- O’Leary Paint Company proven to be superior paint manufacturer
Based in Michigan, O'Leary Paint captured gold, silver and bronze honors recently from Coatings Research Group Inc (CRGI). CRGI tested regional, national and international paint products and O'Leary products were rated the highest of all paints tested
- Brittany Fox: Empowering women, emitting freedom
The women make unique and fashionable bags out of trash, recycled plastic bags and pop cans. Each unique purchase promotes environmental stability and emits freedom into the lives of women in need.
- Door to Door Organics: Inspired organic food made simple
"Local isn't necessarily the new organic, though," warns Collier. "Just because something comes from the local community doesn't mean it's organic. There is a wealth of information online that people can peruse to get informed on the benefits of organic."
- Kirk Heinze: Eco-Painting-Good Idea, but Be Careful
O'Leary has seen a steady growth in the use of eco-paints, not only among homeowners, but also among professional painters. Also spurring some of the growth is the use of such paints to garner valuable points in the LEED certification process.
- LED lighting: the bulb that could last you six years
Further money savings are realized because of an LED light's unbeatable energy efficiency. According to Palm, these lights consume 50-90 percent less energy than conventional options. LEDs are a top pick for green consumers not only because of their reduced energy and maintenance costs, but also because they contain no mercury or chlorofluorocarbons and are frequently produced from recycled materials.
Carbon Green Bioenergy revitalizes Michigan ethanol facility
- Mitch Miller talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Mitch Miller is the CEO of Carbon Green Bioenergy. The company purchased a bankrupt ethanol facility in Lake Odessa, Mich. and restarted operations. The plant buys corn from local farmers to produce 50 million gallons of ethanol and 120 thousand tons of distiller dried grains per year.
Miller says that Michigan was of great interest for investment because of the ethanol deficit that existed in the state.
“There are only 250 million gallons of production here in the state, and the state uses 400 million gallons of ethanol per year, “ says Miller.
Despite the ethanol deficit in Michigan, Miller insists that the major growth in the industry is coming to an end.
“For the majority, the large grow is over,” says Miller “The five operating facilities in the state right now will continue to debottleneck their operations and expand their production slightly.”
Major auto manufacturers are still interested in producing flex fuel vehicles that can run off of ethanol. Ethanol is the only available form of liquid fuel that is an alternative to gasoline.
“All the major automobile manufacturers have been very supportive of this idea.,” says Miller. “That really is driven by the need for America to reduce the amount of oil that we import so that we can select as a nation where to purchase.”
Click on the arrow above to hear Miller’s June 25 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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