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Shame on Apple for Its Decision to Be Less Green

July 11th, 2012 No comments

Apple chooses to take several products off the EPEAT registry

Editor’s comment: In less than 48 hours after this report and others like it, Apple reversed this decision and has decided to re-join the EPEAT standard system. Thank you to all the green activists out there to help Apple make this decision.

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Austin, Texas Apple’s recent removal from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry has sent shock waves through the green community.

According to an article in ReadWrite Web.com, “Apple devices have become increasingly difficult to take apart for service and recycling. The company has removed 39 of its products from a global registry of environmentally friendly devices. The move may prevent the company’s hardware from being purchased by a wide variety of customers – including the U.S. federal government.”

Apple has chosen to be less environmentally friendly as a business decision.

ReadWriteWeb.com speculates that “.. it may be about another kind of green: the kind on dollar bills. By preventing Apple devices from being easily disassembled for repair, the company encourages more participation in its AppleCare support program, which includes global repair coverage, and AppleCare+, which includes repair and replacement coverage.

Either way, it gets more people coming in to Apple’s support program, through its retail stores or authorized repair partners, rather than self-repairs – which generate less or even no additional revenue for the company.”

Corporate leaders such as Apple should do more to increase its recycling rate and to enforce green standards by its vendors- not less.

People should be outraged and question this company about why it has taken these less green-friendly stance.

Perhaps this will create an opportunity for Dell, Samsung and HP to leapfrog Apple by coming out with more eco-friendly versions of their devices.

That will open them up to more government business and to thise more environmentally savvy.

Choosing to be less green as a business model. Shame on Apple.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Green Marketing: It’s Time to Better Explain Your “Green-ness”

April 11th, 2011 No comments

We have all seen the copy on products:

Green-Friendly…. Recyclable …. Made with 30% Less Plastic …. Eco-Friendly

Ad Nauseum.

Consumers are getting both confused and de-sensitized to green labels.

It is time to take the leap and carefully explain in more detail why your product is truly green. This will help to differentiate your company from those that do greenwashing, which sets the entire green movement back each time it is abused.

Use a hang tag, label, decal or product insert to describe how your manufacturing process is carbon neutral. Use a QR-code to take customers to a special landing page with video and details of just how your product is sustainable, organic, biodegradable, energy-efficient, etc.

Describe the process of biodegradation that will occur in the biodegradable bag or bottle– with both images and text. Also detail how they need to dispose of the product to get it to degrade.

Show how your product is made from recycled materials–with pictures of before, during and after production.  A picture is worth a thousand words.

Offer ways to take the product back at the end of its life cycle to make the product carbon neutral.

Show pictures of your plant or building and describe how your company and its employees are working to reduce your carbon footprint.  Show your recycling area, show your energy efficient equipment, take pictures of the hybrid cars in your parking lot.  Show that you care. People want to see this.

A recent MarketingProfs article points out several examples of companies who are using marketing tactics to educate consumers on how to reduce the life-cycle impacts of the products they purchase, such as  “A Care Tag For Our Planet”.  This was created as a campaign partnership between Levi Strauss & Co. and Goodwill designed to teach consumers how to care for and dispose of their jeans in a more sustainable way. Can you partner your product with another to extend its lifecycle or to help with its disposal (or re-use)?

Let’s take the time as green marketers to educate consumers about what makes a product green.

It is up to us to create this awareness, so a few bad apples do not set the entire green movement back a decade.

Let’s take time to give a serious review to all our marketing material, our advertising, our websites, our social media, etc. to see how we can better explain our products and its impact on the planet.

Who is with me on this?

Let’s make Every Day Earth Day.

Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and recycled promotional products, has worked to help plant over 25 million trees through his live tree seedling gift program over the past dozen years. His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.


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eBay Making It Cool to Reuse Shipping Boxes

September 20th, 2010 No comments

reuse corrugated boxesKudos to eBay for introducing its shipper box that is supposed to be reused, sent from eBay seller to buyers, and then sent further along, until the end of its useful life.

Made of 100% FSC-certified and recycled material, it is designed to use minimal tape and to be able to withstand multiple use.

Hopefully these stylish bozes will become a status symbol for eBay members, and help to encourage reusing of boxes to other industries, especially any company in the mail order business. Perhaps Amazon, Dell, Lands’ End, Apple and other large-volume shippers will create their own boxes to encourage reuse, rather than recycling.

“Our company been reusing boxes since 1986,and have heard favorable feedback from our customers”, says Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions. He continues. “Several companes have a kraft-colored spray paint that can be used to mask over old labels and scuff marks– rendering these reused boxes as good as new”.

