GreenBlue is marking its first decade as a nonprofit sustainability-watchdog by looking ahead to its next. And it plans to mark the milestonewith a series of articles about the future of sustainability, products and business. GreenBlue says on its website that it plans to recruit “visionaries, thought leaders, business innovators, scientists, and educators,” to talk about what they anticipate to be the biggest ideas and trends driving sustainable business. But before throwing it to the experts, the folks at GreenBlue tried their hands at some answers. Here’s what they came up with:
We’re running out of water. Seriously. And GreenBlue expects the discussion to shift from scare-tactics to community-centric best practices.
You will be tested on all the material. Ecosystem services have been around since 2005 but it’s their recent fall from use that’s brought them back into the spotlight. Projects, especially large-scale ones, should expect to have to account for how they impact natural resources and natural processes.
Greening the disclosure process. A surging demand for green products has upped the ante on ruling out “greenwashing.”This means that companies will likely be pressured to disclose the components of their products if they want to claim them as sustainable.
Manufacturers as product stewards. Increased attention to products’ end-of-life use and manufacturer take-back policies should spur an uptick in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws. Approximately two-thirds of U.S. states have already developed their own policies, designed to harness manufacturer resources to reduce waste and increase product quality from the start.
Longer product life. Consumer electronics take more energy to make than they use during their life, GreenBlue writes, so why not push companies to build your to P.C. to last a little longer or get cell phone companies to offer less-frequent model upgrades?