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  • Coal’s demise and the mess that’s left

    Calvin Frost || May 20, 2016
    In my last column I wrote about the opportunities to convert to “green energy,” the demise of the coal industry, and the explosion of the use of wood pellets as feedstock in commercial boilers. I seem to have struck a chord, as I’ve…

  • Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Dear Santa (Bill Gates)

    Calvin Frost || November 20, 2015
    Dear Bill Gates, Merry Christmas and here’s hoping you have many more. I just finished reading your interview with James Bennett in The Atlantic. Pretty lofty comments and at times a bit casual (and cavalier), at least that was my take.&n…

  • Getting over the Green Fence

    Calvin Frost || October 13, 2015
    I received a note from a reader about my last column on carbon cycle, climate change and super bugs. He reminded me that “fire” is in many ways analogous to the devastation caused by the pine bark beetle.  He’s right!  Dro…

  • 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…

  • Coke gets it

    Coke gets it

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor || September 13, 2013
    I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the items that I come across during my readings. Beach reading? Not quite, but I call this “summer” column a potpourri of information. I’ll return to my normal messages and ruminat…

  • 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…

  • The burden of bioplastics

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor || November 29, 2012
    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…

  • Skanem turns waste liner into hand towels

    January 23, 2007
    Skanem turns waste liner into hand towels A pioneering waste disposal project to turn discarded release liners into paper hand towels in India has begun. It follows cooperation between Skanem, a large European group of self-adhesive label converters…

  • Why environmentally benign adhesives?

    September 8, 2005
    The first and simplest answer is, of course, that I write under the name "Letters from the Earth."  (Has anyone figured that out?)! Second, most of us are from the industry and are pretty familiar with adhesives.  At least we think we are.&…