Being green is everyone’s responsibility
December 2, 2013
By Nathan Dahm
With Liberty High School’s renovations well underway, a question is presented: What efforts are being made to make Liberty a more sustainable place?
Liberty’s construction is planned around incorporating materials that will reduce the carbon footprint of the school. The installation of two green walls — used to reduce carbon emissions and make use of slightly polluted “grey” water — exemplify features aimed at making Liberty a more eco-friendly school. However, innovative design is not the only factor that contributes to sustainability. Nathan Dahm
Nathan Dahm Liberty High School
Although Liberty is already considered a more eco-friendly school than average, few students know about key things they could do to help reduce the school’s impact on the environment — an issue that “green teachers” are attempting to resolve.
“We have to have sustainable living if we’re going to continue to be on Earth,” social studies teacher Jessica Johnson said. “We’re trying to get the word out that [sustainability] is important.”
Composting food, and recycling batteries, ink cartridges, cellphones and various paper products are only a few of the programs Liberty offers. However, student awareness of the resources available is unfortunately still lacking.
“We want to make sustainability something that is beyond just an environmental or science issue,” science teacher Tracy Dennis said. “Building sustainable habits that are reasonable and make sense” are ways students can contribute.
Ultimately, the issue revolves around individual awareness, and the responsibility of his or her actions toward sustainability.
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Why would you want to use a remanufactured cartridge? Many think it will void your printers warranty (Not true! See the Magunson-Moss Act of 1975). By using a quality remanufactured ink cartridge you can save money on your printing costs. The Ink for Dummies brand is a great way to start using remanufactured printer ink. The other benefit of remanufactured ink and the Ink for Dummies brand is knowing you’re being environmentally friendly. Remanufactured ink decreases the amount of plastic and metal ending up in landfills. Cheap and environmentally friendly are great reasons to start using the Ink for Dummies brand today!
New Desktop Plastic Recycling Device Could Make 3D Printing More Planet-Friendly
By Jeff Spross on Jan 20, 2013 at 9:06 am
The Filabot. Photo by Whitney Trudo.
Over the last year or two 3D printing has enjoyed a boom of sorts, as the technology has decreased to a size and price that’s at least somewhat feasible for the average consumer or hobbyist. At the same time the cost of plastic filament — the raw material 3D printers heat and then deposit to fabricate objects — has kept use of the technology beyond the reach of most individuals.
But now there’s a new desktop system that not only has the potential to solve the cost-of-filament problem, but to also make 3D printing an ally in efforts to cut down on the average household’s plastic waste.
The Filabot was developed by an American college student, Tyler McNaney, who raised raised over three times his initial $10,000 goal with a Kickstarter campaign to get the project off the ground. Aficionados were paying $350 for the first-run version fo the device, which can transform most forms of household plastic waste into filament, as well as recycle failed 3D printing projects for another go-round.
Treehugger has the details:
The Filabot can turn most types of plastic into filament, including HDPE, LDPE, PET, ABS, PLA and NYLON-101. That means the machine can turn most plastic waste you might have around your house into a building material. Things like milk jugs, soda or water bottles, trays, plastic wraps, water pipes, luggage, packaging, biodegradable plastics and even Legos can become something new.
This also means that 3D printed projects gone wrong can also be fed into the Filabot to be made again, giving more room for trial and error without the fear of creating lots of plastic waste.
This system lets us imagine a future where we’re not only 3D printing replacements or repair parts for our things instead of throwing them away, but using waste plastic to in the process.
Filabot had a successful Kickstarter campaign last year where supporters paid $350 to get a first run version of these machines and the team is slowly working out kinks to get them out to public, though no official price has been released yet.
On the other side of the equation — moving 3D printers themselves into the realm of everyday devices Americans keep in their homes — MakerBot recently unveiled a 3D printer for the consumer market. Then Cubify did them one better, releasing a consumer printer that’s smaller, more aesthetic, and, arguably most important, cheaper.
To give a few examples of the scale of plastic waste problem: Only 10 percent of the 300 million tons of plastic produced globally each year is recycled. In the United States specifically, 31 million tons were produced in 2010, and only eight percent was recycled. 51 billion plastic bottles are used globally every year, while only one in five are recycled. And plastic bags and cigarettes make up 80 percent of marine litter, and plastic bag litter has become such a huge problem that country’s around the world are taxing or outright banning them.
In some ways, the problem may actually be worse in the developed world. For instance, while India’s official government does a poor job dealing with trash, an informal trash economy has sprung up that successfully recycles 56 to 70 percent of the country’s recyclable material. In Europe and the United States, the amount is closer to 30 percent.
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Jul 19, 2010
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. –After extensive research and testing Green Project, Inc. has remanufactured the Epson 98 and the Epson 99, which are compatible with the following printers: Epson Artisan 700, 710, and 800.
