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Implementing a Green Supply Chain

Environmental issues are at in the public eye and businesses are having to develop supply chain management strategies that are good for the environment. The articles listed here examine some of the topics associated with creating a green supply chain.

Introduction to the Green Supply Chain
The public have become more aware of environmental issues and consumers are asking companies about their environmental policies. This article examines how some companies have found that starting to create a green supply chain can add to the bottom line.

Green Supply Chain Best Practices
The trend towards developing a green supply chain is becoming popular but most companies are wondering how this can be achieved and where to start. Businesses have been concentrating on improving supply chain visibility, refining efficiency and minimizing cost. Firms who have implemented green supply chains can offer a number of best practices that will help others.

Green Supply Chain Education
Companies are focusing a lot of energy and resources in making modification to their supply chain to make it more environmentally sound, or green. To realize these aims companies are having to education their supply chain professionals. In twenty years time the green collar worker may be commonplace and this article examines the content of green supply chain courses that are available now.

Greenwashing
As consumers become aware of environmental issues, businesses are finding that having a greener supply chain can not only benefit their bottom line, but can be used in the marketing of their products to the public. Greenpeace has attempted to bring these exaggerated claims to the public’s notice and the media has named this "greenwash". This...

Using Recycled Packaging In Your Supply Chain
Packaging materials are used every day in almost every company that manufactures and sells products. Packaging is used to move raw material to a manufacturer, bulk finished material to a distributor and then the final product to the consumer. As the public's perception about the environment changes, companies must look at greener packaging alternatives in their supply chain to satisfy consumers.

Making Your Warehouse Green
Warehouses are busy places. Goods are constantly on the move; inbound and outbound deliveries have to be dealt with as well as the movements of items from location to location. Many companies are looking to warehouse operations are an area where they can make environmentally sound decisions. Companies are concentrating on three areas to help them in this endeavor; reduce, reuse and recycle. This article will show you where you can help your company make your warehouse green.

Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise Progam
In 1994 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the WasteWise program that helps organizations and businesses reduce waste and practice sustainable materials management. The program aimed to help businesses reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills and maximize the recycling of the remaining waste. This article examines how to...

Monitoring Carbon Emissions
All signees of the Kyoto Protocol have to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year and this requires effective monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). The national emissions report is derived from the figures supplied by companies and facilities in the countries that created GHG. This article looks at Kyoto and the monitoring...

New Green Industries
As traditional industries struggle with the public’s increasing environmental consciousness, there is a number of new green industries that are receiving more attention. In this article I have highlighted a number of new green industries that we will all hear more of in the coming years.

Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)
Gasoline and diesel costs are rising cross the world and the use of alternative fuels for motor vehicles, is being explored. Companies who have a fleet of vehicles are being pressured by the economic issues of the price of gas, as well as the regulatory restrictions of reducing greenhouse gases, are looking at natural gas vehicles as an...

Aluminum Recycling
Aluminum recycling has been as successful as glass recycling, with an estimated 68 percent of each aluminum can sold in the US is made from recycled materials. Two thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in the processing cycle today. However still a large amount of aluminum is placed in landfills which recycling companies calculate is as...

Electronic Waste
Electrical and electronic waste is a term given to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life. This can mean cellular phones, printers, desktop computers, computer monitors, and other consumer and business electronic equipment. This article looks at electronic waste as well as recycling and the...

Reverse Logistics
Reverse Logistics can be defined as all activity associated with a product after the point of sale. The aims of reverse logistics include optimization of aftermarket activity, such as customer service, quality inspection and warehouseing, which can produce a new revenue stream, improve customer satisfaction and help the environment. This article examines the elements of reverse logistics.

Genetically Modified Foods
Genetically Modified (GM) foods are in the food supply chain today. It was only twenty years ago that the first GM food was developed. In 1994 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first GM product, the Flavr Savr tomato. Although the tomato was only available for three years, it paved the way for the genetically modified foods to become accepted by the consumer.

Corn Starch Packaging
A company that needs to package their products have choices in which material they use for packaging. Traditionally companies could use polystyrene materials, but companies are becoming aware of the environmental impact of polystyrene, and need to find suitable green alternatives. The article looks at the properties of corn starch packaging...

Behind The Brands
In 2013 the British charity, Oxfam, released a report describing how the world's top ten food companies were doing with regards to seven basic categories that concern populations around the world, such as women's issues, farmers rights, land grabbing, and supply chain transparency. The report showed that some companies were trying, while others appear not to.

Marks and Spencer Launch Plan A
British retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S), launched Plan A in January 2007, which highlights one hundred commitments to achieve in five years. Due to the success of the program, M&S has now extended Plan A to 180 commitments to be achieved by 2015. M&S have now stated identified a new goal of becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer. This article examines the elements of Plan A.

Closed Loop Recycling
Closed loop recycling is the process where post-consumer waste is collected, recycled and used to make new products. But in the closed loop all participants should work together to make sure that the flow continues. This article examines some examples of closed loop recycling that is in operation today.

Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance
In 2000, the EPA began working towards making heavy-duty trucks run cleaner by introducing fuels that had lower sulfur content and fewer emissions. The Highway Diesel Rule stated that the pollution from heavy-duty highway vehicles should be reduced by more than 90 percent by the time the 2007 model year began. This article looks at the details and benefits of Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance.

Reducing Waste in the Supply Chain
Businesses are examining every area of their supply chain to reduce costs. Reducing waste has become a key component of any cost reduction program that is implemented. There are a number of processes that can be used in order to reduce waste in a company’s supply chain. This article shows some of the processes that can be adopted to reduce waste in the supply chain.

Recycling Your Unwanted Computer Equipment
The average business has a variety of computers and associated peripherals that are outdated and unwanted. These items get stored in the back of the warehouse or sit in closets in the office taking up precious space. This article looks at what you need to do to recycle your unwanted computer equipment.

Ethical Sourcing At Walmart
In today’s retailing environment the consumer has pushed retailers to take more responsibility for the ethical behavior of their suppliers along their extended supply chain. Walmart is one company that has adopted an ethical sourcing policy that it has implemented across its complex supply chain. This article looks at the measures Walmart has taken.

The Green Supply Chain
As the focus on the environment becomes ever greater, consumers are looking to companies to explain how they are helping the environment. This article explains how creating a green supply chain can actually be a competitive advantage.

Cisco's Green Supply Chain
Cisco is developing a strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its products. It has pledged to reduce waste, eliminate potentially hazardous substances whilst reducing costs. In this article you'll read about the methods Cisco is implementing to develop responsible supply chain practices.

Ten Steps to a Green Supply Chain
As companies become more proactive in developing a green supply chain, this article examines how purchasing departments can help. The author examines ten steps that can be adopted to help create a green supply chain and benefit from the opportunities it brings.

Making Your Supply Chain Environmentally Friendly
In the UK, the government's Environment Agency is tasked to protect and improve the environment. They are asking companies to check the suppliers in their supply chain to ensure that they are doing all they can to minimize their environmental impact. This article outlines some of the questions they want companies to ask their suppliers.

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