Eco friendly – EAU Bio Wed, 10 Aug 2022 02:30:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eco friendly – EAU Bio 32 32 Local Coca-Cola bottler ditches plastic rings for eco-friendly fibers – NBC10 Philadelphia Wed, 10 Aug 2022 01:07:49 +0000

Philadelphia-based bottler Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages has unveiled fiber-based paper packaging that will replace plastic rings on multipack soda cans, the company announced Tuesday.

Graphic Packaging International’s KeepClip carton packaging system has already been used by Coca-Cola bottlers in Europe, but Liberty says its change is the “first of its kind” in the United States.

The new packaging is expected to ship to all stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, as well as parts of Connecticut and Delaware, Liberty said.

A Liberty representative told NBC10 that the rollout will begin within the next 30 days.

The new packaging is estimated to remove 75,000 pounds of plastic packaging per year from the supply chain for approximately 3.1 million cases of Coca-Cola in the Northeast, the company added.

Liberty Coca-Cola

New eco-fiber packaging for a Coca-Cola six-pack. A Philadelphia-based bottler will begin using the new packaging this summer.

“Liberty is thrilled to be the first bottler in the United States to implement this innovative packaging system,” said Paul Mulligan, co-owner of Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages. “We know that the most valuable change to reducing plastic waste occurs when bottlers and packaging producers work together in partnership. We look forward to partnering with Graphic Packaging to share this sustainable packaging in our local communities for years to come.

The fiber-based packaging will be manufactured at one of Liberty’s New York facilities.

Liberty has several production centers on the East Coast, including sites in Philadelphia, PA, Moorestown, NJ and Elmsford, NY, as well as distribution sites in Philadelphia, PA; Marmora and South Brunswick, NJ, and the Bronx, Maspeth, Elmsford, New Windsor and Smithtown, NY

This isn’t the first time Liberty has tackled sustainability issues: Last summer, Liberty became the first local Coca-Cola bottler to produce and distribute bottles made from 100% recycled materials in the United States. United, the company said.

Based in Southern California, CB Therapeutics develops eco-responsible solutions through precision fermentation Sat, 06 Aug 2022 18:18:14 +0000

Therapeutics, based in Southern California, has developed environmentally friendly solutions for the sustainable manufacturing of foods and active ingredients through precision fermentation.

The biosynthesis company, which is dedicated to developing ethical and environmentally friendly products for human health, has successfully developed a number of food technology prototypes using its precision synthesis and fermentation platforms new generation.

Among them is the ability to produce ingredients at low cost while leaving a low carbon footprint.

In addition, the company seeks partnerships and collaborations to implement new, scalable manufacturing methods for its customers’ products.

CB Therapeutics’ solutions, as a hub of innovation, have also enabled it to rapidly expand its intellectual property portfolio into highly competitive areas such as psychedelics and cannabinoid biosynthesis, bioinformatics and other technologies.

Dr. Jacob Vogan, CSO of CB Therapeutics, said JoyNews‘ Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen via Zoom that the biotechnology company has developed a powerful, fast and portable platform to generate a wide range of ingredients and products.

According to Dr. Vogan, the company has a strong track record in nutraceutical and clinical research due to its work in cannabinoid and psychedelic medicine.

He said the platform can solve even broader supply chain problems in a sustainable way.

CB Therapeutics has used scalable precision fermentation to create proteins, fats, colors, flavors, aromas and more in the lab.

According to CEO Sher Ali Butt, this is an exciting time for biotechnology and biomanufacturing.

Butt said the company has the people and equipment to produce bioidentical, animal-free proteins, peptides, fats, flavors and vitamins traditionally found in animal foods. animal origin.

The company’s process also improves products, such as allergy-relieving proteins and peptides, or enrichment products with vitamins, antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients.

CB Therapeutics is enthusiastic about alternative animal products, which include alternatives to dairy, meat and seafood.

Other food technologies the company is passionate about include nutrient and flavor enriched food products, cheese composition and associated microorganisms.

CB Therapeutics said its expertise in synthetic genomics and bioengineering has significantly advanced its proprietary microorganism, enzyme and production process production platform.

After more than four years of development, the CB Therapeutics team said they are proud to produce a wide range of phytochemicals faster, with fewer resources, at higher yields, and with greater purity, consistency, and efficacy. to those of competing platforms.

