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2017 Christmas Gifts that Make an Impact

2017 Christmas Gifts that Make an Impact
Image Credit: Fishing Dojo

By: Rick Crawford

As the Holiday’s are fast-approaching, you might be wondering what to give that special someone who is a conservation-minded angler, so why not give a gift that makes an impact?  We have compiled the 2017 Christmas Gifts that Make an Impact list to make it easy for you to support brands that are not only minimizing their environmental impact, but also giving back to nonprofits that are protecting what we all love…our fisheries!

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The Value of Product Transparency: Food, Clothing & Shelter

The Value of Product Transparency:  Food, Clothing & Shelter

By: Rick Crawford

This is a revised article that was originally published in EDC Magazine in February 2014.

Product transparency is certainly a building product manufacturer industry buzzword and is also a component of LEED v4 and the Living Building Challenge; however, obtaining product declarations and documents such as: environmental product declarations (EPDs), health product declarations (HPDs), life cycle assessments (LCAs), and Declare Labels.  However, product transparency isn’t just happening with building materials, it is happening with all goods that help meet our most basic human needs:  food, clothing and shelter, and for good reason.  There are several business benefits of product transparency, including: brand loyalty, competitive advantage and increased profitability, but before I review the value of transparency I would like to discuss why product transparency is needed and how we got here.

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South Carolina Beach Communities Pushing for Plastic Bag Bans

South Carolina Beach Communities Pushing for Plastic Bag Bans
Photo Credit: Charleston Waterkeeper

By: Rick Crawford

Beach communities around South Carolina are pushing for plastic bag bans.  In 2015, Isle of Palms was the first city in the state of South Carolina “to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags by retailers to consumers.”  The City of Folly Beach quickly followed suit and banned plastic bags, foam containers and balloons.  Now, there are more beach communities along the South Carolina coast are looking to do the same, but why?

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