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I was inspired to create this blog by the wide-ranging and uplifting responses I received from all over the globe in response to my TED talk that went “live” on October 6, 2011:  http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_biddle.html

The TED team suggested I put together a TED blog to respond to what appeared to be more than 1,000 comments, questions and offers to help in just a few months. The responses fell into several categories that I was able to address separately in the blog.  As there were some more personal examples I wanted to share, I decided to create a separate blog.

My TED talk focused on all of the “stuff” in our lives, what happens to it after we discard it and what my colleagues and I at MBA Polymers are doing to give it a new life – particularly the once difficult-to-recycle plastics.

The blog I put together for the TED website and the information contained in the MBA Polymers website (www.mbapolymers.com) address what we are doing at MBA Polymers.

The purpose of this blog is to share more personal values, principles, ideas and actual practices that can help us secure a SUSTAINABLE bright future.  It starts with the person in the mirror.

We are bombarded daily with stories and information regarding climate change, resource depletion, species extinction, eco-system destruction, etc. , which make it seem that the goal of achieving sustainability while maintaining a ‘high quality’ of life are mutually exclusive.  My belief is that we can achieve both, but it will require changing some of our current behaviors and I intend to argue that these changes will lead to an improved quality of life rather than the austere “green life” envisioned by many.

“Live Like There is No Tomorrow” has become a common theme frequently expressed in motivational speeches, including Steve Job’s famous Stanford University commencement speech from 2005.  In fact, there are several recent popular Western songs with similar titles:

     – “Live Like There’s no Tomorrow”, Selena Gomez

     – “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow”, Whitley Keith

     – “Live like We’re Dying”, Kris Allen

     – “Live Like You We’re Dying”, Tim McGraw

While this or similar phrases are usually meant to suggest living each day to its fullest, certainly useful advice, it seems that many of us take this far too literally and forget to think about the future – grabbing everything we can as quickly as we can.  I believe it’s time we started “Living Like Tomorrow Matters”.

My blogs will attempt to discover and communicate things we can do as individuals to “Live Like Tomorrow Matters”, while improving the quality of our lives.  It’s really just following the Golden Rule.  If we want others to live in this way, then we ought to do the same.

5 Comments
  1. APOSTLE EVANGELIST AKATAKPO A.E.S.FRANK permalink

    i would want have insight toplastic recycliing process and availability of the machinaries inclusive cost element of different types from small personal to big large scale produion one

  2. APOSTLE EVANGELIST AKATAKPO A.E.S.FRANK permalink

    THE PROCESS IS BEST FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTISE GLOBALLY.PLASTIC RECYLING .THIS SHALL ASSIST TO PRMOTIE BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

  3. Tessa permalink

    Hi Michael
    I saw your TED talk and was impressed by your attitude to making change happen.
    The Scottish Government have loan funding for improving plastics recycling in Scotland;
    http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/new-investment-recycling-industry
    Most of our plastic go to England and beyond for processing, may be you could look at Scotland as a place to invest?
    Kind regards
    Tessa

  4. Juan Pablo Valdivieso permalink

    Hello Mike, I watched your TED talk… I think it´s incredible what you do at MBA Polymers. Could you please send me you email address so I can ask you something? Thank you very much.

  5. We are now operating plastic recyling services in Hong Kong! Great article!, nice post, thanks

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