Friday, January 14, 2011

Green Sourcing- Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Repost from Green Business Times:

See excerpt:

Which Are the Best Cradle to Cradle Packaging Products?

Assuming they are properly recycled, there are two that come immediately to mind but the first one will not be a popular choice – plastic. I fully realize their petroleum or natural gas origin, but most plastics including much-maligned water bottles and shopping bags can be easily recycled almost anywhere and re-pelletized to create new plastic products, in some cases extended use and long life plastic components.

I recently met with a sustainability guru from a Fortune 100 company who lamented that his company would love to use more RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) than they already use but the supply is limited due to our poor recycling efforts. The market for recycled plastics has grown and is only limited by our own unwillingness or in some cases, inability to recycle more of the waste we create.

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