Comments on Classmates’ Blog Posts on Sustainability

1st Comment on Sabrina’s post on Environmental Impact of Cellphones

I like how infographics are made to summarize the key effects of electronics and e-waste to our environment. It definitely makes it easier to understand at least in my case. I was reading this article: http://www.good.is/post/superb-idea-this-machine-recycles-your-old-phone-and-gives-you-money/ and it perfectly relates to your blog post. In this article, it introduces the ecoATM where you can put your old phone in the slot, get an estimated price for it and cash out for store credit or money. I find this product/service innovative and different. It makes people curious and want to try the machine out. Hopefully, this machine will make its way to Canada!

2nd Comment on Keeptheeco’s post on How far are you willing to?

I think the two points that you mentioned in regards to adidas being in the list of Top 100 sustainable corporations are just a small part of the company’s sustainable initiative. adidas has an overall strategy of reducing its environmental impact 15% by 2015 in all of its areas such as value chain and product creation, among others through a project called Green Company (http://blog.adidas-group.com/2011/12/another-milestone-on-the-road-to-be-a-green-company/). It is an environmental programme that runs in their offices, warehouses, distribution centres and production sites around the world. Several of their buildings are also ISO 14001 certified. The ISO 14001 certification is a framework that assists organizations in developing their own environmental management system and adidas has already aimed in applying this framework to their global locations such as their main headquarters at Herzogenaurach, Germany, adidas North America in Portland and distribution centres in Spartanburg and Indianapolis, US. This effort in reducing their carbon emission, waste and pollution is not something I would consider as greenwashing, as Marco mentioned above. As concerned consumers, we should all take the time to read a company’s sustainable initiatives and programs before we judge them. Here’s adidas Group’s blog that talks about their current sustainable initiatives: http://blog.adidas-group.com/category/sustainability-aspects/

3rd comment on agreennation’s post on Kenya and its ecotourism

Wow, I definitely want to visit Kenya and experience all it has to offer especially the natural wildlife. Since I love traveling, I read travel blogs and I have noticed that eco-tourism is becoming more popular in the tourism and hospitality industry. Especially when it comes to sites that are so old and have to be preserved such as Pompeii, Italy, as tourists, we have to become more aware of how we explore certain parts of the world. Some sustainable practices include making sure we throw our garbage in the bins, we do not destroy the environment and cause as minimal environmental impact as possible. This can prevent the place from being extinct and let it still be accessible to tourists like us.

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