Justice is served by low-cost, compostable cushioning






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Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 9/18/2013 11:18:57 AM





 

Justice Design Group packagingJustice Design GroupAs with any customized product, the lighting fixtures manufactured by Justice Design Group are made-to-order. So when the president and the plant manager of the California-based designer of residential and commercial lighting began considering new packaging solutions, product protection was a top priority. 

“Our products are highly customizable, which means we have to manufacture them again if they are broken in-transit,” explains Brandon Levin, president of Justice Design Group and grandson to the factory’s original founder. “While damage can be particularly costly to our business, the state of the construction and building industry means that we had to find a protective packaging solution that offered premium protection at the greatest value.” 

The company’s Sealed Air sales representative, Ann Regan, introduced Justice Design to Sealed Air’s new PakNatural loose-fill solution. Made from non-food renewable materials, PakNatural loose fill not only met his company’s criteria for product protection and value, but also offered environmental sustainability as a certified compostable packaging solution.

 

Hundreds of SKUs

With more than 250 different shapes and 30-plus different finishes, Justice Design fixtures are sold through a network of approximately 1,500 distributors in the U.S. and Canada that display and stock the product. The business requires a packaging solution that will protect the company’s unique and fragile ceramic light fixtures as they are shipped across the U.S. and Canada.

Before, Justice Design used an interlocking corrugated solution for blocking and bracing the fragile products. “We found that our employees had a hard time handling the previous packaging solution, which required them to wear gloves for protection against the sharp edges of the interlocking pieces,” says Levin. “We already had an existing relationship with Sealed Air from the installation of PackTiger paper packaging systems that create paper cushions for blocking and bracing our retail-facing boxed items during shipping. When [Regan] approached us about a new sustainable loose-fill solution that could reduce our costs, we told her to bring it in for testing.”

“We found that PakNatural loose fill was the best fit for their products and operations for a number of reasons,” adds Regan. “The fixtures have a lot of curves and pressure points, and this product can easily get into those areas to protect and support them.”

“I’ve described Sealed Air’s PakNatural loose fill as the ‘next generation of packaging peanuts,'” remarks Levin. “It does a great job preventing our products from moving around in the box and is lighter than the interlocking corrugate material we were using before. On top of that, the product is environmentally sustainable, which is increasingly important to many of the architects and designers we’re working with.”

 

Solution shines in tests 

The Justice Design Group conducted initial drop tests internally and then sent product to Sealed Air’s Packaging Design Center in City of Industry, CA, for additional drop and vibration tests. From there, Regan worked with the local Unisource Worldwide representative to perform drop tests and cost analyses, the results of which were presented to Levin.

After two to three months of tests, Justice Design began integrating the solution slowly into its shipping by the end of 2011. It continued to track shipments to ensure the new material was protecting their products. By the beginning of 2012, the company completely switched over to Sealed Air cushioning products.

Changes were minimal because Justice Design’s packaging operations were already set up for loose-fill packaging in the form of two overhead supply bladders, which hold approximately 60 cubic feet of PakNatural loose fill. When packing fixtures, employees first fill the boxes with about two inches of material dispensed from a bladder. Once the product is added, the remaining space is filled with at least another two inches of material before the case is tape-sealed for shipment. 

“Depending on demand, our packaging operations will pack 300 to 900 packages a day,” explains Justice Design’s plant manager Natividad Urrutia. “While demand isn’t highly seasonal, shipments do tend to pick up in the spring and again around October.” She notes that the supply bladders are refilled about twice a day. 

Urrutia reports a positive employee reaction to the changeover: “The old solution involved a machine that would fold the interlocking corrugate material, and employees reported that it was very noisy when packaging a particularly large item. Now they no longer have to wear gloves.”

The external reaction to the changeover was positive as well. “Our shipping partners are very favorable to Sealed Air packaging solutions from an insurance standpoint,” says Levin. “We included cards in our boxes to educate our customers about the new solution and the sustainable characteristics as a compostable material. 

“It can be difficult to get all of our products packaged and shipped from the West Coast to the East Coast in one piece, so we’ve been very impressed by the performance. The fact that Sealed Air’s PakNatural loose fill is an affordable, sustainable material that can keep our costs down by maintaining low claims rates and reducing the weight of our shipments is huge to us.”

