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Green Product Labeling

We all know that when it comes to green product labeling, companies can get pretty shady. Many companies throw words on their product labeling that will hopefully catch the eyes of someone trying to green up their act a bit. “Organic,” “biodegradable,” “compostable,” “pure,” are just some of the many words that companies use to fool customers into buying their products that may not be as green as they claim. Companies are able to do this because there are not many restrictions on green product labeling because it is such a new area that the government has not yet put restrictions on what can and cannot be said.

It is hard to know if companies are being truthful in their labeling of supposedly “green” products. The only way to make sure that you’re making informed decisions is to educate yourself. The website and others like it review all kinds of green products and rate them based on a comprehensive rating system.

Going green doesn’t have to be hard, in fact, it is pretty darn easy! It does take a little extra work, and maybe even a little research, but it’s your earth, and it’s worth it!

For a funny, insightful outlook on the broken green labeling system and how to fix it, click here.

What do you think about green product labeling? Should companies be allowed to say whatever they want as long as there are not legal restrictions? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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What Green Consumers Really Want

Making the decision to go green is tough, and once you do make that decision, it can get pretty overwhelming, not to mention expensive. Times are tough right now, and buying an eco-friendly pair of jeans and a brand new Prius aren’t really options for most of us. However, just because you can’t do everything, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still do something. Perhaps the best way for people to start going green is to pick one area to begin, such as all eco-friendly cleaning products, or becoming a recycling stickler. Baby steps are the easiest way to begin any new venture in life, including going green! So don’t be overwhelmed. Start small and work your way up : )

For more information on green consumerism, watch this video.

Do you have any ideas about easy ways to go green? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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How To Go Green Without Spending A Lot of Green!

It is finally summer. Summer brings with it long days by the pool, BBQs with friends, and unfortunately, higher electricity bills from having to constantly run the AC. And once winter rolls around, we will need our heaters, and our energy bills will be singing the same sad (and long!) song.

In tough economic times like this, we could all use some tips on how to save money, and energy. Sometimes, it is just isn’t an option to not run the AC, heater, or what have you. However, there are many cheap and easy ways to lower your energy costs! Although each individual action won’t save a ton of energy, it all adds up, and every little bit helps! So if you don’t like the look of your recent energy bills, change them! Your wallet and your planet will thank you : )

For 15 easy ways under $30 to save energy, click here.

What did you think about this article? Will you use any of these tips to lessen your energy costs? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you!

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California Assembly Bill 1998 – Ban on Plastic Bags

Recently, California’s Assembly passed Bill 1998, which is the bill to ban plastic bags. On top of the plastic bag ban, this bill would force stores to sell paper bags to customers at the point of sale. These bags would be required to be at least 0.05 cents, but could cost up to 0.10 cents. This bill would not just affect grocery stores, but also retailers. Although there are many who are probably jumping for joy at the Assembly’s passage of this bill, others are less than thrilled. Groups opposed to the bill claim that it will be bad for the economy, and even for the environment (however, I personally do not see how it could be bad for the environment). As far as being bad for the economy, I think that if this bill passes in the Senate (where it is headed later this summer), it would just encourage people to buy reusable shopping bags so that they didn’t have to purchase paper bags at the point of sale while shopping.

Even if this bill doesn’t pass in the Senate, I think just the fact of its existence means that we are starting to head in the right direction.

To read more on this topic, go to this article.

We want to hear what you think! Are you happy about the passage of Assembly Bill 1998? Or do you disagree with a ban on plastic bags? We love to hear from you!

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How “Green” is America?

Okay, so we are cutting back on plastic bags and saying no to Styrofoam. We make green choices…when it is easy. And as far as we are concerned, here in America, we are doing a great job of being “green.” However, we aren’t as “green” as we think we are. Studies show that American consumers’ behavior is some of the least sustainable of all of the 17 countries studied. The only countries whose consumers’ behavior is less sustainable than ours are Canada and France.

Changes need to start at the top, within the government. However, individuals need to take responsibility for themselves as well. Living a more sustainable lifestyle isn’t hard, but it does require SOME work.

For more on this topic, read this article.

What do you think? Are you a sustainable American? We love to hear from you!

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Going Green is Good For Business

Posted in Uncategorized by primeware on June 1, 2010

Going green isn’t just for hippies and “organic” companies anymore. Green is the thing to do now, for everyone from huge companies like Wal-Mart to small Mom-and-Pop types of places. Although many companies’ sudden interests in going green may be misplaced, shouldn’t we still be happy that they’re doing it? From a green perspective, companies should want to be more eco-friendly because it is the right thing to do. However, from a business perspective, going green is important because people are looking for it now. If your company isn’t doing it and the competition is, you’re likely to start losing money and customers. Going green can be expensive, but in the long run (especially for big corporations), it will be worth the extra money.

