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NYC Bans Foam Takeout Containers

On June 27th, we talked in our article New York Foam Ban Coming Soon about how NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been taking initiatives to try and make New York City more environmentally friendly by following California action and ban Styrofoam and foam food takeout containers.

Polystyrene foam – referred to as Styrofoam – is a cheap, light and strong material mostly used for takeout food containers. It is however extremely bad for the environment as it not recyclable, mostly ends up in landfills and lives for over 500 years. This is why about a hundred cities – including San Francisco, Seattle and Portland – have already banned foam food containers. In its last legislative session the New York Council also unanimously voted the ban of Styrofoam containers, making NYC the largest city in America to implement such a ban.

This ban is however a compromise for now and will only take effect next year. Why? Opponents of the ban, mostly container manufacturers, say that such a ban will hurt small business who rely on foam for its low cost and won’t be able to afford more Eco-friendly solutions. Dart Container Corporation, one of the largest makers of foam products, spent almost $1 million with the American Chemistry Council to try to block legislation and stop the ban. They managed to get a deadline – January 1rst, 2015 – to prove to the sanitation commissioner that foam can be collected and recycled in an economical way – something that has not been successfully done by any municipality so far. If they can’t prove it by this deadline, the law will take effect in July 2015.

More and more cities are taking the Eco-friendly direction when it comes to food containers and your city might be the next one to implement the ban. Chicago for instance is already also proposing a ban on the containers.

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If your business uses foam products it is time to go ahead of the ban and move on to more Eco-friendly products. If you are nervous that your cost are going to increase dramatically, don’t worry. There are plenty of affordable Eco-friendly options that you can take a look at. Not only your customers will love your new Green image, but your image will also get better, allowing you to slightly increase your prices and cover the pricing difference.

One of the most economical Eco-friendly option you can go for is of course sugarcane.

Light, resistant and cheap, sugarcane product also have a very upscale image and are 100% compostable.

Take a look at our sugarcane products at www.packnwood.com and take your first step towards sustainability! 

Eco-Friendly Christmas: Host A Green Dinner Party

I don’t know if it is something you are aware of but every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas Americans throw away a million additional tons of garbage. A million! It is huge and unbelievable and yet true.

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Christmas is coming and now that you know that you might want to try to be responsible and as green as possible. Luckily, there are easy ways to go green at Christmas while saving time and money – most of the time.

First of all, most of you get a Christmas tree and who can blame you, it definitely bring the Christmas spirit in your home! Be smart about the kind of tree you get. Most reusable fake trees are not recyclable and very bad for the environment so use a real tree and pay attention to where it is coming from and how it has been grown. When it comes to your house and tree decorations, use natural products as much as possible! You can use flowers, or even make tree decorations with dry fruits.

 

What about the lights? Choose to use LED lights whenever possible. Not only are they more efficient but they also don’t need as much power which will be great for your power bill by the end of the month! Also don’t forget to turn your tree lights off when the room is empty – what’s the point?

Now what about your Christmas party? You are more than likely going to have some people over or host a Christmas gathering and being green is a very important thing.

First of all, try not to send paper invites. At this time where social media is so popular, is a lot cheaper and eco-friendly to send e-invites via emails, Facebook or even cellphones. If you really have to send paper invites, use recyclable paper and consider making them yourself instead of buying them.

You are now going to have to set the table and if you are having a lot of people over, you might not want to use reusable tableware and save yourself some time when the party is over. Don’t worry, there are a lot of eco-friendly disposable options you can choose from!

sugarcane-platesIf you want a classy table, my advice would be to go for compostable sugarcane plates and dishes. Stylish and 100% eco-friendly, they are also very functional as they are sturdy, grease resistant and microwaveable. You can also get matching sugarcane trays and sugarcane bowls depending on what you are going to serve!

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If you are looking for a more natural and rustic look, bamboo plates are definitely your best bet. Natural and biodegradable, they will add a special touch to your table and come in various sizes and shapes. Also grease resistant, microwaveable and leak proof, your guests will love them.

 

As far as the food you are going to serve, keep in mind that going organic is the best eco-friendly option. Many stores offer organic food, wine and beer and as organic products become available in more and more places, prices go down. Choose to serve pitchers of water instead of plastic bottles.

And last but not least, when it comes to gifts try to shop online to save gas and avoid the crowds. If you really have to go to the mall, think about bringing reusable shopping bags and save the earth some trouble. Choose eco-friendly packaging and try not to use wrapping paper as it ends up being a huge waste by the end of the night.

Have a great eco-friendly Christmas and as the French would say, “Joyeux Noël”!

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How To Stay Eco-Friendly In Winter

With the winter weather taking over, it is very easy to let yourself go and waste energy as well as money, especially during the Holidays.

