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College Graduates Likely to Trash More Than 2 Billion Plastic Bottles Over the Next Decade

Students aren't the only ones graduating this May!

Textile Company Aims to Decrease Number by Bringing Recycling Story to Life

Over the next 10 years, college graduates from the class of 2016 are estimated to use more than 3 billion plastic bottles, and with the U.S. recycling rate at only 31 percent, more than 2 billion of those plastic bottles will likely end up in landfills where they may never biodegrade. That's why a textile manufacturer, Unifi, Inc., is educating college students, along with the general public, about the importance of recycling and buying products that are made with recycled materials. The Company transforms recycled plastic bottles into fiber called REPREVE®, and works with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to turn it into fabric for graduation gowns worn by more than 400,000 graduates in schools across the country. Among those using REPREVE-based gowns are Brown University, Michigan State, University of Alabama and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as more than 1,250 other schools.

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Red Moon Marketing Launches Sustainability Program in Wilmington, NC

Red Moon Marketing and Coca-Cola Kick Off Coca-Cola Recycle & Win in Wilmington, NC Red Moon Marketing continues its leadership in sustainability marketing with the launch of the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win Program in Wilmington, NC.  

Initially designed and developed by Red Moon in 2009, Coca-Cola Recycle & Win is a unique public private partnership designed to increase local recycling rates.  With the successful Wilmington launch, Red Moon Marketing has implemented the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win initiative in more than 20 cities across the southeast and as far north as Chicago.  

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D-Blaze® Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) Earns GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Fire Retardant Wood Treatment is First of its Kind to Earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Viance LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced wood treatment technologies, has announced that D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) is the first pressure-impregnated FRTW to earn the GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

“With the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, architects and specifiers can be confident in recommending D-Blaze framing lumber and plywood for projects like schools and hospitals,” said Bill Fields, President of Viance. “In addition to its effectiveness in controlling the spread of flames and smoke development caused by fire, D-Blaze now qualifies for The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.”

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Isolated coral reefs far from human activity are not healthier

New UNC-Chapel Hill research shows that coral reef decline illustrates the far reach of climate change — and that local solutions alone cannot restore coral populations

For the world’s coral reefs, the picture keeps getting gloomier. Although it’s widely assumed that both local and global factors are contributing to their decline, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that isolated reefs far from human activities are in fact not healthier than those in more densely populated areas.

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Local Groups Move to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a request for a hearing with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management as the required first step in challenging the state permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, N.C., oceanfront to allow for building 21 houses.  The request was filed Friday, July 8.

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