Close the Loop Presentation at King's College 4/15/14


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Close the Loop is an environmentally and socially focused company dedicated to reducing waste by offering US-made recycled plastic fencing/posts, glass mulch, rubber landscaping products (mulch, horse footing, landscape timbers, pavers), made from recycled waste tires, plastic milk jugs, glass bottles and other materials. The purpose of Close the Loop is to support the founding values of the company which are to reduce waste and plastic pollution by building markets and demand for recycled products and support our local community by organizing free give and take days, and website building workshops for unemployed and underemployed.

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Close the Loop Presentation at King's College 4/15/14

  1. 1. We only have one planet with finite resources, in nature there is no waste. Nature builds up & breaks down…every organism provides an environmental service during and after its life ~ we can do the same with humans to create a society in which there is also no waste.
  2. 2. We humans make products that do not break down, creating problems throughout the world on land and sea for generations to come.
  3. 3. Plastics kill 1.5 million marine animals each year ~ litter finds it way to our oceans
  4. 4.  PA’s 1st Benefit Corporation ~ a new legal entity type to create a positive impact on society and the environment ~ forgos maximizing profit to pursue public good, even when doing so cuts into revenue. The start of a new economy in Pennsylvania, one based on a triple bottom line: people, planet, purpose And you CAN do well by doing good! We offer: Free Website Building Workshops, for unemployed and underemployed to start their own small businesses, through a partnership with: Give & Take Days…all items FREE!
  5. 5.  Give & Take Days, annually since 2009
  6. 6. To truly “close the loop”, we need to do 3 things: 1) recycle our waste 2) make something new out of it 3) buy recycled
  7. 7. According to the EPA, the waste materials generated in the US annually:  Plastics - 30 million tons of plastic waste (nearly 60 billion pounds). Only 8% of plastic waste was recycled in 2006  Glass – 13.2 million tons of glass, about 22 % recycled  Tires – 300 million tires in the US, 12 million in Pennsylvania alone.
  8. 8. Plastic Waste
  9. 9.  How can you make something disposable that's indestructible? Photo: Midway Journey
  10. 10. Plastic Recycling in the USA 2008 Source: 2008 United States National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report
  11. 11. …can be turned into Plastic Wood Fencing
  12. 12. Of the Recycled Plastic Bottles Collected: Source: 2008 United States National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report Less than half of the PET (#1) collected goes to US manufacturers of recycled products, the majority goes overseas to China and other countries. In 2014, the Svendborg Maersk was struck by high wind and waves off the coast of France and lost more than 500 containers, now at the bottom of the ocean.
  13. 13. Glass Waste
  14. 14. The Process of Glass Recycling
  15. 15. …can be turned into a sparkling landscape glass walkway or used in a gas fire pit
  16. 16. This is where we came from…
  17. 17. This is the progress we’ve made:
  18. 18. Waste tires can be turned into playground surfacing, horse footing, rubber timbers & tiles…
  19. 19. Here’s the Solution:
  20. 20.  It takes 525 gallon-sized milk jugs to produce one 2-rail section of plastic post & rail fencing. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  It takes 100 tires to make 1 ton (2,000 lbs) of rubber mulch ~ enough to cover an average size home playground. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  It takes 4,000 beer bottles to make 1 ton (2,000 lbs ~ about 1 cubic yard) of glass mulch. It takes 100 beer bottles to make 1, 50 LB bag of glass mulch.
  21. 21. The Kardashev scale ~ Civilization’s ability to harness energy (Nikolai Kardashev, 1964)  Type I ~ harness all of a planet’s energy (according to Dr. Michio Kaku, we are at .7)  Type II ~ harness all of the energy from a star  Type III ~ harness all of the energy from a galaxy In your lifetime there are ~50 yrs of oil left for gasoline, heating, plastics, tires, much more…
  22. 22. Question: Will we be forced to mine landfills for raw materials? Video ~ America's National Wonder: Plastic!?
  23. 23. Areas of Green Opportunities:Areas of Green Opportunities: 1)1) Conserve, recycle, and efficiently use energyConserve, recycle, and efficiently use energy and materialsand materials 2)2) Use renewable & alternative sources of energyUse renewable & alternative sources of energy 3)3) Purchase materials with recycled contentPurchase materials with recycled content 4)4) Reduce the amount of waste we throw away.Reduce the amount of waste we throw away. 5)5) Encourage Extended Producer ResponsibilityEncourage Extended Producer Responsibility or enact legislation to require it.or enact legislation to require it.
  24. 24.  Design products with the end of life in mind… cradle to cradle, not cradle to grave (landfills). Focus for the future: waste = food (resources)Focus for the future: waste = food (resources)
  25. 25. Impacts of Buying US Made Recycled Products  Investing in American made products creates jobs  Sets a good example & helps our economy  Long-term economic and environmental benefits.  What better raw material to use than our waste materials transformed into a valuable resource ~ in nature there is no waste.
  26. 26. Leave less of a footprint on the earth…
  27. 27. Favorite quotes:  Waste is really a design flaw. ~ Kate Krebs, NRC  Plastics, like diamonds, are forever! - Capt. Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation  If only they made a pesticide for litterbugs! ~ Monroe~ Monroe County, PA Beautification OrganizationCounty, PA Beautification Organization  Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  28. 28. 570.629.8414 Thank you! Rita Lacey