 

Sealed Air Corp., 800-648-9093
www.sealedair.com

 

Unisource Worldwide, 800-864-7687
www.unisourceworldwide.com

 

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Monadnock Offers No-Compromise Beer Label for Sustainable Brands

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., manufacturer of technical/specialty and premium printing and packaging papers, recently announced the availability of an uncoated product designed specifically for craft beers. Monadnock Envi Label is made from 100% FSC-certified, post consumer waste fibers and withstands the rigors of challenging print images, bottling lines and cold, wet coolers.

“For an uncoated, textured feel, there was always a trade-off,” said Tim Boyd, market segment manager of Monadnock Paper Mills. “If you wanted a label to stand up to submersion and not peel, disintegrate or fall off, you had to sacrifice by using mostly virgin pulp. Conversely, if you wanted to be eco-conscious, there was always a compromise in how that material would stand up in the print process or in the cooler. Now, you can have the best of both worlds.”

Made in New England, home to many iconic craft brews, Envi Label offers American brewers a home-grown source for label stock that upholds brewers’ commitments to quality and sustainability with no compromises in performance or aesthetics.

“Monadnock’s Envi Label is unique because it’s the only product that meets our brewery’s commitments to innovative packaging as well as environmental sustainability,” said Jordan Bamforth, creative director at Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. “It works well on our packaging line and gives us a green alternative to a standard C1S beer label.”

Monadnock’s Envi Label is available to beverage brands manufacturer-direct or through select print partners, including DWS Printing (Beau’s printing partner), as part of its Envi Portfolio of fiber-based paper and packaging products for sustainable brands.

About Monadnock Paper Mills
Founded in 1819 and based in Bennington, NH, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., works with the world’s leading brands to craft and customize environmentally responsible performance papers for commercial printing, packaging and technical applications. Monadnock is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and maintains that fiber-based alternatives to plastic can be cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive and beautiful. For more information about the Envi Portfolio go to http://www.enviportfolio.com.

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Novelis launches world’s first certified recycled-content aluminum beverage can






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Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced the commercial availability of the industry’s first independently certified, high-recycled content aluminum designed specifically for the beverage can market. With a minimum of 90 percent recycled aluminum, the Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet will allow beverage companies to deliver soft drinks, beer and other popular beverages in a low-carbon footprint consumer package. 

“We are excited to be able to deliver yet another tangible result of our commitment to sustainable aluminum product innovation,” says Phil Martens, Novelis president/CEO. “Our Novelis evercan high-recycled content beverage can body sheet, backed by the industry’s first independent certification program, represents tremendous progress in sustainable consumer products packaging. As the world’s leading supplier of aluminum beverage can sheet, this is an important step toward delivering on our ultimate vision of an aluminum can with up to 100 percent recycled content.”

Novelis evercan aluminum sheet has been certified for high-recycled content by SCS Global Services, a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development. Novelis is initially offering aluminum can body sheet guaranteed to contain at least 90 percent recycled content. When combined with the can end made of a different alloy during the can making process, the new Novelis evercan will enable beverage companies to market their beverages in standard 12-oz aluminum cans certified as made from a minimum of 70 percent recycled content. The Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet is commercially available now in North America and Europe, and will be available worldwide later this year.

The company’s efforts to increase the recycling of beverage cans is a key component of its plan to dramatically increase the recycled content of its products across its global operations to 80 percent by 2020. Already the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, Novelis has announced capital investments of close to $500 million over the last two years that will double global recycling capacity to 2.1 million metric tons by 2015. Recycling aluminum requires 95 percent less energy, and produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), than manufacturing primary aluminum. 

“This first phase of the Novelis evercan high-recycled content initiative serves as a critical catalyst for Novelis to work more closely with consumer brand customers, our supply chain partners and other community stakeholders to increase end-of-life recycling of used beverage containers,” says John Gardner, Novelis chief sustainability officer. “We encourage wide participation from other aluminum suppliers, beverage and packaging companies, retailers and distributors, recyclers, municipalities, environmental groups and consumers themselves in promoting the use of more sustainable consumer packaging through aluminum recycling.”

