BfG News Issue 8 - Eco Innovations

08 Jan 2008|Added Value

  Coffee Compost – rather than throwing the nitrogen-rich spent coffee grounds into landfills, global chain Starbucks has found a greener solution by giving it away to consumers with gardens. Grounds are packaged in reused coffee bags and sealed with simple directions for using them in the garden or compost pile, where they can help improve soil quality. So less waste to landfills, a benefit for consumers and their gardens, and a warm and fuzzy green image for Starbucks – win win.

  New Year’s Resolution? – change the world 9 to 5. This little book has 50 tasks that you can do at work to affect change. You can do some alone, others require the co-operation of fellow employees. For example, share lunch, drink fairtrade coffee, get off the tube one stop early, praise someone, share a book, practise good manners, start a carpool, recycle waste paper, don’t staple (one less staple a day saves 120 tons of steel a year), spread the word, support small businesses and say thank you. Written by We are What We Do, a movement that strives to “inspire people to use their everyday actions to change the world.

 Solar Charged – the Voltaic solar bags contain mobile solar power generators designed to charge virtually all handheld electronics. Coming in Spring ’08, the new Voltaic Generator is powerful enough to charge laptop computers.  And if that’s not enough eco credentials – Voltaic bags use fabrics made from recycled PET (plastic bottles) – stimulating demand for recycled materials.

 Wonder Tablitz – a line of household cleaners & deodorizers just launched in the US feature specially formulated cleaning tablets that allow consumers to use their own tap water and reuse the original dispenser, reducing the use of plastic packaging by over 66% and an overall lower production carbon footprint to boot.

  The AJXX3Nike is set to release the 23rd version of its popular shoe, the Air Jordan, at the end of January. The first shoe in the company’s history designed to reduce waste and incorporate environmentally friendly materials. Nike have developed an innovative new system of interlocking panels which replaces the need for toxic glue, the sole is made from recycled rubber from the production of other shoes whilst recycled polyester is used for the lining.  Says Nike’s Bob Applegate  “Our challenge to ourselves was to take our most iconic product with high performance characteristics and highest design standard, and make it more sustainable.”

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