The Growler Carrier...

This is a fun job!

Several weeks ago I was at Northwest Growlers (www.nwgrowlers.com) on Macadam in southwest Portland. This is a great little pub with rotating taps so, if you are a beer lover like me, you get to try some of the finest beers and ciders in the area. (If you have been quenching your thirst out of aluminimum cans, you probably don't know what a growler is. A growler is a jug of beer that is freshly poured from the keg. It is a great way to get beer and offers a sustainable solution for packaging.) Several patrons came in to get their growlers refilled and most of the folks had at least two growlers. The engineer in me said, "There has to be a better way to lug these growlers around!" So, when I got home I did some searching for growler carriers. There were some nice wooden ones and a "...

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Carbon Offsets for Packaging

I had been toying with the idea of carbon offsets for packaging. Several major companies are using carbon offsets for everything from coal power plants to server farms. The government refers to some of these relationships as “Cap and Trade”. I had read about a company that was offering carbon offsets for packaging but it sounded a little sketchy. Besides, if you are going to do something like this you really want to let people know what you are doing because caring for your community and the environment is a shared value. I was at a business luncheon and I happened to be sitting across the table from David Ford. David was originally a forester and currently applies his talents as the CEO of L&C Carbon (www.lccarbon.com). David was interested in my idea and put me in touch ...

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