I recently watched the movie, “The Village”, by M. Night. Shyamalan. I had seen the movie before, but it was one of our “scary” movie selections to watch over the Halloween season this year. The movie’s setting takes place in a “small, isolated countryside village”. The time of the movie seems to take place in the late 19th century, so you can imagine how different life was then compared to now. After watching the movie, I contemplated this difference: no electricity, no technology, no modern conveniences like we take for granted each day. If I were to be put in that village to live for a month, or even just a week – I know it would be a challenge.
Since, I work in a world that is constantly thinking about Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle – and Sustaining our Planet Earth, another thought came to mind. Trash and Waste. In this movie, they didn’t have trash. They lived in a small village, and had no connections with any other villages or people outside of their village. If they had food waste, they most likely used it in compost for growing more food. If they had any other type of trash, it was most likely burnt, or just simply reused.
In our current day, we can’t just throw our trash away, and expect it to disappear and be taken care of. We have to take responsibility and make sure that our earth is not covered in trash. With our electronics we need to make sure they are disposed of carefully and responsibly. With our trash, we need to find ways to reuse it or recycle it to be used elsewhere. And lastly, we need to just reduce the amount of “stuff” we are using and reduce the amount of waste. In the past few months I have come across several stories that show how people are focusing on this problem, and using their innovative minds to creatively finding ways to improve the situation. In this edition you will find an article on how Shipping Containers are being reused. On a Shark Tank episode, I saw a company who has taken a used shotgun shell and converted it into a fishing bobber. I also saw an article about a shoe that has been developed that is made of all recyclable materials. Lastly, I recently read an article – that was posted in our News Clippings email – about Dell’s Sustainability Plan that sets lofty goals for 2020.
I look forward to hearing about more stories where individuals and companies are making the importance of this earth a priority and making Sustainable products, finding a way to reuse an existing product, or developing better ways to reduce energy. If you know of more stories like this, please send them my way. We love to see these stories in our Magazine, as well as shared at our Reverse Logistics Association events.