Walmart highlights Sustainability Index progress






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Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 9/16/2013 5:17:57 PM





 

Walmart logoIn front of an audience of associates, suppliers and nonprofit organizations at its Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, Walmart highlighted on Sept. 12 its progress with the Sustainability Index, a measurement system used to track the environmental impact of products. The company also outlined key initiatives where it can use its size and scale to help address “hot spots” and accelerate progress in supply-chain sustainability.

 

“We’ve reached an acceleration point where we are moving from measurement to results. We’re starting to really drive progress with the Index,” Walmart president and CEO Mike Duke says. “This is about trust and value. Using less energy, greener chemicals, fewer fertilizers and more recycled materials – all of this – is the right thing to do for the planet and it’s right for our customers and our business.”

 

As of today, the Index has been rolled out across 200 product categories, and to more than 1,000 suppliers. By the end of this year, Walmart expects the Index will expand to include more than 300 product categories and as many as 5,000 suppliers.

 

Consistent growth


Since the Index rolled out broadly to Walmart product categories in August 2012, it has shown a consistent trend of improved product sustainability. For example, Walmart’s general merchandise department has improved its Index product sustainability score by an average of 20 percent; grocery department by an average of 12 percent; and consumables and health and wellness by an average of 6 percent.

 

“With the Sustainability Index, Walmart is applying the science and research that we’ve developed to create a more sustainable supply chain globally,” says Kara Hurst, CEO of The Sustainability Consortium. “We’re excited about the significant progress Walmart and its suppliers are making and value their partnership with us to address big issues and drive real social and environmental change.”

 

Based on the insights and data from the Index, Walmart has been working with suppliers, nonprofits, industry experts and government to develop and implement solutions that address critical “hot spots” and opportunities across the global supply chain. As part of the progress update at today’s meeting, executives, merchants and suppliers shared progress on five major initiatives underway:

 

Increasing the Use of Recycled Materials. More than 29 million tons of valuable plastics are sent to landfills every year in the U.S. at a cost of about $6.6 billion annually. Walmart aims to grow both the supply and demand for recycled plastics so they can be diverted from landfill and get a second life. The company is working with cities to increase plastic recycling and with suppliers to increase the use of recycled content and make packaging more recyclable. Changes in packaging are already being implemented in product categories such as beverage, over-the-counter drugs, dairy creamers and berry containers.

Earlier this week, Walmart and Sam’s Club also announced a smartphone trade-in program in the U.S. that goes into effect on Sept. 21. The company will not send these trade-ins to landfills, domestically or internationally, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of smartphones from landfills annually.

 

Offering Products with Greener Chemicals. Walmart provided an overview of its new Consumables Chemicals initiative, describing how it is working with suppliers to reduce or eliminate the use of priority chemicals used in consumables products in favor of greener alternatives. It will begin with household cleaning, personal care, beauty and cosmetic products, asking suppliers to transition to greener substitutes for priority chemicals.

 

In addition, starting in Jan. 2014, Walmart will begin to label its private brand cleaning products in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling program, and will continue to assess the applicability of DfE as Walmart expands it to broader product areas.

Reducing Fertilizer Use in Agriculture. Walmart is requiring suppliers who use commodity grains, such as corn, wheat and soy in their products, to develop a fertilizer optimization plan that outlines clear goals to improve performance based on Index research.

Improving Energy Efficiency. The Index has uncovered the importance of energy efficiency in several product categories, such as televisions, plastic toys, small appliances and greeting cards. By working with suppliers to improve energy efficiency through the supply chain of these products, Index energy scores have already improved 23 percent in general merchandise categories. Walmart is now providing tools for suppliers to help track and reduce the energy used to produce these products.

 

Source: Walmart

 

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Elmer’s School Glue Naturals debuts in recycled packaging






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Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor — Packaging Digest, 4/3/2013 11:07:03 AM





ElmerReinforcing its commitment to innovation and to supporting consumer demand, Elmer’s Products Inc., makers of America’s favorite school glue, introduces Elmer’s School Glue Naturals—the first and only school glue made with naturally occurring ingredients and available in recycled packaging.

 

Elmer’s pourable School Glue Naturals consists of 99 percent natural ingredients. The primary ingredient in the adhesive is plants, specifically American-grown corn—a rapidly renewable resource. The bottle is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials and the label contains 20 percent recycled paper, is printed with soy-based ink and is applied with a natural rubber adhesive.

