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Climbing a hill that
becomes a mountain
How many of you have begun an ambitious endeavor that turned out to be far more difficult than
you thought it would be?
How many times have you said, “If
only I had known, I might never have
Maybe it was a weekend painting
project that turned into a yearlong remodeling Project, or a grandchild’s train
set gift that turned into a lifelong hobby.
The young, propelled by idealism
and ungrounded by failure, are especially apt to venture into unknown territories that are vaster and more difficult
than they anticipated.
When Chandler Slavin joined her
family’s business after graduating from
college, freshly inspired by her degree
in ethics and social justice, she was incensed to find out that the packaging
products her company manufactures
were not being recycled. “We didn’t
understand … if our plastic is made
from recycled bottles, why can’t it be
recycled with bottles? It seemed so
simple,” she said.
But nothing ever really is simple, is
Chandler set out on a quest to discover why the thermoformed packaging
Dordan Manufacturing makes was not
being recycled, unaware of how long
her journey would become or how steep
would be her climb.
Progress Is Made
Even if you go the distance, you may
not get there as fast as you want, but
hopefully, you’ll make progress.
While standing in the customs line
at the Toronto airport en route to the
Greenbuild expo on Oct. 4, I overheard
two men talking about wind farms and
the potential for them in their home
state of windy Kansas. “But then,
somehow you’ve got to store the en-
ergy,” one man said. I couldn’t help but
interject. “Large-format lithium-ion bat-
teries,” I said. “Wind and solar energy
can be stored.” I happened to know
that because I edited this issue’s Sage
Supplier article, “Batteries make stor-
ing wind, energy possible.” That has
not always been the case.
Green Manufacturer Staff
President & CEO, FMA Edward Youdell
Group Publisher Dave Brambert
Editor-in-Chief Dan Davis
Editor Kate Bachman
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