Of course, everybody wants to stay warm and to do so while conserving energy can be somehow challenging and costly. The first thing to do if you want to stay green and save money is to check the thermal insulation at your home. Even tiny cracks can lead to big energy waste so make sure you inspect your place for drafts. Another tip is to cover your AC window unit (both inside and out) if it’s not one that you can remove. It will prevent the cold air to get inside! It is also very tempting to turn up your thermostat in order to be more comfortable but you can be sure you will see the difference in your next power bill! Set your thermostat to 65 degrees and lower it when you are out for a couple of hours. Choose to wear another layer instead and you will be surprised about your savings! Last but not least, setting your ceiling fan at slow speed actually helps heat rooms, even though not a lot of people are aware of it. How come? Because it helps to push down the warm air from the ceilings and make it re-circulate in the room. Think about it!

What else can you do to stay green during the winter holidays?

When it comes to decorations, be careful with your outdoors lights. It is a huge waste of energy and it can also be confusing for nocturnal animals! Make sure you choose a low wattage and if possible, choose motion-sensor lights as they are great to save energy.

When you choose your Christmas tree keep in mind that artificial trees aren’t Eco-friendly for the most part as they are mostly made of non-biodegradable plastic. Real trees are natural and biodegradable and are always a more Eco-friendly option, especially if you can find an organic grower!

bamboo cutleryFinally, think about buying organic local food when shopping for your holiday meals. It’s better for yours and your guests’ health and it’s also better for the environment. If you are having many people over and doing the dishes by the end of the day is not an option (we all know what it is like…) use Eco-friendly disposable tableware. Consider getting Bamboo plates and utensils as it is one of the most Eco-friendly material on earth. Click here if you want to learn more about Why Bamboo Is Great For Disposable Tableware

The last advice I will give you is to think about recycling and composting everything that can be, it’s an easy step that can definitely make a difference on a daily basis.

Enjoy and stay green!

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Are Green Products Always More Expensive?

There is a preconceived idea that Green products, that are known to be a lot better for the environment, are always more expensive that their mainstream counterparts. Even though it is often true it is definitely not always the case but before giving you an example let’s get started with some explanations about why eco-friendly products tend to be more expensive that non-sustainable ones.

First of all, eco-friendly products are made of eco-friendly materials which are generally more expensive – because of the way they are produced and manufactured – and this cost is reflected in the price of the finished product.

Second of all, eco-friendly companies are using higher quality ingredients and raw materials and also often pay their employees more, which also reflects on the final price.

Now, it doesn’t mean that eco-friendly products are always more expensive! As they become more and more popular, they also become more and more affordable and some eco-friendly materials are already pretty cheap in the first place!

The best example would be products made of Sugarcane. Widely used and very economical, Sugarcane is also called Pulp or Bagasse and comes from the natural residue of the Sugarcane harvest. It is also a 100% compostable and biodegradable material and make a great sustainable material for disposable tableware.

sugarcane-platesSugarcane products are the perfect example when it comes to affordable green products! Whether we are talking about Sugarcane plates, Sugarcane cups or even Sugarcane mini dishes, they all are affordable Eco-friendly alternative to plastic tableware for instance.

And this is only one example showing that green products don’t have to be more expensive than other products that are not eco-friendly!

 

Check out all of our other eco-friendly materials at www.packnwood.com and change your mind about green products. You will be surprised!

Original Cookie Packaging Solutions

Whether it is from family, friends, or even co-workers, nothing warms the heart like a box of cookies! Delicious and sweet, it makes everyone happy and is very popular.

Homemade or bought somewhere, the more beautiful it looks the happier you will make people.

If you are selling cookies, keep that in mind: customers have no idea how delicious yours will be, but a creative and beautiful packaging will make them imagine how delightful cookies are and will help them to make the final purchase decision.

It is all about presentation and – especially if it is a gift – you want your little presents to look as good as they will taste. If you are looking for some packaging ideas, don’t look any further!

cookiesThe first thing you have to keep in mind is that it is important for your cookie boxes to have a see through window or a clear lid: that is what will make people’s imagination work best! Closing boxes are the best option as it help to keep cookies fresh and intact. Whether you are looking for sturdy wooden boxes or lighter paper boxes, you have many opportunities to enhance your tasty treats. 100% biodegradable, both options are grease resistant, ideal for hot and cold cookies, and most of all look very natural! Everyone will love them!

Remember to pack crisp and soft cookies in separate boxes to make sure the soft cookies don’t seep into the crisp ones and make them loose their crush.

cookies2Now you may think that boxes are too generic and if you are looking for an even more original packaging solution take a look at these pretty baking molds with their heart shaped corners. Rustic and natural, they look adorable and will stay fresh when wrapped just like they would in a box!

Let your imagination go wild!

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