Improve health and waste nothing: The Elemental Essentialz formula





Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/14/2013 1:02:16 PM


Theresa HarrisTheresa HarrisTheresa Harris, founder/CEO of Elemental Essentialz, presents her unique sustainability-driven insights Tues., June 18, from 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. as part of the EastPack seminar series. For more information or to register for the conference or the show, visit


As a chemistry teacher and former developmental specialist, Theresa saw firsthand the increase in developmental delays and disorders. Along with research linking chemicals found in our homes to an increase in various health issues, she felt an obligation to take what she knew and formulate cleaners that were both safe and effective.


Additional research led her to the realization that her customers were also concerned with consumption levels and waste production. The rebel in her itched to upset the status quo, and she decided to take on both issues, making it her mission to “Improve Health & Waste Nothing.”


Packaging Digest asked her to share insider information on her approach to business and packaging.


Q: What was your hobby and how was that propelled into a growing business?
A: Cake Pops (cake on a stick)! Unfortunately my teenage sons and I ate them faster than I could make them, and I realized I needed a hobby that nurtured my creativity, not my waistline. Around the same time I happened upon an article about the dangers of certain chemicals in cleaning products. I was shocked to learn the ingredients in household cleaners did not have to be listed in their entirety. I decided to make homemade cleaners that weren’t dangerous for my family. In doing so, I had three priorities, that they needed to be safe, smell nice and be pretty. 

I started with used wine bottles because they were beautiful and free! As an aside, it turned out that many high school teachers enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. I was proud of my little sets of cleaners and started sharing them with friends and family. The response was amazing…and here we are!


Q: What are the essentials of your “waste nothing” approach?
Our approach is to bridge the gap between knowing what is right and being able to achieve it. Our customers want to consume and waste less. They do not want to negatively impact our planet. Current efforts to help make this happen, including improvements in packaging, are often “invisible” to consumers. That’s not to say those efforts aren’t admirable. The impact of these changes on our planet is positive and significant, but the customer doesn’t get to “feel” they are making their own contribution. By packaging in refillable and reusable glass bottles, we make it easy for our customers to feel good about joining the mission to “Reuse for Zero Waste.”


Q: Why has this resonated with retailers and consumers?
Ultimately, we are making it easy for our customers to feel better about how they are treating our planet. Our products are safe, beautiful and, simply by purchasing their first bottles, consumers can “waste nothing.” The ambiguity over how, where or even if our bottles can be recycled is a non-issue and our customers never have to feel guilty about adding another empty household cleaner to our landfills or oceans. For retailers, I think they recognize the priority consumers are now placing on reducing waste. Providing a new and unique solution for their customers is an obvious win-win.


Q: What is one piece of advice you can share with consumer packaged goods companies?
I feel funny offering advice to an industry to which I am still so very new, especially since I feel much of our success came about almost accidently. By hard work, yes. But a brilliant and calculated packaging plan, no. 

I’ll explain why I think that’s important. We chose wine bottles because they were pretty and, in the beginning, free. We started allowing our customers to refill them to save money—ours and theirs. Fast forward almost two years…our packaging approach is now considered by many to be sustainable and innovative. Thankfully, these are two good qualities to have these days. 

Looking back, I just wanted to make something that was safe and beautiful and the package was always part of the product. 

My advice would be, when considering a new package, treat it as part of the product, not separate from it, not something to be discarded. Ask yourself, is it safe? Is it beautiful? And will it always be? If the answer is no, I guess I would ask, what can be done to change that? 







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China's printing industry situation and development trend of environmental protection – the printing industry, environmental protection – Prin

China's printing industry situation and development trend of environmental protection – the printing industry, environmental protection – Prin