For more information about Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can sheet, including an infographic and video, visit www.novelis.com/evercan.

Quotes from partners and supporters:
• SCS Global Services managing director Stowe Hartridge-Beam:
“We are pleased to have independently certified the exceptionally high levels of recycled content in Novelis’ aluminum can sheet, which represents a new benchmark of performance in an industry that has been long known for its recycling efforts. Novelis’ proven performance is evidence of its commitment to preserving natural resources, reducing waste and advancing sustainability.” 

• Stuart L. Hart, SJ Johnson chair in sustainable enterprise professor, Cornell University, and author of “Capitalism at the Crossroads”:
“Novelis’ launch of the evercan is an important part of its larger strategy to de-link the production of aluminum from greenhouse-gas intensive bauxite mining and primary aluminum production. Through their imagination and collaboration across the supply chain, they are reinventing the aluminum industry.” 

• Jonathon Porritt, founder/director, Forum for the Future:
“This is a really exciting development. The benefits of using recycled rather than prime-based aluminum are well understood, and for Novelis to be able to guarantee 90 percent recycled content beverage can body sheet represents a real breakthrough.”

 

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American Beverage Association Celebrates Earth Day

On Earth Day, and every day, the American Beverage Association (ABA) and its member companies demonstrate their longstanding commitment to our environment through ongoing efforts to further reduce their environmental impact.

“The beverage industry’s leadership in environmental sustainability has never been stronger than it is today,” says Susan Neely, ABA president and CEO. “We are leading a race to the top in the consumer products industry through the design of lightweight, more environmentally-friendly packaging.  Through our support, we are seeing comprehensive, efficient and effective community recycling programs get off the ground, including one launched this past year through a successful partnership with Florida’s Palm Beach County.  Our work is helping in communities throughout America, and as an industry, we have only just begun.”

This past year, the ABA supported a pilot project called “Recycle on the Go” in Palm Beach County, Fla.  Parks, beaches and boardwalks were the target locations for placement of 125 recycling bins, which were paired together with waste bins.  Promotional activities were carried out by the local jurisdictions, including North Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Park, Wellington and West Palm Beach.  The goals of the project were to:

  • Measure and improve public space recycling performance;
  • Create an effective, attractive and sustainable recycling system for beverage containers generated in the public space for each participating jurisdiction;
  • Provide opportunities for the public to recycle beverage containers and reduce litter; and
  • Increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle while away from home. 

 Data compilation is currently underway, but it is expected to show that the project is working to capture a significant amount of recyclable beverage containers and reduce the amount of litter in the locations that bins were placed.

“We care deeply about our industry’s impact on the environment; our operations reflect the priority and longstanding commitment we have to a clean environment,” said Kate Krebs, ABA senior environmental policy advisor. “Most importantly, we are beginning to see some real, positive change.  Our companies are engaging with citizens and communities to partner on projects that encourage everyone to do better, do more and do the right thing when it comes to the health of our planet.  On Earth Day, it is important to acknowledge these efforts are working.”

Some examples of ABA member companies’ efforts include:

