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Coca-Cola Refuses to Close Indian Plant Despite Local Water Shortage

Coca-Cola Refuses to Close Indian Plant Despite Local Water Shortage

When Coca-Cola commissioned the Energy and Resources Institute to test its water supply at a Rajasthan plant for pesticide residues in 2006, it probably wasn't expecting the organization to suggest that it shut down operations in the state over an unrelated issue. The water was found to meet government standards for purity — which doesn't explain why soda the plant produced in 2006 was found to have pesticide levels at 24 times the recommended limit — but a local water shortage means Coke's operations there pose a greater threat than just contaminated soda.

January 16, 2008

Harry Potter Publisher, Scholastic, Commits to Increased Green Paper

Harry Potter Publisher, Scholastic, Commits to Increased Green Paper

Children and youth genre publisher, Scholastic (bringing us the Harry Potter series), set the bar higher for publishers in announcing its intention to use more managed forest-certified and recycled paper in its books, magazines and fliers. The publishing giant also announced a new website, Scholastic’s Act Green—for educating kids on ecological, environmental and socially responsible issues. In 2007, the company stood out by printing the seventh Harry Potter book on post-consumer waste paper.

January 11, 2008

Canon Announces Three Categories of Green Branding and Products

Canon Announces Three Categories of Green Branding and Products

The consumer and business electronics giant Canon unveiled a 2008 plan for making its packaging and products more friendly to environment and buyers. Using the tag line “Generation Green”, Canon created three categories of marketing and product manufacturing practices intended to help consumers identify Canon as a green conscious company with a range of green goods and policies.

January 8, 2008

Baby Formula Cans Have Chemical That Causes Reproductive Problems

Baby Formula Cans Have Chemical That Causes Reproductive Problems

According to a new report, an epoxy resin that lines the cans of baby formula is present at an unsafe level and may later cause reproductive problems. The resin, Bisphenol A, is found in liquid-type formulas, such as Good Start, Similac and Enfamil (manufactured by Nestle, Ross-Abott and MeadJohnson).

January 1, 2008

The Sustainable Bike: Bamboo as the New Metal

The Sustainable Bike: Bamboo as the New Metal

With recreational and commute biking sprinting faster into public popularity, the option of a bamboo bike is future-retro appealing and very eco-friendly. They are available from a number of vendors at conventional prices. The first bamboo bikes were built back in the 1890’s.

December 30, 2007

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