Sustainability news & events

The Wharton School published a thoughtful article in February on the impact of going green to an organization’s bottom line. One of the conclusions: “While many top executives may be focused on the big picture of improving a corporation’s environmental record, front-line managers need new incentives to take actions because they are usually judged on their quarterly results.”

Interested in buying “green power?” Then check out the information on this Environmental Protection Agency Web page www.epa.gov/greenpower.

WEA Corporation, the U.S. sales and distribution company of Warner Music Group, announced that all of its standard CD and DVD products in the United States will use ecologically-enhanced paper packaging by the end of March. Some of the important requirements for the new paper include the use of post-consumer recycled fibers, no virgin fibers harvested from any endangered forest, and a prohibition against paper manufactured with pulping caustic that contains mercury. Stora Enso provides the coded paper stock.

The French plastics packaging and film industries trade association CSEMP announced an increase of 2.4% in sales in 2006 to€5.375bn and slightly greater volume growth of 2.6% to 2.047m tons in 2006. Bioplastics play an increasingly important role, but CSEMP says that margins must improve so that both large and small companies can continue to invest in developing these new technologies.

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