Green Project, Inc.’s goal when developing their inks and toners is to provide the same, if not better quality as OEM units while maintaining minimal productions costs. “It is no surprise that during these times consumers are seeking environmentally sound and cost saving alternatives,” said Joseph Wu, president. “The remanufactured Epsons were developed to meet OEM standards and be sold at a fraction of OEM costs; their print quality is flawless.”
Green Project, Inc. is a manufacturer and remanufacturer of inkjet and toner cartridges and provides a free from defect guarantee on all its products. The factory is ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 certified, with goals set to meet customer needs and standards.
This video is about an island in the ocean at 2000 km from any other coast line. Nobody lives, only birds and yet …………… You will not believe your eyes!!!!!!!
This film should be seen by the entire world, please don’t throw anything into the sea. Unbelievable, just look at the consequences!!!!!
February 22, 2013. By Jim Johnson
A bald eagle fighting for its life after being found shot at a Rhode Island landfill now has another hurdle.
A CT scan of the eagle has now discovered the bird also has a gunshot wound to the head in addition to previously discovered pellets in other parts of its body, the Providence Journal reported.
The bird was discovered injured and rescued last week at the Central landfill in Johnston, R.I. Veterinarians at Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island, where the bird is being treated, have named the bird Eleanor, the newspaper reported.
The bald eagle is receiving a steroid to reduce brain swelling, the newspaper said.
by Trey Granger
The U.S. EPA estimates that 40 percent of all waste is generated in the workplace. Photo: Amanda Wills, Earth911.com
For many of us, home recycling is a pretty easy process. Our city provides us with a recycling bin, and we have Earth911 to tell us what to put in it.
Plus, more programs now allow us to throw everything in one place, so you don’t even need to sort. This convenience can also make recycling outside of the home a challenge.
However, it’s important to remember the same reasons you recycle at home still apply at places like your job.
In fact, the U.S. EPA estimates that 40 percent of all waste is generated in the workplace, so your business could be doing a lot by recycling.
But where do you start when there’s no bin at your curb? This handy guide will break down the process for you, and have you recycling at the office in no time.
This is a two-part challenge because you need to know what waste is generated at your job, as well as what is accepted for recycling in your area.
For those who don’t feel like performing an office waste audit, just think about the products you purchase to know what needs to be disposed of.
If you’re in an office or a school, this probably includes paper and ink cartridges, while a factory might have more of a need for construction material and battery recycling and a retailer or restaurant could focus on packaging and organic waste. There are recycling solutions for all of these; you just need to know where to look.
The next step is to find a place for these materials. One easy option is to call the company that picks up your office garbage to see if it offers recycling service, which could also lower your hauling fees.
You can also look in the phone book under “Recycling” to find companies that specialize in what’s known as commercial recycling. If one company doesn’t accept what you want, ask if they know of a company that does.
Additionally, you can drop off the material at a recycling center, which will eliminate disposal costs and possibly make you money (hint: use Earth911 to find these centers).
When you partner with a hauling company, they will usually provide bins to put around the office. Otherwise, the state of California has put together a nice list of companies that specialize in manufacturing bins. You can also see if your recycling program expenses will qualify for a tax break for your business.
Designate a leader in the office to carry out the recycling program and keep things organized. Photo: Flickr/nick see
A successful program will have one person leading the charge, ideally someone who cares about recycling.
If you don’t have an office recycling coordinator, you will soon be left with material in the wrong bins or an expired hauling contract. This isn’t a full-time position, and can typically be handled with only a few hours of work per month.
Once you appoint a coordinator, have that person distribute recycling bins in high-traffic areas. It could be a kitchen or break room, near the copier, right at the entrance or all of the above. Just make sure your bins don’t block the flow of your business.
The next step is to label, both the bins themselves and the area around the bins. Write down exactly what should be put in each bin (e.g. “white office paper”) and any special instructions (e.g. “remove staples”) so you don’t end up with contamination.
It’s a nice touch to write the material accepted on the wall next to the bin, and send a company-wide e-mail with any changes. This will also help identify recycling to your custodial staff, who might otherwise mix it in with garbage.
The recycling coordinator may also need to transport material, whether it’s to one central location in the office for easy collection or to the recycling center. For this reason, it’s probably best to choose a recycling coordinator that doesn’t mind a little manual labor.
At this point, your program should be going pretty smoothly by recycling widely used materials. But what about materials that you don’t go through as often, such as electronics? Now it’s time to start planning events.
You can keep an extra bin in the storage room for the TBD recyclables, and then call a recycler that offers one-time pick-up.
But, since you’re likely going to get a whole truck coming to your office, why not fill the entire thing? Tell neighboring businesses ahead of time and ask them to bring in the same products, and let employees bring in things from home. The cost will be the same regardless, so you might as well get some good PR out of it.
Another way to share the wealth is to let others at work know the success of your program. People probably won’t think about the impact of throwing one aluminum can in the recycling bin, unless you ask your recycling company how much material was recycled by your organization and pass that along.
If nothing else, put one full bin on the scale and then send out an office memo saying, “Thanks to your participation, our company today diverted x pounds of waste from the landfill. Keep up the good work.” Little pieces of motivation can provide big dividends.
