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News from Solarcycle, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and more

Resource Recycling News - Mon, 02/19/2024 - 16:28

News from Solarcycle, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and more

AIMPLAS participated in a project to recycle blended cotton and polyester fabric into recycled polyester and lactic acid. Alter Trading Corporation, a Missouri-headquartered metals recycling firm that handles e-scrap, purchased the operating assets of Mississippi-based metals recycling company Martin Brothers …

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First Person Perspective: Share your operation’s story effectively

Resource Recycling News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:53

First Person Perspective: Share your operation’s story effectively

This article appeared in the November 2023 issue of Resource Recycling. Subscribe today for access to all print content. About 87% of Kraft Heinz’s packaging was recyclable, reusable or compostable in 2022, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. The …

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Data Corner: Kraft Heinz reports on packaging progress

Resource Recycling News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:49

Data Corner: Kraft Heinz reports on packaging progress

This article appeared in the November 2023 issue of Resource Recycling. Subscribe today for access to all print content. About 87% of Kraft Heinz’s packaging was recyclable, reusable or compostable in 2022, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. The …

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How Trauma & Financial History Can Impact Aspiring Business Owners

As a small business lender, Mountain Association staff often talk with aspiring business owners about their financial history. Conversations sometimes evolve into discussions of traumatic events that clients have been through or are still battling. Often, these events have negatively impacted their financial history.

Excerpt from a poem included in the Restoring Hope project by Kentucky women.

In order to be more prepared to navigate these conversations and support clients, our staff recently went through training on trauma-informed approaches, as well as training on intimate partner violence and how financial abuse can be part of that picture.

Financial abuse is often cited by victims of abuse as the main reason that they stayed with or returned to an abusive partner. As a lender who has to look at a person’s financial history, the training brought up the following questions for us as an organization in considering ways we can create systems that support victims/survivors.

Support for Recovering from Financial or Other Abuse

What resources can we provide to help clients subtly open separate bank accounts to gain independence? What free budgeting tools and education can we offer clients to empower their financial management skills and boost clients’ confidence in financial decision-making? How can we advise clients on safely building up emergency funds even with limited resources? How can we help clients improve credit scores damaged by abuse so they can access affordable housing, etc. if needed? What partnerships with local organizations can we form to refer clients to counseling, legal help, shelter options, etc.?

Over the next several months, we will be working to answer these questions and compile resources to share with clients and organizations similar to ours.

The following are some resources we already know of:

Recognizing Abuse as Financial Lenders

Beyond training in how to take a trauma-informed approach to our work with clients, how will we train employees to recognize signs of financial abuse and offer help safely and discretely? Since financial abuse is often intrinsically linked to domestic violence, the first step in advising a client is to ensure their safety. We need to evaluate whether the steps we advise them to take would put them at risk of retaliation from their partner. For example, before advising the client to open up their own checking account, help determine if their partner would be able to access or know about the account.

Though Mountain Association never shares details of any person’s loans to any party other than original borrower without explicit permission, what other security measures should we consider? What can we add to our website, marketing material and loan documents to share resources with clients who might be in abusive situations? What adjustments can we make to loan products and policies to accommodate clients trying to leave abusive situations?

Here are some useful resources for organizations to learn more about this issue:

The Importance of a Trauma-Informed Approach

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or Adverse Life Experiences are those potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood or throughout life. These include experiencing violence, abuse or neglect, witnessing addiction or violence in the home, having a family member attempt or die by suicide, and more. In the US, 64% adults will experience at least one type of trauma before age 18.

Excerpt from a poem included in the Restoring Hope project by Kentucky women.

Trauma from these experiences can alter brain development, hormonal systems, genetic expression and cause long term behavioral/health effects. Addressing root causes via trauma informed care, resilience building and community support is key. We all have a role in building a better world for everyone.

Here are some useful resources for organizations to learn more about trauma-informed approach:

  • Empowered Soul Coaching – Angelika Weaver is a Victim’s Advocate, Community Organizer, Empowerment Coach, & SEKY Native. She led our staff training and is an excellent resource.
  • BOUNCE Coalition – an organization based in Kentucky providing training and resources.

Contact

We’d love to hear from you with questions or resources as we work to better serve our clients. Please contact Ariel Fugate at ariel@mtassociation.org or 859-302-3868

Two Cheers for Circularity

Resilience - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 03:49
In sum, a circular economy can help the world’s economies use resources more judiciously. But it would not guarantee that materials use is capped, nor that materials extraction and use would remain within boundaries set by nature.

