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Presentation 2017 King's College

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Presentation for Global Landscapes Conference at King's College. Breaking Boundaries and Creating Connections for Innovation, Sustainability and Growth

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Presentation 2017 King's College

  1. 1.  PA’s 1st Benefit Corporation ~ a new legal entity type to create a positive impact on society and the environment 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 Give & Take Days…all items FREE! Check out www.mcearthday.org
  2. 2.  Give & Take Days, annually since 2009
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. We 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.
  5. 5.  There are thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like. ~ Nigel Marsh
  6. 6. We can change society's definition of success away from the simplistic notion that the person with the most money when he dies wins, to a more thoughtful and balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like. Collect experiences, not things… Remove the excess that is holding you back, remove the debt, free to do work you actually care about. Path to security, path to happiness. 1) sell or donate your “stuff” 2) pay off your debt 3) do what you love
  7. 7. < = > Less = More (Happiness)
  8. 8. Tiny House Living Benefits: 1. Less stuff/clutter 2. Less time cleaning 3. More savings/money to enjoy life! 4. Higher quality of Life, work less 5. Lower carbon footprint, less materials 6. Less expensive to build/heat/maintain 7. Easily moves for travel/job relocation 8. Can help reduce poverty/homeslessness
  9. 9.  Consumption is a big problem, but design is the best solution.  Waste is really a DESIGN FLAW!  “The best waste-management plan is the waste you don’t create.” ~ Nicholas Esposito ~ Zero Waste/Litter for NFL Draft in Philly, estimated 200,000 people attending  The goal of “zero waste” will involve donating leftover food, recycling, and composting.
  10. 10.  Living meaningful lives…passionate & purpose-driven ~ is where you find happiness…  Minimalism ~ buy less, buy quality things that last…  Find your purpose, your passion…
  11. 11.  “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” ~ Vernon Howard
  12. 12. According to the EPA, the waste materials generated in the US annually:  Plastics - 30 million tons of plastic waste (nearly 60 billion pounds). Only 9% of plastic waste was recycled in 2013  Glass – 13.2 million tons of glass, about 22 % recycled  Tires – 300 million tires in the US, 12 million in Pennsylvania alone.
  13. 13. Humans make products that do not break down, creating problems throughout the world on land and sea for generations to come.
  14. 14. Source: Closed Loop Fund
  15. 15.  About 91% of the total plastic waste generated was landfilled, littered, incinerated or finds its way into our oceans…  Only 9% was recovered for recycling…  Source: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/plastics.htm
  16. 16.  How can you make something disposable that's indestructible? Photo: Midway Journey
  17. 17. Plastics kill 1.5 million marine animals each year ~ litter finds it way to our oceans
  18. 18. Plastic Waste
  19. 19. …can be turned into Plastic Livestock Posts
  20. 20.  It is hard to increase the quantity of recycled raw material without compromising quality. (Single Stream)
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. Glass Waste
  23. 23. The Process of Glass Recycling
  24. 24. …can be turned into a sparkling landscape glass walkway or used in a gas fire pit
  25. 25. This is where we came from…
  26. 26. This is the progress we’ve made:
  27. 27. We can do the same with plastics…
  28. 28. Waste tires can be turned into playground surfacing, horse footing, rubber timbers & tiles…
  29. 29. Here’s the Solution:
  30. 30.  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.
  31. 31. In your lifetime there are ~50 yrs of oil left for gasoline, heating, plastics, tires, much more… Question: Will we be forced to mine landfills for raw materials? Video ~ America's National Wonder: Plastic!?
  32. 32. 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.
  33. 33. According to NRDC Report “More Jobs, Less Pollution” report shows that a 75 percent national recycling rate would create nearly 2.3 million jobs. The US recycles about 35% now… Jobs in:  Recycling Industries: MURF’s ~ collection and processing of recyclables to make them available for use  Reuse and Remanufacturing Industries: new recycled products  Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/11/recycling-create-23- million-jobs-according-nrdc-report/
  34. 34.  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)
  35. 35. 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.
  36. 36. Leave less of a footprint on the earth…
  37. 37. Favorite quotes:  You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ~Jane Goodall  Plastics, like diamonds, are forever! ~ Capt. Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation  If only they made a pesticide for litterbugs! ~ Monroe County,~ Monroe County, PA Beautification OrganizationPA Beautification Organization
  38. 38. www.closetheloop.com rita.lacey@closetheloop.com 570.629.8414 Thank you! Rita Lacey

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