EPA

On Tuesday, December 29, the Natural Product Association (NPA) submitted comments regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) called “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals.” According to the summary, the rule proposes a “tailored, sector-specific set of regulations for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by healthcare facilities

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Baldor Specialty Foods, the largest importer and distributor of fresh produce and specialty foods in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region has announced on November 30, 2015 that it will be implementing an initiative whose goal it is to eliminate food waste.

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The carousel of progress has become a runaway train of waste. The question is, what can be done to stop it before it derails?

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climate change

Climate change is bringing with it extreme weather conditions with increased frequency of storms, fires, droughts and uncertain availability of water and other natural resources. As a result, supply chain disruptions will become more volatile and while cost will increase, availability of goods may decrease, or at the very least, become more sporadic and less dependable. Consumers will be affected in various ways, too.

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honey bee

Iowa City, IA—In conjunction with 36 industry partners, National Co+op Grocers (NCG), based here, made a donation of $64,425 to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Based in Portland, OR, the Society is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. The donation was officially made as part of National Co+op Grocers “Convergence” grocery and wellness conference held in St. Paul, MN.

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Denton, TX—A survey from Tetra Pak Inc., undertaken with the Global Footprint Network, showed that while consumers may not be completely aware of resource scarcity when making their purchasing choices, as education spreads, so does demand for sustainable packaging.

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Arlington, VA—Whole Foods Market has teamed up with PBS KIDS, based here, to provide a line of eco-friendly PBS KIDS-branded school supplies for the back-to-school season.

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Düsseldorf, Germany—A new study has shown that air pollution presents an independent risk factor for cognition and is not mediated by function.

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Sacramento, CA—Polystyrene, a plastic utilized in everything from yogurt containers to foam packaging, may soon be found on the list of known carcinogens maintained by California under Proposition 65.

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Parsippany, NJ—Earth Friendly Products, makers and manufacturers of over 150 green cleaning products, recently celebrated the grand opening of their new high-tech manufacturing facility on Earth Day.

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