CB Therapeutics is based in Southern California, where it has a new fully licensed 16,000 square foot commercial lot facility.

Afends teams up with Weed Magazine Broccoli for a new collection Thu, 04 Aug 2022 02:07:11 +0000

Since emerging in Byron Bay in 2006, Afends have made a name for themselves with their creative and eco-friendly mixes of streetwear and surf wear. Founded by Declan Wise and Jonathan Salfield with the aim of producing products for local punk and hardcore bands, the brand now has stores across NSW and VIC, as well as shipping its inventive range of products worldwide.

Collaborations have always been a big part of the Afends brand and the latest may be the funniest yet. Northern NSW brand partners with female-led cannabis-loving media agency Broccoli for a new trippy summer collection. Broccoli runs a tri-annual magazine, podcast, and bi-weekly newsletter, all based on weed-related content and weed-adjacent topics.

The marriage of the two brands is a perfect fit with Afends who use marijuana’s non-psychedelic brother hemp in their garments to make them more environmentally sustainable.

The Afends x Broccoli Collaboration highlights an optical illusion by the Byron Bay artist Josh Galletly. The psychedelic pattern is sure to be a real treat for those who might be interested in Broccoli’s favorite subject.

Highlights of the collection include a huge beach ready totehemp-based Large pants and unisex collared shirt, and one one-piece swimsuit made from recycled nylon.

To discover the full range of clothing, go to Afends websiteand to stay up to date with all the Broccoli weed talk, head over to Broccoli Mag Instagram Page.

The Afends x Broccoli Collection is now available on the Afends website and offers worldwide delivery.

Amazon’s climate pollution is getting worse Mon, 01 Aug 2022 21:14:41 +0000

Amazon’s greenhouse gas emissions soared last year despite the company’s efforts to market itself as a leader in climate action. Its carbon dioxide emissions are up 18% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to its latest sustainability report.

Amazon generated 71.54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent last year, about as much pollution as 180 gas-fired power plants could operate each year. This is the second year in a row that Amazon’s climate pollution has increased by double digits since pledging to climate splash and began reporting publicly on its emissions in 2019. Comparing this year to 2021 , the company’s CO2 pollution actually increased by 40%. .

In 2019, then-CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company plans to achieve net carbon dioxide emissions for its operations by 2040. Unfortunately, this kind of commitment allows companies to s get away with misleading carbon accounting. They can aim to achieve “net zero” emissions or claim to be “carbon neutral” by purchasing carbon offsets that are supposed to offset the impact of their emissions through so-called eco-friendly projects. This usually involves planting trees, protecting forests, or promoting clean energy. These offsets, however, usually do not lead to real reductions in the planet-warming CO2 that accumulates in our atmosphere.

Amazon co-founded an initiative called the “Climate Pledge” in 2019 to recruit other companies to make similar pledges to reduce CO2 and “neutralize” residual emissions with “credible” offsets. But meaningful climate impact only comes from a company getting rid of the vast majority of its pollution, or even eliminating all of its emissions.

Amazon doesn’t set a good example of this, despite the company’s best public relations efforts. To alleviate its growing absolute carbon emissions, Amazon points to a more flattering number in its sustainability report. “The focus should not just be on a company’s carbon footprint in terms of absolute carbon emissions, but also on reducing its carbon intensity,” the report says.

Amazon says it has reduced its “carbon intensity” by a small number – 1.9% – meaning the emissions they produce for every dollar of merchandise sold decreased slightly. But this metric can also be misleading because these carbon intensity reductions are easily wiped out as the company’s business grows.

This is exactly what happened at Amazon. “As we strive to decarbonize our business, Amazon is growing rapidly. We have grown our business at an unprecedented rate to help meet the needs of our customers during the pandemic,” the company states in its sustainability report. In other words, Amazon made a killing during the COVID-19 pandemic when e-commerce has exploded — and Amazon’s pollution has grown along with its profits.

All of this goes to show why it’s important to look at a company’s entire carbon footprint to see if it’s actually reducing overall emissions. To make matters worse, the numbers reported by Amazon are likely an understatement of the amount of pollution the e-commerce giant is truly responsible for because, unlike some other companies, including Target, Amazon does not include shows that come from the manufacture of many of the products it sells.

