Reusable Packaging To Reduce Waste

Reusable Packaging To Reduce Waste

With the growth of online ordering from companies such as Amazon, the amount of packaging waste has increased substantially.

Limeloop, a reusable packaging company, has estimated that approximately 165 billion packages are shipped each year in the United States.  This has placed a tremendous strain on waste management and recycling.  Not to mention the amount of materials used to produce the packaging.  For example, this translates to requiring approximately 1 billion trees to produce the cardboard for the packaging.

Limeloop has developed a a durable, lightweight, waterproof pouch that can be returned by the customer, and re-used for shipping as many as 2,000 times.  Limeloop’s initial market is the apparel industry.  But, the plan is to expand to larger packages in other industries.

This post is based on the Fast Company article, Can Online Retail Solve Its Packaging Problem?, by Adele Peters, April 20, 2018. Image source: Ralph125/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the benefits to reusable packaging?

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Apple: Clean Energy Leader

Apple: Clean Energy Leader

Apple is sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its facilities, including its headquarters in California, its data centers, and retail stores in 43 countries.

The sources of renewable energy are solar, wind, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro generation systems that use turbines in free-flowing waterways to supply clean energy.

In addition, 23 of its manufacturing partners will be producing Apple products with 100% clean energy.  In so doing, Apple establishes itself as the leader in 100% reliance on clean energy to power all production across its supply chain.

This post is based on the ABC News article, Apple’s headquarters, facilities now powered by 100 percent renewable energy, by Andrea Miller, April 12, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Ververidis Vasilis.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the significance of Apple’s effort in sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its facilities?

Guidance: Apple’s internal operations are sustainable; Apple is joining with other technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft in mitigating energy security, climate, and air pollution health issues associated with fossil fuels

2. What is the significance of Apple’s effort in having its manufacturing partners commit to producing Apple products with 100% clean energy?

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