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    5 Reasons Businesses Should Use Eco-Friendly Packaging
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    Throughout history, business trends have followed the interests of the general public. It doesn’t take much effort to see the connection between the two, as this pattern is what drives the supply and demand nature of the global market! As long as we live in a capitalist structured society, the interests of the public will always drive how businesses function.  Some industries are more heavily affected by this idea than others, a point that’s best seen in the fashion industry. Fashion retailers and designers must constantly stay on top of the global style trends and fads to stay relevant in the...
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    Journey of The Supply Chain
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    When you buy or sell something online, how much do you know about the backend process it goes through to get to you? For the majority of people around the world, the answer would probably be “not much”! Though online shopping is a convenient and stress-free way to get the products you want quickly, there is A LOT going on behind the scenes ensuring your products make it to you and your customer’s doorsteps on time. Naturally, your customers get to sit back and wait for their orders to arrive, but on the other side of the transaction, the supply chain...
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    4 Myths About Recycling
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    By this point in history, it is simply impossible (or very irresponsible) to deny the reality of global warming and climate change. Though politicians still “debate” its existence (currently 139 United States senators deny climate change entirely), and major oil and gas companies work overtime to convince you that climate change simply “isn’t real,” the hard, scientific evidence is overwhelming.  The reluctance to accept climate change is often based on personal interests (the 139 senators mentioned above have received over $61 million in contributions from oil and gas companies), but sometimes, people who deny climate change simply haven’t been told the...
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    Green Gift Guide
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    Even if we don’t realize it, the act of exchanging gifts can tell you a lot of information. For example, if a friend gives their personal, well-worn, dog-eared copy of their favorite book, you know that the gift has depth, meaning, and love behind it. Conversely, if you get a $10 gift card addressed to Susan (when your name is really Mike), then you might want to get a new friend.  However, gift-giving can also be a pretty complicated ordeal, especially if you don’t quite know what to get the other person! Will they enjoy a game, or are they more...
  • ecofriendly ecommerce
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    How To Shop for the Best Eco-friendly Products
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    Every time you go out shopping, how much thought goes into your tasks? Do you write a list of the products you need, or are you more of a window shopper who finds everything by wandering aimlessly around a store? Everyone has a different technique for taking care of their shopping, but when it comes to shopping sustainably, plenty of people aren’t sure where to even begin. It’s not that people aren’t concerned about the environment or that nobody wants to buy sustainable products; people care about sustainability more than ever before! Instead, the problem is that finding genuine, 100%...
  • why we need green warehousing
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    The Truth About Fast Fashion
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    Whether you like it or not, over the last 20 years, life has gotten undeniably faster. With the ever-accelerating pace of technology, the power of the internet, and (arguably) shorter attention spans, almost everything these days is optimized for speed. “The latest trends” that might have once lasted for years are now passing in the blink of an eye. In the world of fashion, things are no different! With massive clothing retailers and branch stores around the globe, fashion is changing and growing faster than ever before, and that’s not a good thing. As the demand for affordable prices in...
  • carbon ecommerce
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    The Omnichannel Dilemma
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    The Sourcing Journal invited Manifest Commerce’s co-founder George Wojciechowski to discuss how fashion firms up and down the supply chain can commit to transformational change, and systematize supply chain operations to be lastingly sustainable. Listen in as he and a panel of experts highlight actionable steps towards improving technology and building new circular practices in logistics. A panel of eCommerce industry leaders, led by Sourcing Journal’s Managing Editor Jessica Binns, came together to discuss the challenges and realities of omnichannel fulfillment operations. Insights from AirTerra’s president and founder Brent Beabout, Retail Reworks’s Brian Adams, and our very own George Wojciechowski...
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    Why We Are Done With Single-Use Plastic
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    Many times, when people are confronted with the scope and magnitude of our climate emergency, they can feel disheartened and overwhelmed. We get it; trying to process all of the damage done to our planet can be difficult at best. The fight to slow down and (eventually) reverse climate change is an enormous task, so how will one person make a difference? We’ll admit to getting stuck in this kind of thinking every once and a while, and that’s ok! Climate change is sad to see, so your feelings are totally normal. At the same time, however, there’s still plenty...
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    3 Steps to Offset Your Carbon Footprint
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    If you find yourself asking, “What is carbon offsetting?” you’re not alone! Carbon offsetting is the concept of matching carbon emissions with equal levels of carbon reduction to reduce the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere. For example, suppose a building produces 2 tonnes of CO2 per year. In that case, the occupants could theoretically offset that carbon by planting a certain number of trees that remove an equal amount of carbon from the air. In the end, the goal is reaching a point of carbon neutrality, where carbon emissions and reductions cancel each other out. There are debates...