And while tracking carbon dioxide emissions is important to combat the climate crisis that fuels devastating heat waves, droughts, wildfires, storms and other disasters, it doesn’t capture the whole picture. range of issues associated with thriving Amazon warehouses and all those smiley faces. faced with diesel trucks making deliveries. For years, many communities where Amazon builds warehouses have called out the company for bringing more smog, soot and noise to their neighborhoods. This latest report shows that Amazon still has a long way to go to prevent all the pollution it creates.

Decision expected on red earth mine project Sun, 31 Jul 2022 09:13:32 +0000

FAYETTEVILLE – Residents of the Wedington Woods area who hope to block the expansion of a red dirt mine near their west Fayetteville home are awaiting a decision from the state government on the project.

The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment is considering a permit amendment to allow Eco-Friendly Materials to expand a mining operation. The company operates an area of ​​around 80 acres, according to ministry information, and is looking to add another 80 acres.

The state closed its 30-day comment period on the expansion permit in June and has not announced a decision, according to Donnally Davis, chief communications officer.

“The department is currently reviewing comments that were submitted during the public comment period,” Davis wrote in an email. “Once the review is complete, the department will issue a final clearance decision.”

Wedington Woods-area resident Teri David-Beupre said none of the neighbors had heard anything from the state about the status of the permit.

“We’re just waiting for them to tell us what their plans are,” she said. “The ball is in the department’s court.”

Residents of the Wedington Woods area, which is adjacent to the area being considered for expansion, raised their concerns with the Washington County Quorum Court at its June 16 meeting. Neighbors complained they weren’t given enough advance notice of the proposed expansion and the mining operation should be required to go through the county’s conditional use permit process and comply with laws and regulations state and federal, they said.

Lisa Davison told the justices of the peace at the June meeting that she had lived in her Wedington Woods home for 38 years. She said the proposed expansion would bring mining within meters of her home. Davison said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, which is made worse by the constant noise from trucks and heavy equipment, as well as the blasting carried out at the quarry site. She said the dirt mine has driven animals away from the neighborhood and left her home filled with red dust that she is unable to clean or filter.

Jake Newcomb, an attorney representing one of the neighbors, argued that the expansion of mining operations ruled out any argument that the use was ‘preceded’ by existing before a county ordinance zoning unincorporated areas. does not come into force.

Newcomb also pointed to an Arkansas Environmental Quality Division inspection report that listed several mining deficiencies. A copy of the report listed unauthorized water outfalls on the site that allowed stormwater to bypass a sedimentation pond on the property. The report also indicated that there were three other disturbed areas on the property that were not part of the permit.

The berms of the sedimentation pond are covered with trees and other vegetation that have reduced the capacity of the pond by several feet and allow stormwater to bypass the authorized outlet, the report said. The report also noted several instances where water sampling or inspections were not documented or did not take place.

The state inspection report on Operation Eco-Friendly Materials lists James Earl Lindsey as responsible for the operation. Lindsey owns several parcels of property in the area and had entered into a contract with Washington County in 2012, which was renewed in 2016, to extract red earth for use by the county. The county obtained the original permit for the operation and in 2020 the county transferred the state permit for the operation to Eco-Friendly Materials.

Eco-Friendly Materials filed a response to the inspection report and list of deficiencies in June, with photos showing the corrective actions it took on site and explaining that the information listed as missing was simply not filled out or were not in the correct place in the company’s records.

Mining in the county dates back to at least 2005, according to state permit and contract information between the county and Lindsey for the four mining parcels.

Brian Lester, county attorney, said in a July 27 letter that the mining pit “existed before the Washington County Quorum Court passed Order 2006-66, which created zoning in areas unincorporated county”. Lester said the county has taken the position that uses that existed before the planning ordinance was passed are “grandfathered” and are not required to apply for conditional use permits because new uses that do not comply with the are.

Enviro-Log Company Announces New Wax Recycling Box and Thu, 28 Jul 2022 17:00:00 +0000

GLENDALE, Ariz., July 28 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Enviro-Log Company, LLC, a leading environmentally responsible consumer and recycling products company, is pleased to announce that it will open a new recycling and manufacturing facility in Glendale, Arizona this summer. Located at 7676 N. Glen Harbor Boulevard, the new facility will be dedicated to recycling waxed cardboard boxes (WOCC) and manufacturing its environmentally friendly Enviro-Log products. The company plans to work directly with product leaders, food retailers and recyclers to recycle large volumes of WOCCs from Arizona, California and throughout the western United States.

