Archive for November, 2010

Recycling at the Office Taken One Step Further….Composting

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Offices all over the country have taken an effort to participate in recycling. Many offices use bins for aluminum, plastic, and paper, however some have taken it one step further and ventured into what is called composting. Composting is a biological process where organic materials are broken down and nutrients and minerals are released. This process combines air, water, carbon, and nitrogen that develop a synergy to make the whole process work.

The average employee of a company creates about half a pound of compostable waste each day. This amount is equivalent to the weight of a loaf of bread. Medium to large companies can save and profit from implementing a composting program to counter the level of waste being produced by their employees. There are two composting systems available for businesses to use that cuts out the smell that is usually associated with composting.

The first method is vermicomposting, also known as composting with worms. Although this sounds rather gross, it is actually the most beneficial for composting food waste and is an ecologically safe method to naturally convert many organic wastes. Vermicomposting is the process of having red worms and other decomposer organisms process organic waste and turn it into natural fertilizer. It is very easy and requires few supplies. The second method is to purchase a traditional composting bin or tumbler. The bins or tumblers can maintain relatively high temperatures and act like insulation. They continuously turn which keeps the microbes aerated and active. These bins are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. They also come in may different sizes and shapes that can be suitable for your office environment.

Composting at the office allows the business to take a step towards becoming a sustainable company. Composting is a very eco-friendly process because all organic matter eventually decomposes in nature. This is a win-win for companies who decide to implement such a program. They would be reducing their carbon footprint and helping the environment.

Nooka’s Tupperware Packaging

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Have you even bought a watch and wondered why the packaging is so much bigger than the watch itself? Nooka, maker of sci-fi inspired watches, has recognized this problem and are taking a creative and eco-friendly approach to solving it. In an effort to produce sustainable packaging, they have decided to collaborate with SiliconeZone, maker of silicone based kitchenware.

The outcome? Packaging that is similar to that of Tupperware. This holiday season, Nooka’s watches will be shipped in boxes that are made out of cooking-grade silicone. These boxes are durable, reusable, and even microwave safe. So instead of throwing away the box after opening, it can be recycled and used to store pasta, soup, and anything else you can think of. Nooka will also eventually post recipes on its website that can be stored or made in their new packaging.

Although it is a little strange to think that it is possible to eat out of a box that a watch used to be packaged in, the idea is actually a part of how Nooka wants to operate its business. They believe in constant advances in technology and originality in design. Having an “anything is possible” mindset allows Nooka to be able to create possibilities that are sustainable and futuristic. They pride themselves in taking everyday objects and taking an alternative approach to making it better. The creation of an eco-friendly and reusable package is just the beginning for Nooka and it will be interesting to see what they think of next.

Naked Juice’s reNEWabottle

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Naked Juice is a premium juice maker known for using only the best bare-naked fruits and vegetables and never adding sugars or preservatives. In an effort to transform their packaging to a more eco-friendly option, they recently launched a new bottle made out of 100% post-consumer recycled materials for its 10oz, 15.2oz, and 64oz bottles. The new bottle is also plastic coded #1, which is easily recyclable. This process started in July of 2009 when they started converting all of its 32oz bottles and now has planned to transition its entire line. This is expected to be complete by January 1, 2011.

Naked Juice is the first national company in the U.S. to basically make a bottle made from other bottles. Naked Juice’s philosophy is to provide eco-friendly solutions from sustainable sourcing to sustainable manufacturing processes and reducing its carbon footprint. The 32oz bottle that was introduced last year reduces plastic consumption by 1 million pounds per year and oil use by 8,192 barrels every year. After Naked Juice finishes modifying the rest of their line, plastic consumption will be reduced by 8.1 million pounds per year, saving 57,000 barrels of oil every year. More than 12,000 cubic meters of space in landfills will be saved along with 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Just Add Water

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Replenish, the creator of the patented, Reusable Bottle System, has designed a way to transform how cleaning products are packaged. This new invention consists of two components. The first one is the pod. The pod is full of a non toxic, safe for the environment liquid that is readily biodegradable and has a PH balance of neutral. The second component is the bottle. The bottle comes empty and the only requirement is that it gets filled with water.

How it works: First you attach the pod to the base of the bottle. It screws on like a garden hose. Then you flip it upside down and squeeze it. A built in measuring cup allows you to squeeze the right amount. Water is then added and the two mix together, resulting in your very own household cleaner. Every pod contains enough cleaner to make four full bottles of cleaning solution. Pods are sold separately, so when the pod runs out, simply replace it with a new one, without having to buy a whole new bottle.

60 billion pounds of plastic is discarded annually and only 7% is recycled. Replenish wants to cut back on that amount by creating packaging that can be reused and recycled. By mixing the Replenish pods at home, 90% less plastic and oil are being used. The bottle’s spray head is 100% recyclable and contains no metal springs and has been tested to last more than 10,000 trigger pulls. The plastic bottle is also eco-friendly and is made with 100% PET recyclable materials. The cleaner is also environmentally friendly in that the ingredients are 98% plant derived.

Samsung is Going Green, And its Not the Color

Friday, November 5th, 2010

On November 7th, Samsung will be introducing the Evergreen, a new eco phone. This phone may look like your average cell phone to the plain eye, but don’t let that fool you. This phone is actually eco-friendly. How can a phone be eco-friendly you ask? Here is a list of how the Samsung Evergreen is an eco phone:

  • The phone is built from 70% recycled post-consumer materials
  • The packaging is made from 80% recycled post-consumer paper
  • The manual is a CD, instead of the usual paper manual
  • The charger for the phone uses 75% less energy
  • Eco ringtones and wallpaper accompany the eco phone theme

In addition to being eco-friendly, this phone is also budget friendly. It will sell for $29.99 after a $50 mail in rebate. Samsung also promises to donate $1 for every Evergreen device sold to the non profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers, up to $100,000.

The Evergreen is the third phone introduced by Samsung that is eco-friendly. Samsung debuted the Reclaim in 2009. This phone has an outer casing of bio-plastic material (corn). Samsung then introduced the Restore, which sports an outer casing made with 27% post consumer recycled plastic. The phone itself is 84% recyclable and is powered by an Energy Star qualified energy efficient charger.

Samsung believes it is their responsibility to do business in a way that enriches the planet. This is why they are the leader in delivering innovative eco-friendly products to consumers.