Onion waste is converted into usable electricity

I am constantly amazed at what can be converted into usable electricity these days. Leftover parts from an old refrigerator can be converted into energy, pumpkins can be converted into energy and this week I read a story about onion waste being converted into usable electricity. Onion waste! Gills Onions processes one million pounds of onions a day but about one-third of that is waste. This waste is used to create about 30,000 gallons of onion juice (yuck) and then converted into power via an anaerobic digester.


Manilla pledges to plant trees for paperless billing

Manilla, an online bill management and payment system, is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree when a DirecTV customer switches to paperless billing. Paperless billing not only reduces paper use and waste but it really does make handling your bills easier. If you’re a DirecTV customer, simply sign up for your free Manilla account and access your DirecTV bill through Manilla. You won’t have to worry about receiving a paper bill, due date reminders can be setup through Manilla and a tree will be planted through the partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.


Corporations have a big sustainability challenge

As more corporations begin to not just embrace sustainability but implement company-wide sustainability programs, they are facing one big challenge – consumers. Despite their best efforts, corporations are still dealing with skeptical consumers. I admit, I’m one of the problem consumers. Ory Zik asks the following question in his article, “With so many things to measure, and no one metric to span all categories, how are businesses supposed to accurately measure sustainability, let alone convince consumers of the value and validity of their efforts?” That’s a great question and one I certainly don’t have the answer to.

Weekend reads: Green business news
Onion power, a bonus to switch to paperless billing and skeptical consumers.