Separate Your Glass Bottles and Aluminum Cans – What Would It Mean if Everyone on Earth Recycled?

 

The recycling rate in the United States more than doubled between 1990 and 2013 and has remained steady. Many municipalities make it easy to recycle by allowing single-stream and/or free recycling. Over 94% of the U.S. population has recycling available to it between curbside and drop-off programs.

That rate certainly can be increased. The supply of recyclables does not meet the demand for them, and recyclables easily can be shipped around the country and the world. Germany recycles 66.1% of its waste, and the average rate in the European Union was 45% (in 2015). Continue reading…


The Truth About Cold Water Survival

 

Nearly 1,500 people died when the RMS Titanic sank on the morning of April 15, 1912. However, although authorities in 1912—and most people since—have understandably attributed the cause of these deaths to drowning, the majority of people died from hypothermia. The waters of the North Atlantic hovered around the freezing point, which killed the healthiest Titanic passengers in roughly 15 minutes, and the elderly, infirm, and the young in much shorter periods of time. Continue reading…


The History of the Jerrican

 

The turning point of the technological tug-of-war in World War II centered on a product the Allied Forces initially overlooked, a product Hitler secretly stockpiled in anticipation of war: the jerrican.

A jerrican or jerry can is a container used for efficient fuel transportation. Its success during World War II enabled the Germans to employ their famous Blitzkrieg strategy and overrun most of Europe in record time. Continue reading…


Top 12 Tiny Homes of 2017

Whether it’s to escape the suffocating constraints of debt, or concerns for the environment, or the desire to return to a simpler life, more people are turning to tiny houses.

It’s a movement that’s gathered momentum over the past couple of years and drawn international attention, thanks to the likes of CNN, NBC, PBS, and Oprah. Continue reading…


How Global Warming Is Affecting Shipping Routes

global warming affecting shipping routes

Shipping cargo around the world is a vital service that’s worth billions of dollars and is integral to economies all over the planet. Whether it’s a container of crude oil, gas, or more perishable goods (such as fruit, vegetables, or meat) which are stored in specialized vessels, crossing the world’s international shipping routes is considered the lifeblood of the global economy. Continue reading…


How Sustainable Initiatives for Businesses Can Boost Profits

There are many ways in which a business can consistently generate net profits over time. They can make the choice to reduce expenses, they can increase the price of the product that they are selling, or devise a plan to sell the current product at a greater volume. They can also figure out a cheaper way to design the product. But what about an intentional effort to undertake sustainability initiatives?

For businesses in North America, it might sound like a radical idea. What’s the point of focusing on sustainability when things are going well? It’s not like they are going to suddenly run out of resources anytime soon. There is no real pressure nor is there a true incentive to pursue this path. However, this type of thinking might be preventing these same companies from becoming even more profitable in the future. Continue reading…


Key Books for Regulation Insight on Packing Supplies for Dangerous Goods

IMO_CATALOGUEKey books for regulation insight on packing supplies for dangerous goods are being offered from our company at competitive pricing. From our perspective, there is no bar that cannot be surpassed, which is why we’re constantly striving to increase our knowledge and understanding on the subject of packaging supplies for shipping dangerous goods.

As most of our customer can testify to, one of the reasons that our company has been so successful over the years is our humble attitude. The rules and regulations for packaging supplies for shipping dangerous goods are constantly updating. For instance, recently there has been increase scrutiny on lithium batteries. Our family owned business, with a high achieving team of specialists are closely watching the proceedings to insure that our customers are able to cooperate with strict compliance with the law.

But just because we’re experts on the proceedings, doesn’t mean you can’t improve your knowledge! Our company is currently selling IATA products; IMO Regulations products; Emergency Response Guidebooks; and CFR 49 – Code of Federal Regulations Title 49. We aren’t selling these products to claim intellectual superiority on an important section of business. Encompassed in each of the products from these categories are important information that is practical to be aware of. This can help you save time and money in the long-run, because you can better maintain your business and compliance with existing law.

To ship dangerous goods by air, IATA products are the industry standard. These assist in classification, packing, marking, labeling and document shipments of dangerous goods. Essentially, to stay in compliance with state and airline requirements, one must use the knowledge encompassed in these materials. Our company has a significant array of materials to choose from to access these materials. They can come in books, CD-Roms, or kits/combos. Over the years of being an industry leader, our company has amassed clients from several different regions of the world. Therefore, the 2016 57th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, in addition to coming in perfect or spiral bound, are customizable in various languages, which include the following: English, Spanish, French and German. We also offer the ability of summarization! For the 2016 57th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations book on our online store, you can view significant changes that have been made in 2016. This book is utilized by more than 200 airlines. From the product description on our website, the book “covers every facet of national and international shipping regulations, including a comprehensive Dangerous Goods list detailing Proper Shipping Names and labeling requirements, packing requirements, training guidelines and up-to-date information on shipping forms.”

From the International Maritime Organization, our company provides comprehensive information for ocean shipping regulations. A popular combination that is purchased from our company is both the IMDG Code 2014-16 37th Edition and the IMDG Code Supplement 37th Current Edition—with the latter clarifying difficult sections from the former. From the product description, this book is “intended for use not only by the mariner but also by all those involved in industries and services connected with shipping, and contains advice on terminology, packaging, labeling, placarding, markings, stowage, segregation, handling, and emergency response action.” An excellent option that is less of a strain on your eyes being that it utilizes your ears is the IMDG Code for Windows (V12), 2014. It is highly portable and contains a trove of necessary information.

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook A third educational book is the Emergency Response Guidebook—otherwise known as the ERG Book. This book provides the most recent dangerous goods in a list format. In addition, the book provides information for emergency responders to accurately and quickly access a hazmat incident. The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), Regular Bound comes in a 5½” x 7½” standard size. From the product description:

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2016) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident. The ERG is updated every three to four years to accommodate new products and technology.

As is apparent, this product offered from our company is comprehensive and provides excellent information.

Lastly, we’re offering the CFR 49 – Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 book in either regular bound or spiral bound. Currently, these products are for presale, but will be available in mid spring 2016. Encompassed within these books is valuable information for shipments utilizing domestic transportation; while also including all modes of transportation as well (ocean, air, highway and rail). This product is in no way considered light reading, coming in eight volumes.

In conclusion, amongst our vast inventory are several important books that pertain to regulations. Being an industry leader for many years wasn’t by accident or luck; rather, a firm determination to follow the best industry practices and ensuring we deliver products that have 100 percent compliance. For additional question, feel free to engage in a Live Chat with one of our specialists or call us directly, from Monday to Friday, at (866) 272-9880, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. We strongly believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question. A successful relationship with our customers is paramount to our success. Therefore, feel free to ask us any question that you deem pertinent to the success of your business. To learn more about updates in the industry, products sold from our company, and general information on packing supplies for dangerous goods, visit: http://www.airseacontainers.com/blog/. From there, you can locate a lot of useful information from our blog, which is constantly being updated.


Lithium Battery Guidance Document, Revised March 9, 2016

IntroductionPDF Document

This document is based on the provisions set out in the 2015-2016 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and the 57th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). The provisions of the DGR with respect to lithium batteries may also be found in the IATA lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG). In addition to the content from the DGR, the LBSG also has additional classification flowcharts and detailed packing and documentation examples for lithium batteries… The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for complying with provisions applicable to the transport by air of lithium batteries as set out in the DGR. Specifically the document provides information on:

• Definitions;

• Classification (including classification flowcharts);

• Prohibitions;

• Restrictions;

• Frequently Asked Questions

To access the document, visit: Lithium Battery Guidance Document or click the PDF image above.