MARCH/APRIL 2021

 

Better Fabrics for a Better World

Solar and roller shades have always offered consumers a stylish and contemporary solution to home privacy and light control. As more consumers seek products that support a healthier planet and home environment, Graber has expanded its solar and roller shade options to include an extensive selection of new textiles that are smart not only in style but in eco- and family-friendly features.

The collections include Eco-Performance fabrics for solar shades that meet green standards for indoor air quality, as well as a wide selection of on-trend roller shade fabrics that are low VOC and free of harmful chemicals. Solar shades are a great solution for spaces where both cutting glare and preserving views is ideal. With this addition, Graber now offers over 500 solar and roller fabric options, providing a wide choice of styles for any home décor.

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New Eco-Performance solar shade collections

The solar shade fabrics in Graber’s new Eco-Friendly Line are designed to help reduce a home’s carbon footprint, with each fabric meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Created from 100% recycled PET material
  • Removes an average of five plastic bottles from the ocean per shade
  • Includes recycled material
  • Recyclable after use
  • PVC free and Cradle to Cradle Certified™
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified, passing rigorous testing for thousands of chemicals

In addition, the new Healthy Home Line includes solar fabrics that meet one or more of the following criteria for healthier indoor air quality:

  • Antimicrobial and antifungal
  • PVC free
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified, passing rigorous testing for thousands of chemicals
  • Standard 100 OEKO-TEX® certified for low-VOC emission levels

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Graber has also expanded its roller shade styles, resulting in its largest collection ever offered, including a wide selection of exclusive designer fabrics. A new flat valance offers a clean, modern profile that lends itself to the sleek styling of the shades. All fabrics are curated by décor industry experts with an eye to offering choices for every design style. www.graberblinds.com.

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Better Than Milk

To Better Than Milk, the Earth is everything; from the pristine mountaintops, to the colorful rainforests, to the abundance of amazing species that live within her embrace. And, if we’re being honest, she’s been through a lot, so our Mama Earth needs all the love she can get! This is why Better Than Milk is committed to being a part of the change and caring for our planet one organic, plant-based milk at a time.

Better Than Milk Containers

Better Than Milk believes that what you put into your body should not only taste good and be good for you, but also respect the gorgeous blue planet that we call home, which is why it is the wise choice for all of your plant-based drink needs. Better Than Milk is a delicious line of creamy plant-based alternative-milk drinks that are made from the simplest, best tasting, sustainable and renewable ingredients. The Earth-friendly lineup features five mouthwatering flavors that include Unsweetened Almond Drink, Almond Drink, Unsweetened Oat Drink, Unsweetened Rice + Calcium Drink, and Rice Hazelnut Drink. All of Better Than Milk’s alternative milks are organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, dairy-free, and 100 percent vegan—making them better for your body and the earth… And, don’t you worry, you will never find any unwanted preservatives, thickeners, or artificial ingredients in Better Than Milk, ever. These 100 percent shelf-stable plant-based milks are so nourishing, creamy, and delicious that they’ll earn a permanent spot in your pantry—we can promise you that!

Each carton of Better Than Milk is made with mindfully sourced organic plant-based ingredients that are selected according to the highest quality and traceability standards. These ingredients include rice, almond, hazelnuts, and oats that are grown on sustainable, organic farms in Italy, Finland, and Denmark from farmers who would never dream of using harmful chemicals or pesticides on their crops. The farms are committed to the highest standards of organic farming that protect local bee colonies and keep streams and tributaries clean; are self-sustaining, and focused on composting and on-site water replenishment, which leads to less water usage and, according to researchers, releases 40 percent fewer carbon emissions compared to non-organic farms.

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The RICE is from organic farmers in the plains of Northern Italy, Piedmont, and Lombardy regions near Milan. The ALMONDS are from Sicily, a southern Italian island full of sunshine sourced by organic pesticide-free farms, which is crucial to maintaining healthy bee colonies, whereas 99 percent of other almond drinks may source their almonds from non-organic California farms that use bee-harming pesticides and excessive water in drought-prone areas. The fresh HAZELNUTS are from organic farms in the Lazio region of Italy, near Rome. And lastly, the pure OATS, are naturally gluten-free, grown in Finland and Denmark.