  • compostable and biodegradable packaging
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    What is Long-Term Sustainability?
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    More often than not, the idea of sustainability is confined to the environment or nature in general. While it’s true that many aspects of sustainability focus on preserving natural resources, it has a much more comprehensive range than people give it credit for. Far from being “only” an environmental idea, the concept of sustainability actually relies on four different areas of focus: human, economic, environmental, and social. You are most accustomed to seeing environmental sustainability, as it’s one of the most critically important topics of our time, but what does “sustainable” mean when it comes to the human, economic and...
  • how to reduce carbon in ecommerce
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    The Dirty Truth About Fossil Fuels
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    At the heart of almost any talk about sustainability is the problem of fossil fuels. For close to 200 years, fossil fuels have been powering our lives in one way or another, making up the majority of our energy sources. While at first, using these resources for power allowed us to make many scientific and technological discoveries, they have since become outdated, as renewable energy has started to make its mark. Not only have fossil fuels run their course as a useful material for energy, but they have also become one of the leading causes of climate change in the...
  • zero plastic ecommerce
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    How Your Business Can Avoid Greenwashing
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    As more companies and businesses accept the reality of our climate crisis, there has been a movement towards sustainability. For some companies, becoming eco-friendly is a focus because they genuinely want to make a difference in the world. Many other companies, however, are simply following trends and trying to market themselves to environmentally-conscious consumers. From a business perspective, it’s a strategy that makes sense, as roughly 70% of all North Americans prefer companies that are eco-friendly. That means, if you’re a company that is trying to boost sales or engagement, advertising yourself as “environmentally responsible” might be a good (though...
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    The Internet's Carbon Footprint
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    The idea of a carbon footprint is nothing new, and if you’re someone who cares about the future of our environment, you might be tired of hearing about carbon footprints by now. Carbon footprints are a complicated subject because, on the one hand, they provide an excellent visual and mental representation of the pollution created in our world. On the other hand, the idea of the carbon footprint is said to have been created in order to take public focus away from the large corporations that make up the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions!However, unless more significant structural changes...
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    How Your Business Can Reduce Its Carbon Footprint
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    The phrase “carbon footprint” has wormed its way into most people’s everyday vocabulary for the last 20 or so years. Inspired by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel’s theory of an “ecological footprint,” which is the total area of land needed to sustain a population, the idea of a carbon footprint has grown into one of the biggest sustainability buzzwords out there. The term exploded in usage after the oil company British Petroleum created a marketing campaign centered around the idea of a personal carbon footprint for every individual person. While, in some ways, this has helped people quantify their environmental...
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    What is Eco-Friendly Packaging?
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    There has never been a better time to focus on sustainability. Considering the ever-worsening climate crisis and extreme levels of plastic pollution all around the globe, some might even say that sustainability is the only thing that we should be focusing on. Our planet’s future is fully in our hands, and we only make it worse by ignoring the problem. Unfortunately, at the individual level, there’s only so much change we can enact. Over 70% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are thanks to just 100 companies, and just 20 of those companies are responsible for an entire third of...
  • earth friendly shipping
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    E-commerce Logistics Doesn’t Have to Be A Carbon Culprit
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    Carbon output is a hot topic today (pardon the depressing pun). Unless you’ve been living under a rock on Mars, you have surely seen the increasingly urgent news about our planet’s climate crisis. Global warming is causing destructive wildfires, increasingly violent storms, dangerously rising tides, and more. These scary aspects of climate change are due in large part to the human burning of carbon fossil fuels. If we want to have a habitable place to live for the future we can’t count on some billionaire to colonize the moon. Earth is all we’ve got, so we need to quickly take...
  • biodegradable shipping
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    Why We Created Manifest Commerce
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    With the world becoming more and more digital, the way we shop has completely changed. Whether it’s getting groceries delivered or buying a pair of shoes you have been saving up for, online shopping has made getting what we want and need almost instantaneous. While shopaholics, busy parents, and digital natives see online shopping as a lifesaver, it isn’t all that simple. There is a dark cloud surrounding online shopping that many of us neglect to notice. The problem? E-commerce waste.Supply chain logistics is one of the dirtiest industries threatening our earth. Think about it: with every order comes an...
  • zero plastics
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    Plastic Waste is a Problem Worth Solving
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    Even if you’re not an eco-warrior, you probably already know that plastic is an urgent environmental problem. Plastic packaging is clogging up landfills, plastic straws are killing marine life, microplastics are polluting our water supplies, and plastic waste items are contributing to massive ocean garbage patches. The worst part about all this plastic is that it will take hundreds of years to break down. Yuck!Organizations like The Ocean Cleanup are trying to remove existing plastics from the ocean, but they can’t keep up with the plastic we keep adding to the waste stream. Humans sure do seem to love their...