Based in Fitzgerald, Georgia (approximately 175 miles south of Atlanta), Enviro-Log is WOCC’s largest recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured logs in the United States. For the past 18 years, the company has worked with retailers to reduce their environmental impact and start them on the path to zero waste by recycling their WOCC, which is typically used to transport fruits and vegetables to grocery stores and restaurants. . Enviro-Log uses recycled WOCC to make its eco-friendly logs that burn cleaner than wood (emitting 50% less greenhouse gases, 30% less particulate emissions and 80% less carbon dioxide) while providing 50% more heat per pound. This recycling process saves tens of thousands of trees from being used as firewood and millions of pounds of WOCC from going to landfill each year. To date, Enviro-Log has worked with over 100 partners across North America and diverted over half a billion pounds of WOCC from landfills.

According to Ross McRoy, Founder of Enviro-Log and President of Enviro-Log Company, “Millions of waxed corrugated containers are produced daily because it is one of the most efficient transport containers for fresh food. , but waxed corrugated cardboard had no traditional recycling outlet until the Firelog Enviro-Log came in. Enviro-Log logs reduce the environmental impact of landfilling the WOCC and turn it into a log environmentally friendly for home heating and outdoor living. To compound the problem, waxed cardboard can also take up to 50 years to disintegrate in a landfill. Citing figures from Georgia’s Ministry of Natural Resources, McRoy added: ” Every 10,000 tons of waxed cardboard diverted from landfills is equivalent to (annually) 1,821 cars taken off the road, 29,277 barrels of oil saved, 181,033 trees saved and retains 48,953 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s clear that produce and grocery retailers can make a huge environmental impact by participating in our recycling program. »

As part of its partnership with retailers, Enviro-Log’s 100% recycled logs are returned to retailers and put on shelves for sale. This process is referred to in the recycling industry as a “closed loop”. Enviro-Log’s closed-loop experience allows for a quick and easy program start-up allowing its retail partners to see immediate financial benefits.

“Our recycling program offers a win-win situation for retailers,” said Shawn Sapp, vice president of recycling for Enviro-Log Company. “Not only do we help retailers dramatically reduce their waste disposal costs and improve their environmental impact, but Enviro-Log provides value-added services to help retailers improve their sustainability and achieve their footprint goals. carbon. By forming a closed loop, including diverting waxed cardboard boxes for recovery and in turn selling Enviro-Log logs, retailers can achieve over 50% reduction in greenhouse gases instead of use landfill alternatives. Participating in this closed-loop recycling program allows retailers to prove to consumers that they are serious about helping the environment, and not just talking. Parties that have a supply of waxed cardboard (WOCC) should email

Mike Thornton, Plant Manager for Enviro-Log Glendale, added: “Once operational, the facility will employ over 30 people and grow to almost 50+. We are looking for qualified candidates to apply for positions in our operations and production teams, including equipment operators, line workers, electrical and mechanical maintenance, logistics, shipping and more. Interested candidates can send their CV and an e-mail to

Enviro-Log also manufactures Enviro-Log fire starters which are made of recycled eco-friendly wax which provide an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log also offers Color-Flame, a safe and simple way to add stunning color to your fires. Enviro-Flame Premium firewood is 100% natural and renewable firewood. Enviro-Log also offers a variety of specialty and seasonal items. Enviro-Log products are available at select major retailers in the United States and Canada, including Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Canadian Tire and many more.