  • The Coca-Cola Company is working to expand access to recycling and increase participation.  In partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the Company recently announced the recipients of its Recycling Bin Grant program, which will help more than 150 communities across America advance their recycling efforts this year.  Through this initiative and others, The Coca-Cola Company has now placed more than 180,000 bins throughout North America since 2008.  This is in support of Coca-Cola’s goal to recover 50 percent of the equivalent bottles and cans it places in market by 2015.  In addition, Coca-Cola diverts more than 95 percent of solid waste from landfills in its North American facilities.
  • Since its establishment in 2008, Dr Pepper Snapple Group has invested resources into aligning and integrating its operations to serve customers and consumers more efficiently and, as a result, conserve fuel and reduce emissions in transporting products.  The company has removed millions of miles from its over-the-road distribution footprint as a result of improved logistics, including intermodal transportation. DPS is also on track to reach its goal to replace 60,000 older vending machines and coolers with EPA Energy Star-rated cold drink equipment that consumes approximately 30 percent less energy.  In addition, through container lightweighting and other packaging improvements, DPS has conserved 46 million pounds of PET since 2007. The company also has increased its diversion of manufacturing solid waste to 82 percent and just last month announced a partnership with Keep America Beautiful to fund the placement of recycling bins in public parks.
  • To celebrate the launch of its new 0.5L ReBorn bottle, made with 50 percent recycled plastic, Nestlé Waters North America’s Arrowhead brand launched the “Recycling Is A Beautiful Thing” video with visual elements created out of recycled materials.  The video shows artistically beautiful ways to repurpose recycleable materials with the goal of inspiring people to recycle more.  Last November, Arrowhead also partnered with Keep California Beautiful (KCB) to promote America Recycles Day in San Francisco. Arrowhead, KCB and other community partners hosted a recycling education and beautification event near Fisherman’s Wharf with more than 150 volunteers.  Arrowhead also provided funds to install four solar-powered BigBelly bins that serve as a one-stop solution for recyclables, compostables and trash, which was a first for public spaces in the United States.
  • PepsiCo was recognized with the prestigious 2012 Stockholm Industry Water Award for its comprehensive approach to water stewardship.  It announced that it reached its goal to improve global water use efficiency by more than 20 percent per unit of production four years ahead of its 2015 target date.  Last month it announced that it had reached another goal in partnering to provide access to safe water to three million people in developing countries by the end of 2015, three years early.  The company’s Dream Machine Recycling Initiative, done in collaboration with Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful, continues to address the need for greater public access to recycling solutions and to help increase the national recycling rate. Since program launch, 5,500 Dream Machine bins and electronic kiosks have been placed, and nearly 1,000 K-12 schools across 42 states have participated in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program.  This has resulted in more than 190 million recyclable bottles and cans being diverted from landfills to recycling.

For more information on the beverage industry’s environmental stewardship, visit www.ameribev.org

 

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Iddy Biddy Steps for a Greener World

Iddy Biddy Steps for a Greener World

ZOLD has recently introduced Idbids to Canada, one of North America’s award-winning environmentally-friendly toy brands. Idbids creates toys that educate children on environmental sustainability and responsibility. With the motto, “iddy biddy steps make a biggie big difference” in keeping our Earth happy, healthy and green, Idbids products are made from organic, earth-friendly materials especially designed for children three and older.

One of ZOLD’s best selling products, the Idbids Eco-Friendly Starter Kit is the perfect gift for this back to school season. The Starter Kit contains one 9” plush toy, lovingly handcrafted using 100% organic Egyptian cotton. Coloured with natural organic dyes, no two are alike – just like children! Also included in the kit is an organic cotton backpack for the child to wear, the “iddy biddy steps for a greener world” storybook, the Idbids Field Guide – both printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly inks — and an online rewards program. The kit packaging is made from recycled and eco-friendly materials and includes paper doll cutouts and a playland insert. With the purchase of each kit, children can enter a code online that will help protect the habitat of animal friends through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant A Billion Trees campaign, Adopt an Acre® or Rescue the Reef® programs.

Idbids was a recipient of a MAX award earlier this year. According to the GSU Marketing Roundtable, the organizers of the 17th Annual Marketing Awards for Excellence, “Idbids demonstrates how a very small company can create a whole new category and compete with industry giants through innovation. The eco-friendly toys the company developed were created to foster a love for the environment and to help kids understand the steps they can take to protect the environment and make a difference. They did this without sacrificing fun.”

Parents echo the same enthusiasm for Idbids toys: “It’s never too early to teach our little ones about ways to save the environment, and when I stumbled upon Idbids, I knew their products would be a great tool to help Little Music Man learn about the environment while having fun at the same time”, says Sage Mom, owner of the Sage and Savy blog and self-described ’light green’ wife and mother of two beautiful boys. “The entire kit is eco-friendly, fun and educational. Even the box features cut-outs of the Idbids, and you can re-use the box as their playland!”

The Treece family, with two children under five, have recently discovered the benefits of buying from an eco-friendly toy company. “[Idbids products are] wonderful because they help teach concepts of conservation and pollution and give examples of reachable goals that children can do to help the environment. I think Idbids would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for the child who really doesn’t need just another toy.”

Available through ZOLD, Idbids’ exclusive sales agency in Canada, the Eco-Friendly Starter Kit is available in the following versions: Scout, the cloud, Lola, the flower, or Waverly, the water drop Idbid.

