Acoustics Matters!

Acoustics affect critical aspects of a building’s function, from productivity in the office and communication in the classroom, to the price an apartment, condominium or single-family home can command.

Understanding how to select a combination of building materials, system designs and construction technologies that will provide the most appropriate sound control is key to creating a successful acoustical design.

Energy from sound waves interacts with every object and surface in a room – some energy may be absorbed or scattered by room furnishings and some energy may reflect off or transmit through partitions. 

Sound can bend around barriers and squeeze through small openings, all of which can allow noise to reach surprisingly far beyond its point of origin.  As a result, designers must consider the dynamics of sound when determining how they will control noise within a building.

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The Downside of Free Returns and Exchanges!

A new survey from Brightpearl found that 42 percent of U.S. retailers say they have seen an increase in the number of returns and “serial returners” over the last 12 months.

What’s more, 61 percent of the retailers surveyed said they would ban serial returners.

This is an interesting change in an industry that has put so much emphasis on facilitating free returns and exchanges.

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How Solar Improves Sustainability in Supply Chain!

While you probably wouldn’t target solar panel manufacturing as the supply chain most in need of sustainable management, solar improves sustainability. Commercial solar panels and solar technology are at the cutting edge of efforts to make the supply chain more sustainable.

A variety of efforts are underway to make solar panels more renewable.

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The State of and Challenges with the Lithium Supply Chain!

The rapid growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in recent years has been a game-changer for the automotive industry and the global transition towards sustainable transportation. Central to the success of this transition is the lithium-ion battery and battery charging, which is widely regarded as the key enabler for EV adoption.

As the primary component of these batteries, lithium plays a crucial role in powering the EV revolution. This article explores the lithium supply chain, its importance for electric vehicles, and the future challenges associated with ensuring a sustainable supply of lithium.

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The Rise of Plant-Based Packaging!

In an era when environmental consciousness is at the forefront of consumer concerns, businesses are increasingly exploring sustainable packaging solutions to minimize their ecological footprint. One such innovation that has been gaining traction is plant-based packaging.

This trend marks a significant shift from traditional, often non-biodegradable materials to more eco-friendly alternatives. This article will explore the rise of plant-based packaging and its impact on both businesses and the environment.

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Supply Chain Alone Can’t Solve Sustainability But it Has a Part to Play!

In September 2019, the U.N. climate summit convened in New York. It saw leaders from around the world pledging new initiatives to address the ongoing climate crisis and sustainability, including a $60 Billion renewable energy commitment from Germany, and 15 countries including Britain, Norway and Costa Rica pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

World leaders are responding to massive climate protests and strikes around the world, with students inspired by activist Greta Thunberg and others demanding more action.

Around the world, people are demanding more from their governments, business communities, and their fellow consumers to help create a more sustainable future. None of these three communities can solve the crisis alone, but all have a part to play.

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Sustainable Packaging Benefits From New Marking And Coding Technology!

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly vital priority for businesses at every stage of the modern supply chain. Awareness is rising that inefficiencies and wasteful production processes can have a major negative environmental impact, and that addressing these problems should be central to the minimising of carbon footprints along the supply chain.

One of the key steps businesses are taking to improve the environmental profile of their production, distribution and shipping processes is to embrace sustainable packaging methods and technologies.

The reasons for this are clear: sustainable packaging is more cost-effective, better for the environment and more popular with consumers, and it aligns better with current regulatory demands.

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New EU Deforestation Regulation Set to Disrupt Global Supply Chain!

The European Union (EU) has long been a global leader in environmental protection, and its latest move – the EU Deforestation Regulation – is a testament to its commitment to safeguarding our planet’s future. This regulation is a significant step forward in the fight against deforestation, but has far-reaching implications for businesses and supply chains, as it targets products that have a huge foothold in different consumer goods industries and their sub-sectors. 

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Crypto Investment in Renewable Energy Projects: Fostering Sustainability Initiatives!

The intersection of cryptocurrency and renewable strength offers a promising avenue for fostering sustainability tasks and stopping climate change. With growing concerns about environmental degradation and the desire for smooth, strong answers, buyers are increasingly turning to renewable electricity initiatives funded through cryptocurrency investments.

In this article, we explore the location of crypto funding in renewable energy projects and its capacity to guide sustainability tasks globally. If you wish to learn about investing with education companies, you might consider visiting immediate-circuit.com

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Green Governance: Exploring the BitGreen Community-Driven Approach to Sustainability!

Welcome to the world of green governance! In this article, we delve into BitGreen’s community-driven approach to sustainability. 

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The Green Supply Chain: True Sustainability or Just a Marketing Stunt?

Brands labeled as having a Green Supply Chain have started becoming synonymous with sustainability, trustworthiness, quality and forward thinking.

For this very reason, companies globally are frantically climbing to the tallest of buildings to shout out their dedication to supply chain sustainability, and describe the sustainable actions that will follow ‘according to their 2020 initiatives’.

I don’t mean to come off snarky, but there is a clear-cut discourse that has formed between brands actualizing supply chain sustainability, and those who are marketing supply chain sustainability.

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Troubleshooting Common Issues with Purge and Trap Autosamplers!

A purge and trap autosampler is a vital laboratory instrument used in environmental analysis to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, like any instrument, it can occasionally encounter issues that hinder its performance. 

This article aims to highlight some common problems users face with these autosamplers and explore tips for troubleshooting and resolving these concerns. We will also discuss the Purge and Trap essentials in the process.

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Time to Rethink Sourcing Rare Earth Elements

It’s amazing how quickly $4 trillion dollars can change a conversation about rare earth elements.

With the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, and the resulting supply chain fallout, many have speculated on how the U.S. found itself so reliant on a foreign country, mainly China, but certainly others.

The Covid19 global pandemic has cruelly exposed the utter dependence of the US and the world on China’s mass manufacturing capability and supply of critical medical equipment and materials. Not only are personal protective equipment and medical ventilators in a massive short supply, Chinese supplied medical tests have also been found to be inaccurate when used in various countries.

This acute shortage and dependence has raised alarms and questions about remediation supply chain strategies for materials and finished products.

Why are we so dependent on these countries and what can we do about it?

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Consolidate Orders Online and Stop the Senseless Waste Now!

During the pandemic more people have been shopping online than ever before. It stands to reason that with lockdowns in place and many physical stores being closed, that ECommerce ordering and shipping is a great alternative to face to face shopping. And customers typically except sellers to consolidate orders they place.

Along with online shopping the never ending push for fast delivery has continued unabated, whether it’s really necessary or not.

The result of this however is that more and more online orders are being fulfilled and delivered piecemeal. An order of 3 or more items more often than not results in the delivery of 3 separate packages. There is no focus to consolidate orders at all. It’s insane.

Unless there is an urgent need for a specific item companies should be consolidating their items in fewer packages and avoiding all of this waste.

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Does Access Matting Hurt the Environment?

Access matting is a process of using mats to create a barrier between the earth and a job site. Often access matting is used during oil drilling or other large construction projects. These mats create a barrier for specific ground protection. 

There are many different materials that access mats can be made out of. These materials might include wood, composite, fiberglass, rubber, or plastic.

Access matting prevents environmental damage, and although many people associate all aspects of the oil and construction industry with hurting the environment, it actually does the opposite. 

Not only can access matting help you get your project done faster, but it can also help prevent negative environmental impact.

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