Category Archives: Manufacturing and Sustainability

Zero Net Impact Growth – Radical Oxymoron or Critical Survival Strategy for Business

It is a paradox.  You can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet.  Yet, we’re stuck in a  global economic model that continuously drives us toward growth. Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis Meadows told us this 40 years ago in … Continue reading

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What is the connection between Plan-Do-Check-Act, ISO 14001 and Social Responsibility?

How is your “integrated thinking” cap working?  This Winter, Sandra Tavares and Stephen Boles, course leaders for SLC’s ISO 26000 course introduced an interesting perspective on connecting the plan-do-check-act cycle, ISO 14001 and social responsibility through the “Sustainability Wheel” a tool … Continue reading

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WWF 2012 Report – Can you believe we are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide?

According to the 2012 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report, we are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide, and unless we change course that number will grow very fast – by 2030, even two planets will … Continue reading

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‘Uncomfortable (environmental) Targets’ Necessary – Unilever’s CEO has message for governments

Can governments learn something from business?  I think that Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever  could  teach a thing or two to certain governments who hold the future of my children in their hands.  If the key messages in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report … Continue reading

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Sustainability Strategy – a luxury or competitive advantage?

Joseph Schumpeter was an Austrian-American economist who likened capitalism to a  “perennial gale of creative destruction”.  It’s funny how many economists did not / do not like Capitalism, but that is a discussion for another day.  Last week the Schumpeter … Continue reading

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Toxics Reduction Planning Saves Company $ 675,000

The “mythical” sustainability sweet spot does exist. While many companies raise concerns about the recently enacted Toxics Reduction Act and regulations, other companies see the opportunity to take a “multimedia” approach to reduction that leads to big savings on the bottom line. Continue reading

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