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  • Feb
    22
    2015

    The environmental benefits of LED lighting

    By: Christina Quint
    Piyush Bakshi MultiBrief January 30, 2015   Light bulbs that use LED technology not only bring down your energy bills but are also more environmentally friendly when compared to incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Both the manufacture and use of LED bulbs causes less damage to the environment than the other two alternatives.   For starters, a 6-to-8-watt LED bulb, with a light output of 800 lumens, will last for 50,000 hours. In comparison, incandescent bulbs last 1,200 hours and consume 60 watts, while CFLs last for 8,000 hours and use 13-15 watts.   LED bulbs consume...
  • Feb
    20
    2015

    That Takeout Coffee Cup May Be Messing With Your Hormones

    By: HHI Admin
    Mariah Blake December 2014 Mother Jones   Most people know that some plastics additives, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may be harmful to their health. But an upcoming study in the journal Environmental Health finds that entire classes of plastics—including the type commonly referred to as styrofoam and a type used in many baby products—may wreak havoc on your hormones regardless of what additives are in them.   The study's authors tested 14 different BPA-free plastic resins, the raw materials used to make plastic products, and found that four of them released chemicals that mimic the female...
  • Feb
    19
    2015

    Sustainability becomes trendy in pharmaceuticals

    By: HHI Admin
    Healthcare Packaging  Michelle Maskaly, Editorial Director February 19, 2015   Sustainability and pharmaceutical packaging are not words you usually hear in the same sentence.   But, that is starting to change, as experts say buzzwords like this, as well as, recyclability, renewal, biodegradable, are coming up much more frequently during client meetings.   "We have unique requirements and a lot of them buck the trend of green packaging," explained Keith Bailey, Regional Sales Manager, at Dividella during an International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering session at PACK EXPO East in...
  • Feb
    18
    2015

    Kaiser Permanente Makes Major Wind and Solar Energy Purchases

    By: HHI Admin
    February 18, 2015   Concerned about climate change and its threat to human health, Kaiser Permanente today said it will purchase enough renewable energy to provide half of the electricity it uses in California and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 30 percent. Greenhouse gas emissions are a known contributor to climate change and the rise of pollution and disease. In 2012, Kaiser Permanente adopted a national sustainable energy policy and launched an ambitious strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020 (compared to 2008 levels).   Already a leading...
  • Feb
    17
    2015

    UNH Research: Flame Retardants Found to Cause Metabolic, Liver Problems

    By: HHI Admin
    Tony Schinella  February 16, 2015  Patch.com   Chemicals used as synthetic flame retardants that are found in common household items such as couches, carpet padding, and electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems that can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major cause of obesity, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.   The research was conducted by Gale Carey, professor of nutrition, and is funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Carey and her team of researchers found that...
  • Feb
    16
    2015

    Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

    By: HHI Admin
    John Hamilton February 16, 2015 NPR   BPA-free isn't good enough anymore if you're trying to sell plastic sippy cups, water bottles and food containers.   The new standard may be "EA-free," which means free of not only BPA, short for bisphenol A, but also free of other chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen.   At least that's the suggestion of a recent legal battle between a chemical company and an academic scientist with business interests in the plastics industry. The proceedings offer a glimpse of the struggle for the hearts and minds of consumers concerned about the safety of plastics...
  • Feb
    12
    2015

    Gundersen Health System wins Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award

    By: HHI Admin
    Gundersen Envision February 12, 2015   RENEW Wisconsin presented Gundersen Health System with the Energy-Independence Enterprise of the Year Award at its recent RENEW Energy Policy Summit held in Madison, WI.   The award is given for outstanding leadership and effective implementation of a corporate campaign to greatly reduce fossil fuel use by a large healthcare network spanning three states and 19 counties.   Six years in the making, Gundersen's significant investments in conservation, co-generation and local clean power in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa now offset 100% of the energy...
  • Feb
    11
    2015

    Hospital Water Prices Expected to Continue Ascent

    By: HHI Admin
    Paul Barr H&HN February 11, 2015   Once a little-noticed part of a hospital’s overhead, water costs are getting more attention in parts of the country.   Hospital managers increasingly are looking at ways to minimize the rising cost of water and sewage services. Once a little-noticed part of a hospital’s overhead, water costs are getting more attention in some parts of the country. “We are seeing a trend where water utilities [prices] are increasing,” says John Ebers, associate director for facility engagement and manager of energy programs for Practice GreenHealth, a sustainability-...
  • Feb
    11
    2015

    We could end up with 'as much plastic in our oceans as fish'

    By: HHI Admin
    The Guardian   A failure to address the mountains of waste in the developing world will result in as much plastic in our oceans as fish, the head of Ocean Conservancy has warned.   Andreas Merkl, CEO of the Washington-based environmental NGO, said the combination in the developing world of a burgeoning middle class and low recycling rates will lead to an exponential rise in the amount of plastic washed out to sea.   If governments and the private sector fail to solve this problem, “we end up with an ocean that has an amount of plastic that’s in the same order of magnitude as the amount of...
  • Feb
    5
    2015

    Recycling And Waste-Reduction: US Food And Beverage Companies Come Up 'Significantly Short'

    By: HHI Admin
    Maria Gallucci International Business Times January 29, 2015   Sit down at a Starbucks coffee shop, and chances are your tall nonfat latte will come in a disposable paper cup, not a reusable mug. Order a salad at McDonald’s, and your leafy greens will likely arrive in a nonrecyclable black plastic container. Despite years of well-touted sustainability efforts, U.S. fast-food chains continue to send millions of pounds of packaging straight to the landfill -- not recycling plants, a new report by major environmental groups found.   Beverage companies and grocery stores are similarly failing to...

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