 

Also made primarily from corn, Elmer’s Naturals Glue Stick formula consists of more than 88 percent natural ingredients. The sticks are made of 25 percent post-industrial recycled plastic. The labels are printed with soy ink on FSC-certified paper and the card is made from 100 percent recycled paperboard.

 

“Through consumer and industry research*, we identified a demand for natural adhesive products from eco-conscious parents and teachers,” says Lisa Singer, senior product manager for the Elmer’s Stationery category. “While many people will still prefer our traditional white School Glue, we’re proud to fill this niche need in the marketplace with the first and only natural adhesive for school use.”

 

Elmer’s School Glue Naturals is just as strong, safe, non-toxic and washable as Elmer’s traditional School Glue and can be used for any project for which Elmer’s School Glue would normally be used. Further,empty Elmer’s School Glue bottles—both natural and traditional—can be recycled at home by consumers. In schools, the glue bottles and sticks can be recycled through the Elmer’s Glue Crew Brigade with TerraCycle, an easy way for teachers and students to recycle and earn money and other rewards for participating in eco-friendly efforts.

 

Elmer’s School Glue Naturals come in a single 4-oz pourable bottle, single 22g or 6g glue sticks sold in 2- and 4-packs, and in a 30-pack case. Suggested pricing for the pourable glue and 2-pack glue sticks is $3.29. The 30-pack of glue sticks retails for $16.99 for educators. Elmer’s School Glue Naturals will be available nationwide in Jo-Ann Fabric stores beginning April 2013 and at Michaels starting in May. The line is currently sold in United and School Specialty catalogs.

 

*Elmer’s conducted research using third-party sources during April through August 2011.

 

Source: Elmer’s Products Inc.

 

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The road to recovery?






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Victor BellVictor BellDemand for recycled-content packaging materials continues to grow in the U.S. But the market and infrastructure for collecting used materials suffers somewhat from various limitations, whether they be financial, logistical or emotional. 

Recently, there’s been an uptick in conversations around extended producer responsibility programs (voluntary) and/or regulations (mandatory) to help boost recycling rates—which would also help improve the supply of recycled materials.

Victor Bell, president of Environmental Packaging Intl. (EPI)—a consultancy specializing in global environmental packaging and product stewardship requirements—talks to Packaging Digest about the current and possible future state of EPR in the U.S.

 

Q: Who is initiating the EPR conversation today in the U.S. and why?


A: The conversation is being led by a number of different interests: 

1. Organizations focused on sustainability and balancing corporate economics with the social, health and environmental impacts of consumer products and packaging, like Future 500 and the Product Stewardship Institute;

 

2. Private industry, like Nestle Waters, whose funding helped establish the non-profit initiative Recycling Reinvented that is committed to increasing recycling rates in the U.S. through EPR; 

3. Environmental organizations who view EPR as a way to divert more waste from landfills and waterways as marine debris; and 

4. Local cities and towns that are financially strapped and need money to maintain or expanding their recycling systems.

 

Q: How much of it relates to packaging instead product stewardship? 


A:
I’m only talking about EPR as it relates to packaging and printed paper. In terms of product stewardship, that dialogue is being driven by cities, towns and state governments, who are pushing to get materials like tires, electronics, paint, fluorescent bulbs and mattresses out of the waste stream. EPR for these products is already well-established throughout the U.S. and, for many of them, there’s been good cooperation between industry and government, with some model legislation developed by industry.

 

Q: How do the programs being proposed in the U.S. differ from other countries and why? 


A:
In the U.S., almost all of the EPR programs being proposed include both printed paper and packaging. While that same approach holds true in Canada, in Europe, most programs don’t cover non-packaging printed paper. Other than that difference, the intent of the bills on the table here is the same as the intent of the laws in place globally: to transfer the cost of recycling from cities and towns to private industry which puts the products on the market. What remains to be seen is how costs will be shared. Worldwide, the funding by industry can range from 50 to 100 percent, and this is a big topic of discussion in the U.S.

 

Q: The goal of many/most EPR programs is to boost recycling rates but not all packaging materials are recycled or even have a recycling infrastructure. What then? 


A:
Under global EPR programs, all packaging is subject to fees based on how difficult the materials are to recycle and how valuable the materials are at the end of life. But there aren’t always recycling programs available for all those materials. That’s because, sometimes, there’s not economic justification for recycling them since the collection costs are high and there’s no market for the materials. While the fees for these non-recovered materials are normally higher, as the technology to handle them improves and they can be added to the system, their value could increase relative to processing costs-and fees may be reduced.


