GreenYes Digest V97 #117

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GreenYes Digest Fri, 23 May 97 Volume 97 : Issue 117

Today's Topics:
best zero waste practices for beer
Case histories
Manufacturers Responsibility
my zero waste speech to Waste Expo '97
Recycle in ascii=20
Zero Waste down under

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Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 09:49:05 -0400 From: "Blair Pollock" <> Subject: best zero waste practices for beer

while in Freisland, Netherlands in 1995 I saw the Heiniken tanker pull up to a bar, unroll his hose and pump that beer right into the bar's barrels. This was adjoining the Hotel Water Sport in Heeg, Netherlands. No data, just the facts.


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 15:42:36 -0400 (EDT) From: (Michele Raymond) Subject: Case histories

Dear list members:

We have many case histories on waste reduction in the Transportation Packaging & Environment report, ifthat is of any help. Samples and table of contents are on the web site at I also have my paper on producer responsibility posted, and the full release on the State Recycling Laws Update Year-End Edition.

Good luck. Michele Raymond Raymond Communications 301/345-4237 Fax 345 4768


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 13:21:32 -0400 (EDT) From: Subject: Manufacturers Responsibility

An added thought on manufacturer responsibility: The point is to get all= the costs of a product into the product's price, so that those who use each particular product pay the particular costs of using that product, including the costs of managing whatever is leftover after the product has been used. At present we pay for product leftovers in a big glob, either as garbage or as recyclables. In the latter case even when they are source separated, there still remain wide differences in actual costs of handling one type of recyclable versus another, i.e., mixed containers contain glass, metal and plastic containers. That means we as product users do not get an unequivocally clear signal in either the product's price or on our leftovers management bill about the costs of each product's leftovers. It also means that all of us pay a sort of average amount for leftovers costs regardless= of our individual awareness and individual purchasing decisions. (Moderated to some extent in those places where those who throw out less pay less. But still a pound or cubic foot of used up cadmium batteries has the same leftover costs as a pound or cubic foot of broken glass.)

Thus, the idea of moving leftovers costs into each product's price in some way or another. And that's the point of manufacturers responsibility. Give the leftovers management responsibility to the producers of products and they'll have to put the cost of leftovers management into the price of their products. Simple in concept, but administratively difficult to implement in many cases. =20

Yet complex implementation issues could be more creatively discussed and perhaps solved if producers quite avoiding the issue. Of course, producers of products which might suffer competitively if their products included leftovers costs are likely to be most vociferous and resistant to this idea. Dare I mention one or two examples - pvc plastics and chlorine bleached paper products.

Jeffrey Morris Sound Resource Management =20


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 09:02:34 +0000 From: David Stephenson <> Subject: my zero waste speech to Waste Expo '97

To: Green Yes From: David Stephenson (D.Stephenson@stephenson Re: my speech to Waste Expo '97

phone contact: David Stephenson (508) 359-0155 For Release: Tuesday, May 20, 1997 STEPHENSON STRATEGIES


ATLANTA (May 20, 1997) --- Extranets, nanotechnology, leasing and other new products, materials and marketing strategies will combine to produce a dynamic economy eliminating wastes while increasing profits, consultant David Stephenson, of Stephenson Strategies, predicted Tuesday.=20 Speaking at Waste Expo '97, Stephenson said "this inld pation-based, interdependent and sustainable 'Natural Economy' will no longer look at nature as a source of raw materials to use once and discard, but as an abundant source of profitable ideas to mimic. The result will be both prosperity and environmentally protection." =20 As indicators of the "Natural Economy," Stephenson cited current innovations in Georgia: =95 two Georgia Tech research projects that shrink product size and the amount of materials used: "micro-air" scout planes so small they could be carried in one hand and producing chemical reactions on the molecular scale, as nature does.

=95 Interface Carpet's "EverGreen=99 Lease," giving the company economic incentive to take back old carpets and recycle them, while assuring customers of clean, attractive carpets.

He said the "Natural Economy" is based on principles that have governed natural processes for 4.5 billion years, yet are new as tomorrow: =95 Create variety by recombining basic elements: "mass customization" will give customers exactly what they want while cutting inventory and packaging and eliminating waste caused by mass producers' inability to predict demand.

=95 Temper competition with cooperation: facilitated by extranets, companies will co-evolve, continuously fostering each others' evolution. Instantaneous data sharing, cooperative planning, and electronic billing possible with extranets will finally bring about the "paperless office."=20

=95 Close the loop: "Eco-industrial parks," where one company's wastes become another's raw materials, are under development in several states.=20 =09 Stephenson told waste disposal companies attending the conference that, in the zero-waste economy, they can actually increase profits and become regarded as strategic partners by their clients by adding new consulting services to help clients identify waste and profitable ways to eliminate it. "Waste equals inefficiency. You are ideally situated to help clients find this waste and eliminate it -- and they will pay well for the advice!"=20 Stephenson Strategies offers consulting services, workshops and seminars helping companies find profitable inspiration in nature and making environmental innovation a competitive advantage, and posts weekly strategic environmental tips on its web site, <http//>.=20 Contact: W. David Stephenson=20 (508) 359-0155 **************************************************************************** ********* W. DAVID STEPHENSON STEPHENSON STRATEGIES our mission: to help businesses find profitable inspiration in nature weekly strategic environmental tips: <> (508) 359-0155 | | (508) 359-6310 (fax) 335 Main St., Medfield*, MA 02052-2045 environmental strategy | communications | crisis management | future scenarios member of the SmithOBrien management group *located in the Charles River Watershed Bioregion


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 00:47:40 -0600 From: Horizons School <> Subject: Recycle in ascii=20

Dear friends,

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Thought the folks on this list might appreciate this piece of ascii art I found in my mailbox. I got this from Ron Stanchfield in New York. To be honest, I don't keep up with even a fraction of the lists I'm on and tend to delete GreenYes unread out of sheer overwhelm. I'm still excited that you folks are doing this work.

Bill Sheehan, please keep me informed about how I can interact with the 0% by 2020 campaign locally without staying current with another email list. Others are welcome to communicate with me by personal mail. As soon as I can figure out how to, I'll probably unsubscribe from the GRN list.

-- Hugh


Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 14:06:59 -0400 (EDT) From: Subject: Zero Waste down under

FYI - Some insight into the Australian Zero Waste activities, from Gerry Gilespie, speaker coming to CRRA Conference 6/1-4 in Monterey, CA. For more info on Conference, call 408-655-3209 or email back.

From: To: Date: 97-05-19 21:45:10 EDT

Marty, Thanks for the response. I was speaking to the people in New Zealand yesterday. They are very=20 well positioned to advance even faster than we are here. There is a=20 businessman in NZ who wants to become directly involved because he=20 sees the opportunities in changing the way we do business. He is=20 intending coming over here for discussions,=20 I think he has the intention of making NZ the first full country in=20 the world to accept "Zero Waste" as a government policy. Personally, I don't care where it starts, as long as it does. If a=20 small country like NZ adopts it as policy and moves in that direction= =20 other countries will follow. I do hope to discuss with yourself and others the possibility of=20 establishing an international support group and beyond. Unfortunately I can't send you much more. Our document, your ideas,=20 the NZ ideas and the writings of people such as your Paul Hawken and=20 our collective abilities is all we have at the moment. It makes your conference all the more exciting because it will be the= =20 first time we manage to bring it all together. Personally, I think our progress is unstoppable. I think it was Albert Einstein who said: "Nothing is as powerful as an= =20 idea whose time has come." Looking foward to it. Kindest regards, Gerard.


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