The plants aren’t the only stars of their ingredient list; Better Than Milk is made from the purest spring water Mama Earth can offer. The incredible spring water in every Better Than Milk carton flows directly from the source, as nature intended, down from the Lessini Mountains in Northern Italy, nearly 1,500 feet above sea level into their production facility, instead of using other water sourcing methods that are more taxing on the environment. This helps Better Than Milk reduce their carbon footprint as the production facility is located in a small village at the base of the mountain spring, leaving in all of the natural minerals that nourish our bodies and our planet.
When it comes to packaging, Better Than Milk cares a LOT! All Better Than Milk drinks are packaged in earth-friendly recyclable paper aseptic cartons made from paper that is FSC certified, meaning that all materials that go into Better Than Milk cartons are responsibly harvested from renewable and sustainably managed forests, ensuring that our forests are protected, as well as the people and wildlife who rely on them. Another cool thing about each carton is that they are made with bio-based plastic caps made from sugarcane, not petroleum. Fun fact: Did you know that sugarcane is an incredibly sustainable resource that is net-zero and carbon-neutral? This means that it captures carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the atmosphere, helping to reduce CO₂ emissions between 14 and 19 percent, compared to plastic caps made with petroleum (aka fossil fuels), and it only needs rainwater to grow and not traditional irrigation!

Better Than Milk Plant PoweredWhen it comes to Better Than Milk, you’ve got loads of options! Every Better Than Milk drink is stored in multi-serving 1-liter cartons, helping combat single-use waste and making it easy for you to use one carton throughout your day or week. You can enjoy a fresh cold glass of Better Than Milk Oat Drink or pour some over your morning bowl of cereal, then save the rest for your afternoon tea or for baking your favorite brownies recipes. And, after guzzling down the whole carton, don’t forget to recycle, because every package of Better Than Milk is 100 percent recyclable, from cap to carton! Whether you recycle your carton straight into the recycling bin or by upcycling it into a DIY flowerpot, bird house, or toy spaceship, you’re helping Better Than Milk eliminate single-use waste and protect the planet.

“We care about our consumers, and we care about the Earth,” says Lonnie Williard, Vice President of Marketing at PANOS brands, parent comBetter Than Milk Mac and Cheesepany of the Better Than Milk.  “Our organic drinks are responsibly sourced and made with 100 percent recyclable packaging, so we proudly bring welcomed relevance to plant-based milk drinks, as even our caps our made from renewable sources. As we say, we’re 100 percent recyclable - from cap to carton!”
Better Than Milk has also just teamed up with the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the trade association representing over 180 plant-based food companies to give plant-based foods a voice and better educate people about the benefits of eating plant-based for your body and for the environment. This partnership will further help extend Better Than Milk’s important sustainability messages.

“As more information emerges about the benefits of a plant-based diet, more folks who care about the environment, animal welfare, and their health are choosing to drink plant-based milks,” says Lonnie Williard, Vice President of Marketing at PANOS brands, parent company of the Better Than Milk. “So, whether they already follow a plant-based diet or are looking to supplement dairy for a more sustainable and flavorful alternative, we know that everyone will love Better Than Milk!”

Better Than Milk®…Deliciously creamy and tasty plant-based beverages, these shelf-stable, organic drinks start with the simplest sustainable and renewable ingredients and combine them with Italian spring water that originates high up in the Lessini Mountains in Northern Italy. Our Better Than Milk beverages are organic, Non-GMO verified, vegan, kosher, and do not contain dairy, lactose, gluten, carrageenan, soy, artificial flavors, sulfites, and cholesterol. Also, we care a lot about the environment, so our plant-based milk drinks are made in a state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious facility, our cartons are FSC certified, and the plastic caps are bio-based made from sugarcane (not petroleum)! For more information, visit www.drinkbetterthanmilk.com

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Join the Movement to End Single-Use Cups!

Pirani Life is on a mission to end single-use cups. And they are making an impressive dent in the environmental impact caused by discarded plastic cups. The brand empowers everyday heroes in safeguarding our planet through raising eco-awareness and creating sustainable solutions.

Growing up in South Florida and living an active outdoor lifestyle, founders Brandegee Pierce and Danielle Del Sordogrew tired of seeing litter scattered across their beautiful beaches. So they decided to do something about it, thus offering the first vacuum insulated red party cup. The duo’s efforts help put a stop to the billions of single-use plastic cups tossed away every year.
Next time you grab a cup, make it a Pirani. The minimalistic design makes them perfect for boating, camping, traveling, and on the beach. You can still enjoy the party -  just do so sustainably! Small changes make a big difference.

Pirani Life designs reusable, insulated tumbler cups to reduce single-use plastic and help people adopt a sustainable lifestyle. Bring it along next time you visit your fav barista, too.
There has been much attention lately to the effects of plastics in the ocean. And for good reason. By 2050, estimates show that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The news is catastrophic, so it is encouraging to see more companies committed to building their business around eco-friendly offerings. 

The brand encourages everyone to say no to single-use plastic and help reduce the 500 billion single-use plastic cups used globally that end up in our oceans and landfills each year.

