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As the new year…

Posted in Uncategorized by primeware on December 20, 2011

As the holidays and new year are upon us and many people are looking for new ways to save and go green…I was trying to find something that would be beneficial for all of us. What is something we are all in need of whether we like it or not? Food. I came across this amazing article on Yahoo!: Recycle Your Shopping Addiction: 12 Frugal Ways.

This article gives some great ideas on saving money and making the food you buy last. What are some tricks you use??

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Looking to Go Green for Christmas??

Posted in bagasse,biodegradable,compostable,disposable tableware,eco-friendly,organic by primeware on December 1, 2011

The Holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the family time, the Christmas lights, the cold time curled up by the fire, buying gifts, the smell of the Christmas tree. As much fun as the holidays are, it can also be a very wasteful time. The Christmas lights can use alot of energy, all the wasted wrapping paper, the gas spent travelling around the mall parking lot looking for parking, etc.

In my searching online for some ways to overcome this, I found a great article on 9 Tips to Keep Holiday Shopping Sane (and Green). This article helps find ways to be more efficient, save some money, and reduce waste. I would love to hear any ideas anyone else has on ways to have a wonderful and Green Christmas!!

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YOUR Carbon Footprint

Have you ever wondered what your carbon footprint is?? How much you actually contribute? This is obviously subject to much debate and no one can tell you exactly what you are contributing but the calculator can at least maybe give you an idea:

Your carbon footprint is how much CO2 your lifestyle creates. Americans average alot of CO2  at 9.44 tons per person each year. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas behind global warming. Using fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal sends lots of CO2 into the atmosphere, and this traps heat.

How much CO2 do you think you use? How can all of us cutback??

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California Banning Styrofoam?

Posted in Uncategorized by primeware on September 15, 2011
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California has been discussing for several years now about banning Styrofoam statewide. There are positives and negatives to this decision. Obviously it would help our environment, but it also costs alot more and would affect the budgets of most businesses, especially the smaller ones.
Many cities in California have already banned Styrofoam, especially in the bay area and different areas of Southern California. How do you feel about this decision??

Here is a fairly recent article about it:

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Styrofoam Bans Throughout California

Styrofoam. You know, that stuff your to-go containers from restaurants are made of. Or at least, what they used to be made of (depending on where you live, but we’ll get to that later). Expanded polystyrene is the official name, but we are going to go with styrofoam for the time being. For many years, styrofoam was the only option for things like to-go containers, and packing popcorn. However, we have finally learned styrofoam’s dirty little secret…it never goes away. Like a tattoo of your ex’s name or embarrassing pictures of you in the bathtub as a child, styrofoam sticks around to haunt us. Even after we are done with it and throw it away, the remnants remain in landfills for years after their initial disposal. Not so good, right?

So it is easy to see why dozens of California cities and counties are outlawing the stuff, including San Francisco, Berkley, Los Angeles County, Malibu, Sonoma County, and Oakland (for a complete list of CA styrofoam bans, click here). They want no part in haunting their great-grandchildren with their to-go container from dinner on Friday night. And rightfully so, especially since there are now eco-friendly alternatives. Many of the cities and counties that have banned styrofoam require that to-go containers be compostable or recyclable. This includes containers made from bagasse, which is the fiber left after the sugarcane refining process. Bagasse will biodegrade in proper composting. On the recycling side, many plastic to-go containers can be recycled, meaning that your trash won’t just go to waste (no pun intended).

Styrofoam bans like this are definitely a step in the right direction. So to all of those California cities and counties that have banned styrofoam, keep it up! And to the rest of you, happy greening!! : )

What do you think about the California styrofoam bans? Do you live in one of the places that has banned styrofoam? Have you noticed a difference? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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Annual State of Green Business Report

The annual State of Green Business Report works to measure the environmental impact of the emerging green economy. The report measures the progress of U.S. business and the economy from an environmental perspective, and highlights key trends in corporate culture in regard to the environment.

This years report shows that companies are looking long term and are putting alot of effort into sustainability efforts even with the economy the way it is. The report found mixed results, with some green practices improving, such as paper use and recycling, and many others sinking.

For the full article and a free download of the report, check out this link: The State of Green Business Report 2011.

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Green Trends in the Technology World

Green is no longer just about recycling, reusable bags, and riding your bike.  At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech and electronic world proved they won’t be left behind.  But let me tell you – these aren’t your momma’s green products.

Fridges that take note of how often and when you most open them, and adjust temperatures accordingly to conserve energy, “smart” plugs to help prevent energy-sucking electronics from driving up your bill, and e-cycling – the reusing of used electronics to help make new ones.

This is definitely a step in the right direction.  Energy-saving is huge, especially during a time when we could all use the extra dough.  And e-cycling is great because once electronics die, or we get new ones, they don’t exactly compost.  They pretty much just sit around so our grandchildren’s grandchildren will have to worry about them.  However, in light of the fact that we are slowly recovering from a recession, will companies be able to make their new green products affordable enough for people to be able to justify the cost?

