PureCircle announces ambitious 2020 sustainability goals






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PureCircle, a leading producer and marketer of high puC - daily - PureCircle_logo.jpegrity stevia products, announced today that it has expanded its Sustainability program and set an ambitious 2020 goal to reduce carbon, water, waste and energy use across its supply chain from farm to sweetener.

These goals mark a significant commitment to making a positive impact on the food and beverage industry’s environmental footprint and helping to tackle the global obesity challenge. PureCircle’s efforts will enable a cumulative reduction of the food & beverage industries’:

       • Carbon emissions by one million metric tons by 2020
       • Water consumption by two trillion liters by 2020
       • Calories in global diets by 13 trillion by 2020

 

When setting these ambitious commitments, PureCircle drew from the industry leading work it has undertaken to measure its carbon and water footprint. PureCircle was the first in the stevia industry to measure and publish results of the carbon and water footprint from farm to sweetener.

 

In Fiscal 2012, it completed its second carbon footprint, which together with the 2011 study formed the basis for the 2020 goals. These goals show that PureCircle stevia has a significantly lower environmental footprint than other natural mainstream sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), beet and cane sugar) based on publically available benchmarks.

 

Building on the progress the company has already made to reduce its carbon emissions and water use, the 2020 goals layout PureCircle’s commitments to have zero untreated waste to landfill and support 100,000 farmers by 2020. PureCircle‘s own vertically integrated supply chain, allows for innovation and traceability from farm to final stevia ingredient.

 

Ajay Chandran, Global Marketing and Sustainability Director said: “It is PureCircle’s vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener that is grown, processed and delivered in a way that respects people and the planet. Our 2020 goals, published today, demonstrate this vision in action. Our customers and consumers can be assured of our long-term commitment to further embedding sustainability principles and practices across our integrated supply chain, which will result in improved products with a reduced impact.

 

“As the world’s largest stevia producer and supplier, we recognize the unique role we can play in helping the food and beverage industry to reduce its impact on the environment and tackle the global obesity challenge, with our goals articulating the significant role we can play in this respect.”

The 2020 goals serve as an important next step in PureCircle’s sustainability journey, following the company’s publication of its Sustainability Commitment in 2011 and first Carbon and Water Footprint in 2012.

 

To learn more about PureCircle’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, visit: http://purecircle.com/company/corporate-social-responsibility/our-2020-sustainability-goals







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Is your Home Office Eco-friendly?

Is your Home Office Eco-friendly?

Most of us are pretty diligent about recycling every week. For some of us, the kitchen scraps go to the composter, and glass, plastic and cans are all separated. That’s great for the kitchen, but what about the rest of the house? What most don’t realize is the home office offers a huge opportunity for eco-friendly living, but largely goes ignored.

Many don’t think twice of using high quality non-recycled paper, or tossing ink cartridges and old electronics in the garbage. Leaving a computer on overnight seems innocent enough until you multiply that energy use by millions of households.

The three main home office offenders are energy waste, paper consumption and hazardous waste. Here are some tips to make your home office a little more eco-friendly.

Put your electronics to bed at night. Connect your computer, speakers, fax, printer, etc. to a power bar and turn them all off with the flick of a switch at the end of the day. It’s a common misconception that you should leave a computer on all night. There is a peak in the power when you turn it on, but nothing compared to what it uses over a 24 hour period.

Opt for a laptop. Not only do these have the benefit of being portable, laptops consume one-eighth the power of a desktop computer. Imagine if everyone in a household all had their own computers, they still wouldn’t use the energy of one bulky desktop.

Go for the flat screen. An LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or flat screen monitor uses less than half the energy of the traditional CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors. Not to mention that they are easier to read, lighter and cause less eye strain.

Reuse & recycle. I had a friend who used to save any of her junk mail that was still in good condition and when doing simple printing jobs, she would use the blank side of those pages. It was such a simple concept that made so much sense, and worked great for those quick map or recipe print outs.

Save and reuse paper clips, elastics and push pins, and use rechargeable batteries and refillable toner cartridges.

For your garbage paper, keep a recycling bin next to your desk for handy use. Keep another bin nearby for expired rechargeable batteries, old inkjet and toner cartridges, or electronics. Once you have a collection built up, take them back to any Staples Business Depot for recycling.

Dead batteries should be saved and dropped off at your local waste depot for safe disposal. That corrosive acid they contain will seep out into the environment if left in a landfill site.

When buying paper, read the labels. What most people don’t realize is that much of the paper we use every day comes from old-growth forests. When you read the labels on the packages, look for: 100% recycled ( your 1st choice); or minimum FFC certification, which means the paper was made from trees grown in a sustainably managed forest.

Switch to fluorescent bulbs. A fluorescent bulb uses 2/3 less energy than a common incandescent bulb. When you add up all the bulbs in the house, that energy savings translates into saved dollars!

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Brown and Green Mortgages

Brown and Green Mortgages

They may be called tagged with a colour, brown and green, but that’s not the only thing they have in common. Both types of mortgages are ecological in their outlook.

Brown mortgages are specifically targeted at buyers who wish to convert or restore an existing property; in property terms this can be seen as recycling. A lender will loan money to buy the property but also the capital to finance the restoration with regular payments expected throughout the project. Lenders will let you borrow up to 85% of the valuation or purchase price, usually whatever is the lower and then a maximum of 95% of the value of the completed project. Buying and restoring/renovating a rundown property is an alluring proposal for those eager to get on the property ladder.

