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Rose Booker of the Environmental Protection Agency jumped on the Newsdesk to talk about the regulatory body's "Flip Your Fridge" campaign and how retailers can get involved.
In the first six months of 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported that renewables accounted for nearly 70% of new capacity. GTM Research anticipates the US solar industry alone will deploy 1 gigawatt of new projects each month through the end of 2016. The continued proliferation of solar power creates an opportunity to evolve the…
D&H Distributing has sold millions of energy-efficient products in the last five years
Apple is beginning to take the environmental concerns of many politicians, organizations and activists more seriously, as evidenced by the hiring of former EPA chief Lisa Jackson. Apple has been very conscious of its environmental footprint for several years now, ensuring customers during product introductions that Macs and iOS device are BPA, arsenic, and mercury free.
Apple makes sure to let the public know that it understands the consequences of what can happen if these materials are misused. This is becoming increasingly important, especially because the company is bringing some of its manufacturing
Whether you're comparing restaurant menus while sitting in the park or turning on the air-conditioner before getting home, life is becoming increasingly mobile thanks to smartphones and tablets. And with new apps appearing constantly, the possibilities for this kind of connected living could be endless - if only the batteries lasted long enough.
Now, a range of solar technology companies are offering small, portable chargers and accessory cases that provide power on the go. Some are on the market already, while others are still in development.
Best Buy reached a new high for recycling last year, as the retailer collected 173 million pounds of unwanted appliances and electronics. In-store electronics recycling collections have been growing at a 20 percent annual clip for several years, said Leo Raudys, the retailer's senior director for environmental stability.
"About half of the weight we collect is TVs, and most of that is still the old tube TVs," Raudys said. "So there's quite a bit more out there than you would imagine. About 30 percent of the rest of the weight is computer monitors.
Staples has agreed to work with one of the most environmentally progressive electronic-waste recycling groups to handle gadgets from both the company and consumers when those devices die.
The retail giant announced a deal Monday, Earth Day, to use recyclers certified by e-Stewards, a program set up by the Seattle-based environmental group, the Basel Action Network, to handle materials collected from its free technology recycling program at more than 1,500 stores nationally. The company will also use e-Stewards-certified recyclers to handle electronic waste from its own internal operations.