MAY/JUNE 2020

 



Increased Demand for Glass Milk Bottles

Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a business unit of Ardagh Group and long-term partner Stanpac are providing glass milk bottles to meet increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a world changed by the pandemic, dairy delivery companies across the U.S. are seeing a surge in demand for glass milk bottles. Even now with states reopening, Americans want glass milk bottles delivered to their doorsteps.

Ardagh manufactures the American-made glass milk bottles that Stanpac supplies to regional dairy brands across the United States. A.B. Munroe Dairy in Providence, R.I., has delivered fresh dairy products and premium local foods to thousands of homes in the area for more than 100 years. Its dairy milk bottle travels less than any milk purchased at a grocery store, and the trip from farm to dairy to home versus farm to dairy to distribution to store to home can be significant.

In Tulare, Calif., Top O' The Morn Farms has been producing fresh milk and dairy products since 2012, focusing on home delivery from Fresno to Bakersfield. Its products are also available in grocery stores. From coast to coast, dairies like these are helping communities stay safe and nourished with high-quality, local food.

“Stanpac has been working 24/7 to keep up with the consumer demand for our customers’ dairy products across the country,” said Murray Bain, Vice President Marketing at Stanpac. “It has been a challenge, but so critically important to keep our customers serving consumers across the nation in a challenging time.”

Consumers are becoming more committed to environmental sustainability and prefer products and packaging that complement this lifestyle. Glass bottles are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Returnable glass milk bottles are a clear choice for a sustainable future, as they can be refilled and reused, cutting down on the amount of waste sent to landfills, helping to keep approximately 500,000 pounds of milk containers out of the landfill each year, according to Straus Family Creamery’s website, an organic dairy in Northern California that also uses glass refillable bottles.

“Ardagh takes great pride in working alongside Stanpac to provide sustainable glass packaging for dairy brands across America,” said John T Shaddox, Chief Commercial Officer for Ardagh’s North American Glass business unit. “Glass packaging is increasingly being recognized as the right choice for brands to strengthen their business and their own sustainability platform, while delivering consumers the best in product integrity, safety and environmental excellence."

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BIC Launches U.S. Program to Recycle Used Pens, Pencils and Markers the “Write” Way

BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers, has partnered with international recycling leader TerraCycle® to offer consumers a free and easy way to recycle their fully-used pens, mechanical pencils, markers and other stationery products and parts of packaging nationwide. As an added incentive, for every shipment of used stationery products collected and sent to TerraCycle through this program, collectors earn points that can be donated to a school or charitable organization of their choice.

“As families spend more time writing, drawing and coloring together, we want to provide them with a responsible way to dispose of their products once they are used. Our collection program with TerraCycle gives consumers a simple way to recycle their writing instruments and art supplies to make a difference in the world,” said Mary Fox, North American General Manager for BIC. “Sustainability has always been at BIC’s core. We are thrilled to expand this program to the U.S. from Europe, where we have successfully recycled an astounding 46 million items.”

Through the BIC® Stationery Recycling Program , consumers can now send in all brands of pens, markers, mechanical pencils, highlighters, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers and paint sets to be recycled for free. The program is also collecting the soft, flexible plastic packaging that some writing instruments are packaged in. Participation is easy: sign up on the TerraCycle program page https://www.terracycle.com/bic and mail in the used items using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the waste is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that is remolded to make new recycled products. The BIC® Stationery Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office or community organization.

“Through this free recycling program, BIC offers consumers the unique opportunity to learn about the value of recycling products they use every day while learning, playing or working that would otherwise end up in landfill,” said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. “We are proud to partner with BIC to offer consumers an easy solution for these typically unrecyclable items.”

This is the latest step BIC has taken on its journey to further enhance the sustainability of its long-lasting products, which are made with the least amount of material, and to minimize its impact on the environment, one of the goals in its 2025 “Writing the Future, Together” program.

BIC and TerraCycle began partnering in 2011 to collect and recycle used stationery products in Europe. A similar program was launched in Australia and New Zealand last year.

The two organizations have also partnered to promote the circular economy by offering BIC products through LOOP, an e-commerce circular economy platform created by TerraCycle aimed at eliminating waste and reducing dependence on packaging.

For more information on TerraCycle’s recycling programs, visit www.terracycle.com.

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GlassesUSA.com Announces First Steps Towards Sustainability with SeaClean Glasses

GlassesUSA.com announces the launch of SeaClean, its first-ever 100% sustainable eyewear collection made of upcycled plastic (RPET) bottles. SeaClean marks the online retailer's first of many future steps towards a smaller ecological footprint. The frames come in two colors - tortoise and black - each with a large variety of customizable lens options. The SeaClean glasses will be available online exclusively at GlassesUSA.com/SeaClean starting at $98 for a pair with single vision lenses. For every pair sold, GlassesUSA.com will donate $5 to the Ocean Cleanup Foundation to help them reach their goal of creating a plastic-free ocean by 2050.

