The Social Efficiency Dividend

“Growth” is every company’s goal—including Arrow’s. But it’s also a word that can send shivers down the spines of the sustainability-minded. When growth means increasing consumption, materials and energy spend, I’m not gleeful about the g-word. So you can imagine my delight when an IDC analyst proposed growing economically by tackling waste. At the IDC…

Just One Good Pair of Shoes

A friend of mine recalls growing up having just one good pair of shoes, which was intended to last until he outgrew them and handed them down to a littler brother. No, he’s not an octogenarian, and no, he did not grow up in extreme poverty. One very serviceable pair of shoes is all one…

Swimming Upstream

Here in Arrow’s Value Recovery business, we refer to our specialized recycling partners as our “downstream.” We take assets that cannot be repaired or refurbished or have no viable new life in their form as assets per se, and we break them down. First we harvest usable parts. Even if a laptop cannot be repaired,…

Reverse Logistics is THE Key to the Circular Economy

There can be no circular economy without reverse logistics. Reverse logistics is the arc that makes the circle; it is the turn in return. Heading home from the third annual Reverse Logistics & Sustainability Council Conference, I’m thrilled at the growth of the conference, the growth in diversity of the attendees and the overall increased…

You Think It’s Gone – But It’s Not

Trying hard to practice what I preach, I recently bought a refurbished iPhone 4 from an Amazon seller. Why? Because I needed to turn in my corporate phone and I’d come to like my old, totally functional iPhone 4. I have two boom boxes that fit the phone and play audio while charging the device….