Extended Producer Responsibility : Part II

In the earlier post we introduced the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). From some of the reactions to the post, I am writing this follow-up post to expand on the idea. In one line, EPR extends the responsibility of…

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

The “tidy man“ logo can be found somewhere in the nether regions of many consumer product labels, especially food products. It places a responsibility on me to dispose the packaging material in a trash can after using the product inside.…

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The R4 philosophy

Do I have to work hard to be sustainable? This is the question that people have been asking since the dawn of time or in my case for the last few years. The short answer: it depends The long answer:…

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Keeping the fruit that’s a detergent dry

Our fruit that is a detergent loves water – the geek term for that is that it is hygroscopic. When it comes in contact with water, it starts to release saponins (the stuff that makes it foam). This is great…

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On the importance of being hypoallergenic

The prefix “hypo” means low, below or less of. So when the prefix hypo is applied to allergens, we get hypoallergenic, a substance that is less allergic than normal. In other words a hypoallergenic substance is supposed to cause lesser…

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The fruit that is a loofah

Apparently fruits are a lot more than sweet fleshy treats. We have written extensively about our friendly fruit that’s a detergent. Today while haunting a country drug store* I came across a sponge like product that looked like a loofah.…

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The quick guide to recycling symbols

In the last few posts we have discussed recycling and waste management. While researching the subject, we realized that recycling potential of each material can be easily identified with the industry standard symbols. So we decided to put together a…

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Radical transparency

We noticed something strange in detergent labelling today. None of the detergent brands available in the local supermarket declare the ingredients or at least the key ingredients. This is in stark contrast to other categories like food or skin care…

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Why bio-degradable is not enough

Quite often in our research on sustainability, we learn something that makes us sit-up. We usually accept that it is awesome for a product to be bio-degradable and leave it at that. However when you pull at the thread of…

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Trendspotting 2011.

It is always a good time to be trendspotting but the first week of the New Year is the best. I came across this useful presentation on the top 100 trends for 2011 put together by the creative house, JWT.…

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