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5 Sustainability Headlines You May Have Missed

In the midst of a variety of news stories, it’s easy to have missed some of the smaller, more positive stories in the sustainability sector. Thankfully, this is where RoadRunner has you covered! In our latest blog post, we’re rounding up some of the latest sustainability news you should know and highlighting helpful takeaways from each article in hopes of inspiring your business to get involved as well!

 

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The Plastic Bag Conundrum: A Brief History and Where We Are Now

Dive into the post below to learn more about the history of the plastic bag, measures that are being taken to help eliminate this type of waste, how COVID-19 has impacted plastic bag usage, and tips for saving plastic bags.

 

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Plastic Free July Recap: What We Learned

Read our latest blog post as we recap the goals of Plastic Free July, how RoadRunner participated in this challenge, what we learned from members of our team on their plastic-free journey, and the tips we picked up along the way that can help your organization reduce plastics too!

 

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A Guide To Workplace Composting

Instead of letting scraps go to waste, businesses have the opportunity to compost their organics to create nutrient-rich, healthy soil. To give you the full run-down on composting, we’ve put together a guide that answers the most commonly asked composting questions and provides tips to help you get started right away. Read on to learn more!

  Did you know, the United States leads the world in food waste? Every year in the United States, the EPA estimates that approximately 31 percent (133 billion pounds) of the overall food supply is wasted. Instead of letting scraps go to waste, businesses have the opportunity to compost their organics to create nutrient-rich, healthy soil that businesses can use for their own agricultural purposes like animal feed or fertilizer, donate to another business, or recycle through composting. More than that, composting is a great approach for businesses that are looking for a sustainable way to save valuable resources, divert more waste from landfill, and reduce waste costs overall. To give you the full run-down on composting, we’ve put together a guide that answers the most commonly asked composting questions and provides tips to help you get started right away. Read on to learn more!

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Why It's Important To Break Down Cardboard Waste

Are you aware of the consequences that arise from not breaking down your cardboard for disposal? In this blog post, we've assembled a helpful resource that details why 'breaking it down' is important, how properly doing so could create a revenue source for businesses, as well as the best practices to leverage for your cardboard waste.

  In the United States and the European Union alone, around 80 percent of all products sold are packaged in cardboard. However, a shocking 850 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are thrown away annually in the United States. Even more surprising is that the EPA estimates that paper and cardboard materials represent the largest component of municipal solid waste.  If you're a business owner or manager, chances are you generate a lot of cardboard waste, and you understand the importance of recycling this material. But, are you aware of the consequences—especially in added costs—that arise from not breaking down your cardboard for disposal? In this blog post, we've assembled a helpful resource that details why 'breaking it down' is important, how properly doing so could create a revenue source for businesses, as well as the best practices to leverage for your cardboard waste.  Let us know what you think in the comment section below and feel free to share any of our resources from this post on social media if you found it helpful!

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6 Practices for an Eco-friendly Business Environment

Businesses have an excellent opportunity to focus on iterating on old ideas and introducing new practices to improve the health of their organization. Read our post to pick up tips for integrating environmentally-friendly practices into your business to help create a healthier environment while driving corporate success!

 

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5 Steps Businesses Can Take to Fight Climate Change

Businesses who make climate change a priority can prepare for what may come in the future and have a leg up on their competition who are not taking steps to address climate-related issues and risks. Read the post to learn more about the causes of climate change, how it impacts the planet, and what business can do about it.

 

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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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