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Global Landscapes Conference 2018 at Kings College

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Close the Loop: B-Corp and Triple Bottom Line
The three P’s: People, Planet, Profit ~ and how business can do well by doing good ~ focusing on purpose, accountability and transparency.
One day, all companies will compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world! #BtheChange
Discover how the Benefit Corporation's positive impact on society, the community and the environment in addition to profit, is the new way of doing business in Pennsylvania!

After 15 years of working in various IT departments, Rita Lacey left corporate America to pursue a new challenge. In October, 2000 she started an online business, Close the Loop- a Benefit Corporation- which is dedicated to affecting a positive force for social and environmental change within our communities. At Close the Loop, they work with environmentally conscious small businesses so they can have a presence on the web, with no cost to them. Close the Loop has shipped over 7 million pounds of rubber mulch and 150,000 pounds of recycled plastic fencing, and is also working on expanding the market on glass mulch and other recycled materials.
After the 2008 financial crisis, Mrs. Lacey sought other ways to help our community. While witnessing lines of unemployed citizens outside of the Monroe County Careerlink, she began offering free website building workshops and has since written an e-book titled, “Building a Business Website, on a Shoestring Budget”.

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Global Landscapes Conference 2018 at Kings College

  1. 1. ž PA’s 1st Benefit Corporation ~ a “B CORP” is a new legal entity type to create a positive impact on society and the environment The start of a new economy in Pennsylvania, one based on a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit Using the power of business to solve social & environmental problems… And you CAN do well by doing good! We offer: Recycled products made from waste tires, plastics and glass Free Website Building Workshops Give & Take Days…all items FREE!
  2. 2. ž Who are some B-Corps? ž Warby Parker ~ buy one, give one to the poor ž BetterWorldBooks ~ Recycles used books, funds local libraries & global literacy ž Patagonia ž Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream ž Making money & making a difference…using business as a force for good! ž 60 B-Corps in PA today, check out:
  3. 3. ž Give & Take Days, annually since 2008
  4. 4. To truly “close the loop”, we need to do 3 things: 1) recycle our waste 2) make something new out of it 3) buy recycled
  5. 5. We have one planet with finite resources, in nature there is no waste. Nature builds up & breaks down…every organism provides an environmental service during and after its life ~ we can do the same with humans to create a society in which there is also no waste.
  6. 6. ž There are thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like. ~ Nigel Marsh
  7. 7. We can change society's definition of success away from the simplistic notion that the person with the most money when he dies wins, to a more thoughtful and balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like. Collect experiences, not things… Remove the excess that is holding you back, remove the debt, free to do work you actually care about. Path to security, path to happiness. 1) sell or donate your “stuff” 2) pay off your debt 3) do what you love
  8. 8. < = > Less = More (Happiness)
  9. 9. Tiny House Living Benefits: 1. Less stuff/clutter 2. Less time cleaning 3. More savings/money to enjoy life! 4. Higher quality of Life, work less 5. Lower carbon footprint, less materials 6. Less expensive to build/heat/maintain 7. Easily moves for travel/job relocation 8. Can help reduce poverty/homeslessness
  10. 10. ž Consumption is a big problem, but design is the best solution. ž Waste is really a DESIGN FLAW!
  11. 11. ž Minimalism ~ buy less, buy quality things that last… ž What you can do to help ~ REFUSE single use plastics ~ ditch the straw, the lid, disposable razors, etc.
  12. 12. ž “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” ~ Vernon Howard
  13. 13. According to the EPA, the waste materials generated in the US annually: § Plastics - 30 million tons of plastic waste (nearly 60 billion pounds). Only 12% of plastic waste gets recycled § Glass – 13.2 million tons of glass, about 22 % recycled § Tires – 300 million tires in the US, 12 million in Pennsylvania alone.
  14. 14. Humans make products that do not break down, creating problems throughout the world on land and sea for generations to come.
  15. 15. Source: Closed Loop Fund
  16. 16. ž About 88% of the total plastic waste generated was landfilled, littered, incinerated or finds its way into our oceans… ž Only about 12% is recovered for recycling…
  17. 17. ž How can you make something disposable that's indestructible? Photo: Midway Journey
  18. 18. Plastics kill 1.5 million marine animals each year ~ litter finds it way to our oceans
  19. 19. Plastic Waste
  20. 20. …can be turned into Plastic Livestock Posts
  21. 21. ž It is hard to increase the quantity of recycled raw material without compromising quality. (Single Stream)
  22. 22. Glass Waste
  23. 23. The Process of Glass Recycling
  24. 24. …can be turned into a sparkling landscape glass walkway or used in a gas fire pit
  25. 25. This is where we came from…
  26. 26. This is the progress we’ve made:
  27. 27. We can do the same with plastics…
  28. 28. Waste tires can be turned into playground surfacing, horse footing, rubber timbers & tiles…
  29. 29. ž It takes 525 gallon-sized milk jugs to produce one 2-rail section of plastic post & rail fencing. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ž It takes 100 tires to make 1 ton (2,000 lbs) of rubber mulch ~ enough to cover an average size home playground. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ž It takes 4,000 beer bottles to make 1 ton (2,000 lbs ~ about 1 cubic yard) of glass mulch. It takes 100 beer bottles to make 1, 50 LB bag of glass mulch.
  30. 30. In your lifetime there are ~50 yrs of oil left for gasoline, heating, plastics, tires, much more… Question: Will we be forced to mine landfills for raw materials? Video ~ America's National Wonder: Plastic!?
  31. 31. Areas of Green Opportunities: 1) Conserve, recycle, and efficiently use energy and materials 2) Use renewable & alternative sources of energy 3) Purchase materials with recycled content 4) Reduce the amount of waste we throw away. 5) Encourage Extended Producer Responsibility or enact legislation to require it.
  32. 32. According to NRDC Report “More Jobs, Less Pollution” report shows that a 75 percent national recycling rate would create nearly 2.3 million jobs. The US recycles about 35% now… Jobs in: ž Recycling Industries: MURF’s ~ collection and processing of recyclables to make them available for use ž Reuse and Remanufacturing Industries: new recycled products ž Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, million-jobs-according-nrdc-report/
  33. 33. § Design products with the end of life in mind… cradle to cradle, not cradle to grave (landfills). Focus for the future: waste = food (resources)
  34. 34. Impacts of Buying US Made Recycled Products § Investing in American made products creates jobs § Sets a good example & helps our economy § Long-term economic and environmental benefits. § What better raw material to use than our waste materials transformed into a valuable resource ~ in nature there is no waste.
  35. 35. Leave less of a footprint on the earth…
  36. 36. Favorite quotes: § Every single individual makes some impact on the planet every single day and we have a choice as to what kind of difference we’re going to make. ~Jane Goodall § Plastics, like diamonds, are forever! ~ Capt. Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research Foundation § If only they made a pesticide for litterbugs! ~ Monroe County, PA Beautification Organization
  37. 37. 570.629.8414 Thank you! Rita Lacey