Hacienda Heights, CA (PRWEB) January 4, 2011
Fast-growing Green Project, an innovative and environmentally dedicated supplier of refurbished ink and toner cartridges, today announced a licensing agreement with brand icon John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Green Project, with support from Wiley, will launch its line of Inkjet and Toner Cartridges For Dummies at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Jan. 6, 2011. For Dummies® is a branded imprint of Wiley.
The new product line, available for use with all major inkjet printers, is designed to provide consumers with high-quality, cost-effective and environmentally conscious inkjetand toner cartridges. The products will be underscored by the familiar, trusted and easy-to-understand For Dummies brand offering, which includes memorable yellow and black packaging and the whimsical Dummies Man icon.
“Every year, millions of cartridges are dumped into our landfills and serve as major hazards to the environment,” said Joseph Wu, president of Green Project. “Together with Wiley, Green Project hopes to educate consumers, leveraging the power and recognition of the For Dummies brand, on the benefits of remanufactured cartridges, which make replacing ink cartridges easy, affordable and environmentally friendly.”
Green Project specializes in providing affordable, high-quality, recycled inkjet and toner cartridges. Paired with the For Dummies brand, Green Project will offer customers practical, how-to support and greater knowledge of the environmental benefits of the refurbished products. Green Project’s new offering will enable buyers to make eco-friendly selections backed by the ease and credibility of the nationally recognized For Dummies brand.
“The For Dummies brand has been publishing books on green environmental topics for years, as part of our commitment to enrich people’s lives by making knowledge accessible. Wiley is therefore pleased to work with Green Project on this remanufacturing program for ink and toner cartridges,” said Marc J. Mikulich, VP Brand Management & International Rights at Wiley.
Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges For Dummies are compatible with Canon, Dell, Brother, Lexmark and Hewlett Packard printers. The product line is expected to appear in national retail outlets in the first to second quarter of 2011.
The new For Dummies ink and toner products will debut Thursday, Jan. 6, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in the South Hall Upper Level and Connector #37002. For pricing and availability, interested buyers can contact Green Project at 626-961-2688 or info(at)greenproject(dot)com.
About Green Project, Inc.
Based in Hacienda Heights, Calif., Green Project Inc. is a fast-growing start-up that specializes in recycling ink and toner cartridges. The company provides products for all of the major manufacturers of inkjet printers, including inkjet cartridges and laser toners. The company has a strong environmental orientation and has chosen to focus on providing recycled products, thus saving the earth from further environmental harm caused by discarded inkjet cartridges and used ink. More information is available at http://www.greenprojectinc.com orhttp://www.inkfordummies.com.
About For Dummies®
After nearly 20 years and with more than 200 million copies printed, For Dummies is the world’s bestselling reference series, well known for enriching people’s lives by making knowledge accessible in a fun and easy way. Loyal customers around the globe agree that For Dummies is “more than a publishing phenomenon … [it is] a sign of the times,” [The New York Times]. The books span every section of the bookstore, covering topics from health to history, music to math, sports to self-help, technology to travel and more. The For Dummies brand presence is further expanded with the addition of eBooks, a corporate custom publishing program, a robust consumer website and a licensed product line that includes consumer electronics, culinary, crafts, video, software, musical instrument packs, home improvement, automotive, game and more. For more information, visit Dummies.com. For Dummies is a branded imprint of Wiley.
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 400 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.
Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb
You probably know that recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans is a great way to keep excess waste out of landfills and assist in the preservation of the environment. But did you know that when you use remanufactured inkjets and toner you can make an even greater positive impact on the environment? A single inkjet cartridge can use the same amount of plastic as 19 water bottles!
Millions of Toner Cartridges Are Thrown Away Each Year!
In Canada and the U.S. alone, approximately 300 million ink and toner cartridges are thrown away every year. And when you throw away an inkjet cartridge, left over ink is usually hanging out inside the cartridge. The leftover ink inside the plastic casing can leak out; over time, this ink can seep into the ground water and contaminate drinking water.
And the manufacturing process itself puts a heavy impact on our environment. A single toner cartridge requires up to 3.5 quarts of oil to be produced. That’s enough oil to drive a hybrid car over 50 miles.
Print with For Dummies
Despite your concerns for the environment, you probably still have to print things out on a regular basis. Your Nana wants you to put that picture of you and your brother into her photo album, you still have to turn in that term paper, and your boss has been waiting for a copy of your report for over a week now. So what can you do to protect the environment?
The For Dummies line of ink and toner products offer you an earth conscious way to print. The For Dummies line implements environmentally friendly manufacturing and re-manufacturing practices to ensure that we reduce the environmental impact when we produce the cartridge. And the For Dummies line offers a way for you to recycle the cartridge so that it can see another print cycle instead of the bottom of the landfill. Choose to recycle your inkjet and toner cartridges and choose to use remanufactured cartridges with For Dummies!