Infographic Friday: How Paper Recycling Works

Have you ever wondered how paper recycling actually works? Check out the infographic below and see how your daily recycling efforts are making a real difference.

We RecycleDolphin Blue has been a big fan of recycled paper since the 90’s.   (Remember the 90’s? Good times.) We pride ourselves in the fact that our papers contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, with many of our paper options repping a 100% post-consumer content stamp. In other words, Dolphin Blue offers “tree free” paper. Yes, we love the environment.

And not to brag on our paper products, but they also offer even more great qualities like being processed chlorine free, being made with Green-e Renewable Energy, being carbon neutral plus, and being Green Seal and FSC certified. We love supporting environmentally minded paper industry leaders like Boise, Wausau, Mohawk, Neenah, and Beckett Concept.

Dolphin Blue would love to provide you with environmentally friendly paper. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our new website, give us a call.  We’re here to help.

How Paper Recycling Works

Infographic courtesy of Brave Media LLC.


Heroes of Sustainability: Jeffrey M. Smith

Jeffrey M. SmithIt may seem a bit ironic that Jeffrey M. Smith lives in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn — the very things he’s spent years fighting against.

As author of the bestselling book on genetically modified food, Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, Smith has meticulously documented the effects of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on our health, along with how biotech companies have misled leaders into thinking this issue isn’t a big deal.

“Jeffrey Smith is the leading world expert in the understanding and communication of the health issues surrounding genetically modified foods,” says Candace Pert, former Chief of the Section at the National Institutes of Health.

Changing the Global Course of Events
For a long time, not many people listened. Smith ran for a seat in Iowa’s Congress in 1998 and received less than 1 percent of the vote. Seeds of Deception in 2003 gained attention, however, and Smith followed it up in 2007 with Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, which links GMOs to 65 health dangers, from allergic reactions to infertility.

In the foreword, Michael Meacher, former environment minister in the UK, wrote this:

“This is the authentic book on genetic modification that the world has been waiting for. … The case presented is absolutely a smoking shotgun that should stop in its tracks any dabbling with GM foods, whether by individual families, food companies, or indeed nations. … Jeffrey Smith is one of the great campaigners of our age, a relentless pursuer of the truth, a fearless advocate in the corporate world of secret influence, and a ceaseless promoter of the public interest across the world. He is the modern David against the GM Goliath. This book may well provide the sling-shot to change the global course of events this century.”

On a Crusade
Now the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Smith works to Seeds of Deceptioneducate policy makers, businesses, media, and consumers alike about the dangers inherent with genetically modified foods, as well as the issues with research, regulation, and reporting that surround the industry. The institute’s Non-GMO Shopping Guide is a great resource for those concerned about what they’re eating.

Smith has been quoted in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nature, and Time magazine. He’s made appearances on NPR, Fox News, the BBC, and The Dr. Oz Show.

“Every quarter of our precious world is calling to us,” Smith wrote in an article on The Huffington Post. “So many threats to our planet, to our food, to our life. Countless species teetering. Future generations line up outside our door to see if we will answer.”

Jeffrey Smith is answering. How many will join him?



Is Dallas Walkable?

The Dallas Arts District is one of the city's walkable neighborhoods.

The Dallas Arts District is one of the city’s walkable neighborhoods.

We love our hometown of Dallas at Dolphin Blue, but it hasn’t always had a reputation for being a very easy place to get around without a car. Bike lanes and the expansion of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit, our light rail system) are changing that, and we’re thrilled that gas-guzzling vehicles aren’t the only way to traverse the city. Here are some great ways to get from here to there:

By foot: Yes, Dallas is walkable (at least parts of it). Explore the neighborhoods of the Dallas Arts District, Uptown, the West End Historic District, and Deep Ellum by hoofing it. See what you can do in each area in this Texas Journey article.

By bike: The BikeDFW nonprofit advocates for cycling in North Texas and sponsors related events.

By light rail: Take a look at DART‘s network — stops include the Dallas Zoo, the American Airlines Center, and Fair Park. This summer, families (with two adults and up to four kids) can get a regional day pass for just $10 on Saturdays.

By bike that someone else pedals: Don’t have the energy or the equipment to pedal yourself around town? Dallas Pedicabs does the tough work, shuttling you along various downtown routes.


What Will They Think of Next?

Test TubeNew green technologies are invented all the time, making life as we know it a little more eco-friendly. Think solar panels, hybrid cars, water-powered clocks, and post-consumer recycled toner cartridges (of which Dolphin Blue has a wide array).

But some inventions are a little more offbeat. Here are three that take something old and make it new again — in totally unexpected ways.

1. Trash-powered street lamps. Webster’s first definition of trash is “something worth relatively little or nothing,” but designer Haneum Lee has a different idea. His Gaon Street Light includes a trash can at its base made for food scraps. The methane from the discarded waste then powers the lamp, and compost is created that can be used to green nearby parks and other areas. With this concept, it is true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

2. Washing machine beads. Washing your clothes with hardly any water? A company in England says it’s possible. Xeros has developed plastic beads that fight stains while using 90 percent less water than a typical laundry cycle. The nylon beads can be reused hundreds of times, then recycled into things like dashboards for cars.

3. Pig urine brick? 2010 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition winner, architect Ginger Krieg Dosier, has blended sand, clay, soil, and bacteria together to create bricks with a smaller carbon footprint than traditional cement ones. (Brick production currently creates about 800 million tons of CO2 a year.) Dosier says pig urine may become part of her process in the future.