Following China Printing Technology Association Mr. Yu Yongzhan on June 3, 2008 in Dusseldorf, Germany in the World Print and Communication Forum Organization “Printing and the Environment” forum statement. Printing industry worldwide attention drupa2008 occasion organized by the World Print and Communication Forum, organized by the theme of “Printing and the Environment” forum, for the majority of attention in the Development of peer Environmental protection And to promote the harmonious development between man and nature is of great significance. Thanks to the invitation of President Sykes, I and my colleagues are very pleased to attend the meeting. Please allow me on behalf of China Printing Technology Association and the China printing industry, organized by the Forum to extend our warmest congratulations on schedule; to print from around the world and related industries to express my sincere greetings to friends; to the Forum’s Steering Committee and the Secretariat to do the good of this forum to express my heartfelt thanks to careful arrangements. Now I am the subject of this forum to talk about the printing industry of China’s environmental situation and development trend of the future view of the exchange and discussion with everyone. 1, China’s environmental legislation
Environment is a global problem, is threatening the survival of mankind and the survival of civilization. With continued population growth and increased economic output, consumption levels increase, shortage of resources, climate change, ozone depletion, biodiversity loss, land degradation, environmental pollution has become acute. States are facing serious challenges to sustainable development. China is the world’s most populous developing countries. Since the late 70s of the 20th century, with China’s rapid economic growth, industrialization process of developed countries to a century in phases to the environmental issues in China concentrated there, becoming a major issue in China’s development. Chinese government and people attach great importance, and has now established a “Constitution” as the basis, “PRC Environmental Protection Law” as the main body of environmental laws. China’s Constitution clearly stipulates: “The state protects and improve the living environment and ecological environment, prevent pollution and other public hazards.” Chinese criminal law on the crime of destruction of environmental resources are also special provisions. So far, China’s legislature enacted the Environmental Protection Act, Environmental Impact Assessment Law, Water Pollution Control Act, Solid Waste Pollution Control Act, Clean Production Promotion Law, Air Pollution Control Act and other environmental protection laws and 9, Natural Resources Conservation Legal 15. China has also participated in, or the conclusion of the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” and “Kyoto Protocol”, “on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,” “Convention on Biological Diversity” and 50 more involved in environmental and resources protection of international conventions and treaties and to actively comply with these covenants and obligations under the treaty. The State Council and relevant departments and local people’s congresses and the government developed a large number of corresponding administrative regulations concerning the environment, department regulations and local laws and local regulations. Can be said that China’s protection of the environment have formed a relatively complete legal framework for environment protection, so that the legal basis, rule-based. In addition, China has built, including environmental quality standards, pollutant discharge (control) standards, environmental standards, samples, etc., state and local environmental standards, and environmental protection responsibility system of administrative law enforcement and accountability system was improved and amendments. According to the present and for quite a long time goal of China’s environmental situation and to protect people’s health, improve the quality of life, protecting national environmental safety, development of circular economy and the establishment of “resource saving”, “environmentally friendly” society has become China’s environmental legislation a few basic directions and tasks. Here necessary to point out that industrial pollution is the focus of environmental protection. Therefore, in addition to environmental legislation, China has promulgated industrial policies and economic policies have also attached great importance to environmental issues, such as the Catalogue of Industrial Structure Adjustment issued, the development of industry access to enterprise energy conservation environmental protection projects and other preferential policies for tax relief. June 2007, the Chinese government set up a special State Council Premier Wen Jiabao as head of the national response to climate change and energy conservation, the leading group, respectively, introduced the “China National Climate Change Programme” and “comprehensive energy conservation work program, “some other areas determined to reverse the GDP growth, regardless of environmental protection practices. The Chinese government is organized and coordinated efforts of all sectors to implement the scientific development concept, the effective implementation of international commitment to ensure sustainable development. Second, the environmental status of the printing industry in China and Countermeasures
China’s reform and opening up 30 years ago, the printing industry to benefit from the rapid growth of the national economy has achieved rapid development, completed in the last century, the second revolution in printing technology, out of the lead platoon, letterpress printing process to achieve the published objects Phototypesetting Offset printing , Completely away from the general practitioners working environment contaminated with lead. As the number of printing companies still used the traditional printing process, in some production areas there are still some, such as volatile organic solvents, waste water discharge and other environmental problems. To stop low-level redundant construction, to prevent environmental pollution, accelerate the pace of industrial restructuring, promoting the production process, technology upgrading of equipment and products, China’s printing industry in government guidance and coordination with the relevant industrial sector, has taken many positive measures. These measures include: the development of industry in accordance with government macro-control plan, adjust and optimize industrial structure; strictly implement the environmental assessment of new projects, increased the threshold for access to new enterprises; eliminate backward production methods, serious environmental pollution, energy consumption high printing capacity, and promote the level of printing technology, product quality, grade, cost-effective on the stage; rely on the introduction, digestion and a combination of independent innovation popularization of some key to encourage the development of new products and new technologies, from traditional printing methods to radically reduce the harm caused to the environment. Not long ago Beijing had a Packaging Printing Enterprises have become the history of the Olympic years, the first printed use of advanced environmental protection technology to provide green services to the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Printing services Suppliers. Implemented in the industry and the packaging and printing ink technology standards for environmental labeling products, promotion of cleaner production in enterprises and the ISO14000 environmental audit Management System certification, to improve the environmental awareness of employees, to promote the printing production of green products, enhance market competitiveness. Relevant government departments and enterprises in the joint efforts of recent years, the environmental situation of the Chinese printing industry has improved to some extent. Main problems: more and more outdated technology offers high quality suppliers and high quality products, such as PEM Fastener , Machined Parts china machining parts for domestic and oversee buyer. To know more information, please visits

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