Q: With demand for recycled-content materials high, is EPR the best way to ensure a consistent, quality supply at an affordable cost? Why or why not? 


A:
EPR may not dictate whether a community should have a single stream or multi stream, but it does allow for investment in better education and technology—such as optical sorting, better collection facilities and other infrastructure enhancements that increase the volume and value of the recycled-content materials. Right now, cities and towns don’t have the money to fund these investments; that’s where the private sector could help.

 

Q: What’s the chance that the U.S. will see EPR legislation on a national scale? 


A:
I think it’s unlikely. A number of states are looking at model legislation with similar definitions and other components. But just like in Canada, where there are distinct programs in place in the various provinces, the U.S. Congress has no appetite to pass legislation on a national level. What’s happening right now is on a state-by-state basis. If those programs are enacted, then there could be a move to harmonize them throughout the country at some future date, but at this time, I don’t foresee that happening.

 

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Arrowhead video celebrates beauty of bottled water recycling






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Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor — Packaging Digest, 2/20/2013 1:23:15 PM





Arrowhead logoArrowhead Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water—the brand that introduced its new 0.5L ReBorn bottle made with 50 percent recycled plastic (rPET) and launched its “Recycling is a Beautiful Thing” campaign in November 2012—is taking another step toward educating consumers about the value of recycling with the unveiling of an innovative, new stop-motion video. The video supports the brand’s commitment to getting consumers excited about recycling and increasing recycling rates by featuring visuals that were created out of recycled materials. 

Produced by Bent Image Lab based in Portland, Ore., the one-minute video tells the story of the endless possibilities that can come from recycling. The video informs consumers that most recyclable plastic bottles actually end up in the trash—in California alone, more than 2.8 billion plastic bottles ended up in landfills in 2011[1]—but stresses that the more we recycle today, the more materials that can be reused tomorrow. The animatic eventually portrays a picture of a 3-D landscape, nature’s masterpiece, followed by an Arrowhead label from which the 0.5L ReBorn bottle emerges. 

The video was created to emphasize the message behind the brand’s “Recycling is a Beautiful Thing” campaign, which was launched in November 2012. “We’re excited to demonstrate that recycled materials have significant second life utility,” says Gigi Leporati, brand manager, Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water. “If you look closely at the imagery in the video, you’ll see it translates some recyclable materials found in landfills into an artistic and environmentally thoughtful statement. Through this video, we hope to motivate consumers to recycle more and think about recycling in a new way.”

 

The interactive campaign is hosted on a dedicated tab on the Arrowhead brand Facebook page. In addition to the video, the page also highlights informative statistics about recycling and showcases still life and found object art pieces crafted from recycled materials. 

The 0.5L ReBorn bottle launch was celebrated in the San Francisco area with a volunteer recycling and beautification event in partnership with Keep California Beautiful (KCB) on America Recycles Day. To further assist local recycling efforts in San Francisco, Arrowhead unveiled four innovative solar-powered BigBelly waste and recycling stations at the event, which the brand is sponsoring for one year. 

To learn more about the Arrowhead ReBorn bottle and experience the beauty of recycling, please visit the brand on Facebook where you can also watch the new video and share it with your friends. To read more about NestleWaters North America’s commitment to sustainability, please visit www.nestle-watersna.com.

[1] CalRecycle. Calendar Year 2011 Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption and Recycling Rates. www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Publications/Documents/BevContainer%5C2012013.pdf.

 

Source: Nestle Waters North America

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Anti-fog food lids






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Posted by Jenni Spinner, Senior Editor — Packaging Digest, 2/4/2013 6:08:00 AM





Placon anti-fog deli food container lidsThe company is rolling out anti-fog lid technology on all of its PET cold deli food packaging products. The feature helps cut down lid condensation, which aids in improving product visibility in cold food merchandising displays. Produced with the company’s Ecostar RPET-F (FDA approved for direct food contact), the containers are made with 100-percent recycled materials that also are 100-percent recyclable.

 

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4 Musts of a Good CD Packaging Design?

4 Musts of a Good CD Packaging Design?

CD Packaging design is one of the reasons why the hard format is still alive. When everyone is going digital, it is wise to offer your fans something that cannot be downloaded. As they say, music alone will not sell. Do not just give them forgettable artwork and packaging like the ones we see every day in record stores- give them something that’s so awesome that they simply have to purchase your album. And not just purchase your album, but tell everyone about it.

