Industrialized Nations Pushed to Improve Plastic Recycling as China Stops Being Global Dump

LONDON — Despite the fact that Europe is a global leader in plastics recycling and in diverting plastics from landfills by using waste-to-energy programs that convert waste into power generation, Europe, along with many other industrialized regions, recently got another major incentive to increase its recycling effectiveness for plastics — the message that China no…

UL Expands Information & Insights (I&I) Division

Northbrook, Ill. – UL, the global independent safety science leader, announced today the expansion of its Information & Insights (I&I) service division. On the heels of acquiring GoodGuide, IDES, Innovadex and The Wercs, as well as launching the division’s website, I&I has become the one-stop-shop for material, component and product insight. Backed by science and…

Connecting the Dots in Design for Environment

Each decision that an engineer or designer makes in creating a new product has far-reaching implications for the end-customer, of course, but also for the supply chain and for the environment. Making smart design decisions up front has the potential to reduce waste throughout the supply chain, ensure adherence to regulatory demands, and make the…

Infographic: State of ROHS 2 Compliance

The only thing that is certain is that compliance is more easily mandated than achieved. It always takes time, and a lot of it. The RoHS2 (also called the RoHS Recast) was drafted in 2008 with an eye toward restricting hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe. “Improving implementation and enforcement of…

Sustaining a Green, Global Business

When you're managing a multibillion-dollar global company, going green involves more than changing out incandescent lightbulbs. The environmental program becomes even more complicated when that company is a leading player in the electronics supply chain with a massive logistics and integration structure across the world to consider, not to mention a vast range of customers…

Resilience: A Key Factor in Supply Chain Sustainability

The common use of the term “sustainability” today almost exclusively refers to the environmental impact of a given product or process. When it comes to a company's supply chain, being sustainable means far more than simply implementing green initiatives. Supply chain sustainability encompasses both the external and internal factors that keep the flow of input…