Global Landscapes Conference 2014, Presentation by Close the Loop Company


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Global Landscapes Conference 2014, Presentation by Close the Loop Company

  1. 1. We only have one planet with finite resources Nature builds up & breaks down…
  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.  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!
  4. 4.  Give & Take Days, annually since 2009
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Plastic Waste
  8. 8. …can be turned into Plastic Wood Fencing
  9. 9. Plastic Recycling in the USA 2008 Source: 2008 United States National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Glass Waste
  12. 12. The Process of Glass Recycling
  13. 13. …can be turned into a sparkling landscape glass walkway or used in a gas fire pit
  14. 14. This is where we came from…
  15. 15. This is the progress we’ve made:
  16. 16. Waste tires can be turned into playground surfacing, horse footing, rubber timbers & tiles…
  17. 17. Here’s the Solution:
  18. 18.  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.
  19. 19. 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 petroleum left for gasoline, heating, plastics, tires, much more… Question: Will we be forced to mine landfills for raw materials?
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22.  Design products with the end of life in mind… cradle to cradle, not cradle to grave (landfills). Focus for the future:Focus for the future:
  23. 23. Leave less of a footprint on the earth…
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 570.629.8414 Thank you! Rita Lacey