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How To Shop For Green Cleaning Supplies

The push to go green becomes more evident as it begins to take residence on our retail shelves and becomes more and more affordable. Many people are jumping on the bang wagon by using green products in hopes of curbing their toxic emissions, waste disposal, and carbon footprint, which will result in a much healthier environment.

The problem is shopping for eco friendly products that are truly green products and not just conventional retail items with misleading rhetoric or advertising.

These are a few things you can do to ensure your purchase is a green one:

  • Avoid cleaners that contain toxins and corrosives
  • Choose products that have minimal or biodegradable packaging
  • Be sure to check all ingredients listed on the packaging
  • Steer clear of products that contain artificial or synthetic components

Using green products is important and knowing how to purchase them is equally important. These are just a few simple things that will help you become a greener consumer.

Find more information about becoming a greener consumer here.

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Eco Friendly Fashion

The practice of eco friendly processes has re-sparked new business prospect for Argentinan fashion, even with an unstable economy that once hindered new business relations and ideas.

Fashion maker, Baumm, has began coming up with new fashion lines that cross high end retail, fashion with eco friendly manufacturing and waste management. The company believes in still delivering a high quality product while pushing to use recycled and abandoned materials, such as vinyl, parachutes, bamboo fiber, and other types of green textiles.

The fashion made be produced with green practices in mind, but that does not mean it will be more expensive than your typically trendy apparel. The products are still priced competitively and can be considered one of the kind pieces, since the company relies on vinyl banners that companies are no longer using and wish to discard.

Read the full article on how style and sustainability work great and look great.

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T-Mobile Goes Green With Smart Packaging

T-Mobile has begun to drastically cut plastic use by up to 45 percent in it’s pay-as-you-go phone packages. This results in to almost half the original plastic being used in packaging as well as a 40 percent cut in materials transportation.

The packaging is manufactured by Alloyd Brands, a division of Tegrant Corporation. The company specializes in packaging that reduces material use and weight, in addition to reusable packaging.

The new packaging is a paperboard and PET plastic based Natralock® blister card that is easily disassembled with scissors, but very difficult to tear.

Read more about T-Mobile’s newly reduced plastic packaging and their cell phone recycling program.

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Wal-Mart Measures Green Sustainability

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are planning to roll out a program that easily identifies at a glance the sustainability of green products being placed on shelves. This program is a step in the right direction for Wal-Mart to become more ecofriendly and to better appeal to it’s green customer base. The retail giant hopes that it can push it’s suppliers to fully comply with the sustainability index and start a major trend in reMatail across the Nation.

“One of the issues consumers have is even if you want to be green, trying to navigate that is challenging,” said Neil Stern, senior partner at McMillan Doolittle LLP in Chicago and co-author of the book “Greentailing.” “There are all these labels out there, and it’s really difficult for consumers to understand what’s going on.”

Many eco-experts do admire what Wal-Mart is trying to accomplish, but also believe it is a difficult thing to accomplish simply, because it is hard to truly have green products. An article of clothing could be made from all natural, organic fibers, but if it comes from a facility that is high in emissions and power consumption, than that negatively impacts it’s status as a truly green product.

Read the full article for more information regardign Wal-Mart’s efforts to easily label products as green and reduce it’s own carbon foot print.

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Macy's Switched On to Green Power

Macy’s now stand at No. 14 on the EPA’s list of companies who utilize green power in an effort to help curb carbon emissions.

The stores — there are 15 in Hawaii — are generating more than 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar power annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The California and Hawaiian based stores have received federal recognition for their use of green power, which reportedly avoids carbon dioxide emissions that are equivalent to 1,000 passenger cars a year. The same holds true for their electricity consumption as it is comparable of energy needed to power 1,000 American homes.

More information and the full details of Macy’s green power can be found by reading the full article.

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Capitol Hill Gets Realistic with Water Research

It didn’t command headlines but an important piece of legislation passed recently that involves water research.

The House of Representatives on April 23 passed H.R. 1145, the National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009. It’s designed to coordinate national research-and-development efforts regarding water use, supply and demand.

The problem is Americans are drinking a lot of tapwater containing trace quantities of prescription drugs and other complex chemical compounds. Currently there is no long-term plan to address this issue and what level of drugs pose health concerns to the public. In line with investigating that problem, it’s also important to study how these compounds can be removed from our drinking-water sources.

The act basically calls for federal research on the on the impact of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and consumer products in treated drinking water.
One goal of the act is to get the president to establish a National Water Initiative Coordination Office to provide technical and administrative support. What’s more, the act is expected to help facilitate technology transfer, communication and opportunities for information exchange with various parties through this National Water Initiative Coordination Office.

It’s not a big step but it takes baby steps to get priorities for a crisis in water management and quality set into motion. Let’s hope this will help spur further investment water research.

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Refined Palm Oil Available

We currently have 500Mt of Refined Palm Oil here for sale. We are located in the South West Region of Cameroon and we sell at moderate prices.

