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 PA’s 1st
Benefit Corporation ~ a new legal entity type to create a positive
impact on society and the environment
The st...
 Give & Take Days, annually since 2009
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
We only have one planet with finite resources, in nature there is no waste.
Nature builds up & breaks down…every organism ...
Every man, woman and child would eat
adequately, clothe and shelter themselves
comfortably, if there were a greater sharin...
Tiny House
Living Benefits:
1. Less stuff/clutter
2. Less time cleaning
3. More savings/money to enjoy life!
4. Higher qua...
 Consumption is the biggest problem, but
design is the best solution.
 Waste is really a DESIGN FLAW!
Humans make products that do not break down, creating problems
throughout the world on land and sea for generations to com...
According to the EPA, the waste materials
generated in the US annually:
 Plastics - 30 million tons of plastic waste (nea...
Source: Closed Loop Fund
 About 91% of the total plastic waste generated was landfilled,
littered, incinerated or finds its way into our oceans…
...
 How can you
make something
disposable that's
indestructible?
Photo:
Midway Journey
Plastics kill 1.5
million marine
animals each
year ~ litter
finds it way to
our oceans
Plastic Waste
…can be turned into
Plastic Livestock Posts
 It is hard to increase the quantity of
recycled raw material without
compromising quality. (Single Stream)
Of the Recycled
Plastic Bottles Collected:
Source: 2008 United States National Post-Consumer Plastics
Bottle Recycling Rep...
Glass Waste
The Process of
Glass Recycling
…can be turned
into a sparkling
landscape glass
walkway or used in
a gas fire pit
This is where we came from…
This is the progress
we’ve made:
We can do the same with plastics…
Waste tires can be turned
into playground surfacing,
horse footing, rubber
timbers & tiles…
Here’s the
Solution:
 It takes 525 gallon-sized milk jugs to
produce one 2-rail section of plastic post
& rail fencing.
______________________...
In your lifetime there are ~50 yrs of oil left for
gasoline, heating, plastics, tires, much more…
Question:
Will we be for...
Areas of Green Opportunities:Areas of Green Opportunities:
1)1) Conserve, recycle, and efficiently use energyConserve, rec...
According to NRDC Report
“More Jobs, Less Pollution” report shows that a 75 percent
national recycling rate would create n...
 Design products with the end of life in mind…
cradle to cradle, not cradle to grave (landfills).
Focus for the future: w...
Impacts of Buying
US Made Recycled Products
 Investing in American made products creates jobs
 Sets a good example & hel...
Leave less of a footprint on the earth…
Favorite quotes:
 Waste is really a design flaw. ~ Kate Krebs, NRC
 Plastics, like diamonds, are forever! - Capt. Charle...
www.closetheloop.com
rita.lacey@closetheloop.com
570.629.8414
Thank you!
Rita Lacey
Presentation at King's College Global Landscapes Conference, by Close the Loop Company
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This presentation is for the King's College Global Landscapes Conference 2016, an Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. Conference Theme: The Art of Good Governance: Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency, held April 20-21, 2016. Rita Lacey is Founder and President of Close the Loop Company, Pennsylvania’s 1st Benefit Corporation. In 2015, she has was awarded the Rose Schoch Award for environmental education. She was also awarded the Dept. of Interior’s “Take Pride in America” award for outstanding business at the White House in 2011.

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Presentation at King's College Global Landscapes Conference, by Close the Loop Company

  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 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.
  5. 5. Every man, woman and child would eat adequately, clothe and shelter themselves comfortably, if there were a greater sharing of wealth in all parts of the world. Jane Goodall: I would like to - without causing any pain or suffering - reduce the number of people on the planet because there's too many of us. Our planet has finite resources, and we're using them up. That will mean so much suffering in the future. They don’t realize that 10 children in rural Tanzania will use less natural resources in a year than one middle class American child. Quote sources: Gandhi’s Significance for Today, The Elusive Legacy Jane Goodall: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marianne-schnall/exclusive-interview- with_b_479894.html
  6. 6. 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/homelessness
  7. 7.  Consumption is the biggest problem, but design is the best solution.  Waste is really a DESIGN FLAW!
  8. 8. Humans make products that do not break down, creating problems throughout the world on land and sea for generations to come.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Source: Closed Loop Fund
  11. 11.  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
  12. 12.  How can you make something disposable that's indestructible? Photo: Midway Journey
  13. 13. Plastics kill 1.5 million marine animals each year ~ litter finds it way to our oceans
  14. 14. Plastic Waste
  15. 15. …can be turned into Plastic Livestock Posts
  16. 16.  It is hard to increase the quantity of recycled raw material without compromising quality. (Single Stream)
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. Glass Waste
  19. 19. The Process of Glass Recycling
  20. 20. …can be turned into a sparkling landscape glass walkway or used in a gas fire pit
  21. 21. This is where we came from…
  22. 22. This is the progress we’ve made:
  23. 23. We can do the same with plastics…
  24. 24. Waste tires can be turned into playground surfacing, horse footing, rubber timbers & tiles…
  25. 25. Here’s the Solution:
  26. 26.  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.
  27. 27. 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!?
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. 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/
  30. 30.  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)
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. Leave less of a footprint on the earth…
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. www.closetheloop.com rita.lacey@closetheloop.com 570.629.8414 Thank you! Rita Lacey

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