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Reduce, Recycle, and Rethink

Reduce, Recycle, and Rethink

According to the OECD, Germany recycles or composts 65% of its waste. The remainder is incinerated, since there are no landfills in the country. Compare this with the situation in the United States, where 35% is recycled or composted, 12% is incinerated and the remaining 54% is landfilled. The same categories for Canada are 24, 4, and 72%, respectively.

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The Evolution of Maintenance Philosophies

The Evolution of Maintenance Philosophies

Maintenance philosophies have come a long way in the last few decades. In the beginning there was reactive maintenance, i.e. only fixing something if it breaks or causes ...

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Data Mining 101

Data Mining 101

I heard it said recently that in the last ten minutes, more data have been generated than since the prehistoric era until 2003. Measuring things and storing the acquired ...

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A History Lesson on Paper Tariffs

A History Lesson on Paper Tariffs

In January 2018, the US Department of Commerce slapped a tariff ranging from 0.65% to 9.93% on Canadian producers of uncoated groundwood paper. This followed a tariff app...

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Four Seasons of Papermaking

Four Seasons of Papermaking

Unless you live near the equator, you are aware of seasonal changes and how to react to them. But did you know that papermaking can also be affected by season? In this bl...

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Using Consultants in the “Gig Economy”

Using Consultants in the “Gig Economy”

One of my first summer jobs as a teenager was playing the organ for weddings at various churches. It was my first experience as a freelance employee, or what musicians ca...

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The Business of Handmade Paper

The Business of Handmade Paper

According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans still send 6.5 billion greeting cards every year, about 1.6 billion of which are for the Christmas season. In a surve...

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