Cascade Alliance Blog
Come and get your Five Headline Friday to see what’s been going on this Earth Week!
- The Scrap Exchange, our partner, expands with the opening of Scrap Thrift!
- In Turkey, a fun street featuring recycled materials helps local business thrive
- A sustainability center in Ireland, featuring furniture repair and repurposing, thrift, education, jobs and more
- A new and better plastic-eating enzyme is developed, timely for this year’s Earth Day plastics theme.
- A deep but important dive into a trend we’re reading more about retail toward circular economy initiatives. If more businesses begin adopting this, would there be an impact on donation-based thrift retail?
It’s Friday and time for some headlines we hope you’ll find useful and inspiring. This week we’re featuring articles on:
- Countries that recycle the most and how they achieved success
- An interview with a supply chain specialist about how companies can do better to participate in the green supply chain
- Retail buy back programs embracing the circular economy
- Plastic pollution crisis in Brazil and community response
- The Mattress Recycling Council has new management
Welcome to our weekly offering of headlines we hope you’ll find useful and inspiring. This week we’re featuring articles on:
- growth in the resale apparel market
- contracting of traditional retail as Amazon expands its reach
- bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to nonprofits
- using local resources and talent in ventures to develop inner city business
- growing potential of “urban mining” of electronic waste to replace virgin mining
We’re back to Friday with some news and views on…
- Opportunity Zones: areas eligible for community development financing, for low-income urban areas
- Scaling up social enterprise projects by advising other organizations who can replicate them
- A federal prison reform bill that promotes employment and other measures to reduce recidivism
- Landfills as sources of raw materials
- Research findings on the use (or not) of nonprofits’ written mission statements
It’s Friday and time for some headlines! This week we’re featuring two stories about response to the China plastic recyclable ban, an ICYMI- Starbucks is responding to pressure and spending big to make greener coffee cups (but why not just bring your own re-useable one, we say!), a story of online resale going to bricks and mortar, and a program linking business students with non-profits to mutual benefit. So here they are…
Welcome to Friday! Have you recovered from the transition to Daylight Saving Time? This week’s headlines feature two stories about certain caffeinated beverages, coincidentally. We also have stories about a real mischief-maker in waste diversion: child car seats, the value to rural women entrepreneurs of market-based social enterprise, and online thrift is gaining momentum with the help of technology to increase profit margins. Read on…
Welcome to Friday! Here’s our weekly offering of five of the latest topical articles, news stories, and reports. This week’s top stories include: Ebay’s role in the circular economy and ways they are innovating to enhance user engagement, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is observing Women’s History Month with its Women’s Impact Initiative, and an article highlighting the successes of mattress recycling in California. Is there a place for retail thrift in the “pop-up” economy? The Roanoke Times explores this emerging business model. Finally, Resource Recycling describes the value of measurement and analytic software tools being used to measure impacts in recycling programs in state, local, and industry sectors. Read on…
Waste Dive took a look last week at how a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum might impact the waste and recycling industries. Authors Kim Slowey and Code Boteler write that prices for domestic steel and aluminum are likely to increase, so domestic recyclers could get higher prices for their products.
That’s a short-term potential impact, says Terry McDonald, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, which sells about 5,000 tons of various kinds of scrap metal into secondary markets each year. Read on for more about predicted effects on waste and recycling…
Here’s our latest “Five Headline Friday.” This week we are reading about the Super Bowl doing super waste diversion, Millennials donating their parents’ stuff to thrift stores, networking to advance local social enterprise, a check-in with how the EPA is approaching sustainable materials management in the Trump era, and a presentation by Greg Vestri, a profit-non-profit “bridger”, on how non-profits can use a profit-oriented framework to reduce dependence on donations to fund growth. Read on…
“In the past year, the “Me Too” discussion has made all of us aware of the importance of creating a workplace culture where people feel valued and safe, but there are many other ways that workplace culture can go sideways – gossiping among staff, kidding around that can lead to workplace injuries, failure to reinforce best practices – and it takes sensitive leadership to change the culture and improve working conditions.
Read on for how we describe a positive work-place culture, both for employees and for customers, and examples of the ways we work to make changes when we see that they are needed.”