Pirani Life is doing its part to help consumers make a change away from single-use plastics. Take a look at these colorful selections made to last a lifetime. Shopping sustainably starts here.

Pirani CupsThe Last Party Cup You Will Ever Need! Pirani Party Tumblers are 16 oz. stainless steel, triple-insulated, keeping drinks cold 12+ hours and hot up to 6. From tumblers to accessories, the brand designs durable eco-solutions to help reduce single-use plastic. Bring this Reusable Party Cup to your favorite game, tailgating outside a concert, into your college dorm, on your back deck, or wherever you choose to party. In the summer or winter, your drinks will remain perfect.

At-A-Glance Features:

  • Dishwasher safe 
  • Easily stackable, perfect for storing or packing on the go
  • Skinny-walled triple insulation keeps drinks at a perfect temperature without a sweaty mess
  • Leak-proof and indestructible lid, premium quality 18/8 stainless steel, powder-coated finish, and lifetime warranty
  • Standard measurements built into the cup to fit all cup holders
  • Made in the USA
  • Available in many colorful offerings
  • Price: $24.95 each; $94.95 (4-pack); $185.95 (8-pack); $313.95 (14-pack)

Giving Back: As a member of 1% For The Planet community, every Pirani purchase translates to a direct contribution to the environment. For more information, visit https://www.pirani.life 

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Fifth Annual Eco Beauty Award Winners

Earlier this month Byrdie, a company dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out, announced its fifth Eco Beauty Awards, honoring the best clean beauty brands that employ and emphasize non-toxic ingredients, innovation, and sustainability. Winners are tested and analyzed by Byrdie's editors and industry-leading guest judges using Byrdie's proprietary clean beauty standards.

This year, alongside 78 product categories such as Best AM Moisturizer, Best Body SPF, and Best Do-It-All Hair Product, are six new "people" categories naming Byrdie's "Clean Beauty Heroes", all leaders in the eco beauty space:

  • The Changemaker: Anitra Marsh, VP of Global Sustainability at Procter & Gamble
  • The Disruptor: Priscilla Tsai, creator and founder of Cocokind
  • The Formulator: Robyn Watkins, founder of Holistic Beauty Group
  • The Educator: Jen Novakovich, cosmetic scientist at The Eco Well
  • The Influencer: Dr. Michelle Wong, PhD scientist and educator at Lab Muffin Beauty Science
  • The Innovator: Cary Lin and Angela Ubias, co-founders of Common Heir

Another first for this year is the design of the awards editorial itself. Rather than a single roundup of winners, a landing page—anchored with bold, original photography—serves as a home base where readers can discover the winners bycategory (SkincareBodycareHaircareMakeupUnder $25, and Clean Beauty Heroes), learn more about the awards process and meet the guest judges, and read additional eco beauty explainers to clarify the often confusing language surrounding "clean" beauty. Additionally, the winner profiles benefit from scannable features such as tags (Cruelty-Free, Gives Back, Black-Owned and more) and bulleted highlights that easily capture key points.

Byrdie's expert editors and guest judges tested thousands of products throughout the year and nominated more than 300 finalists that qualify as "clean" according to Byrdie's Clean Beauty Pledge. The 2021 winners represent the best in clean, eco-friendly beauty solutions, and include top brands and products to watch across skincare, haircare and makeup, from back-to-back winners such as Love Beauty and PlanetAveda and W3LL People, to newcomers like Projekt Glitter and Common Heir.

"Byrdie had the foresight to start the Eco Beauty Awards back in 2017, and our fifth anniversary comes after a year of the most extreme focus on our health and well-being," said Leah Wyar, SVP/General Manager. "Our expanded list, in its new, intuitive format, directly connects readers to the resources they need as they continue to refine their routines."
See the full list of Byrdie's 2021 Eco Beauty Award winners here.

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New Floss Made Out of Recycled Water Bottles

Cocofloss is out to make the healthy habit of flossing better for Mother Earth with the release of its innovative new floss. While the vast majority of dental floss is made from virgin plastic, the company's newly engineered floss is composed of 85% recycled polyester, sourced from post-consumer PET water bottles.

Cocofloss was founded in 2015 by two remarkable sisters: Dr. Chrystle Cu, a holistic dentist and pro-flosser, and Catherine Cu, an industrial engineer and former lazy flosser. They joined forces at Cocofloss to fight gum disease and cavities by making the world's most effective and delightful oral care products.

Aware that only 9% of the world's plastic is recycled, Cocofloss is working to reduce single-use plastic waste with the introduction of these more eco-friendly spools. With this shift, the company aims to divert more than 500,000 water bottles from landfills over the next 12 months.