So what comprises a good CD packaging design?

Your CD packaging design should protect the CDs. I see a lot of those flimsy cases that are just too cool to be functional. Some CD packaging designs are creative but they do not fulfill their #1 function, which is to enclose and protect the discs. It is cool to come up with fun CD packaging designs but you should never forget that it’s supposed to protect the disc from spills, from dust, from slipping. Creativity s

Your CD packaging design should instantly get people’s attention. This is a must especially now that downloads are preferred by most people. People now are so demanding and frugal because there are so many bands nowadays and especially because they have the choice not to buy music.

Your CD packaging design should be friendly to the environment. This is not a must but you would certainly give Mother Nature a big favor by using soy-based inks instead of petroleum, eco-friendly cases, recycled materials, and by not using too much plastic.

Your CD packaging design should start a conversation. CD packaging may not matter much to popular acts like Madonna or lady Gaga because their fans would buy their album no matter what’s on the cover anyway. CD packaging has higher value to indie bands and new acts since it could be the key for them to get noticed. Create a CD packaging design that would let people talk.

I hope you will follow these simple tips when designing your CD packaging. Always remember to keep the balance between functionality and creativity and think “viral” when brainstorming for an idea. With thousands of new artists releasing albums these days, you will surely have an edge if you put some thought (and lots of creativity) to your CD packaging design. Good luck!

 

 

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Canon Make Calculators Out of Recycled Photocopiers

Canon Make Calculators Out of Recycled Photocopiers

­­­­­The ‘green’ calculators released by Canon have an upper and lower case made from ­100 percent recycled photocopiers. The packaging and instruction manuals are also made from recycled materials.

­Many of the calculators in this range are dual powered by battery and solar panel. This dual power helps to reduce energy use and prolong the life of the battery­. These calculators also have replaceable batteries, helping to extend their life and mi­nimise waste. The larger calculators in this range are powered by a connection to the mains supply. ­ ­

The recycled calculator range was launched by Canon in January 2008. Two new recycled calculators have recently been added to this range; the LS-120TSG and the F502G. These two new additions have similar features to the rest of the recycled calculator range such as front and back covers made from 100 percent recycled photocopier materia­l and dual power (solar and battery). The F502G has the added benefit of including a protective hard and durable cover that is also made from recycled photocopiers. Both these calculators also feature replaceable batteries and auto-power off, helping to lengthen their life and minimise waste. The LS-120TSG has been designed specifically for corporations as it can perform complex business calculations. The F502G is a scientific calculator, aimed at students and teachers.
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Canon photocopiers, printers and multifunctional devices are made from ­tough and durable materials. By making calculators out of materials sourced from recycled Canon photocopiers, quality, durability and sustainability are assured. One photocopier could contain enough plastic to make up to 259 LS-63TG calculators. The only parts of these calculators made of new plastic are the acrylic display covers and the keys. By making these new calculators from recycled photocopiers, the amount of new plastic being manufactured can be reduced and the durable and high quality materials used to make photocopiers can be put to good use when the photocopier reaches the end of its life.

Environmental issues are something that Canon takes very seriously (Canon UK were voted in the top 50 Sunday Times best green companies: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/related_reports/best_green_companies/tables/). They strive to continue to find new ways to make their office equipment as environmentally friendly­ as possible. The green calculator range is part of an ongoing environmental initiative from Canon. They aim to not only reduce their own environmental impact in the manufacturing of their products, but also to help other businesses to lessen their environmental impact. Canon also strive to make their products 75 percent recyclable by mass (for re-use and material recycling) and 85 per­cent recoverable by mass (including thermal recycling). The majority of Canon products comply with ENERGY STAR requirements, which is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products and they have been awarded ENERGY STAR partner of the year several times. Canon’s photocopiers, printers and multifunctional devices are designed to stay well below regulatory limits and indoor quality guidelines under normal conditions for chemical emission levels. With dedication and commitment Canon will continue to try and find ways create environmentally friendly products, helping to give businesses peace of mind when purchasing their office equipment.

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Plastic Decking Let Your Spirit Soar

Plastic Decking Let Your Spirit Soar

If you are interested in saving trees and like to use environmentally safe materials, then you might want to consider plastic decking. Most plastic decking is made from recycled materials and will last for decades, saving many trees and saving you time and effort in maintenance. Some manufactures will warranty their materials for up to 50 years.