It takes 5 RPET plastic bottles to manufacture one pair of SeaClean sustainable glasses. Besides the frames, the fabric pouch they come in, the microfiber cloth and the accompanying packaging are made of recyclable materials as well, making the collection eco-friendly in its entirety. Although sustainable products usually imply a higher cost for the customer, GlassesUSA.com managed to produce a collection that respects the company's core value of quality while staying true to its accessible price point.

"Our responsibility as a company is to be aware of our impact on the environment, to act accordingly and to encourage others to do the same. We are committed to improving our ways internally and externally and the launch of SeaClean marks the beginning of our company's more conscious future," said GlassesUSA.com's CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Rothman.

The SeaClean launch comes at a time where most companies are taking a step back from sustainability due to the negative business impact of the COVID-19 crisis. For GlassesUSA.com, however, the emergence of the pandemic led to a double-digit growth of new customers and a 900%-increase in installs of their Prescription Scanner App. The surge of new customers followed after lockdown rulings mid-March forced brick-and-mortar stores to shut their doors and caused e-commerce spending in the U.S. to go up significantly. "Sustainability does not happen overnight; it's a never-ending process that starts with (re-)evaluating all existing processes and making changes - no matter how small - without affecting the quality of our service. Today, we are strong enough to take up that challenge and to truly invest the time and resources," added CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Rothman.

Customers can personalize their SeaClean glasses as well as thousands of coveted designer glasses and established house brand frames - such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, Oakley, Versace and Muse x Hilary Duff - with prescription lenses, Transition® lenses, blue light blocking coating, anti-fog coating, sunglasses lenses and many more. Free shipping and returns apply on all orders and customer service is available 24/7 for a risk-free, hassle-free shopping experience. For more information visit www.GlassesUSA.com.

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A Cold Brew Tea Line with a Social Mission

Promise™ Beverages, a premium craft beverage brand, is announcing its launch with a new line of small batch Cold Brew Tea this month. Made with high-quality, organic ingredients, Promise Cold Brew Tea™ brings together delicious flavors, an innovative brewing process and more sustainable packaging, all with the goal of helping to solve the water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa where the brand sources its tea leaves.

Unlike most iced tea beverages, Promise Cold Brew Tea is handcrafted in small batches, following a cold, slow brewing process in which the tea is steeped in cold water over time. The end result is a smooth, delicate flavor accentuating the notes from the tea leaves. Promise Cold Brew Tea are non-GMO, contain no artificial ingredients and are sweetened naturally using the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf.

Promise Cold Brew Tea is available in two flavors, Unsweet African Hibiscus, a tart and fruity tea with notes of citrus and pomegranate, and Slightly Sweet Island Mango, a rich black tea paired with notes of sweet mango. Each flavor contains five calories or less. In alignment with the brand's values, the Cold Brew Teas are packaged in environmentally friendly paperboard gallon boxes which are fully recyclable. The one-gallon box has a smaller carbon footprint than traditional glass bottles.

"We have a passion to bring our consumers premium-quality refreshing beverages, made with responsibly-sourced ingredients," said Cristina Itze, Marketing Manager at Promise Beverages. "Using premium ingredients and a cold brew process, we're able to bring an all-natural, delicious and refreshing tea to the market, paired with a social mission close to our hearts. Ultimately, Promise Cold Brew Teas were born from our desire to provide a healthy beverage option that would enable us to aid in solving the water crisis and we're incredibly excited to share this mission and product with consumers."

As water is the foundation of life and a human necessity that everyone should have access to, Promise has partnered with The Water Project, a charity that provides access to clean, safe and reliable water and sanitation solutions across Sub-Saharan Africa. Promise donates a portion of net sales to help provide water for people in these communities, many of which are located in the same regions that grow and harvest tea leaves used to make the Promise Cold Brew Tea.

"We're so excited for the partnership between Promise and The Water Project. Their support has already made an impact through a spring protection project that is actively serving clean water to families in Western Kenya," said Peter Chasse, Founder of The Water Project. "The Water Project and Promise believe in a world where everyone has clean water to drink. Our partnership is making that a reality."

Promise Cold Brew Teas are currently available in gallon boxes on Amazon for $14.99 in addition to select Whole Foods Markets in the Southwest region of the U.S. To learn more about Promise Cold Brew Teas visit www.promisebeverages.com

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Square One Organic Spirits Launches Organic Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

The makers of Square One Organic Spirits – who pioneered the concept of organic vodka and botanical spirits more than 15 years ago – continues that drive for innovation with the release of a collection of handcrafted certified organic ready-to-drink cocktails.