Compared to virgin polyester, the new material requires fewer processing stages and takes 64% less energy to make, resulting in 32% less CO2 emissions and 94% less water consumption. The eCocofloss Photond result: a premium, high-performance thread with a sustainable identity.

 "Caring for your teeth shouldn't hurt the planet.  At Cocofloss, we are continuously re-evaluating how we can make greater contributions to the health of people and our environment. By spinning recycled water bottles into dental floss, we are taking a small, incremental step toward a more sustainable future," says Dr. Chrystle Cu, Cocofloss co-founder and practicing dentist.

Cocofloss offers an eco-friendly solution for people who want to rid their teeth of plaque and cavity-causing bacteria — while also giving a second life to otherwise single-use plastics.

The world's most delightful, ultra-cleansing floss still features the same highly effective weave — beloved for years by dentists and customers alike — as well as thoughtful, nontoxic ingredients, including antimicrobial coconut oil, naturally aromatic fruit oils, and vegan wax. Always PFAS-free.

Cocofloss also offers floss refills in fully compostable packaging made of renewable wood cellulose. To further its commitment to the planet, Cocofloss has an ongoing partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Network.
Cocofloss:  Single Spool $9, 3-Spool Refill Set $24, Seasonal Spools $10.

Available at http://www.cocofloss.com/

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8 Spring Home Maintenance Projects That Will Save You Money

Abby Hayes, freelance blogger and journalist who writes about personal finance for USNews, shares a list of 8 springtime projects that can help save you money…

1. Clean the refrigerator and air conditioner coils. Your fridge and air conditioner work in nearly the same way – by exchanging heat through a system of coils. When those coils are dirty and dusty, they can’t exchange heat as efficiently, so the system has to run harder and longer to have the same cooling effect.  Luckily, cleaning these coils is simple. Just take a vacuum hose to the coils on the back of your fridge. For an outside air conditioner unit, you’ll need to disassemble the casing (making sure the power to the unit is off first), and clean using canned air and/or a stiff brush and spray bottle.

2. Schedule routine heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance. Yes, it costs money to get an HVAC professional to look over your system. But routine maintenance costs much less than major fixes down the road. So call and schedule your HVAC maintenance now. To save even more, check websites such as Groupon or Angie’s List for deals with local HVAC companies.

3. Inspect and repair your roof. Spring is the time to get out on the roof to check for ice, hail or water damage from winter. Repairing minor damage can be a quick do-it-yourself fix, and staying on top of your roof’s condition can save you money by avoiding water damage later on.

4. Clean gutters. This can be a Saturday-long spring chore for many, but it’s important, especially if you live in an area with April showers.
Water doesn’t properly pass through clogged gutters. And that means more water gets near the foundation of your home. This may not cause immediate problems, but over time, too much water near the foundation can cause damage and weakening, which are expensive problems to fix later.

5. Clean the dryer vent. Just like your refrigerator doesn’t work properly with dusty coils, your dryer is less efficient with a lint-filled vent. Even if you clean the lint trap before every load of laundry, you’ll still get some lint in the vent hose, which builds up over time.
To clean the vent, just remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and vacuum it well. Then, remove the vent cover on the outside of your home, and vacuum it from that side, too.

6. Check the washing machine hoses. Over time, washing machine hoses can crack, which can cause leaks. Sometimes, these inconspicuous leaks go on for weeks or months unnoticed, usually because the washer is pushed back into a corner. This can cause mold problems, water damage and more.

So, while you’ve got the dryer pulled out to clean the vent, pull out the washer, too. Check that the hoses are still flexible, and they show no signs of cracking. If they do look worn or cracked, just replace them. It’s an easy fix!

7. Re-caulk windows and doors. You might have caulked your doors and windows before the winter chill set in. Unfortunately, even the best caulk can harden, crack and shrink when it’s cold outside.

So, check your windows and doors, and replace as needed. Keeping the hot air out during the summer is just as important as keeping it in during the winter.

8. Plant trees in strategic locations. As you think about landscaping this spring, consider planting a new tree or two. Mother Nature will certainly thank you, and your heating and cooling bills might, too.

If your house gets hit with a lot of sun during the day – which causes the inside to heat up – plant a fast-growing deciduous tree or two on the west, east or northwest side of your home for cooling shade.

And if you noticed wind whistling through the cracks of your home over the winter, an evergreen windbreak on the windiest side of your home might do the trick and block the wind.

Before you plant, make sure you understand how large a tree will grow when it reaches maturity, so you avoid potential costly issues from a tree planted too close to your home.

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