About Enviro-Log
Enviro-Log Company, LLC, a portfolio company of Summit Equity Group, is an environmentally responsible consumer products and recycling company. Enviro-Log is the largest waxed cardboard recycler in North America and the third largest producer of manufactured logs in the United States. Its logs are made from 100% recycled materials and burn cleaner than wood while providing 50% more heat per pound. Made from 100% recycled eco-friendly wax, Enviro-Log fire starters offer an alternative to kindling, petroleum-based starter blocks, lighter fluids and ethanol-based gels. Enviro-Log also offers Color-Flame, a safe and simple way to add stunning color to your fires. Enviro-Flame Premium firewood is 100% natural and renewable firewood. Enviro-Log also offers a variety of specialty and seasonal items. Enviro-Log products are available at select major retailers in the United States and Canada. More information about Enviro-Log can be found at You can also follow Enviro-Log on Facebook, Twitter Instagram

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David Gutierrez, Dresner Corporate Services, (312) 780-7204,

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10 materials ready to make building homes more sustainable Tue, 26 Jul 2022 17:13:33 +0000


Not only is sustainability trending, but it’s becoming more and more critical as climate change and other environmental issues take hold more widely. You can make a difference by choosing sustainable building materials for your home, whether you’re building or renovating.

While many choose sustainable building materials to minimize impact on the environment and human health, there are several considerations when selecting an eco-friendly product. Whether or not it is responsibly sourced, energy efficient, contributes to minimal or zero carbon emissions, reduces waste, is made from renewable or recycled materials, non-toxic, reusable and/or recyclable, biodegradable and sustainable, it affects the impact of the construction product on the planet.

Here are some sustainable building materials to explore and consider including in your next home project.

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1. Hempcrete

durable hemp concrete building materials

Photo: Romancito77 via Wikimedia Commons

Looking for a durable insulation option for your home? Hempcrete is a vegetable product made up of sand, hemp fibers and lime. It is breathable, lightweight, durable, flame retardant, pest resistant, and resistant to cracking and shrinking. It also helps absorb carbon dioxide during the curing process. In addition, carbon dioxide is absorbed and compensated during the life cycle of the hemp plant.

The product is available in two forms: as pre-cured insulating blocks or cast in place, which involves the use of formwork panels to create walls. Ideal in most climates, hempcrete can be purchased from Hempimagecture as well as other companies that have started manufacturing the material.

2. By blocks

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ByBlocks is the first construction-grade building material developed entirely from recycled (and often non-recyclable) plastic waste. A single ByBlock is made from 22 pounds of plastic, keeping that waste out of landfills. They can be used in place of concrete blocks and are ideal for retaining walls, noise barriers, sheds, privacy fences, landscaping, accent walls and furniture.

These blocks have many advantages: water resistance, resistance to cracking under high pressure and 41% less greenhouse gas emissions than concrete blocks. Plus, they don’t require glue or adhesives and are created using a zero-waste process. ByBlocks can be purchased from the manufacturer ByFusion.

3. Solid wood

durable solid wood building materials


Following changes in building codes, solid wood (short for hardwood) is gaining traction in the United States and could have a significant impact on the building industry by reducing carbon emissions, especially when paired with responsible forestry practices. Solid wood consists of thick layers of wood compressed to form large structural panels, posts or beams for construction.

The result is an exceptionally strong, versatile and load-bearing material that can be used for the construction of walls, floors and roofs. Solid wood is advantageous because it weighs much less than concrete and steel but serves the same purpose. Finally, solid wood construction is more efficient and less wasteful; it can reduce on-site waste and use wood that would otherwise be thrown away.

4. Solar shingles

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Thinking of going solar? Technology has improved, making solar easier to install and maintain. GAF Energy now offers a new Timberline Solar roofing system consisting of shingles rather than heavy panels or tiles. They are sleeker and offer a more traditional appeal as their design blends in with the aesthetics of the home. The company calls it a solar shingle – a marriage of solar power and roofing.

GAF’s solar shingles are water resistant, strong and guaranteed to withstand winds of up to 130 mph. The other huge advantage is that you can use the same installer for both. If you’re ready to invest in solar power and save on your energy bills over time, consider GAF Energy Solar Shingles.

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5. Bamboo

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A more widely known trend in sustainable building materials is bamboo, which is mainly used for flooring, but also for wall coverings and countertops. Once installed, it looks like traditional wood. It is also a biodegradable and sustainable material since bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world.

When you choose bamboo for flooring or other surfaces, you are helping to slow the rate of deforestation. While traditional timber has a harvest cycle of at least 25 years, bamboo’s cycle is only 3 years. Bamboo is also affordable, durable and easy to install.

6. Ash concrete

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Ash is an environmentally friendly alternative to concrete made from approximately 97% recycled materials. It consists of fly ash and bottom ash (by-products of coal combustion) and borate, a chemical from the chlorine family.