At any rate, this is definitely a step in the right direction, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

To find out more about the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, click here.

To find out more about e-cycling, click here.


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California’s Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Rejected

The California lawmakers have spoken.  The state’s proposed plastic bag ban, which would have gone into effect in 2012 for large retailers and 2013 for smaller businesses, has been given a big thumbs down.  It is easy to see where both sides were coming from.  Supporters of the bill reported that Californians use 19 billion plastic bags a year and the bags were not only harming the environment, but that they also cost $25 million a year to collect and take to land fills.  At first hearing that, most of us probably think, “Duh, this seems so simple. Ban plastic bags, save the environment, save the state money. Everybody wins.”  However, it is important to understand the other side of this debate, because this is a complicated issue.

Opponents of the bill point out the fact that in these times of economic hardship, it is not fair to put the extra burden of having to pay for bags every time they went shopping.  Five cents doesn’t sound like a lot, but in a time when many are struggling just to keep food on the table, every penny counts.

Now that the bill has gone to lawmakers and been rejected, many cities and counties say that they will be taking the issue into their own hands and pursuing plastic bag bans similar to those already in effect in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Malibu.

Do you think lawmakers made the right choice in rejecting the plastic bag ban?  Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you! : )

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Why Restaurants Should Go Green

Posted in bagasse,biodegradable,compostable,disposable tableware,eco-friendly,organic by primeware on July 27, 2010

The restaurant industry is one accustom to wastefulness. Styrofoam, plastic, and immense amounts of trash have been part of their operating systems for years. But this is the 21st century, and people are beginning to realize that its time to start taking care of our planet. So, slowly but surely the industry with the biggest carbon footprint is making a turn for the greener.

There are many ways to go about going green. Cutting down on water and electricity use is very simple and it doesn’t cost a thing. In fact, it saves money. Another thing that is fairly simple is to separate the recycling into three different categories: cardboard, glass, and cans. It is important to separate them because they are recycled differently and some recycling centers don’t separate them properly. Another way to go green isn’t just about the restaurants though, it’s also about the customers. Styrofoam to-go containers have ruled the industry and polluted our planet for as long as most of us can remember, but there are now other options!

Many restaurants have chosen to go green with their to-go containers: replacing plastic and Styrofoam with more eco-friendly options. Companies like PrimeWare are helping restaurants go green with their biodegradable and compostable disposable tableware. PrimeWare’s line includes plates, platters, hinged-lid containers, bowls, and trays all made from bagasse, which is a byproduct of the sugarcane refining process. Their line of cup carriers is made from 100% recycled materials.

The United Sates has nearly one million restaurants. The average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of trash per year. Even if all restaurants did was make the change from Styrofoam to biodegradable and compostable to-go containers, it would make a huge difference. Going green is now easier than ever, and there is no time like the present. Happy greening!

Have you noticed any of your favorite restaurants making changes to become greener? Do you have any ideas about how restaurants can go green? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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“Natural” Beauty Care Product Labels

As is evident from the last blog post, advertisers can get pretty tricky when it comes to “green” terminology. This goes for everything – food, disposable tableware (hey, that’s us!), household cleaning products, and even beauty care and cosmetic products. The labels on these products are not easy to figure out, and it can be tough to figure out if products are truly as “green” as they claim to be. But don’t worry, help has arrived! Here are some helpful hints to help you figure out what you’re really getting with “green” beauty products.

1. Start reading ingredient labels. This is definitely tough at first, because beauty products are chock full of ingredients with crazy confusing chemical names. However, there are many great sources out there to help you figure it all out. For these sources, click here and read this blog.

2. The word “natural” doesn’t mean what you think it does. Many people are drawn towards products with so-called “green” words on their labels. Natural is one of these words. Just because a product claims to be natural, does not mean that it is.

3. Natural does not mean organic. Natural just means that the product or some ingredients within the product are naturally derived. Organic, however, means that something was grown under eco-friendly, sustainable conditions. It’s worth noting that while labels may claim that certain ingredients are organic, that does not mean that the entire product is organic.

4. Third party certifications are a good thing. When you see organic food in the grocery store, in order for it to call itself truly organic, it must have the USDA organic seal. A product must contain 95% organic material in order to gain this seal, and there are strict restrictions on what can go into the other 5%. So looking out for the USDA organic seal doesn’t just apply to your food anymore, it also now applies to your beauty and personal care products.

5. Look out for certain ingredients! For a list of ingredients to look out for (because they’re not allowed in the 5% of non-organic products) click here.

So next time you need a new foundation or facewash, think about taking the “natrual” route! : )

What organic products do you like to use? Do you think they work as well as non-organic personal products? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you!

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