Letters From The Earth


  • 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

  • Proactive or punkie?

    The wind blew very, very hard several weeks ago here in Chicago. After the storm I went out to see if there was any damage. Our yard was fine but a neighbor lost a huge maple tree, probably 75 to 85 years old. I went over to look at the damage and no…
    10.11.10

  • ...and not a drop to drink

    I have reflected during the last several weeks on the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, India, and China and wondered if there is so much rain and water how can we project global water shortages? This gave me pause to think about the Tag & Label M…
    08.27.10

  • Tax Shifting

    It is mid-June as I reflect on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded on April 22, killing 11 people. Notwithstanding the loss of life, about two million barrels of oil have contaminated the environment. As I wr…
    07.14.10

  • Waste = Energy

    This year in Barcelona, label guru Mike Fairley made a fascinating presentation at the FINAT Technical Conference. His talk had these focal points: the label industry and the environment, digital label printing, and brand production and authenticity.…
    05.07.10