• Make changes. Find rewards.

    Calvin Frost, Chairman of Channeled Resources Group || November 18, 2011
    Get past the charlatans and the naysayers, and discover that environmental changes and improvements come with benefits.

  • FAQ: 'BIO' explained

    October 4, 2011
    Defining greenhouse gases, bio-based and biodegradation

  • WTE: WTF?

    September 8, 2011
    Government confusion in waste-to-energy projects? Now there's a surprise.

  • Solid Waste + Action = Energy

    July 12, 2011
    Until we use what we have plenty of, we will not come close to reaching our renewable energy goals.

  • Chorus: A clean energy future

    May 24, 2011
    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…

  • Plant Safety: Who's in charge?

    April 11, 2011
    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…

  • Sincere change

    March 11, 2011
    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…

  • Better stewardship

    January 18, 2011
    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…

  • Zero is zero

    November 11, 2010
    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…

  • Proactive or punkie?

    October 11, 2010
    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…

  • ...and not a drop to drink

    August 27, 2010
    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…

  • Tax Shifting

    July 14, 2010
    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…

  • Waste = Energy

    May 7, 2010
    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.…

  • Industrial Pellets

    March 30, 2010
    In my March/April column I wrote about wood pellets. I explained that the caloric value of the pellet is much greater because you have densified the cellulose. You have created an energy source that approximates coal. This has been one of the reasons…

  • Got wood?

    March 15, 2010
    Before I begin a two part series on pellets for energy, I'd like to take one last parting shot at the black liquor funding paid to the paper industry in 2009. I promise, my last comment on the subject. The United States government paid out about $…