Sofia Ribeiro is the founder and co-owner of Kiwano Marketing, a green marketing services provider dedicated to support small, sustainable businesses. An experienced marketing professional and a green enthusiast, Sofia has an extensive marketing background across both small businesses and large enterprises throughout Europe and North America. Her expertise lays in guerrilla marketing and Internet marketing techniques, paired with a solid experience in copywriting and industry research.

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Methods And Means to Make a Difference – Recycle

Methods And Means to Make a Difference – Recycle

I have recently relocated to the city of Knoxville, Tennessee and have been pleasantly startled by the extent of the consideration towards environmental friendliness the city has as a whole. Everywhere I look this is evidenced – just the other day I was driving and noticed a message stating “This vehicle operates on clean biofuel” on the back of a city bus. To see an entire city displaying such environmental awareness and dedication to sustainability is definitely encouraging!

More and more, this is becoming the norm for cities. As their inhabitants are educating themselves on the need to preserve our environment and treat it with care, they come to expect and often demand that the city they live in take steps to do. In the case of Knoxville, trees are planted, biofuels and other clean energy sources are used, public transportation is accessible and convenient, and most of all recycling programs are implemented. This isn’t just exclusive to Knoxville, either. Dozens of cities now offer curbside pickup, and failing that there is still almost always some form of dedicated recycling center in place.

Recycling as a Lifestyle
As the scale of the institutions that are now backing eco-friendly living continues to increase, it is becoming increasingly realistic for everyday people to reprioritize and reorganize their lives to do the same. This does not have to be a major upheaval, as simple things like recycling can be the first major steps taken to great benefit, and without the need for inconvenient or uncomfortable changes. Consider what is necessary for recycling:

– You purchase the same products you always purchase, or if you’re ambitious take a little extra time to notice the type of packaging products come in and opt for those that are able to be recycled.

– When it’s time to discard plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, newspapers and other things, instead you set them aside in bags or boxes tucked away underneath sinks, inside closets or out of the way in the garage.

– If your city offers curbside pickup of recyclable goods then you simply place the bagged recyclables outside with the rest of your trash. If not, then you set aside about an hour (give or take) once a month to bring your collected materials to your local recycling center.

Considerations for Recycling
Prior to beginning to collect and separate your recyclables, it is wise to take some time to research the kinds of materials your city’s recycling program can accept. Not all cities are equipped to deal with every kind of material which is able to be recycled. For example, in Clearwater, Florida where I used to live they simply stopped taking glass products altogether. Before you spend extra time washing and storing all these items, check around on your city’s website or get in touch with local officials to find out what is accepted and what is not.

Some cities have independent recycling centers that will still pay you for bringing in certain recyclable goods. The city I lived in before Knoxville, New Tazewell, Tennessee has a center that pays people to bring in aluminum cans or any other kind of scrap metal, big or small.

Recycling is of immeasurable importance as our society, and humanity as a whole, reexamines its priorities and restructures its way of life in order to coexist with the natural balance of things and live sustainable and healthy lives. Like the song says, the old road is rapidly gaining, please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand.

CB is a competent generator of net-based facts and an accomplished creative agent, and presently deals with subject matter including JBL Pa Speakers and JBL car speakers.

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Going Green With Your Business

Going Green With Your Business

If your company has been eating the dust of your competitors, chances are your company has not been using the best practices approach. Today, if your company is not committed to excellence, your company would not survive. Look around you and see for yourself, you will find that business owners and employees who are constantly working to improve the quality of the product or services and continuously finding new ways are not only persevering but are growing as well.

It is fortunate for those lagging behind that there are those who are pioneers which they can benchmark from. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to business owners everywhere. Take the example of companies who have achieved a milestone in ensuring that their business interests are attuned with the principle of environmental sustainability.

Greening the Company
Going green is the current trend today. All business processes are being reviewed, from the use of energy to water conservation efforts – all in the name of environmental sustainability. Fortune 500 companies are reviewing their carbon footprints, ushering in a new and sustainable business processes.

