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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, December 3, 2006

by webadmin last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:52 AM This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
Xerox turns to re-usable printer paper; SC Johnson joins European Charter in support of sustainability; Nike Ends Orders from Pakistani Company; UN meeting tackles toxic waste; UN meeting tackles toxic waste; Forest fragmentation hurts Amazon biodiversity; Biofuel markets hinge on biomass progress; Seattle’s recycling policy plays hardball with city’s refuseniks; Bioplastics Demand experiencing boom in Europe; Tax on packaging proposal slammed by industry body; European Eco-label awarded to UPM; Williams-Sonoma Achieves Significant Environmental Goal


Metafore - In Focus

Xerox turns to re-usable printer paper
Xerox has developed a technology that allows paper to be re-used, according to media reports.

The printer company has developed a system for producing 'transient' documents, where the image fades after 16 hours.

Last week Toshiba unveiled the B-SX8R printer that can erase and reprint on a single sheet.
The paper, developed by Xerox, is coated with a special light yellow tint.


SC Johnson joins European Charter in support of sustainability
From GreenBiz:
SC Johnson has joined the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance (A.I.S.E.), a European-based international association of companies in the soaps, detergents and maintenance products industry.

Accredited membership in the voluntary Charter program shows SC Johnson's commitment to applying sustainability thinking at every phase of the product life-cycle, starting with product design and continuing through manufacturing, use and disposal.

Read on…

Nike Ends Orders from Pakistani Company
Nike Inc. recently announced it is ending orders from a Pakistan-based supplier of hand-stitched soccer balls, Saga Sports, because of "significant" labor violations.

Nike said the decision to end its relationship with Saga followed a six-month investigation.


UN meeting tackles toxic waste
From Reuters:
Delegates from some 120 nations met in Kenya last week to tackle the growing global threat from hazardous waste including toxic chemicals, obsolete electronics and rust-bound ships and aircraft.

The main focus of five days of talks is the mounting problem of so-called "e-waste" -- obsolete computers, mobile telephones and televisions shipped mostly to the developing world, where many are dumped and burned at open air sites.

The full story…

Forest fragmentation hurts Amazon biodiversity
From Planet Ark:
Chopping up the dense forests of the Amazon lets hot winds blow in and around ancient trees, killing them off hundreds of years early, researchers reported on Monday.

Many species of trees, and other plants and animals that depend on them, are disappearing more quickly than most experts anticipated, William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and colleagues said.


Biofuel markets hinge on biomass progress
From PlanetArk:
The fast-expanding biofuels market could falter without significant progress in making fuel from biomass like plant stalks and wood chips, according to a report issued last week.

Keep reading…

Seattle’s recycling policy plays hardball with city’s refuseniks
From OregonLive:
For nearly a year, the city of Seattle has taken a get-tough attitude with its residents in an effort to get them to recycle more of their trash.

It appears to be working.

Under the program, residents are required to recycle glass, paper, cardboard, tin, aluminum and some plastics. If a trash can is set out for pick up containing more than 10 percent recyclable items, the hauler tags the can and leaves it full until the owner sorts out the recyclable items.


Bioplastics Demand experiencing boom in Europe
From Food Production Daily:
Demand for bioplastics in Europe has experienced its first boom this year leading to a need for more investments in the sector, says an industry organisation.

A survey conducted by the European Bioplastics association finds that demand has is up. Over the past five years packaging suppliers have been introducing various forms of biodegradable plastics made from a variety of plants, in the main corn, based on projections that consumers and recycling regulations will drive demand for environmentally-friendly packaging. Some companies are predicting that the market will grow by about 20 per cent a year.


Tax on packaging proposal slammed by industry body
From Food Production Daily:
An influential industry body has hit back at a call by environmental and consumer advocacy groups to put a tax on disposable and 'hard-to-recycle' packaging.

The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (Incpen), whose members include Tetra Pak, Coca Cola and Cadbury's, said research produced in favour of the tax was faulty and ignores major issues involved in packaging products.


European Eco-label awarded to UPM
From Packaging Essentials:
UPM has been awarded an EU Flower certificate for its magazine paper UPM Eco produced at Schongau paper mill, Germany. To receive the European eco-label, better known as EU Flower, paper producers must meet strict regulations set on emissions to water and air as well as reduce energy consumption. In addition, paper producers must meet a wide range of environmental and sustainable requirements. These include using recycled fibres or virgin wood fibres from sustainable managed forests.


Press Release
Williams-Sonoma Achieves Significant Environmental Goal
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) has announced it will begin sourcing, effective immediately, virtually all (in excess of 95 percent) of the paper used in the company's seven catalogs (Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, west elm and Williams-Sonoma Home) from sources certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). FSC certification ensures, through independent third-party audits, that Williams-Sonoma, Inc.'s catalog paper comes from well-managed forests that adhere to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will begin to display the FSC Mixed Sources label on its catalogs in early 2007.


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