Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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September 11th, 2014
6:20
 

There has been a lot of discussion about eco-friendly packaging.  Part of the challenge is making it durable enough for transport, safe enough that it won’t affect the contents, and bio-degradable or otherwise recyclable.  Kind of a tall order, isn’t it?  Plus you want any package to be reasonably attractive to catch a buyer’s eye and make them drool over your product from the outside, before they actually use it, right?

Here are some notes from various sources about the ways that packaging is becoming more ‘green’- and the why’s behind this trend.  Maybe you have some ideas of your own that you can bring to market and make a contribution in helping to cut down on landfill…links for the companies are within each article – perhaps your new career lies with one of these corporations!

“Consumers are increasingly expecting eco-friendly packaging, says SIG Combibloc, as it sets ‘ambitious targets’ to reduce its environmental impact”

EcoShield, an environmentally friendly moisture barrier paper

“Pack The Future 2014” Award goes to Promens

Cartons are most eco-friendly packaging

AstraPouch introduces 750ml soft packaging solution

Promoting Eco-friendly Physical Distribution and Packaging

The eco-container by Murata Packaging Co., Ltd.

The eco-container by Murata Packaging Co., Ltd.

 

And here’s an article about packaging problems you’ll want to avoid repeating…

Good product, bad package: top sustainable packaging mistakes

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September 3rd, 2014
6:09
 

Wearable TRASH???  It’s a growing trend and fundraising opp across the globe.  Ecology minded fashion: re-purposing discarded items to create unusual and often strikingly elegant wearables.  They’re certainly one of a kind! 

Recycling + trash reduction = dollars and FUN!!!  Check it out!!!

Trash Fashion

Strolling in ‘treasures’ reclaimed from the beach and ocean. Gives new meaning to the phrase “you clean up pretty good”!!

New Zealand Recycled Fashion Show

NYC Trashion Fashion Show

Long Beach CA Aquarium Show

Haute Trash across the US

Trash to Treasure in the UK

Students and adults are getting creative with ‘found’ items… what a chance to be inventive and do something SMART for the planet!

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The thought of making my own TOYS has a real appeal to the inner kid I’ve never left far behind.  Although, I’m not sure I am thrilled with the idea that these creations have a ‘shelf-life’ of two days or so.  According to the interviewee, Nicholas Liverman (co-Founder of Old World Laboratories), that’s about the length of the attention span for his own children before they move on to something else (can you say landfill, boys and girls?).  Custom Toys

Of greater value, this creative outlet has applications in the education sphere.  Increasing affordability of 3-D printers may allow for them to be available in more classroom settings!  Imagine the possibilities for the children in lower income settings to have actual hands-on experience with materials that have never been available to them before…

 

TEACHING IN 3-D

 

“3D printing allows for more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available to education institutions, including animal anatomies and toxic materials. The exploration of 3D printing, from design to production, as well as demonstrations and participatory access, can open up new possibilities for learning activities.”

 

How will you apply 3-D production of goods/services to your current work to bring about great changes for a Smarter Planet??

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August 23rd, 2014
8:59
 

As we all droop from the heat of summer in America, it’s a depressing thought to imagine that water shortages could spell an end to making lemonade or running thru the sprinkler on your lawn or hanging out at a pool or beach with your friends or biting into a sweet juicy peach grown by a local farmer (all particularly summer-y type activities that are generally associated with the U.S.).  But it may not be as far fetched as one might suppose -  and it may have a financial repercussions worldwide, too!

Since 2011 companies have spent more than $84bn worldwide to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to data from Global Water Intelligence, regulatory disclosures and executive interviews with the Financial Times.

 

Please take some time to check out the article by Pilita Clark linked below .  Admittedly, it’s a lengthy read, but absolutely fascinating (and slightly terrifying!) in the details about the many areas of the globe that have already begun preparations in hopes of staving off the worst effects of the ‘evaporation’ of this most precious commodity.

 

A WORLD WITHOUT WATER

 

Continents

(P.S. Note her mention of Coca-Cola and their project with World Wildlife Fund – I talked about their work in my blog post on June 27th. Here’s another chance to click on the panda to explore different career paths for yourself)

WWF logo

 

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If you are a resident of the European Union (EU), here’s a chance for you to make money while finding out if candy is really dandy!  Take a look at the job posting (also linked in the article below from Time online).

Cambridge Is Looking for a PhD Student to Study Chocolate

However, you will be needing more than a love of chocolate to secure this experimental post.

Interested chocoholics will also need a good university degree, a background in engineering and physics as well as a record of scientific experimentation. Good maths and extensive experience of studying soft solids are also on the tick list for potential candidates. [from The Telegraph: Cambridge University seeks sweet­toothed student for chocolate PhD]

 

And from the Cambridge News: Cambridge University is looking for a sweet-toothed PhD student to work on a project aimed at inventing a heat-resistant chocolate bar.

 

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