For companies that are going green or are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, small changes like reusing boxes and other shipping supplies, go a long way and show your clients that you are “walking the walk”. Perhaps companies can include a decal or insert sheet (both made of recycled material) ecplaining why reused boxes are being sent out – and to encourage the recipients to do the same. Think of the number of trees that can be saved if every company made it their goal to reuse their shipping boxes at least one time.

Remember, going green is a state of mind– and small changes can begin at the top, as well as in the shipping department.

Help make Every Day Earth Day.
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Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and environmentally-friendly promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive eco-friendly advertising specialty search, featuring over 250,000 eco promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at EcoMarketingSolutions.com and comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.

Too Many Green Labeling Choices Means Greater Confusion for Consumers

September 8th, 2010 No comments

Simplify green certificationIt has been reported that ULC Standards has acquired TerraChoice, the managers of Canada’s EcoLogo program.  This consolidation might make it easier for consumers to differentiate between green claims—so as to compare apples to apples.

Currently, the EcoLogo program covers more than 7,000 products in 80 categories—with 70 different standards.

Simplicity is the key to any certification and for ease of understanding.  Until we get to just a handful of green certifications and labels, manufacturers will continue their greenwashing claims and obfuscate their actual compliance to green initiatives.

An educated consumer is the greatest weapon against false claims, but too many labels will make the entire process into a joke.  How about a grading system- A through F—like used in most schools.  You can add a plus or minus beside the grade to help draw more attention to detail, if so desired. But it would be a simple system that would work for most comparisons.

Here’s to simplicity.. and a greener tomorrow, today.

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Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and environmentally-friendly promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive eco-friendly advertising specialty search, featuring over 250,000 eco promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green.  The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at EcoMarketingSolutions.com and comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.

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FTC to Offer Tighter Guidelines on Green Marketing

August 24th, 2010 No comments

FTC to help prevent greenwashing with new guidelinesAccording to an article in Advertising Age, the Federal Trade Commission is planning to introduce a  new set of so-called Green Guides that are used by the FTC to guide enforcement of existing laws. They are the first environmental-marketing guidelines in 12 years and could radically reshape how far marketers can go in painting their products, packaging or even corporate images green.

These guidelines should help to clarify terms that are used by many manufacturers and retailers to promote sustainability.

Currently there are nearly 300 different Green Seals of Approvals used to grade a products “level of eco-friendliness”, and these guidelines will help to clarify these terms and definitions for consumers once and for all.

This can help to render much of today’s green washing claims obsolete.   However, as with any new rules and guidelines, it is important that the American consumer learns to read the labels and to understand these labels.  However, after a recent trip down the candy, cookie, soft drink and cereal aisles of my local grocery store last week proved, just because labels are out there, doesn’t mean anybody will be reading them or paying attention to them.  Sugar, fructose, corn syrup and other sweeteners are still high on the ingredient list of many of these products, and they are still selling quite well.

Let’s hope the public takes the time to learn these new guidelines — and supports those companies that are helping to make a difference to make the planet greener.

Let’s make every day, Earth Day.

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Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and environmentally-friendly promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive eco-friendly advertising specialty search, featuring over 250,000 eco promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green.  The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at EcoMarketingSolutions.com and comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.

Starbucks’ Awards Winner of Contest for Reducing Paper Waste and Consumption

August 16th, 2010 No comments

EcoMarketingSolutions.com offers hundreds of custom printed biodegradable coffee cups The winner of a competition sponsored by Starbucks to gather ideas for reducing non-recyclable paper cup use isn’t even a cup at all, but a concept for encouraging customers to bring their own cups for possible free drinks.

The top four winners of their contest are all excellent ideas to reduce paper consumption, but only one was a reusable or biodegradable cup.

“We’re very interested in looking at the winning ideas and many of the other submitted ideas as we develop new solutions to reduce cup waste,” said Elise Chisholm, Starbucks spokesperson. “We haven’t yet had a chance to determine specific action plans. Increasing adoption of reusable cups – including travel tumblers and our own ceramic serveware – is definitely an important part of the equation for us.”

The Betacup competition offered a total of $20,000 for ideas that could eliminate paper cup consumption. Starbucks sponsored it as part of its efforts to only offer reusable or recyclable cups by 2015.

The winning idea was the Karma Cup, a simple concept for putting a chalkboard by the register at a coffee shop, having customers that use reusable cups make a mark on the board, and then giving a free coffee to every 10th customer that uses a reusable. This is a fun and creative idea – but be sure to move back toward the end of the line once you see the 10th person get their reward.

The three honorable mentions were: Read more…

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New Eco Index Developed by Outdoor Industry Association

August 9th, 2010 No comments

Eco Index will help establish new green metrics for manufacturersAs companies are becoming more green, the next phase is trying to quantify exactly how much energy is being used in the processing, manufacturing and distribution of their products.