However, Ashcrete is actually stronger and more durable than regular concrete due to its smaller pores. Additional advantages include high resistance to acid, fire and temperature changes. It also saves water, as it requires less water during the curing process.

7. Smart glass windows

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Replacing your windows with an eco-friendly option like smart glass can help make your home more comfortable and save money over time. Most often used in commercial and industrial construction, smart glass is similar to photochromic or light-adaptive eyeglass lenses that are clear indoors and darken automatically when exposed to sunlight.

Smart glass windows have the ability to change their heating properties based on the amount of light passing through them. Companies such as SageGlass have developed electrochromic coatings that use low voltage electricity to darken windows during hot summer months to reduce the amount of air conditioning needed to cool a building. On the other hand, the windows can be switched to transparency during the winter months to let in more light and heat.

8. Cork

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Cork is another green option with great potential for use in the construction industry. It is a renewable material that is harvested from cork oak trees that can be obtained sustainably and ethically. No tree needs to be cut down to produce it since it is made by peeling the bark off the tree by hand.

Currently, cork is generally used for flooring, with the possibility of future uses in the years to come. When it comes to usability, there are several advantages. It is an effective and affordable insulation that is comfortable, durable, naturally mold and mildew resistant, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Plus, it’s easy to install, maintain, and repair.

9. Logwood

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log wood is an advanced material actually reverses the process of paper production by transforming paper, which would otherwise end up as waste, into a material that resembles wood.

Developed using a special lamination technique and solvent-free glue to create planks, Logwood can be made into furniture and cabinetry. It can be produced in a variety of thicknesses for a range of uses, from thin to thick. Logwood is waterproof, fireproof, and 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It can be sawn, sanded and finished with wax, oil, paint or varnish.

10. Herbal Rigid Foam

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The rigid foams used in many building materials are generally made from petroleum-based products which are not environmentally friendly. But now we have a better option: plant-based rigid foam. This new generation of environmentally friendly foams can be produced from a variety of components, such as hemp, bamboo and kelp or from biopolymers containing less carbon dioxide such as ethylene vinyl alcohol, polyvinyl alcohol, polysaccharide and starch.

These vegetable mosses are generally used for insulation, thermal barriers and floor coverings. They are durable, energy efficient, effective at minimizing noise and naturally resistant to heat, humidity, mold and pests. Given their natural and non-toxic composition, they are also better for our health.

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Delicious bento without plastic waste – the OniBen is the one-handed mini meal we all need Mon, 25 Jul 2022 01:03:27 +0000

The traditional bento shop collaborates with two comedians to prepare eco-friendly mini lunches.

Japan is a country full of delicious food, but the humble bento is so often overlooked by tourists. Bentos are lunch boxes usually divided into compartments containing rice or noodles, a main course of meat, and pickles or salad. Bentos can be homemade, but every convenience store in Japan has a section of delicious bentos ready to take home.

But as much as we love bentos (and we really do), we have to agree that they could not being the most eco-friendly way to enjoy a meal. Not only do most bentos come with a pair of disposable chopsticks, but the plastic wrapper containing the meal isn’t particularly eco-friendly.

With this in mind, bento company Jishowtay, from Shizuoka Prefecture, has found a new solution to avoid unnecessary waste. Jishowtay has been in business since the late Edo period, during the Ansei era (1615-1868), but despite their long history in the business, they have now found a new way to enjoy bento while drastically reducing plastic . waste — the Oni Ben.

The OniBen – made up of words onigiri (rice ball) and bento box — is a unique and more eco-friendly way to enjoy a meal on the go, as the plastic trays that normally hold food have been replaced with rice ‘trays’. This is in line with a law passed in Japan earlier this year, which required companies to review their use of single-use plastics, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Although OniBen are still wrapped in a single sheet of plastic, the amount of plastic needed is significantly less than a normal bento.

But it’s not just single-use plastic that’s being reduced; disposable chopsticks aren’t necessary at all either. The rice bento “boxes” are perfectly proportioned for you can hold and eat your meal with one handlike a burrito.

▼ The fact that you can hold all of your bento in the palm of your hand means that you won’t risk people sneaking your food away either.