Companies in the manufacturing sector are creating a new environment division that offers a line of eco-friendly packaging products that also meets the budgets of clients and prospects – a new and innovative way of going green without going beyond the budget. Companies in the print industry are offering eco-friendly materials for their flyers or poster printing. These materials, although they’re not considered cheap poster printing, come in the form of recycled paper or bio-degradable inks.

Bigger companies are taking the extra step by switching to 100 per cent solar power. Admittedly, these photovoltaic cells cost a lot but in the long run, the savings generated from these solar panels will offset the initial cost. Others have invested in water treatment facilities to recycle effluent water. These treatment facilities convert effluent water for gardening or flushing purposes. The savings from these initiatives as well as its benefits will generally outweigh the initial costs of building the infrastructure.

Not only are these companies’ efforts protecting the planet, it is also creating a niche for themselves in corporate social responsibility. Establishing a good reputation in the causes such as environment conservation is definitely a plus factor for any business. It gives the impression that they are not only after profits, they are also looking after the welfare of their customers as well.

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Sunterra.us- the Green Business That Helps Other Businesses Go Green!

Sunterra.us- the Green Business That Helps Other Businesses Go Green!

Sunterra.us is strongly committed to environmental sustainability. Their major focus is the slow decomposition of garbage in landfills and its devastating affects on the environment. That is why they sell 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly products to speed up the breakdown of trash and to reduce our negative effects on the earth. .

‘Eco-friendly’ or ‘Environmentally friendly’ means that SunTerra products pose no harmful effects on the environment or its inhabitants. This includes the methods being used to produce merchandise. Unlike petroleum-based (traditional) plastics, biodegradable plastic does not produce greenhouse gases as it is formed because it is made from plant fibers. Since the aim to have as little affect on the earth as possible, SunTerra ensures that all products are made in a way that avoids clear-cutting forests, wasting water, using insecticides, burning fossil fuels, etc. They support the use of eco friendly products and encourage others to pave the way for a brighter, cleaner future. .

Did you know that a plastic beverage bottle takes roughly 450 years to decompose? Take a look at the numbers found by the U.S. National Park Service: .
Time it takes for garbage to decompose in the environment:

Glass Bottle —————————1 million years

Monofilament Fishing Lines——–600 years

Plastic Beverage Bottle————–450 years

Disposable Diaper——————–450 years

Aluminum Can———————–80-200 years

Foamed Plastic Buoy—————-80 years

Foamed Plastic Cups—————-50 years

Rubber-Boot Sole——————–50-80 years

Tin Cans——————————-50 years

Leather———————————50 years

Nylon Fabric————————–30-40 years

Plastic Film Container—————20-30 years

Plastic Bag—————————-10-20 years

Cigarette Butt————————-1-5 years

Wool Sock—————————-1-5 years

Plywood——————————-1-3 years

Waxed Milk Carton——————3 months

Apple Core—————————-2 months

Newspaper—————————–6 weeks

Orange or Banana Peel—————2-5 weeks

Paper Towel—————————2-4 weeks

Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL. .

Humans are producing more garbage than the earth can handle. Waste has gotten harder, and harder to decompose since the Industrial Revolution. Thanks to modern science, a new type of plant-based plastic has been formulated that quickly and completely decomposes. Biodegradable plastics are the solution for environmentally-conscience homes and businesses to reduce landfill waste, and reduce green house gas emissions. In the right conditions, they decompose like fruits and vegetables because they are derived from raw renewable materials. With the same reliability, look, and feel as traditional plastics, corn fiber products can decompose in less than 2 months in the right conditions. .

SunTerra offers the following Biodegradable Products: Biodegradable clear plastic cup, biodegradable plastic bag, biodegradable plate, biodegradable trash bag, biodegradable packaging, biodegradable plastic deli container, biodegradable leaf bags, biodegradable garbage bags, biodegradable cleaner, biodegradable solo cups.

Composting is a vital part of maintaining our environment’s balance. Now that scientists have formulated biodegradable materials, almost anything can be made from it such as biodegradable: trash bags, cups, cutlery, deli containers, packaging and more. Starch and limestone have also become popular replacements for traditional paper plate products and soup bowls. These products look and feel just like old non-biodegradable products, but reduce your negative impact on the earth. .

