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  • The preposterous pipeline

    Calvin Frost || March 9, 2015
    Lester Brown will close the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) at the end of June. He will retire and EPI will cease to function as a global environmental think tank. I was sad to hear this but understand his rationale. Lester is 80 and good for him to rec…

  • Keep the change

    Calvin Frost || October 10, 2014
    Thursday at Labelexpo was a bit slower than Tuesday and Wednesday. It gave me a chance to walk the show and look for change, change that would affect our industry and make an impact. While Tuesday and Wednesday were exhilarating, it was a grueling 48…

  • Second chances

    Calvin Frost || September 9, 2014
    I was reading Dr. Seuss before I went to visit my friend Jack in the hospital. He had a terrible strain of pneumonia and nearly died. The staff at the hospital induced a coma for about two weeks. He lived with a respirator and a feeding tube during t…

  • Thunder and lignin

    Calvin Frost || July 21, 2014
    I just sent $50 to Friends of the Earth.  I don’t know how they found me but they did.  I suppose I’m on every “green” list in the world and most of the time the request for money falls on deaf ears. The messages are…

  • Going public

    Calvin Frost || April 15, 2014
    For the last month or so I’ve been caught between religion and safety culture.  I’m not sure why, but it’s happened (am I getting older?). I can’t seem to make them connect: one is so subjective and the other totally blac…

  • Safety first

    Calvin Frost || March 13, 2014
    I’ve always tried to develop a relevant analogy, a story line, when writing about complex topics. I try to “cozy” my way in, trying to get your attention. I believe it works. The trick, of course, is to find a thread, a theme which…

  • A complex relationship

    Calvin Frost || October 14, 2013
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (in Old English, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is the story of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage.  The Mariner stops a man who is on his way to a wedding and begins t…

  • Understanding balance

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor || July 17, 2013
    I don’t get it. British Petroleum (BP), causing one of the world’s most catastrophic ecological disasters in the Gulf of Mexico, is still trying to take the easy way out at their Whiting, Indiana refinery. This is the company that admitte…

  • Albert Schweitzer’s carbon footprint

    Calvin Frost || January 18, 2012
    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…

  • Waste or by-product?

    April 27, 2007
    During a recent AWA conference on release liners, Corey Reardon, principal of AWA, summarized the key factors affecting global demand for liners. His final slide was titled, "Threats". There were three: linerless labels, waste and alternative technol…