Equally, green mortgages are designed towards prospective homeowners who value an ethical approach to living. Recently the Energy Efficiently Partnership (EEP) have issued lenders with a definition which they feel should be applied to green mortgages. They (the lenders) should encourage consumers to buy or to work towards an energy-efficient home, offer one or more defined financial incentives linked to home energy use, encourage consumers to access advice and support on domestic energy use prior to making improvements and have defined qualifying criteria, based either on a minimum energy standard or commitment to making certain home improvements. They also propose that a lender would reward borrowers by meeting these objectives by offering lower interest rates, cash back, and no early repayment charges, fees-free or a higher LTV (loan to value).

So, both types of mortgages are based on an ecological stance with both having distinct advantages for those who take them out; brown mortgages lenders rewarding buyers for investing in neglected property and green mortgages lenders rewarding buyers who invest in sustainable products for their homes.

Currently only a handful of lenders offer brown and green mortgages, but industry experts expect a boom in borrowers looking for ethical finance options and, of course, lenders will responded by offering competitive packages.

James Quinton is a writer based in the UK. He has had articles published worldwide. Compare mortgage rates online.

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Green Home Building Trends For 2010

Green Home Building Trends For 2010

Although the building industry had a dark year in 2009, Green building seemed to somehow stick out and shine. According to the Multiple Listing Service date, certified sustainable green new homes actually rose the past year in the northern west coast areas like Portland and Seattle. This trend is believed to spread over the U.S. and green building is expected to grow within new home sales. Already new home sales are on a rise from a year ago with March of 2010 seeing the biggest jump in new home sales in 47 years. So what trends can we expect to see in 2010 in green new homes?

1. Energy Monitoring Home Dashboards. The increasing demand for energy efficient homes, the development of a custom web-based display panel within the home, will show real-time home energy use. This sophisticated produced can break down the real time energy use of homeowners appliances, which will help a homeowner change the way they use their electricity. For example the way an electric car miles per gallon indicator encourages the owner to adapt their driving habits, green new homes that offer these Dashboards may encourage homeowners to reach lower energy use. Dashboards will also increase the probability that homeowners of green homes will reach the Energy Performance Score.

2. Energy Efficient Green Home Labeling. Like the miles per gallon label you would find when searching for a new car, energy rating systems for new homes has become popular among legislators.  This energy rating system will make it easier for homebuyers to see the energy efficiency of one green home compared to another. Each homes score will be available on the MLS.

3. Lenders and Green Homes Make for a Better Bottom Line. Lenders have come to the conclusion that green new homes are better for their bottom line. By seeing a trend of green home owners being more responsible and less probable to default on a loan, due to the fact that most green home owners are more accountable and likely to place higher value on home maintenance.  Green home owners are also less likely to default due to the decrease in energy coast within their green home. Lenders are now working to get reduced-rate loans and insurance packages for green new home owners.

4. Less Is More. Back when the housing market was booming, a larger homes lead to greater equity. However since that “bubble burst” this is no longer the case. With energy prices expected to rise over time, and the Federal Reserve likely to raise interest rates during 2010, homebuyers are likely to feel more at ease with smaller new green homes.
 
5. Water Conservation. Did you know that residential water usage accumulates for more than half of the public water supplied? The EPA decided in December 2009 to implement WaterSense. WaterSense specifies that new homes will need to reduce water use by 20 percent than conventional new home. Mandatory energy labeling in Europe already documents the water efficiency.
 
6. Net Zero Homes. A net zero home is a green home that generates more energy than it uses over a year. This is done by building a fairly small new green home that is extremely energy efficient and uses onsite renewable energy like wind, solar or geo-exchange systems.

Use this information when searching for new homes and green new homes for sale.

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    Create the Sustainable Business Models of the Future

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    A durable and long-lasting business model is the ideal of every entrepreneur but it can be difficult to create the magic mix that will see a business move from strength to strength throughout the years. There are certain aspects that no visionary can afford to ignore..

    Making sure your business is sustainable is one of the most important concerns for businesses operating in the 21st century. Not only do sustainable business plans save companies money, but with the continually increasing green profile raising public awareness of environmental concerns all over the world, a green plan can be an invaluable asset to your business.

    A sustainable business is one that makes every effort to ensure that it has no negative impact on the environment, community or society. There are number of ways of working to achieve these ends, and they understandably vary from business to business. However, most businesses find that they can make moves towards becoming a sustainable organisation with very little disruption to the day-to-day running of the concern.

    The cost benefits of greening your business are evident for example, using less power means paying for less power. And some changes are wonderfully easy to implement meaning you can start moving towards making your business sustainable without having to worry about big outlays or delays. If you do encounter some initial costs however, do not be disheartened, they are sure to soon be outweighed by energy savings, resource efficiencies and new business opportunities.

    For a large number of businesses, reassessing their energy use is one of the most effective ways for them to reduce costs and cut back on negative impact. Careful energy management can have a huge impact on businesses of all sizes and can start with initiatives as simple as ensuring that all machinery is switched off properly when not in use to considering whether to outsource computer storage to a hosting company.

    Energy efficiency is another key area for consideration. If you’re hoping to make your business more sustainable, step back and look at the way you carry out tasks. Even systems that have been working successfully for years can be improved on, for example, why travel to meetings when you can make use of video conference calls over the internet? Or, if you’re a manufacturer, does your product really need a second layer of packaging? Little changes like these can have a transformative effect when implemented company-wide.

    As more businesses begin to follow a sustainable method, you’ll also find it even easier to run your business in the same way. For now though, devote a little time to improving your business model and you’re sure to see it paying dividends in the future.

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