A new tool developed by the outdoor gear industry hopes to simplify the comparisons of “eco-friendliness” and to help companies understand what goes into their products and then improve any stage, from sourcing raw materials to recycling clothing.

The Eco Index, a project of the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Eco Working Group, is being launched this week at the Outdoor Retailer trade show for beta testing is intended for a range of products, from clothes to backpacks to camp stoves.

“It helps you identify the holes in the sustainability of your product and the impact your product is having,” said Beth Jensen, OIA’s corporate responsibility manager.

According to GreenBiz.com, the version of the Eco Index being released isn’t complete, but the OIA wanted to get a version out and in use so it can gather feedback and tweak it if necessary as it finishes up the rest of the Eco Index.

From Guidelines to Facts and Figures

The Eco Index, a web-based tool, has three levels, Jensen said, which are guidelines, indicators and metrics. The guidelines are just what they sound like, guidelines for how companies can be more conscious and sustainable when making products. Read more…

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Proven Strategies for Gaining More Green Customers

July 27th, 2010 No comments

Tips for Attracting More Green BuyersAmerican citizens are becoming more worried with the environment. The growth in this number is evident in the 1.4 million members and supporters of the most popular and oldest non-profit green organization, Sierra Club. With greater number of people making their residences more energy efficient, driving cars which are consume less fuel, recycling waste materials and purchasing environment friendly products, this trend has led to a substantial increase in the number of self-sufficient companies on Main Street selling to green consumers.

Small businesses selling green products have become a growing business community. At the same time businesses dealing in general products are increasing the percentage of green products they are offering.

Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, says his company, which produces custom printed eco-friendly products for retail, has seen a record number of retailers increasing their product mix to include green products. He states, “Last year, we had many retailers, both small and independent accounts, as well as major national chains, begin to increase the number of recycled and biodegradable items in their product mix and planograms. From recycled tote bags to biodegradable and reusable drinkware—insulated tumblers, stainless steel bottles and ceramic mugs, we saw a 36% increase in same store sales to these accounts.”

The following information is designed to enable local companies to recognize green opportunities and to better market to the green consumer.

How to Identify the Green Consumer?

While the truth remains that all green consumers are not the same, knowledge of a few of traits they have in common will enable businesses to make a more careful study of the market for eco-friendly products and services.
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Green Economy Improving, According to Industry Survey

July 19th, 2010 1 comment

Growth inthe green economy has shown a steady growth rateBudgets and hiring in corporate environmental departments are on the rise. Those are core findings of the twice-annual “Green and the Economy” survey, conducted by GreenBiz Intelligence. While the overall economy still seems shaky, corporate environmental and sustainability departments seem to be on much more solid ground.

One big finding of this mid-year 2010 survey is that “the economic downturn is no longer driving most large companies’ environmental strategy”. That means environmental initiatives are being driven more on the basis of strategic business decisions, as they should be. Chief among them, according to the survey, is that “the economic downturn has taken a backseat to growing customer requirements as the principal driver of corporate environmental strategy.”

Hiring is up, too. Large companies, in particular, are increasing headcounts for environmental and sustainability roles. In early 2009, 27 percent of large companies reported hiring freezes and only 8 percent planned to increase headcount for environmental departments. Today, only 11 percent report hiring freezes and more than 28 percent plan to increase headcount, a major swing.

Although the economy has not fully recovered, signs are positive that the green economy is no fad and is here to stay.

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Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and environmentally-friendly promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive eco-friendly advertising specialty search, featuring over 250,000 eco promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at EcoMarketingSolutions.com and comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.

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3 Aspects to Improvements in Sustainable Manufacturing Around the World

July 16th, 2010 No comments

Ideas for Improving green manufactcuringWhile various businesses are resorting to sustainable manufacturing and are taking many CSR plans progress is falling way short of the challenges of change in climate, energy security and dearth of natural recourses brought about by growing economic activity.

Furthermore increased efficiency in a few regions are getting offset by increased consumption in other.

The cost of measures practiced by climate policies can be kept low in the upcoming years if the governments make clear their climate change intentions for medium, as well as long durations. Using resources and energy more efficiently, and taking part in a variety of modernizations which work towards a green economy, will also produce fresh jobs and industries in the tears to come.

The present economic crisis and campaigns to deal with changes in climate should so be viewed as a chance to move to a more green economy. Short term improvements are not good enough. The industry has to reorganized and the technologies that exist and are advanced has to be applied cleverly to realize a green economy.

Modernization has for a long time been viewed as essential to economic performance as well as social well-being. Modernizations are also fundamental to improve practices of corporation that work for a green economy.

Innovations/modernizations towards a green economy are usually similar to other innovations/modernizations but with a couple of differences:
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