Making the World a Cleaner, Greener Place

Channeled Resources has built its business on “making the world a cleaner, greener place”. That’s our motto and that’s our mission. We provide alternatives to landfilling and the incineration of by-products generated by manufacturers of coated, treated, and laminated papers and films.

The business started in the mid 70’s and evolved from traditional recycling to non- traditional recycling. Our supply relationships wanted help and our customers wanted product. Today, the MaraTech facility in mid Wisconsin is regarded as a world class processing facility with state of the art equipment and a trained and versatile workforce. As we have matured our supply relationships have required more and more sophisticated solutions for very complex substrates. One begats the other. In other words our suppliers have required innovation.

We are L.I.F.E. certified which demands, like ISO 14001, ongoing measurement and improvement on an annualized basis. A good example is our record of landfill avoidance. In 2012 we diverted 97.99% of by-products from the landfill. Since we generate approximately 700 tons of by-products per month this represents a substantial quantity. We also replaced 25 of our printers and copiers with new energy efficient machines. Finally, in 2012 we started a “core reuse” program. In one month we were able to reuse 910 cores. Since most of our incoming material is “roll to roll” this is a substantial figure.

Just recently we introduced a new processing facility in Indianapolis. This change has resulted in a reduction of CO2 emissions by an average of 83,000 pounds per month.

The bottom line with “going green” is cost savings. If you make the commitment, if your team makes the commitment, the result can be convincingly measured in dollars.

Channeled leads by example!

What the Frack?

I’d like to spend 24 hours with Susan Brantley and Anna Meyendorff. Susan is a “distinguished” professor of Geosciences and Director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania University. She is also a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Anne is a faculty associate at the International Policy Center of the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan (M Go Blue, right; another one of those bastions of “the highest” learning)! Pretty impressive credentials, don’t you think?

These two collaborated in a recent column in The New York Times titled, “The Facts on Fracking.” They, these two highly “distinguished and learned” educators, in my view, missed a wonderful opportunity to preach the “gospel according to Calvin.” This is the same gospel that I’ve written about over the years in my “Letters to the Earth,” that watches, observes, reports, and opines about the happenings around our globe.

Their column, which I want to review, misses the whole point. It says nothing about the US Energy Policy, or lack thereof. It says nothing about renewables. It merely says drilling for natural gas is okay. And, if hydraulic fracturing gives us an alternative to some other fossil fuel, e.g., coal, we’re going to be fine. I disagree. And Susan and Anna, I want time to give you my view. (Mr. Editor, will you set this up?)

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Healthy Relationships

It is probably more difficult to affect culture change than develop a meaningful relationship. Let me try to explain. I was thinking about health and safety (and health insurance) and wondered if “relationships,” internal and external, are meaningful in a positive health and safety culture. I concluded yes, they are.

Consider your own environment. It doesn’t make any difference if you’re in an office or a factory. If management doesn’t create a culture that supports a healthy life style, your insurance premiums go up. Simple examples are smoking, drinking and lack of exercise – which all affect health which lead to more doctor visits which lead to higher medical insurance costs. How does management promote a culture of health? How can relationships form that will help develop this culture.

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AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2013

The annual AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2013, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday 20th and 21st March, 2013 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

This unique industry platform brings together key industry players to network, educate, discuss, debate and share valuable information on the market, current issues, opportunities, and developments in the ever-changing and challenging release liner industry worldwide.

Topics include:

  • Using Sustainable Nanotechnology to Improve Release Base Paper Performance
  • Fostry, Paper & Packaging Industry: 2011 / 2012 Performance of the Top 100 and Outlook
  • Building & Construction Market: Release Liner Application, Trends, and Challenges –
    A Manufacturers Perspective
  • Graphic Tape Market: Application tapes, Challenges in use of Premasks for Plotter cut
    and Printed Graphics
  • Industrial Market: Release Liner Applications for Insulation in Appliance Applications
  • Product Identification Market: Release Liner Trends in the Film Industry

This year, the Conference also includes two unique concurrent Workshops:

  • Is Liner Recycling an Obstacle or an Opportunity? (FACILITATED BY CHANNELED RESOURCES’ VERY OWN CALVIN FROST)
  • Business Development & Growth Opportunities

Download the complete program here.

Register online here.