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June 6th, 2018
Product circularity minimizes waste and carbon emissions from cradle to grave

In the previous post, we used the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to calculate reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electronics diverted from the landfill versus the same quantity sent to landfill. To take things a step further, how do zero waste and reduced carbon emissions/GHGs relate to product circularity? We examined… read more

June 5th, 2018
Measuring Carbon Reduction from Disposal Alternatives: How Zero Waste Reduces GHG Emissions

In a previous post, we established that one of the indirect benefits of pursuing zero waste is a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. When materials are not sent to the landfill, their life is often extended or resources are reused, reducing the need to create new materials, which requires energy and generates emissions. While… read more

May 8th, 2018
Did you know that zero waste also means carbon reduction?

  Events like the 2018 Chicago Forum on Global Cities and the Bloomberg Sustainability Summit in Seattle will gather great leaders in sustainability, business, government and beyond to ruminate on some of the most pressing global issues and how they relate to stakeholders across the board and around the world. It can be overwhelming to… read more

May 15th, 2017
Claim Validation

The following is the final installment of our blog series on Zero Waste, written by William F. Hoffman III Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Corporate Fellow at UL Environment. In my last blog I discussed estimation procedures and calculating zero waste based on the standard.  This week, I’m asking Mark Kardos to walk through documentation and the validation process… read more

August 15th, 2016
Zero Waste is not a destination; it’s a journey

Popularized by environmentalists and sustainability programs that envision the circular economy of the future, waste reduction and diversion programs are quickly proliferating across companies large and small. Generating Zero Waste can be a challenge for even those with the most sophisticated waste management programs and can be particularly daunting to those just getting started. However,… read more

June 25th, 2015
Reaching for Zero: The business value of waste diversion

As companies assess their environmental impacts, industry leaders like Walmart, the Waste Management Phoenix Open (the PGA’s largest tournament), and Starbucks, are implementing waste diversion programs as a key part of a comprehensive CSR strategy. Many have their sights set on achieving the coveted zero waste to landfill milestone, starting at a facility-level and aiming… read more

March 30th, 2015
UL and the “Greenest Show on Grass”

In early February 2015, thousands of golf fans traveled to Phoenix, AZ, and millions more tuned in via television. What captured their interest? The PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, with its world-class course and players, situated in scenic Arizona. But while the golf was the star, the WM Phoenix Open has another achievement to… read more

June 11th, 2014
Chasing Zero: The Reality of Waste Diversion

Talk is cheap. Everybody is talking about “zero waste” as the latest buzzword around efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.  But put to the test, “zero waste” is an extremely significant accomplishment that demonstrates a company’s success in virtually eliminating waste that ends up in the landfill. This notable feat deserves the respect and… read more

May 20th, 2014
UL Environment Awards First Closed Loop Validation to Dell

Dell’s Innovative Closed Loop Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Content Claim backed by UL’s Environmental Claim Validation (UL ECVP 2809) Marietta, GA May 20, 2014 – UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Supply Chain & Sustainability, today announces that it has issued its first ever closed loop Environmental Claim Validation to Dell. Dell’s OptiPlex 3030… read more

December 6th, 2013
UL Environment Leads and Educates Marketplace with Zero Waste Validation

UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has collaborated with a number of organizations to co-promote its landfill waste diversion claim validation and to educate the marketplace on more sustainable methods for waste diversion, globally. UL has developed working relationships with the Green Manufacturer Network, Waste Management, and Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS)… read more