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ThermoKeeper™ Packaging Liners For Temperature Sensitive Products Save Valuable Storage Space at Fulfillment Houses

ThermoKeep_2(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.05.2012)  -  ThermoPod® introduces fulfillment houses that ship temperature sensitive products to ThermoKeeper super insulated thermal and protective ThermoKeeper packaging liners. ThermoKeepers ship flat to fulfillment houses and store flat until ready for use, saving valuable floor and shelf space otherwise taken up by bulky foam containers.

Ideal for shipment of nuts, cheese, chocolates, pies and cakes, smoked meats, seafood, health and wellness products, medical testing kits, and other temperature sensitive products, ThermoKeeper® patented super thick insulated box liners are earth-friendly alternatives to space-hogging foam coolers that can chip, crack, or break even before being fully packed and sealed.

Resilient and pliable, ThermoKeeper box liners provide superior thermal and cushioning protection for extended time frame shipping of temperature-sensitive products. Continue reading

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New Earth-Aware VersaWalk™ Underlayment and VersaStick™ Adhesive for Luxury Vinyl Flooring

VW-laminate-install(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.18.2012) – MP Global Products, the manufacturer of earth-friendly acoustic fiber floor underlayments, recently introduced VersaWalk underlayment and VersaStick flooring adhesive for high-performing LVT floor installations that protect indoor air quality in single family homes and multi-family residences. VersaWalk is a VOC-free sound reduction impact isolation and insulation system engineered for  maximized performance under luxury vinyl tile flooring. VersaStick, a VOC-free and solvent free fast drying adhesive for use on subfloors and against the floor being laid.

Engineered to be odorless and non-allergenic, VersaWalk is composed of at least 94% post-industrial/pre-consumer textile fibers, scrap material otherwise destined for landfill.

The randomly air-laid filaments create a capillary effect to cushion the floor, dampen ambient sound, and absorb impact sound. VersaWalk both suppresses noise within the room and inhibits the transfer of noise into rooms below. A versatile underlayment that can be nailed, glued or floated, it is suitable for nail- or glue-down wood flooring, floating engineered wood flooring, and laminate flooring as well as for LVT. Continue reading

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Major Corporations Join Group to Promote Plant-Based Products

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, H.J. Heinz Company, NIKE, Inc. and Procter & Gamble today announced the formation of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC), a strategic working group focused on accelerating the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products. PET, also known as polyethylene terephthalate, is a durable, lightweight plastic that is used by all member companies in a variety of products and materials including plastic bottles, apparel, footwear and automotive fabric and carpet.

“Sustainably managing our natural resources and finding alternatives to fossil fuels are both business and environmental imperatives. It’s encouraging to see these leading companies use their market influence to reduce dependence on petroleum-based plastics. We hope other companies will follow their lead.”

The collaborative builds upon the success of The Coca-Cola Company’s PlantBottle™ packaging technology, which is partially made from plants and has demonstrated a lower environmental impact when compared to traditional PET plastic bottles. Currently, Heinz licenses the technology from Coca-Cola for select Heinz ketchup bottles in the U.S. and Canada. Continue reading

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5 Tips to Green your Baby’s Nursery

Making sure your nursery is a nontoxic environment is especially important because newborns spend most of their life in the nursery—an average of 16 to 17 hours a day.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you can help ensure a safe, eco-friendly environment for your nursery.

✔ Paint with low- or no-VOC latex paint – Painting with low- or no-VOC paint may cost more than conventional paint but it will release fewer or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids including paints. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. 

As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect from VOCs depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. These may be more severe in infants. Continue reading

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SCA First to Offer Verified Compostable Paper Towels and Napkins

Certification Fortifies Tork Brand’s Position as a Leader in Sustainability

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SCA, a global hygiene company and makers of the Tork® brand of away-from-home (AFH) paper products, announced today all of its paper towel and napkin products have been deemed “accepted” for commercial composting using Cedar Grove Composting standards. SCA obtained acceptance of its paper towels and napkins from Cedar Grove Composting, a nationally recognized commercial composter and pioneer of compostable testing and product review, to ensure the product lifecycle from development, production, use and disposal remains environmentally responsible. This documentation of all its paper towel and napkin products continues to strengthen SCA’s industry leadership in compostable AFH products following the recent certification of Tork Universal and Advanced napkins by the Biodegradable Products Institute in August 2011.

“This testing coupled with our previous compostable napkin certification shows how these scientific and independent audits are important examples of SCA’s market leadership in innovation that benefits multiple areas of our customers’ business while maintaining our value of creating a smaller environmental footprint”

“Verifying that our paper towels are compostable is the latest step in SCA’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Mike Kapalko, sustainability marketing manager, SCA AFH Professional Hygiene. “As our customers across North America continue to incorporate sustainability into their operations, we want to ensure our products anticipate their needs and give them the ability to safely compost our paper towels and napkins in large scale facilities ultimately helping to lessen landfill waste.” Continue reading

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P&G Teams with the Alliance to Save Energy to Educate Public on Benefits of Cold Water Washing

Partnership to Promote Energy Savings and COReductions from Change in Laundry Habits

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today announced a strategic partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy (the Alliance), a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy, to publicize the environmental and energy savings benefits of washing laundry in cold water. Through this agreement, the Alliance will work with P&G’s natural resource education initiative, Future Friendly, to provide consumers with the information they need to convert from hot/warm water washing habits to cold water washing.

“We look forward to working with the Alliance to Save Energy to showcase how little acts like switching to cold water washing can create enormous benefits for the environment”

“Energy efficiency doesn’t always require huge investments or new equipment, but it often requires education,” said Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy President. “If we can overcome consumer barriers to cold water washing, consumers would find it easy to be more energy efficient and to reduce their home energy bills. With just the switch of a dial, cold water washing is one of the simplest ways to save energy and money and benefit the environment.” Continue reading

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gNappies: Eco-Friendly Hybrid Diapers

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adopting eco-friendly practices doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, according to gNappies, maker of the eco-friendly hybrid nappy. If getting to grips with being kind to the environment by ditching disposable nappies is too daunting a thought, parents can take baby steps – as a small change can really make a big difference. Adopting a hybrid nappy system for just one or two days a week can make a significant impact to the environment without being a drain on your time or finances.

“Changing nappies from old school disposables to gNappies or mixing the two is a great way for parents to do their bit – and we urge them to take up the challenge!”

The gNappies system combines both cloth nappy and a disposable element in the form of a biodegradable ‘refill’, offering parents interested in eco-friendly nappies a viable solution. Parents, who want to try gNappies without the initial financial outlay or on a part-time basis, can buy single little gPants with individual packs of gCloths or gRefills. Continue reading

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7 Tips How to Green Your Home with Houseplants

Houseplants, besides being a relaxing hobby and providing beautiful aesthetics to your home, can also help reduce indoor air-pollution, which is ranked as one of the top five health threats in America.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you cannot only make a beautiful addition to your home, but you can also make your home a healthier place to live.

✔ Choose low-water, low-light houseplants – By choosing low-water, low-light houseplants, you will not only save water, but you will increase the likelihood your plants will live longer.

One of the most common reasons that houseplants die is because people forget to water them. Some of the most common low-water plants include the ponytail palm, china aster, potted marigold, globe thistle, ivy-leaved geranium, natal palm and the blue marguerite daisy. Continue reading

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