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The Dilemma of Growth vs. Green

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errricwillson
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Green is our growth
errricwillson   6/19/2013 3:40:24 AM
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i am agree with you. I think companies are not realizing that Green is actual growth of us. In matter of 3D printers i alos want tpo add something. Low price technonlogy just added raw materials to society. It was even a good time when we have a our okidata printer not working but we work with it through the years  and 

TaimoorZ
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Re: both
TaimoorZ   8/27/2012 5:18:20 AM
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Since 3D printers are relatively new in the market and are not so common yet, would it not be a good idea to produce a material (similar to plastic) that can be used with these printers and is also environmental friendly at this stage? We may not be able to stop the use of plastics once the printers become common and the usage increases.

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Current Consumption vs Future Consumption
TaimoorZ   8/27/2012 5:10:19 AM
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Interesting post, Doughlas. Another dilemma facing the economy is the trade-off between current consumption vs future consumption when it comes to energy supplies. In many third-world countries there's a limited supply of oil and gas and hence there's high demand for it by the industry as well as by domestic consumers in the form of fuel for vehicles. It's another dilemma for the government whether to allocate the supply of resources to industry for future growth or to put them aside for current consumption by domestic consumers.

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Wale Bakare   8/23/2012 6:37:41 PM
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I agree with you sourcing an alternative printing material is good rather than 3D. That's more harmful to householders. As per education, people's behaviours and attitude are areas needing attention. I do also think, greener stakeholders - government and others have to put incentive as another strategy if that would work enough.

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elctrnx_lyf   8/23/2012 10:01:26 AM
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I'm not really sure if the individuals or even the governments are really considers about the extra plastic usage. Individual themselves should be made more educated about the use of the plastic and encouraged to use as less as possible. 3D printers are definitely not my favourite as a house hold use.

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Hospice_Houngbo   8/23/2012 9:45:54 AM
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@Nemos,

"In addition a key factor to obtain the above is to control the over consumption"

You are correct on that as well. Over consumption is threatening Earth. "We are living as if we have an extra planet at our disposal", said Jim Leape, international director general of the environmental conservation charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

"We are using 50 per cent more resources that the Earth can sustainably produce and unless we change course, that number will grow fast -- by 2030 even two planets will not be enough," added Leape. 

High-income countries should drastically shrink their ecological footprint and help maintain biodiversity in the world instead on contributing to its  destruction. 

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Hospice_Houngbo   8/23/2012 9:26:47 AM
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@Nemos,

"I believe with the proper care can be achieved both, growth and green"

As they say where there is the will there is the way. The problem is that most manufacturers don't have that will for now. They may need some compelling rules from the authorities. Sweden example should inspire other countries as well. Our forests need to be preserved or restored. Unfortunatly some companies will continue to break environmental laws to expoit our natural resources at any cost.

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Ecco Friendly buildings
Jacob   8/23/2012 6:15:38 AM
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"How can companies balance their desire for continuous growth and share expansion without putting a big dent on the environment?"

Douglas, is it possible? I don't think, but some efforts can be put to minimize the environmental damages. Now there are some organizations, which are rating the companies/buildings based on how much they are ecco-friendly. The parameters are natural light, air ventilations, natural cooling without a/c etc. If we need a complete ecco friendly environment, we have to think about a company without building or walls, under the share of trees; which is not at all possible.

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both
Nemos   8/22/2012 8:56:45 PM
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I believe with the proper care can be achieved both, growth and green. For instance in Sweden for every tree they cut they must plant two. In addition a key factor to obtain the above is to control the over consumption therefor the end users must buy with consciousness.

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Re: The dilemma
Douglas Alexander   8/22/2012 12:23:00 PM
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@Barbara, Best Buy is an excellent example. Suppose you have an option to decant products at the store and beside every cash register there is a recycle bin. The Best Buy people do the cutting and removal and give you a paper bag for your purchase including instructions, warranty, and manual if applicable. The plastic is recovered immediately, your fingers don't have to recover, and fot those who want to take home packages to wrestle with, so be it. However, it is that dent you were referring to.

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