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Pennsylvania Manufacturers Get Grants to Use Recyclables

Article: Pennsylvania Manufacturers Get Grants to Use Recyclables

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – Pennsylvania is making $1 million in grant funding available for manufacturers to buy equipment that increases use of recycled content in finished products. Grants of up to $500,000 are available to buy machinery or equipment that will increase consumption of recyclable materials recovered in Pennsylvania. Another $950,000 will…

Christmas Week: Using the Greenest Wrapping

Article: Christmas Week: Using the Greenest Wrapping

We generate 25 percent more trash during the holidays, and a large part of that can be attributed to the gifts we buy and ostentatiously wrap up before giving them away. Once given, you know how it usually goes: there’s the “Oh, what could it be?” stage followed by a moment of admiration and then…

Designer Spotlight: CJ O'Neill

Article: Designer Spotlight: CJ O'Neill

Reacting against our throwaway lifestyle, CJ O’Neill rejuvenates discarded objects (plates, in this case), creating unique pieces, adding to their stories, rekindling old memories and creating new ones, all while encouraging re-use of materials in innovative ways. This series of pieces (“Feeding Desire”, below and “Heart”, beneath that) draws inspiration from the cities of New…

Designer Spotlight: Contraforma’s MW Series

Article: Designer Spotlight: Contraforma’s MW Series

We like it when design tells a story. It’s one of the ways that we, as consumers, can make a more mindful connection to our stuff; when there’s something more to it than just a table you picked up at the mega-mall, you connect to that piece, and it gives you a reason to hold…

Green for Dummies: Recycling

Article: Green for Dummies: Recycling

Almost four decades ago, a US paper company wanted a symbol to communicate its products’ recycled content to its customers. The design competition they held was won by Gary Anderson, a young graphic designer from the University of Southern California. His entry, based on the Mobius strip, (a shape with only one side and no…