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  • A circular economy, ‘a better future’

    Calvin Frost || November 14, 2016
    Thomas Jefferson said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Anne Gaasbeek of Pré Consultancy in the Netherlands echoes much the same in an article in the Public Affairs section of a FINAT publicati…

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    Calvin Frost || September 7, 2016
    Since my last column on Lester Brown’s The Great Transition, I’ve had a number of emails from readers reminding me that some of the transitions to renewables have slowed down because of availability of cheap natural gas. They’re abs…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Music, nature and measurement

    Calvin Frost || January 23, 2013
    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…

  • Painting by numbers

    March 3, 2006
    When we were children we were exposed to visual stimuli of all types. As we grew, we captured much of what we saw in the world around us and committed it to memory. As we developed still further, we found that we could transfer many of these memories…

  • 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.&…