Beware of WEIRD Stochastic Parrots

Resilience - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 03:18
Just what, according to its namers, are the distinctive characteristics of a stochastic parrot? Why should we be wary of this species? Should we be particularly concerned about a dominant sub-species, the WEIRD stochastic parrot?

Crazy Town Bonus: Grief and Making Connections with LaUra Schmidt

Resilience - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 03:00
LaUra Schmidt visits Crazy Town to discuss her work with the Good Grief Network and her book, How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet.

On Animism and Gaianism

Resilience - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 07:45
So is Gaianism animistic? Considering there are some Gaians that consider Gaia a metaphor, others something more, that question is not possible to answer. For some certainly, for others absolutely not.

Is Our Food Waste Creating a Murder of Crows?

Resilience - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 07:29
Ongoing research finds that trashcans can feed and boost crow populations, which comes with a potentially deadly cost for some other bird species.

Ashley Hodgson: “The New Enlightenment and Behavioral Economics”

Resilience - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 06:57
On this episode, Nate is joined by Ashley Hodgson, a professor in behavioral economics, where she offers a perspective on the superorganism and what she calls ‘The New Enlightenment’.

1963 Conference Put Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change in the Spotlight

Resilience - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 04:33
At 9:30 am on March 12, 1963, in Room 1-B of Manhattan’s Rockefeller Institute, six experts gathered to discuss the implications of a newly identified atmospheric phenomenon: the rising level of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

Sustainable Timescales

Resilience - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 04:03
Will our intelligence prove to be too much of a “good” thing and turn us into evolution’s deadliest blunder, or will at least some of us learn to tuck back into our family, no longer hubristic enough to play at being gods?

Another Mediterranean-Climate Mystery: Santiago and Central Chile

Resilience - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 03:48
How does one revive the ancient water cycles that once richly greeted Valdivia and his conquistadors? Perhaps not surprisingly, in peering for the answer Carvallo looks back as much as forward, to techniques developed over 1,400 years ago by pre-Incan cultures to the north, in the Peruvian Andes.

Textile recycling is at a pivotal moment, experts say

Resource Recycling News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:55

Textile recycling is at a pivotal moment, experts say

Textile production is among the world's least sustainable industries, but that could change if brands, governments and investors supercharge and interweave recycling systems that already exist in isolation, experts said during a recent webinar from Europe.

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AMP rebrands with a focus on supplying entire facilities

Resource Recycling News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:53

AMP rebrands with a focus on supplying entire facilities

After 10 years helping materials recovery facilities retrofit with innovative robotics equipment, AMP Robotics has dropped the latter part of its name, reflecting an emerging focus on building recycling centers from scratch with AI-equipped sorting systems.

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Paper and plastic grades push upward

Resource Recycling News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:50

Paper and plastic grades push upward

OCC prices increased for the 14th consecutive month in February, reaching a high they haven’t hit since summer 2022. Prices for other curbside fiber and plastic grades also either increased or remained steady. The national average price for corrugated containers …

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Fiber exports drop 17%, plastic shipments hit record low

Resource Recycling News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:49

Fiber exports drop 17%, plastic shipments hit record low

U.S. recovered paper exports in 2023 reached a 19-year low, driven by major multi-year declines in shipments into key overseas markets. Recovered plastic exports dropped slightly year over year, bringing a record low for the second consecutive year.

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Georgia glassmaker Arglass plans recycling facility

Resource Recycling News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:48

Georgia glassmaker Arglass plans recycling facility

One of the country's newest glass container manufacturers is building its own glass recycling plant to incorporate post-consumer cullet into its new bottles and jars for the first time, a company official said last week.

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Growth Battles in Chittenden County

Resilience - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 05:55
The verdant beauty of the Green Mountain State is striking, but preserving its beauty is a struggle as the state’s fields and forests attract green of a different kind. The state’s revered rural landscapes represent potentially lucrative investments for developers.

Farm to Forms – the Epicness of Trying to Establish and Run a Farm in France

Resilience - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 05:18
If I only had one wish, it would be to spend more time with my sheep and less with my computer… because you can eat a leg of lamb with onions and cooked carrots… you can’t feed a nation on paper and computer components.

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