For more on this topic, read this article.

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Ban on Paper and Plastic?

Posted in bagasse,biodegradable,compostable,disposable tableware,eco-friendly by primeware on May 24, 2010

Across the country, plastic bags are becoming increasingly discouraged, and in some places, even banned. It is obvious that plastic bags are bad for the environment, they sit in landfills forever and they can end up in the ocean, potentially harming marine animals. However, with plastic bags no longer an option in some places, what about paper bags? Are they really that much better for the environment? Although they will eventually biodegrade over time, they are heavy to transport (creating more pollution) and creating them wastes a lot of trees. With all this in mind, some areas (the California Bay Area, in particular) are gunning for laws that would potentially eliminate both plastic AND paper bags. This would mean that reusable bags would be the only option.

While this is all well and good, is it realistic to expect all people to have reusable bags? It would be the ideal, sure, but are people actually ready for something like this yet? We want to know what you think! Is a ban like this ahead of its time?

For more on this topic, read this article from the New York Times

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How Do You Green It?

Hey guys! So unless you live under a rock, then I am sure that you have heard all about the “green” craze. It is everywhere! Celebrities, newspapers, and even Starbucks cups are telling us to go green. And while that is all well and good, a lot of us are still left with questions. Firstly, Why? And secondly, How? Well, I’m going to give you a few reasons why and then some simple ways how you can go green : )

The planet has a limited amount of resources. Making sustainable, eco-friendly choices, helps the earth by using less of it! Remember, every choice you make has either a negative or positive effect on the planet!

Going green can be good for your health. Choosing organic produce is always better because there are no pesticides, which can be a health hazard, especially if the produce is not properly washed. Many communities hold farmer’s markets, which can be a great place to purchase organic, locally grown produce. Locally grown produce is great because it is fresh. The shorter distance foods have to travel to get to your plate, the better, because the lesser distance means less pollution.

It is the right thing to do. Think about it this way: You keep your house clean, because who the heck wants to live in a dirty house? Helping keep your planet clean is the same thing. Although you cannot make as much of an impact as you make in your own home, everything does make a difference! It is just common sense. Do your part to help sustain the planet that sustains you.

Okay, so now that you have some reasons to go green, how can you go about it? Well, here are some simple tips to help green up your life : )

Walk or ride your bike rather than drive. This is simple! Although not always possible, try to do it whenever you can! Riding your bike is cheaper than driving, and produces no pollution at all, except maybe a little sweat : )

Say no to paper AND plastic. Although paper is better than plastic because it does biodegrade, it is also heavier than plastic, and therefore puts more of a strain on the truck that is carrying it, resulting in more pollution. The best alternative to both is buying reusable bags, which are very sturdy and can hold a lot more stuff. However, if you really like paper bags, than reuse them a few times before tossing them.

Unplug things that glow. If you’re not watching a TV or using a lamp, unplug it! Electrics products like these are huge energy suckers, even when they aren’t being used. Who wants to pay for electricity they aren’t even using? (

Support local farmers. Typical grocery store produce travels nearly 1500 miles before it winds up on your plate! This burns fossil fuel and means a whole lot of carbon emissions, aka pollution. Supporting local farmers means fresher food and a healthier planet! (

Do full loads of laundry. This might seem silly, but think about it. Washing machines use water, energy, and money. So small loads means wasting water, energy, and money. Also, wash clothes in cold water as opposed to warm. 90% of energy consumed by washers goes toward heating the water! (

What types of things do you guys do to help work towards a greener planet? Let us know! We love to hear from you : )

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Composting…a Humorous and Informative Explanation

Composting…one of the latest new words on the green scene. However, many of us don’t know exactly what it means, or what the process of composting entails. It is a lot easier than you might think, and you can do it right in your own backyard! Take a look at this video for a funny, yet informative explanation about how to create your own compost pile.

Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you.

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Back again!!

Hello all…it has been a while since our last post! Things have been very busy and productive around PrimeWare! We are working on many new items and getting ready for the National Restaurant Show in Chicago! If anyone reading this is attending we would love to see you there!

The NRA Show takes place May 22-25th in Chicago at the McCormick Place and is the top show in the world for the restaurant and hotel industry. With over 2,100 exhibitors expected and about 50,000 attendees, location plays a big role for the exhibitors. The PrimeWare booth will be placed right next to the Organic and Natural Pavilion at booth number 1474.

Check out the link below to see a video that was taken last year the the National Restaurant Show of one of PrimeWare’s owners discussing our products!

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