SunTerra offers the following Biodegradable Products: Biodegradable clear plastic cup, biodegradable plastic bag, biodegradable plate, biodegradable trash bag, biodegradable packaging, biodegradable plastic deli container, biodegradable leaf bags, biodegradable garbage bags, biodegradable cleaner, biodegradable solo cups. Check out SunTerra’s full supply of environmentally friendly products and go GREEN now!

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PrimeInteractive, Inc

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Green School Supplies ? A Back to School Guide for Students Going Green

Green School Supplies ? A Back to School Guide for Students Going Green

Clearly the classroom is the place where the future begins to unfold. What better place than schools to use greener, healthier products and model environmental sustainability? The market is teeming with earth-friendly school and office supplies, guarding the health of students and their teachers. Non-toxic school supplies make a real difference in the quality of the indoor air and the level of toxins that we expose our children to daily. Why not shut the leading polluters – PCVs, BPA, lead and xylene – out of class? A new generation of green school supplies can send them packing.

Many school supplies are made out of PVC – a plastic that contains chemical additives such as phthalates, lead, cadmium and/or organotins. These chemicals pose a threat to our health and are harmful across its whole lifecycle, from production, to use, to disposal. Also known as the poison plastic, PVC is found in vinyl products like lunchboxes, binders, markers, backpacks and raingear, and may take as many as four centuries to decompose in a landfill. Identify this leaching plastic by its three-arrow recycling symbol with the number 3, or the letters V or PVC.

Here are some safer alternatives to the common school supplies:

Binders are often coated in or made with PVC plastic. Try binders that are made of corrugated cardboard, such as the ReBinder, which can be found online through The Green Office. Avery also makes PVC-free binders and can be found at Staples and Target. 

Lunchbags and wraps that are PVC and lead-free will make lunch go down a little easier. Canvas or organic cotton lunchbags and wraps are a food-safe alternative, and they have the added bonus of eliminating all the waste associated with plastic baggies. Greenfeet.com, Ecobags.com and Reusablebags.com all offer lunch bags and wraps, and Wrap-N-Mat stores your lunch and then opens up to a placemat for a clean eating surface. For a retro look, tin lunch boxes like the ones from Tin Box Company can be found in many retailers and are starting to make a comeback thanks to sightings of celebrity toddlers with tin lunch boxes.

The stainless steel drinking container is a must, since many reusable water bottles can leach bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical, and should be avoided. Thermos sells plastic and steel food jars that are BPA and PVC-free.

Markers and pens are one of the most commonly discarded items in the classroom. Every year in North America, teachers throw out over 500 million dry-erase markers into their local landfills, where the PVC plastic cylinders will never decompose. In addition, the common chemical solvent in markers is xylene, a harmful neurotoxin which can be associated with headaches, asthma and fuzzy thinking. As a green alternative, try a class set of AusPen eco-friendly dry-erase markers which are not only made from 100% recycled aluminum, but they are also refillable with low-odour, non-toxic ink.

Art supplies can be a source of toxic material too. Modeling clays such as Fimo and Sculpey should be on the chopping block and replaced by Crayola’s PVC-free air-dry clay or Mary’s Softdough, which has a chemical-free formula. And while the humble crayon appears inoffensive, crayons made from soybean oil, like the ones from Kid Star and Prang, are non-toxic, biodegradable and safe for the environment… and curious mouths.

As for back to school clothes shopping, certain retailers help take the worry out of our selections by claiming to only carry PVC-free clothes and shoes. H&M, Nike and Asics products contain no PVC, while Jansport and Land’s End backpacks and rain jackets have scrapped the poison plastic.  

Whether it’s a lead-free lunchbox, xylene-free marker, BPA-free drink container, or PVC-free binders and backpacks, the choice is clear. Choosing non-toxic school supplies pays off in the health of our schools, children and environment. This year, back to school shopping can be a little more reassuring, knowing that green alternatives to toxic school supplies have got our backs.

Maureen O’Neill is an environmental consultant for EcoSmart Products, the North American distributor of AusPen eco-friendly dry-erase markers. Maureen writes on various health and environmental themes such as indoor air quality, waste management, green schools and corporate sustainability. Visit her blog at http://www.ecosmartworld.com

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