Letters From The Earth


  • Pressure Sensitive | Substrates | Sustainability

    What the Frack?

    I’d like to spend 24 hours with Susan Brantley and Anna Meyendorff.  Susan is a “distinguished” professor of Geosciences and Director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania University.  She is als…
    Calvin Frost 04.10.13

  • Healthy relationships

    It is probably more difficult to affect culture change than develop a meaningful relationship. Let me try to explain. I was thinking about health and safety (and health insurance) and wondered if “relationships,” internal and external, ar…
    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor 03.13.13

  • Music, nature and measurement

    Dave Brubeck died. Many of you may not know him. Many of you may not recognize his sound, his music. Those who knew him and listened to his sound realize he was a genius. In my view, he was as creative and innovative as the three B’s: Bach, Bra…
    Calvin Frost 01.23.13

  • The burden of bioplastics

    Alexander Watson Associates (AWA) has just completed its first edition of the Pressure Sensitive Label Waste Management Report. It’s a summary of where waste is generated in our supply chain, the complexity of logistics and packaging, and the d…
    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor 11.29.12

  • Do you believe?

    Since I’ve been writing this column I’ve tried to follow a schedule of topics that I believe are important and interesting to our industry. I create the schedule late in the fall and as the year progresses gather information on a topic in…
    Calvin Frost 10.09.12

  • The air conditioning conundrum

    The air conditioning conundrum

    I really don’t like to read newspapers, particularly American newspapers and British tabloids.  They contain so much junk and sleaze.  I just can’t stand them. But, when I travel I am a devotee of the International Herald Tribun…
    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor 09.01.12

  • The tip of the iceberg

    The tip of the iceberg

    I went to school with Olaf Palme. Not literally.  He was a few years ahead of me.  But, I was there, ten years later, when he was invited to give a commencement address. This was in the late 50s or early 60s, I can’t quite remember. W…
    Calvin Frost 07.10.12

  • Safety first

    Safety first

    Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy gave a message to Congress about protecting consumer interests:  “The march of technology, affecting, for example, the foods we eat, the medicines we take, and the many appliances we use in our homes, ha…
    Calvin Frost 05.22.12

  • Balance, harmony and change

    Balance, harmony and change

    In my last column I touched on carbon footprint.
    Calvin Frost 04.19.12

  • Changing habits

    I got a little flak from my last column on carbon footprint, particularly from my friend CD. He is relentless in his conviction that global warming is a claim and nothing else. He peppers me with very compelling arguments that refute claims that clim…
    Calvin Frost 03.08.12

  • Albert Schweitzer’s carbon footprint

    Alan Gates came to town.  Wow, what a message.  And, it was so apropos to my thoughts for this column. Alan introduced his Sunday morning message with a story about Albert Schweitzer. For those who don’t remember, Schweitzer was a wri…
    Calvin Frost 01.18.12

  • Make changes. Find rewards.

    Get past the charlatans and the naysayers, and discover that environmental changes and improvements come with benefits.
    Calvin Frost, Chairman of Channeled Resources Group 11.18.11

  • FAQ: 'BIO' explained

    Defining greenhouse gases, bio-based and biodegradation
    10.04.11

  • WTE: WTF?

    Government confusion in waste-to-energy projects? Now there's a surprise.
    09.08.11

  • Solid Waste + Action = Energy

    Until we use what we have plenty of, we will not come close to reaching our renewable energy goals.
    07.12.11

  • Chorus: A clean energy future

    Tai Chi Quang is a Chinese form of mental and physical exercise. It can become an esoteric spirituality. At its highest level, the practitioner can cause a kinetic energy that acts as a continuum uniting body and mind. There have been reports that th…
    05.24.11

  • Plant Safety: Who's in charge?

    I was reminded recently by a reader that over the years I have tended to focus on the "E" of Environment, Health and Safety. I admit to that preoccupation. After all, the brand owner is our customer and is driving us to be focused on stewar…
    04.11.11

  • Sincere change

    Why do we change? Why do we change our habits or routines? Do we make changes in our businesses because of legislation or regulation? Do we make personal, at-home changes because of peer pressure? Do we make a change for economic reasons, e.g., if I…
    03.11.11

  • Better stewardship

    Did you know that 2011 is the year of the rabbit? In the Chinese calendar, if you were born in the year of the rabbit you are elegant, worship beauty, and carry messages of mercy to all with whom you have contact. I don't know about you, but the…
    01.18.11

  • Zero is zero

    Our industry has become a more responsible steward of the environment during 2010. Further, it is exciting to see some of the changes that bring improvement to important parts of the supply chain. It is also disappointing to read that others still ha…
    11.11.10