UPS Leading The Charge On Efficient Packaging

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I ran across this a few days back from UPS. They’ve started an earth-friendly packaging program encouraging efficiency and conservation.

Through its Eco Responsible Packaging Program, a new contractually based service the company is calling the first of its kind, UPS will evaluate a customer’s shipment packaging processes in three key areas — damage prevention, right-sizing and packaging materials.

I haven’t researched whether any of other logistics companies have similar programs, but it appears UPS is taking the lead so far. Like Wal-Mart and IBM, they have a chance to carry the torch and set some standards. Bravo.

via greenbiz.com

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My Kind Of Supply Chain Visibility – IBM Forcing Suppliers To Become Sustainably Compliant

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Say what you want about the big corporate machines, but the fact is they set the agenda (too much at times) for many things. Industry standards, supply and demand, and of course best practices for things like sustainability. A company like IBM has a massive amount of buying power. If they pressure their supply chain, it will adjust.

IBM isn’t giving suppliers a deadline for compliance, but the company hopes that changes will be complete by 2011. And if suppliers don’t get on board, IBM will eventually take its business elsewhere. They won’t be able to hide from sustainability audits for long–now that both Wal-Mart and IBM are on board, it’s only a matter of time before other big companies start demanding the same things.

 

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Plenty Of Texas Sun For This: Solar Powered Battery Charger

I’m not sure who makes this, but it appears you can buy it at ecotopia’s UK site. With the Texas sun about to be in full force, this one might be on the summer wish list.
 
Via Envirogadget.
 
Ecotopia
The solar panel has been built into the lid of the device with the main body of the device to take the batteries requiring charging. The charger can be positioned at an angle due to its adjustable stand so the solar panels can take full advantage of any sunlight around.
 
 

Goats Instead of Lawn Crews

My wife and I were joking {sorta) this would be an interesting business to start on the side. I bet we’d make some friends just be eliminating the noise pollution alone. Go Google.
 
"The cost of bringing in the goats is comparable to hiring lawn mowers for the same job and the green benefits are clear: the goats eliminate mower emissions, reduce noise pollution, restore plant species and fertilize while grazing.
 

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Samsonite’s Solar Luggage Is A Sign Of Things To Come

Boy how I’d like to get my hands on one of these. Besides reducing power consumption, we can reduce the number of cords and adapters we have to lug around. And as Candace Lombardi writes, the cost of the technology enabling these applications is decreasing

One of the main things holding back small incorporable solar has been the cost. But with CIGS coming along further in terms of both efficiency and production cost compared to silicon solar cells, integrating flexible thin-film solar cells finally looks commercially viable.

CNET says data from Ascent Solar suggests the Samsonite products will ably keep power-hungry gadgets charged like media players and handheld navigators.
 

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Dear Hoteliers: Pedaling Hotel Guests Can Help Pay Your Electric Bill

How’s this for innovation in the hospitality sector? A Copenhagen hotel has hooked up iPhones to exercise bikes to deliver extra power. Brilliant.
 

"From next Monday, those staying at the 366-room Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers will be encouraged to head down to the gym to spend time on its new fleet of electricity-generating exercise bikes. The bikes have iPhones mounted on the handlebars which monitor how much power is being produced and fed into the mains supply of the hotel. Any guest producing 10 watt hours or more will be rewarded with a free meal."

 
 

 

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Chevy Volt Hits 40-mile Target On a Charge

Chevrolet has given us another good reason to cut our commutes. Freep published info from Chevy’s engineers that showed its long-awaited Volt could go 40 miles on an electrical charge. Now all you have to do is load the  app on your iPhone that finds the nearest EV charging station.

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GM has said the Volt will be able to travel about 40 miles on electricity alone. After 40 miles, a gasoline generator is to kick in to create power.

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