We are just looking for a long term partnership round the world who are interested in buying in Bulk.

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Sustainable Fragrances for Cleaning Products Dates and Venue Announced

PORTLAND, Maine, December 15, 2008 – IntertechPira is pleased to announce the global launch of Sustainable Fragrances for Cleaning Products set for June 3 – 5, 2009 at the Marriott Washington in Washington, DC, US.

Co-Chaired by Lauren Heine, Senior Science Advisor, Clean Production Action, Marian Marshall, Director of Government Relations, The Roberts Group and Ladd Smith, President, Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), this year’s program will bring together cleaning products industry experts, fragrance manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials to learn about changes to existing standards and discuss ways to untangle the intricate fragrance supply chain.

“Because cleaning products formulators often rely on fragrance manufacturers to develop and deliver the fragrance for their products, fragrance manufacturers are required to provide an end product that meets the customer’s specifications for sustainable, “said Senior Conference Producer Jessica Johnson. “With hundreds of chemicals that comprise a fragrance formulation and fragrance developers relying on several suppliers, the supply chain has become a complex logistical web.”

Currently, truly green cleaners account for only 2% to 5% of the products sold in the $17.5 billion U.S. cleaning products market for household, janitorial, food service, and laundry chemicals. Due to increased consumer misperceptions regarding the terms ‘green,’ ‘sustainable,’ and ‘natural,’ government regulatory agencies and NGOs have developed programs to certify consumer products that meet stringent standards for sustainable formulations. Sustainable Fragrances for Cleaning Products will address these programs and additional salient issues facing this market.

Key topics will include:

  • Creating a definition of ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ that is meaningful for all constituent industries
  • Understanding the criteria for green fragrances developed by EPA’s DfE program and RIFM
  • A comprehensive review of current technology and where its heading
  • The science behind determining allergic response and sensitization to fragrance

One pre-conference seminar will be held prior to the conference on Wednesday, June 3. Several networking opportunities will also be provided.

At a time when the market continues to experience tremendous technological growth, IntertechPira’s Sustainable Fragrances for Cleaning Products is both timely and practical, providing a unique advantage to gain the necessary knowledge to define sustainability and secure development for the fragrance industry.

For the most up-to-date program details visit the Sustainable Fragrances 2009 website.

Members of the press interested in attending, to find out if you qualify for a complimentary press pass, please contact Press Officer Sheri Bonnell at sheri.bonnell@pira-international.com or +1 (2070 781-9637

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Eco-Fiber: The Full Package

Most of the trash that accumulates so quickly is made up of packaging. This makes sense when every item at the grocery store, every new piece of equipment and every toy is safely encased in the cardboard boxes we have gotten so accustomed to. The Integrated Waste Management Board states that of all the solid waste that pours into landfills every year, a third is made up of packaging.

Most boxes are made from wax coated wood pulp. Unfortunately, wax boxes are non-recyclable and non-pulpable which means they go straight to the dump after being used. It is also too costly for retailers that do use boxes to separate these non-recyclable boxes from old corrugated containers so everything gets sent to the landfill.

Eco-Fiber, a San Francisco based packaging company, provides a solution. Their packaging is designed to work better than any wax-coated box, and Eco-Fiber’s products are perfectly adequate for use in a refrigerator, freezer, printer, wallet etc. Their homepage explains that “Eco-Fiber Solutions manufactures competitively priced corrugated, water resistant products that are sustainable, repulpable and recyclable. Based on tested and proven packaging technology, all Eco-Fiber designed products perform as well or better than their waxed coated counterparts. These products are suitable for use in field packaging, for refrigerated and/or freezer conditions and for multiple applications where water resistant packaging is required. Further the packaging can be laminated and is printable”

This produce tray from Eco-Fiber resists fluid
migration, has rigid construction, is easily
stackable, and can be recycled.
(Photo: Eco-Fiber Solutions)

One of Eco-Fiber’s specialty packages can even replace the popular Styrofoam cooler. Their Eco-cooler is easily put together without any glue or staples.

The item arrives flat, but once put together, this water resistant cardboard box works as well as any other cooler. In fact, it is quoted for “indefinite use”. Best of all, it is recyclable, repulpable and biodegradable.

Their other products, like the Eco-bond, is also put together without any glue or staples but still allows for some tough jobs: During the 2008 Boston International Sea Food Show, the corrugated boxes were introduced to one of the toughest markets: Fish and protein retailers require heavy-duty, leak proof and hygienic packaging. Eco-Fiber’s box didn’t just hold up to the freshly caught crab, fish, and scallops, but also the masses of ice that were slid into the boxes first. In the associated press release, CEO Robert VonFelden is quoted saying that their new box is “the answer to the increasingly untenable waste-disposal problem facing supermarkets and large retailers…and the cost is comparable and often times less than wax-based packaging. This technology is not tied to petroleum prices as is wax. Waxed corrugates will only continue climb in production and disposal costs.”

Sometimes the best part about a product really is the packaging.

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