waste

Material Mix Offers Sustainable Materials Management Solution

Learning to cut the amount of waste in our manufacturing and production cycles can have a huge impact on the sustainability of both individual businesses and our limited common resources, and implementing a sustainable materials management solution is one viable method of not only reducing costs, but also using resources more wisely. According to Material …

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Dumb Mailing Moves That Hurt the Environment

We all want to talk about big, grand ideas for saving the environment. How about taking small, incremental steps like, say, not mailing big huge, bulky packages to the wrong people? I was browsing an industry discussion group recently and the the co-owner of an interactive marketing firm — you know, one of those creative, …

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Mass Customization’s Role in a Sustainable Economy

Mass production has been used since the industrial revolution as a means of creating large quantities of standardized products. It has many advantages over one-at-a-time production. It reduces coast and provide interchangeable parts.  Its disadvantages are that it can over produce and it dehumanizes labor. Mass production will often continue to build inventory in spite …

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Wal-Mart Canada Launches Styrofoam Recycling Initiative

Styrofoam (or polystyrene) is nasty stuff: it lasts forever, can leach chemicals (especially when heated), and is really, really difficult to recycle. Wal-Mart Canada is launching an effort to address that last issue by partnering with Grace Canada (a division of W.R. Grace & Co.) to reuse styrofoam waste from packaging in the production of …

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