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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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We Scream for Clean Stream

There’s a whole lot of good to shout about clean stream recycling – read on to learn more about the recycling debate and why we’re team clean stream all the way!

    Nerd alert: We get nearly as excited about clean stream recycling as we do about everyone's favorite summer treat. When it comes to separating materials, retaining their value and responsibly reclaiming them, there's no better way to ensure successful recycling. 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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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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How to Marie Kondo Your Office Without Feeding the Landfill

Ever feel like your cubicle could inspire a new season of Hoarders: Office Edition? Read on for our ‘waste not, want not’ approach, and how to become a minimalist without feeding the landfill.

    Ever feel like your cubicle could inspire a new season of Hoarders: Office Edition? Know that "Spring Cleaning" is a thing, but feel distinctly unmotivated to do anything about it? We at RoadRunner HQ were equally disinclined to clean house. That is, until we were introduced to "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," and decided to apply our resident garbologist's green lens to the motivational 'KonMarie' method. Read on for our 'waste not, want not' approach, and how to become a minimalist without feeding the landfill.  

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