"Consumers – particularly Millennials and Gen Z – are increasingly conscious about what they are drinking, and they are attracted to the certified organic ingredients and lack of artificial flavorings that are core to the DNA of all Square One products," said Allison Evanow, Founder and CEO, Square One Organic Spirits. "With the addition of these delicious sparkling ready-to-drink cocktails, Square One now has a variety of options for discerning cocktail sippers – whether they prefer the base spirit, organic cocktail mixer or the convenience of a can. No other ultra-premium vodka brand has this breadth of offering."

Apart from being one of the originators of the organic spirits movement, Evanow is also one of the first women in the industry to found, fund and manage her own spirit brand.

Like the line of spirits and cocktail mixers that precede them, Square One Organic Cocktails have been carefully crafted from the purest ingredients. Square One Organic Cocktails use all organic ingredients: vodka, real juice, botanical extracts and no artificial preservatives, creating a much better cocktail experience than other canned cocktails that use a simple, and often artificial, flavoring.

"Our consumer wants a light but complex tasting cocktail, not a hard seltzer with one flavor, and certainly not a flimsy diet version of an original," said Evanow. "Our unique cocktails feature beautiful packaging and clever names – a craft cocktail experience with less alcohol but more flavor. Convenience doesn't have to be boring."

Square One Sparkling Cocktails will initially be available in California and then expand across the country during the rest of the summer. The Square One Organic Cocktail RTD portfolio includes:

Pear of Roses: Organic vodka, pear, rose, lavender, rosemary, lemon
Basil Berry Fizz:  Organic vodka, basil, strawberry, lemon
Mediterranean Pearl: Organic vodka, bergamot, orange, pomegranate, coriander, star anise, lime
Cucumber Therapy:  Organic Vodka, cucumber, rose, ginger, lime
Square One Organic Cocktails are USDA Certified Organic and heat pasteurized. They are lightly carbonated, ABV of 7.5% and are available in a pack of 4-12-ounce cans with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

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Snack Hacks That Really Pop

If spending more time at home than usual has you reaching for snacks more often, keep some quick, flavorful options on-hand to help fuel you and your family throughout the day when hunger pangs strike.

One versatile pantry staple that can fit a variety of snack cravings: popcorn. With no artificial additives or preservatives, light and airy popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, making it a sensible option to enjoy one handful at a time or sprinkled with seasonings that satisfy your taste buds. A whole-grain food, popcorn has energy-producing carbohydrates and fiber, which can help keep you satisfied longer. Plus, it's simple enough to make that kids can help in the kitchen by popping it themselves or adding toppings.

Honey Matcha Popcorn

Enjoy the simplicity of whole grain popcorn with a sprinkling of antioxidant-rich matcha (green tea) and just a touch of honey.

Ingredients
12 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp black sesame seeds

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
2. In small saucepan set over medium heat, melt together butter, honey, matcha and salt, stirring until dissolved. Pour over popcorn; toss to combine. Spread onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
3. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes or until popcorn is dry. Let cool completely before serving.

Whether you're craving something sweet, salty, spicy – or nearly anything else – freshly popped popcorn can serve as the perfect base ingredient to simply mix in your favorite toppings or create more unique tastes by combining a variety of herbs and spices. For example, consider these hacks to add easy flavor:

• Pop it on the stove. Stovetop popping allows you to choose your toppings. Cover the bottom of a pot with a thin layer of oil and popcorn kernels, shake to coat, cover with a lid then turn on the heat. Once popping has slowed to 2-second intervals, remove from heat and add toppings.

• Add some sweetness. When you're in the mood for something sweet, add a dash of salt and a pinch of sugar (or more to meet your taste) to a bowl of popcorn. Or add sugar to the pan before it's popped, like this recipe for Sugar Corn.

• Melt some butter. For a classic taste treat, melt a little butter and pour over your bowl of popped corn.

• Satisfy multiple cravings. Pop a large pot of popcorn and divide it in half; top one half with sweeter toppings like honey, which is a key ingredient in Honey Matcha Popcorn, and the other with something savory, like nutritional yeast or dill. When hunger strikes, you're ready, regardless of the flavor craving.

• Spice it up. Cayenne pepper and a blend of other spices can be sprinkled on popcorn to create a spicier snack like Cajun Corn.

• Add mix-ins. Add dried fruits, nuts or candies to a bowl of popcorn to make your own trail mix.

• Cheese, please. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese can make your snack a bit more substantial. Mix in some dried herbs like basil and parsley to create this Popcorn Con Pesto.

For more snack ideas that deliver on both flavor and nutrition, visit popcorn.org.

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