OniBen are available in twelve different flavors including curry, grilled mackerel, yakisoba and fried shrimp. Among the twelve, five flavors were created in collaboration with the comic duo manzai Pakkun Makkun, consisting of Makoto Yoshida and Patrick Harlan. The collaboration was born after Pakkun Makkun became interested in Jishowtay and its long history, when the comedy duo performed a concert in Shizuoka.

▼ Pakkun Makkun in action

One of the most striking flavors of OniBen that the comedic couple contributed to is the ‘Combo Pakkun Makkun‘ – an OniBen that offers barbecue from Colarado, Harlan’s hometown, with Manila clams.

While OniBen are a bit small to make up a full meal like regular bentos, their price (from 250 yen [US$1.81] at 500 yen[US$3.63]) means you can buy two or three for about the same price as a regular-sized, quality bento box. OniBen are available for purchase at the Jishowtay store in Hamamatsu Station, as well as other Jishowtay stores in Hamamatsu City.

We can’t wait to get our hands on an OniBen or two the next time we’re in Shizuoka, but for now we’re just praying that our old friends at Kitchen Dive decide to turn their bentos into OniBen too – imagine how much rice would be needed to house this huge spaghetti bento!

Source: PR time
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College Station is the construction site of prefab “micro-homes” for an Austin-based company – WTAW Fri, 22 Jul 2022 21:16:23 +0000
Image courtesy of Axle-Box Innovations.

Thanks to the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation for sharing how a College Station company helped bring two Austin-based companies together to start manufacturing tiny prefab homes in College Station.

nVolve Technologies was hired by Casata Corporation to build 1,000 units to be delivered to Casata rental communities across Texas.

Axle-Box Innovations, based in College Station, helps manufacture nVolve.

Axle-Box founder and CEO Caleb Holt said production would begin in August or September.

nVolve founder and CEO Kari Myllykoski said deliveries will begin in October in a community of Casata in South Austin. This will be followed by delivery to San Marcos and College Station.

Myllykoski says a College Station location has been selected, but cannot be disclosed. He says the permits are in progress.

Holt says “this modular prefab home model” incorporates “technology that we hope (the towns of) Bryan and College Station will have the chance to sit down at the table and have a conversation with and make sure that we can find a way to meet their needs and their codes and restrictions, but also at the same time provide affordable housing for people looking to stay here full time.

Holt says employment at their Centex Poly Solutions subsidiary is 35 with plans to fill another 60 positions.

nVolve, which employs 25 people, will also build micro-hones for another Missouri customer at Lake of the Ozarks.

Click below for comments from Caleb Holt and Kari Myllykoski, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Listen to “College Station is the construction site of prefab ‘micro-homes’ for an Austin-based company” on Spreaker.

Joint press release from nVolve Technologies and Casata Corporation:

nVolve Technologies (“nVolve” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of sustainable, modern and high-efficiency building materials, prefabricated assemblies and homes, today announces the formation of a partnership with Casata, the leader in the development of eco-friendly micro-communities. nVolve will manufacture modular homes to Casata’s specifications for unique design parameters for planned micro-communities across Texas and across the United States over the next several years. Casata plans to build more than 1,000 units in the Texas market alone over the next two years.

Casata recently celebrated the grand opening of its first tiny home community in South Austin, TX. Additional Texas communities are planned for San Marcos, College Station, East Austin/Bastrop and Houston. Casata redefines the idea of ​​purposeful living with 400 to 1,000 square foot tiny homes that are modern in design, provide accessible housing, emphasize technology integration and reduce environmental impact . Casata’s vibrant communities offer state-of-the-art amenities, open green spaces, various unique resident events, and a focus on sustainability through low energy and water consumption, electric vehicle charging stations, and appropriate solar power . Casata and nVolve look forward to collaborating on the design and manufacture of these eco-friendly homes.

“We see a bright future for our partnership with nVolve. They have the sustainable materials, construction technologies and mindset to be a strong partner for Casata. Our micro-communities are designed around modern functional living in an amenity-rich, environmentally conscious community. We see nVolve demonstrating the same core values ​​and we look forward to expanding our relationship as they continue to ramp up production at their new facility in College Station, Texas,” said Zain Mahmood, co-founder and director of Casata farm.