At the Cascade Alliance we mostly focus on reuse at the level of individual items – whether it’s clothing or furniture or a salvaged mahogany fireplace. But we also excel at adaptive reuse, taking a building adapted for one purpose and giving it a new lease on life with a new purpose.
Next Cities reports on the successes and underlying philosophy and strategies of Saint Vincent de Paul of Lane County, and the Cascade Alliance in accomplishing our social venture mission.
It’s Friday again! Here’s our seventh installment of “Five Headline Friday.” Each week we pull together our top five articles, news stories, and reports and share them here. This week’s top stories include a thrift store piloting new strategies, a sustainable publisher calling for reduction in book waste, and some apps that make charitable giving easy and fun. Read on…
Happy Friday! Here’s our sixth installment of “Five Headline Friday.” Each week we pull together our top five articles, news stories, and reports and share them here. This week we touch on two efforts to improve measurement of outcomes in social impact programs, Uber-like technology for on-demand recycling pickups, rewards for innovation in plastic pollution solutions, and a mattress recycling program with a social and environmental mission. Read on…
Happy Friday! Here’s our fifth installment of “Five Headline Friday.” Each week we pull together our top five articles, news stories, and reports and share them here. This week we touch on the impact an Amazon warehouse has on a host city. Waste360 highlights the importance of collaboration and partnerships to do end-of-life management of consumer products. RecycleForce is helping reduce criminal recidivism with employment in recycling, we get a look at a venture to improve retention and diversity in non-profit management, and a study of how new philanthropists can learn to best donate for impact. Read on…
“We were pleased to see the James Irvine Foundation’s recent announcement of a new funding focus in California. Announced in December, it recognizes the distance between quality family wage jobs and low-income workers. The foundation announced two initiatives designed to reduce the barriers for those who want to work and are working, but lack the opportunity to move up to jobs with better wages, while also recognizing the need to support workers in low-wage jobs, who often have no voice at the policy table. We have four strategies for bringing along entry level workers so that we can promote them…..”
Happy Friday! Here’s our fourth installment of “Five Headline Friday.” Each week we pull together our top five articles, news stories, and reports and share them here. This week we touch on the cost of housing for homeless patients, the world’s first intelligent waste bin, Austin’s reuse challenge and more. Read on…
“Collaboration has the potential to make us all stronger, but it can be difficult to employ across a national network. Why bother? A thoughtful piece about collaboration came out last year in the Harvard Business Review, noting both what collaboration is and what it isn’t. Read on…”
“Each week we gather the five articles we found most interesting that week, and share them with you here. This week we follow the ongoing global conversation around China’s plastic ban, touch on redesigning fashion’s future and more. Read on…
“At the Cascade Alliance we’re all about creating sustainable jobs. Thanks to a report by Insight at Pacific Community Ventures, titled Moving Beyond Job Creation: Defining and Measuring the Creation of Quality Jobs, we have the tools to analyze our efforts more deeply. The report, funded by the Surdna Foundation, offers a lens we found fascinating and helpful. It identifies five core components of a quality job …” Read More
“Each week we gather the five articles we found most interesting that week, and share them with you here. This week, our focus was on the power of policy in boosting recycling rates, the struggle in philanthropy to address inequality, and reusing precious metals in electronics manufacturing. Enjoy! …” Read More
Leading from the Ground: Three Tips on Leadership During Company Growth (January 8th, 2018)
“Growth can be difficult. It involves walking into territory that is not always clearly charted, meeting challenges as they come, and letting go of old ideas. One danger, Jason said, is thinking you have it all figured out…” Read More
Five Headline Friday (January 5th, 2018)
“Each week we gather the five articles we found most interesting that week, and share them with you here. This week, our focus was on recycling trends, the circular economy, and the recently passed tax bill. We hope you enjoy this curated list. …” Read More
Bomb Cyclone Coming? Get Your Thrift Store Ready! (1.3.18)
“Our numbers took a huge hit for a few days, but we were able to spike them up right after. This was an unavoidable event, and things like this will inevitably come up. The point is to be aware and adaptable so that you can best prepare your site and staff…” Read More
“We continue to thrive and grow because we’ve learned to keep our eye on problems as they come up, to observe and question and work on solutions…” Read More