One year ago, community leaders in Grassy Narrows, Ontario, declared a moratorium on industrial development and clearcut logging, citing the disruption it causes to their traditional way of life. Grassy Narrows is composed of several indigenous tribes who have long fought to protect the environmental sanctity of an area that is prime real estate for logging and paper mills. A year later, despite failing to achieve what was promised to be a "win-win" solution with the Canadian government, OfficeMax continues to log and sell paper in violation of the moratorium.
January 10, 2008
With Americans discarding around 150 million cellphones a year, the issue of cellphone obsolescence has weighed on the minds of environmentalists for years. Phones are made from a variety of materials, including metals and toxic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride, all of which come with an environmental impact when they're harvested and and disposed of. And while approximately 20 percent of the phones that fall into disuse in the United States are already reused or recycled, the E.P.A. would like to see that number get higher.
January 9, 2008
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
It's been more than two months since Clorox acquired Burt's Bees from the private equity firm AEA Investors, and with many loyal customers are still bristling at the news, CEO John Replogle has found himself in the position of having to defend both Burt's Bees and Clorox to consumers. Replogle says that Clorox appears to be serious about cleaning up its act, and has promised to make a blog post on the company's website in six months, updating his customers on whatever progress Clorox has or has not made.
January 7, 2008
If you follow green architecture and design or have ever read a corporate social responsibility report, you've no doubt heard of LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification is handed out by the U.S. Green Building Council, a 15-year old nonprofit founded to inspire some of America's larger builders to strive for environmentally friendly structures --- especially in the area of energy efficiency. But while there are certainly benefits to a LEED-inspired boom in green building, some are less than impressed.
December 31, 2007