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Rethinking Waste: New Life to Old Fire Hoses

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Fundamentally, waste doesn’t have to exist. It is simply a matter of rethinking of the item as a resource and find new uses for the material. Today we got an interesting request – What to do with a city’s worth of old fire hoses. What an interesting and fun challenge. Feel free to add your thoughts.

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LEDs In Chandelier Result In 1700% ROI

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LEDs in chandelier pays for itself in 2.6 months and represents a 92% cost savings. A $100 upfront expense saved $1716 over its 3.4 year lifespan. Case Study using LEDs in an apartment complex where the chandelier is operational 24/7 offering a breakdown of all the costs associated with energy, bulbs, and maintenance.

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Trust – Part IV: Corporate Social Responsibility

Part 4 of 4 in series on Trust and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) What are the implications of this model of trust in business? CSR? Sustainability? Leadership? PR?
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability are new for many companies. Corporations may be excellent at producing breakthroughs in pharmaceuticals or be masters in architectural design, yet have few skills in dealing with CSR. Where does this leave us with trusting them? How can a company’s CSR activity engender trust from the doubting public towards that business?

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Of Desserts and Styrofoam

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Cold-Pack EPS Cooler shipping packaging. An example of doing it right if you have to use EPS, along with resources for both recycling and alternatives to EPS coolers for shipping perishable goods.

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Rethinking Waste: Walmart Style

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Here are two Rethinking Waste stories that are worth sharing for their innovative efforts to close the loop and upcycle store waste. These were shown at the Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting – November 12, 2009 1) “The Secret Life of Walmart’s Deli Pizza Box” 2) Of Styrofoam, Workforce Rehabilitation, and Pictureframes: A great story of […]

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Trust – Part III: Build, Destroy, Restore

Part 3 of 4 series on Trust and Corporate Responsibility. In part 2 we introduced a Model of Trust. In this segment we explore how trust is formed, how it can be destroyed, and what can be done to restore trust. It concludes with a case study using the model to rebuild trust.

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Trust – Part II: What Is Trust?

In all of my client dealings as an executive coach and CSR consultant for nearly 20 years, trust has been at the core of leadership, relationships, and business success. Ironically, for all of its importance, trust is the one concept whose meaning people almost always assume and equally deeply misunderstand. For most people, trust is […]

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Trust – Part I: The Need for Trust

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Trust in Corporations? Trust in corporations is at an all-time low. For the past 10 years, Edelman has released an annual trust report and according to the 2009 Edelman Trust Barometer, U.S. respondents trust in corporations eroded to 38%, a 20 percentage point decline from 2008 numbers.  This means only a third of the public […]

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Rethinking Waste: Firehoses, Coffee Sacks, & CSR

Ran across another British firm rethinking industrial waste streams as supply streams. Eako is upcycling. They are taking condemned fire-hose and waste coffee sacks and creating belts (marrying them with reclaimed pewter), placemats, bags (lined with decommissioned office furniture textiles or scrap sail cloth), purses (made from hoses and optical bags), and wallets.

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Biomimicry Opportunity: Pollution Study via Energy Conserving Robotic Fish

Biomimicry in action. Looking toward nature to find new solutions for sustainability, design, systems. Scientists using shape, movement, and communication patterns to solve pollution discovery. How does nature approach similar business challenges that you have? How does nature use systems to find easier “cost effective” solutions? What are the opportunities for sustainability in biomimicry?

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