of the critical issues threatening ocean life, and what we can do to help ameliorate the damage.

 

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CSR: Why Three Bottom Lines Are Better Than One

Traditionally, Profitability and Sustainability are treated like oil and water. Why is it so hard for these two to play nice? Let’s take a look at the advance of business philosophies that merge social and sustainable concerns with a profit-driven model.

    Traditionally, Profitability and Sustainability are treated like oil and water - at best, like frenemies on the playground; at worst, like the Big Bad (Business) Wolf and the Nice Little (Sustainability) Sheep. But why is it so hard for these two to play nice? This week, we take a look at the advance of business philosophies that merge social and sustainable concerns with a profit-driven model.

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iPhone, iWant, iNeed: Gadget Obsession & The Accumulation of Electronic Waste

The US throws away an estimated two to three million tons of electronics annually. The global estimate has climbed over a whopping 48 million tons. Read on to discover where all these unwanted electronics wind up.

    774,000,000 - the number of iPhones we've bought since Apple launched the product back in 2007. 774 MILLION. That's a lot of zeroes in less than a decade. In fact, this is so many devices, that If laid end to end, the tiny 4.5 inch-long phones would circle the earth twice, with a cool three-quarters of a million to spare. Which may seem like a silly thing to bring up, except for the fact that when you take a look at it a bit less literally, these devices and countless others are actually starting to blanket our planet.

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Compost: Because Even Scraps Shouldn't Go to Waste

It’s International Compost Awareness Week! Continue reading for juicy tips about all those banana peels, PB&J crusts and pizza boxes accumulating in your office trash, and how you can keep them from piling up in landfill.

    It's International Compost Awareness Week! A huge mouthful of an event, which is only appropriate considering that the week is all about food waste - education, prevention and responsible collection. Read on for juicy tips about all those banana peels, PB&J crusts and pizza boxes accumulating in your office trash, and how you can keep them from piling up in landfill.  

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