Archive for August, 2012

A Grocery Store Opens that Produces NO Waste

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

In.gredients recently opened their doors in Austin, Texas. Their idea with opening this grocery store was to bring back the neighborhood grocer. In.gredients is a zero waste, packaging free, microgrocer, selling local food with pure ingredients.

How do they do it?

They sell locally grown food. They have cut out all the processed junk you can buy at a regular grocery store and only offer the good stuff. Products, such as dairy items that need to be packaged are done so by teaming up with partners that know how to recycle and pre-cycle. They also allow you to bring in your own containers to package your food so you can bring it home.

“Together, we can change the way we eat, shop, and live for the better.”

What they are doing with this new (or should I say old) style grocery store is something that needs to happen more often. A lot of waste would be saved if more companies went to the caution they achieve. Would I shop here? Definitely.


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True or False: Can Eco-packaging Influence Purchasing Decisions?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012






Green UP Street LLC conducted a study for a nationally distributed breakfast cereal brand. What the study uncovered were some interesting results regarding consumers’ decision when it came to decided a “green” box or a box that was normally made. What it uncovered was that consumers do choose the green option, as long as it does not cost more.


For the study, consumers were told that each box contained the same product and it was exactly the same price. Consumers chose the eco-packaging 6 to 1. The eco-packaging of the cereal box had a USDA BioPreferred seal on it. Females ages 25 to 45 were the test subjects on this study.

What this study shows is that there is a correlation between a eco-packaged product and the purchase decisions of a consumer. When there is a chance for someone to chose a “green” product with no penalty to themselves, they make the right choice.



Dell’s Interesting New Packaging Options

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Dell Computers have projected trying new packaging options that focuses on sustainability. These sustainable packaging materials are compostable bamboo and mushrooms.

Dell uses bamboo-based packaging in its netbooks packages. Their supply of bamboo is coming from a forest inChinathat holds Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The environmental benefits bamboo provides is outstanding. Bamboo grows fast, does not need a lot of water, no need for pesticides, pulls more carbon dioxide out of the air than trees and releases more oxygen.

The specialty developed packaging material is derived from mushrooms that cushions the product. This packaging material is called EcoCradle. The material begins as agricultural waste which cannot be used for food, seed, or feed. After the waste is cleaned and processed, mycelium is injected into it. This is a proto-mushroom fibers that eat the waste and grow into the fruiting bodies. This mixture is placed into molds where they grow and form into shape. No chemicals, water, or light is needed for this growth process. It is also compared to Styrofoam but only uses one-fortieth of the energy.

“The final product looks and acts like Styrofoam- only this is organic, biodegradable and can be used as compost or mulch, which makes for easier and more environmental-friendly disposal,” Dell’s sustainability team wrote.



Sustainable Packaging Turns to Renewable Resources

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Sustainability and environmental are two words that are appearing more often in concerns for businesses ethics. Beliefs the business has and the customer needs are the driving factors behind the push to expand the sustainable packaging market. With the evolution of sustainable packaging, questions arise in the safety, effectiveness, affordability and standards involved regards to the renewable packaging. Understanding renewable packaging options and the choices involved help answer these questions.

Renewable materials come from a variety of places. One of the main materials used in renewable resources for packaging is pulp from managed pine plantations. This fructose-based plastic is rapidly changing the way packaging is done. This plastic is 100% biodegradable because it is made out of plant materials. Just like non-degradable plastic packaging, this biodegradable packaging is turned into a vessel that holds air and protects the contents of the package from damaging. Tape can also be made from this plastic.

The performance of the packaging is always the main concern. If the biodegradable plastic holds up to its expectations, the sustainable packaging will completely turn to renewable resources.


Starbuck’s EarthSleeves Projected to Save 100,000 Trees

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


Starbucks accounts for about roughly 50% of the US coffee market. With this large percentage of the market, they also account for a large amount of disposable packaging. EarthSleeve was developed with the hopes of eliminating some of the waste they produce. The manufacturing process is what is changed for their EarthSleeves, which reduces waste. In result, they will be saving a lot of trees.

LBP Manufacturing is the company that developed the EarthSleeve. Raw fiber material is reduced by 34% and recycled materials increased by 25%. This change of materials is all done without the sacrifice of the product and how it functions. With 3 billion hot cup sleeves produced yearly in theUnited States, the EarthSleeve has the potential to make a big change.

“At Starbucks we are constantly looking to innovate in ways that make our world a better place,” said Cliff Burrows, president of theAmericasfor Starbucks. “This product represents how the integration of our environmental values and collaboration with like-minded organizations can create significant impact.”