Phinix LLC Publishes Sustainability Gone Postal!, a book based on our 15-part blog series inspired by the USPS “Go Green” Stamp Collection

Phinix LLC is very happy to announce the publication of our new book, Sustainability Gone Postal!, a short book based on our 15-Part blog series inspired by the United States Postal Service’s “Go Green” Stamp Collection.

This 15-Part volume describes practical, real-life tips for achieving a greener lifestyle. Each colorful chapter offers valuable insights from leading experts in ecology, environmentalism, and energy efficiency. Sustainability Gone Postal! addresses the following topics:

  • Local Produce Reuse Bags
  • Walking as Transportation
  • Recycling More Often
  • Using Public Transportation
  • Fixing Water Leaks
  • Bicycling as Transportation
  • Using Efficient Light Bulbs
  • Carpooling and Ride Sharing
  • Working with Compost
  • Planting Trees and Vegetation
  • Controlling Your Thermostat Efficiently
  • Saving Electricity
  • Using “Natural” Power
  • Insulating Your Home
  • Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

Following the launch of our book, we plan to develop a presentation and lecture materials to broad audiences interested in topics concerning ecology, sustainability, and green living.

To learn more about our book, and order your copy, please visit:

Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Austin McKinney.

January 7th, 2013

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United States Postal Service Launches Electronic Recycling Program

With last month’s release of the iPhone 5, consumers worldwide are scrambling to get their hands on Apple’s most recent creation. With over 5 million new iPhones sold during the initial launch weekend alone, many consumers may now find themselves in a new predicament: “What do I do with my old phone?” While there are many options at your disposal, the United States Post Office has recently launched a new program that invites Americans to recycle their small electronic devices.

With the launch of this electronics recycling program, consumers will not only be able to recycle their electronic waste, but actually receive cash for the value of their items. According to Waste360:

 The Postal Service is working with MaxBack, an electronics recycling company that specializes in recycling unwanted electronics or buying them back. The USPS adds that shipping is free.

The USPS has a website,, where consumers can search for their electronic device, receive a quote and mail the product. Once MaxBack receives the item, they’ll inspect it and send cash in return.

 Even if the product has no refund value, free recycling mail-back envelopes are available for customers from participating USPS locations to ship their small used electronics, such as cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players, digital cameras or used ink jet cartridges.

 In previous blogs, we have noted the dangers of E-waste, the scraps and remnants of obsolete digital technology. E-waste is different from other recyclable materials because it often contains harmful chemicals and materials. This new program from the USPS will offers Americans a convenient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their obsolete devices, and possibly earn a little money in the process.

To learn how you can recycle your electronics with the United States Postal Service, visit the USPS website here:



Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Austin McKinney.

October 10th, 2012

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“Strategy for a Sustainable Industry” by Dr. Subodh Das Published in Aluminium International Today July / August 2012

In a carbon-conscious world, every industry needs to demonstrate it is conducting sustainable practices to secure future business. This article  : ” Strategy for a Sustainable Industry” by Dr. Subodh Das Published in Aluminium Times July / August 2012   describes the following  five strategies for building a more sustainable aluminium industry.

1. Achieving carbon neutrality

2. Eliminating unnecessary alloys

3. Urban mining

4. Manufacturing easily recyclable products

5. In-use energy saving products

A positive market position

By implementing these five strategies, the industry can take a proactive role in the sustainability revolution, pioneering industrial innovation and ultimately,
securing a positive market position for aluminium as a highly useful, sustainable
material capable of fulfilling many applications.

Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das , August 16 , 2012

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The State of Climate Change

Climate change is the 2k12 politically correct term for global warming, or the increase in the earth’s average temperature due to pollutants. Earth’s climate is evolving, which has affected our weather, oceans, ecosystems and society.

The root of the problem cannot only be found in nature, but in human activities. Humans release billions of tons of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases yearly. As a result, Earth’s climate has drastically changed – we have seen increases in global and ocean temperatures, growing sea levels, and melting snow and ice.

The leading governmental agency that is trying to recognize the causes and effects of climate change is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2010, the EPA wrote a report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, which pinpoints 24 trends associated with the causes and effects of climate change. The report is divided into five categories: greenhouse gases; weather and climate; oceans; snow and ice; and society and ecosystems. Each of the five categories are divided into subcategories, which you can find here.

Under The Clean Air Act, the EPA continues to develop standards for carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, The Clean Air Act cited six greenhouse gases that pose a threat to public health and welfare, which are mainly emitted from motor vehicles. In the future, the EPA strives to create renewable fuel and clean vehicles. Read the rest of the EPA’s regulatory initiatives here.

Ultimately, it is our job to prevent the advancement of climate change. There are ways to help: use energy efficient light bulbs, shut down electronics, use less water, and recycle more often. Those are just the basics — read more tips on how to help here.

Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan, August 7,2012

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