Ikea Goes Solar

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  • Ikea now offers solar panels, no assembly necessary:  Next to securing environmentally-friendly supply chains for its wood products, the furniture retailer has also gone solar using panels on its stores across the world to supply its large daily energy needs. The company plans to be 100% energy self-sufficient by 2020. The next step in promoting clean energy and sustainability is offering affordable solar panels to its customers.
  • Where does the plastic we recycle really go? Until recently, most recycling plastic collected in the U.S. was shipped to China for processing. That “journey” had its costs and environmental impact, but at least it kept some discarded plastic out of our landfills. However, as of this year China stopped importing plastic trash under its new Green Fence Policy, and plastics numbered 3-7 are all  going to a landfill, according to David Kaplan, CEO of an American post-industrial recycler.
  • Nestlé practices and promotes sustainable agriculture: Nestlé’s head of agriculture Hans Joehr explains the motivation behind the company’s Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI): “SAI platform was created with a very simple idea of putting principles and practices together on sustainable agriculture for certain crops in order to address environmental, societal and economical topics around agriculture production systems. We started 12 years ago with our SAI at Nestlé, and then two years later we launched this platform within the food industry worldwide. We now have about 14 members.
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