Materials: Most of the plastic decking available today is made from recycled plastic. What was once a plastic milk jug or shampoo bottle may now be ready to be your new deck. Some other types are made from recycled material and others from recycled plastic and minerals. Still other materials are plastic and wood composites. The decking material is solid and not hollow, with a wood grain, with the look and feel of real wood.

Characteristics: Think of all the problems you may have with wood decking material, splinters, warping, fading, stains due to spills, mold mildew and insects. Now think of the harmful chemicals that are used to try to prevent all these problems and add the yearly weather proofing, or painting or staining With plastic decking there are none of these problems. Install your plastic deck and enjoy for years. How simple does this sound.

Installation: Each manufacturer has its own recommendations, some will advise you to pre-drill and others will say that no pre-drilling is needed. If you own or can borrow standard carpentry tools, then you can build your plastic deck. Some companies use some metal fasteners for installation and other do not, while still other companies have convenient interlocking planks to make the job easier. Just follow the recommendations and instructions and you will be sitting on your new maintenance free deck in no time.

Colors: Of course the decking material has color through out, not just a coating. Like the look of red wood, then there is a decking material for you. Many other realistic types are available along with just about any color you may like, from vibrant to calm cooling colors that will match your home or mood. Perhaps mixing colors would suit you taste, manufactures will show you many variations in colors.

Accessories: Rails, steps, corner pieces are all available to match you deck. Dreaming of curves in your deck, then there are all the matching materials you will need to make this possible. Perhaps attached benches are what you have in mind, this is all possible with this great decking system.

Cost: Costs for the decking materials can be a little more than conventional wood. However, if you factor in all the paint, stain and board replacement, along with you precious time then the final cost will be less than wood. A new garden house will be the only maintenance tool you will need.

Put away all your painting supplies and call your friends and family, get the cold drinks ready and start enjoying your worry free plastic deck.

Considering a new deck for your home? We’ve got the ultimate inside skinny on fantastic plastic decking and composite decking ideas!

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Find Healthy Advertising Tools in Promotional Drink Bottles

Find Healthy Advertising Tools in Promotional Drink Bottles

For practical and advertising purposed, you’ll go a long way with Promotional Drink Bottles. Costing less than a dollar when bought in large volumes or wholesale, these cost-effective promotional items will have your company brand or logo largely visible for everyone to surely notice and remember them easily. They could be given out incentives for well-performing employees in the office or as promotional gifts for business associates. These kinds of promotional products are great additions that will be helpful for everyone who want to maintain healthy habits. And every time they get their refills and get a gulp, your business name or logo will be staring them right in front of their face.

Cost-Effective Choices

There are various cost-effective choices of Promotional Drink Bottles that your business can choose from. Most of these healthy drink bottles are made from polycarbonate plastic materials, which are the least expensive ones. There are also aluminium drink bottles but come at a higher cost. For green companies or those businesses pushing for earth-friendly products, there are now biodegradable bottles and those that have been made from recycled materials. These promotional items are ideal for almost any promotional event like trade shows, conferences, or seminars and for all business types.

Check Prior to Customisation

Of course, you need to have your ordered Promotional Drink Bottles customised for a more effective brand awareness project. Make sure however that prior to customisation you have examined and checked your ordered bottles and that they are of the highest quality. Imagine the damage it will do your company or business if you were to distribute cracked or damaged drink bottles to your targeted audience. Not only have you completely ruined your campaign, you have actually done more harm than good to your promotion.

Customised at Great Prices

Find a reliable supplier for your Promotional Drink Bottles. You should be able to find a legitimate and credible provider online.
Compare choices that you will get from the various quotes you get from the different online providers of the bottles.
Decide on the type of drink bottles you’ll be ordering and the quantity that you will be getting per type.
Send your chosen company the details you want to include in the customisation You may design your own logo or name or brand or you may ask the online provider if they can do the designing for you.
After a first run, ask to have the product as well as the design checked. If you have asked them to do the customisation design, check too if you like it.
If yes, then they should proceed with the bulk customisation If no, then ask them to modify it according to your specification.
Do not send in the final payment unless you have the products well done and designed in your very hands.

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Mother Earth And Your Possibilities For Caring

Mother Earth And Your Possibilities For Caring

Isn’t it about time that caring about what sustains us is part of our daily awareness and lifestyle, and becomes a constant practice like brushing our teeth?


Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Profit before survival seems to be more important. Short-term perspective comes before long-term, and our interaction with the planet that takes care of us every day isn’t something that comes naturally to us.


I’m talking about Mother Earth. Earth Day has come and gone; are we still keeping Her in mind?


How can we take something this essential to our existence for granted? Luckily, going green is the buzz phrase these days. Finally, it’s fashionable to be earth friendly. When our appearance is more important than our values, we lose the aspect of being human and the ability to interact instead of using. The ability to see ourselves as a part of a relationship that is an expression of who we are, rather than what we would like to be perceived as, is lost.


Nine Easy Actions to Keep Mother Earth Healthy


The obvious one is recycling, which seems so basic that it should be second nature, but it isn’t. Please go out of your way to recycle and if possible, compost.


Choose products from recycled materials over those that aren’t. For example, spend a little more money on quality clothes that last longer, then save those items until they come back into fashion. Or give it to those who need it when you don’t. Some companies are also introducing eco-fashion, even big-name brands like Levi.


Carry your own bag instead of getting one from the grocery store. There are a lot of little foldable ones on the market these days that fit nicely into your handbag.


Choose non-toxic products. This is better for your health and the environment.


Eat in a way the helps sustain the earth rather than exploiting it. Consider buying locally or purchasing food from your neighborhood’s farmers market.


Buy produce and food in its whole form so little or no packaging is needed.


Get a water filter and refill a water bottle instead of buying more plastic ones.


Get your newspaper online. And don’t print documents unless you need to.


Save energy. Turn off lights, don’t wash dishes under running water, only use the air conditioner if really needed, and use rechargeable batteries.


Product Tips and Food Choices


Choose Organic Foods

Eating organic food is healthier for you and for the environment as it omits the pesticides and toxic fertilizers. It also helps sustain smaller farmers, instead of factory farms, which leads to less pollution.


Factory farms pollute more and contribute to global warming. Apart from the fact that they treat animals inhumanely, the meat from these animals is harmful to your health. Choose sustainable farmed food, adapt a food-style high in vegetables, and when eating meat and eggs, choose from free-range, non-antibiotic, and non growth-hormone animals.


Choose fish from non-toxic farming resources or from the wild.


Shop and eat in appropriate proportions, cook with care, and don’t waste it. This does not mean eat everything on your plate, that doesn’t help the environment either. Overconsumption causes disease and therefore more waste with the need of medicine and hospitals, not to mention, you suffer. Instead, ask in advance to omit foods from the dish that you already know you are not going to eat anyway. Bring leftovers home with you for lunch, or give it to someone hungry in the street.


Go Wasteless and Choose Natural, Non-Toxic Products

Try to buy non-toxic household cleaners, unbleached toilet-paper, and paper-towels. You don’t have to breathe in the fumes or have toxic products touch your skin. It also causes less pollution to manufacture these products. Products from Seventh Generation, EarthWise, BioKleen, and Ecover are all good options.


Use recycled paper at the office and omit the throw-away pen.


Store your food in glass containers that last longer, especially if you use a microwave (not recommended) to heat your food. Plastic breaks down over time and is also unhealthy for you as it leaks into the food when heated.


Buy microfiber cleaning cloths that are washable, reusable, and trap the dirt and spills better than using tons of paper towels.


Buy larger containers of dish soap and pour into smaller containers as you need it, instead of many small bottles.


Wash and dry out your Ziploc bags. Hang it on a chopstick in a glass to dry.


Buy products that come in glass containers with lids that screw on so you can use them for storage later.


Take off your shoes indoors means less cleaning, less use of energy, and less toxins in your home.


Choose airlines with the newest fleet when traveling. They use less fuel.


There are many things you can do to green your life, every day of the year, not just on Earth Day. All it takes is a conscious mind and a willingness to take care of our planet with everyday choices.


“Achieving genuine happiness may require bringing about a transformation in your outlook, your way of thinking, and this is not a simple matter.” The 14th Dalai Lama

Food and Nourishment Counselor Jeanette Bronee from the Path for Life SelfNourishment Center, supports people in change. She teaches about food and self-caring habits and is an upbeat non-dogmatic resource, inspiration, and support when you want to find your path to new food choices and lifestyle habits that take better care of you. Visit us at our website which is at http://www.pathforlife.com

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