NVolve’s College Station factory manufactures both custom structural insulated panels (SIPs) and complete pre-engineered, architectural micro-housings that are deployed on-site for rapid installation. By utilizing advanced and innovative production technologies along with a professional and flexible workforce, nVolve demonstrates its sincere commitment to revolutionizing the micro and modular construction industry.

“Our partnership with CASATA represents a breakthrough for the company,” said nVolve Founder and President Kari Myllykoski. “We have invested over three years working on engineering the optimal methods to build high-efficiency, modern and technologically integrated homes based on our patent-pending FusionSIPTM designs. Our relationship and this agreement with Casata represents an ideal product and added value, and further validates our efforts. Our exclusive FusionSIPTM panel system is perfect for creating smaller, space-optimized spaces that are highly functional and “live” beyond their stated size. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with CASATA and look forward to doing our part to help them achieve their goal of building the first 1,000 tiny homes in Texas and targeted state expansions.

“Our FusionSIP™ panel system is getting measurable traction with homebuilders,” said nVolve CEO Dave Kowert. “To be successful, new construction must be both energy efficient and cost effective to build and maintain. Our panel system and approach to mixing panels and pre-engineered units minimizes the need for on-site subcontractor labor. Together with the Casata development team, we will continue to refine and evolve building efficiency. »


Based in Texas, nVolve designs and manufactures eco-friendly, efficient and modern pre-engineered housing for residential and commercial purposes by leveraging in-house produced FusionSIPTM panel systems that can be assembled on site in less than three weeks by up to three people. NVolve’s highly developed, patent-pending product cycle, from design to manufacturing and delivery, is supported by our network of sales and installation partners. NVolve continues to develop building technology solutions for compact, high-quality homes with the latest technologies, minimal waste and the best total cost of ownership, meeting the changing demands of younger, environmentally conscious buyers.

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Casata is the premier developer of single-family home rental micro-communities in the entire state of Texas and beyond. With their first community in South Austin, they pioneered their scalable, highly landscaped model of micro-living. Each freestanding Casata home is beautifully designed with open, efficient layouts and abundant natural light, and enhanced with smart home technology and large outdoor patios. Each community offers several exciting events per week, organized by their unique “Campus Alchemist”, as well as many other amenities such as electric vehicle charging stations. The combination of these elements positions Casata as an attractive alternative to traditional apartments or single-family rentals.

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Photo courtesy of Axle-Box Innovations of panels used in the construction of tiny homes.
Photo courtesy of Axle-Box Innovations of panels used in the construction of tiny homes.

]]> One in four UK adults are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging Thu, 21 Jul 2022 10:39:05 +0000

According to a new study, a quarter of UK adults would pay for more environmentally friendly packaging, but consumers should continue to “seek wines in alternative packaging where possible”, according to an industry campaigner.

New research by a global supplier of luxury packaging World delta found that consumers are making more conscious choices in and around the home, as well as when it comes to purchases and purchasing decisions.

Over the past 12 months, around three in four consumers have recycled or composted waste while 64% of consumers have limited the amount of single-use plastic they use.

The risk, according to Robert Lockyer, founder and chief customer officer of Delta Global, is not that companies lose customers, but rather that they “simply devalue their brand” by using non-recyclable products.

Lockyer added, “Data like this is proof that consumer needs and wants are changing, and it’s up to brands and businesses to make sure these are met.”

Almost a quarter of UK adults would pay more for sustainable packaging and products, which Lockyer says will only increase over the next 12 months.

Oliver Lea, managing director of bag-in-box brand The BIB Wine Company and founding member of the Wine merchants for alternative packaging (WTAF), warned that it’s not just single-use plastics that consumers should be wary of.

Lea said db that “while it’s great to see sustainability playing a big role in consumer purchasing decisions, the consumer doesn’t always have the right information at their fingertips.”

WTAF campaigns against single-use glass bottles in the wine industry and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of alternative packaging solutions.

Proponents of glass bottles argue that as an inert material, glass is the optimal material for housing wine. A study conducted by Wine Intelligence and commissioned by Vinexposium last year found that glass bottles were considered by consumers to be the most sustainable form of wine packaging.

But Lea warned that information about the disadvantages of single-use glass was often “intentionally obfuscated” by the industry.

He urged consumers to “seek wines in alternative packaging whenever possible”.