SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021

 

Wild Planet Wins Good Housekeeping Sustainable Innovation Award

Wild Planet LogoSeafood industry veteran Bill Carvalho founded Wild Planet Foods in 2004 to realize his vision of a superior line of seafood products sourced according to the highest environmental standards while providing excellent flavor and unsurpassed nutrition.

Based in McKinleyville, California, Wild Planet is the first large-scale sustainably focused canned seafood company in the country. As an industry pioneer, the company supports only sustainable fishing methods such as using 100% pole & line and only targeting select species, to preserve and protect our delicate marine ecosystem for future generations.

Wild Planet has been repeatedly recognized for its procurement policies and practices by Greenpeace and provides guidance for corporate environmental standards at some of the nation's most influential grocers. The company proudly supports the livelihood of coastal communities around the globe by partnering with small-scale and community fishermen who follow eco-friendly fishing practices and share the mission of protecting our planet's most beautiful resource.Wild Planet Product

Wild Planet Foods, the first large-scale sustainably focused canned seafood company in the country, recently announced that its new Ready-to-Eat Wild Tuna, Bean & Corn Salad won  Good Housekeeping's Sustainable Innovation Award in the "Smarter, Healthier Food & Kitchen" category.

Packed with protein and fiber, Wild Planet's Ready-to-Eat Wild Tuna, Bean & Corn Salad contains a deliious blend of responsibly sourced, 100% pole & line caught wild skipjack tuna (the smallest and most abundant species of tuna with the lowest mercury levels) and organic, non-GMO sweetcorn, carrots, red peppers and red beans. Two additional recipes are also available in the Ready-to-Eat tuna Salad Bowls: Wild Tuna Pasta Salad with organic red peppers, tomatoes and green olives and Wild Tuna White Bean Salad with organic chickpeas, carrots, red peppers and green olives.

Wild Planet ProductWild Planet Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls are a convenient, satisfying snack or light meal that require no heating or prep work of any kind. Wild Planet's commitment to responsibly sourced seafood means the wild skipjack tuna featured in each Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowl is 100% sustainably pole & line caught – no nets are ever used. Also, Wild Planet's commitment to the ocean environment means that the Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls come in 100% recyclable, plastic-free packaging.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from Good Housekeeping for our Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad Bowls," said Bill Carvalho, President and Founder of Wild Planet Foods. "I have advocated and taken action for sustainably and responsibly souWild Planet Productrced seafood since founding Wild Planet more than 17 years ago. Our company takes pride in our sustainable practices and shows respect for our oceans by taking only what they can give. Good Housekeeping's Sustainable Innovation Award certainly validates our efforts, and we appreciate being selected as a winner."

This award win aligns with Wild Planet's mission to educate and inspire consumers to make wise choices that are better for their health and the planet by offering only the best-tasting, highest-quality, sustainably sourced foods. Wild Planet offers consumers a wide variety of wild seafood choices to encourage eating lower on the food chain including tuna, sardines, mackerel and anchovies.

For more information on Wild Planet and to find it at store near you, visit wildplanetfoods.com and follow the brand on social media, @wildplanetfoods.

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Power Tools with a Sustainable Focus Coming Soon

Stanley Black & Decker and specialty materials provider Eastman are teaming up to advance sustainability in the power tools industry. BLACK+DECKER, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, will be releasing a new product line, reviva, offering the brand's first sustainability-led power tools that utilize Eastman's Tritan Renew copolyester. With 50% certified recycled content in the enclosures,* the BLACK+DECKER reviva line will launch in early 2022.Black & Decker Tools

"At Stanley Black & Decker, we work to inspire makers and innovators to create a more sustainable world, and that effort starts with us," said Stanley Black & Decker CEO Jim Loree. "The BLACK+DECKER reviva line is our latest step in creating more sustainable products and driving innovation with purpose, in alignment with our Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) strategy and helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Every day, we aim to live our purpose – For Those Who Make The World – and elevate our commitment to corporate social responsibility, and creating new eco-friendly products is one way of achieving that mission."

Engineered in partnership with Eastman, new reviva power tools will be manufactured using Tritan Renew material produced through Advanced Circular Recycling, also known as molecular recycling. Unlike mechanical recycling, molecular recycling transforms single-use waste plastic into basic building blocks that are then used to make durable, high-performance materials. This process reduces the use of fossil-based resources and lowers greenhouse gas emissions while providing the performance of virgin plastic materials and environmental benefits of 50% recycled content. In addition to sustainably engineered material in this new product line, reviva packaging will be frustration-free and 100% recyclable. Stanley Black & Decker is also creating and implementing programs for battery and end-of-life tool recycling.

"Stanley Black & Decker is an iconic company known for quality and reliability in each of their brands," said Steve Crawford, executive vice president, chief technology and sustainability officer for Eastman. "Consumers trust their products because they know they will perform, so Eastman is excited to partner and leverage our molecular recycling technologies to provide Stanley Black & Decker more sustainable materials without any compromise on product performance. This collaboration is a prime example of how value chain partners who share a vision for a sustainable future and a commitment to addressing both the climate and waste plastic issues can leverage material circularity to provide solutions with technologies we have today."

Stanley Black & Decker's ESG strategy includes a focus on "Innovating with Purpose," aiming to design products for circularity across material selection, use and end-of-life considerations, with a near-term goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025. In 2018, Stanley Black & Decker joined with leading businesses and governments to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and United Nations Environment Programme. Eastman is also a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.Black & Decker Tools

Stanley Black & Decker's Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Strategy:
Stanley Black & Decker's purpose – For Those Who Make the World – helped launch an ESG strategy that tied the company's purpose with the UN SDGs. While the company has always had a deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, the ESG strategy, born in 2017, was reflective of the company's broader ambition to help create a more sustainable world.

The strategy focuses the company's efforts on three key pillars: empowering makers, innovating with purpose and creating a more sustainable world. By 2030, Stanley Black & Decker plans to enable 10 million creators and makers to thrive in a changing world, innovate our products to enhance the lives of 500 million people, and be carbon positive in its global operations, meaning its carbon capture is greater than its carbon emissions.

To learn more about the company's ESG strategy, visit the company's latest Environment, Social & Governance report here.

*The recycled content is achieved by allocating the recycled waste plastic to Tritan Renew using a mass balance process certified by ISCC.   

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Are Your Candles Toxic?

One of the simplest pleasures in life is coming home from a stressful day of work and lighting an aromatherapy candle with a special scent intended to make you feel calm and relaxed. Unfortunately, the folks at Green America remind us that seemingly harmless candle could be filling the air in your home with carcinogenic soot and lead emissions.

CandlesThat news might make you tempted to clutch your candles to your chest and declare that someone will take them away from you when they pry them out of your stressed-out, soot-stained hands. Fortunately, the solution to the candle pollution problem doesn’t have to be that extreme. Alternatives to toxic aromatherapy candles abound. For example, would beeswax candles or soy candles be safe, nontoxic candles to use? With very little effort, you can fill your home with soothing scents without filling it with toxic gases.

What's Wrong With My Candles?

The biggest issue with candles are toxic wax and, in the case of older candles, toxic wicks.

Avoid aromatherapy candles made of paraffin—a petroleum byproduct—which releases carcinogenic soot when burned. The soot can also cause respiratory problems and will aggravate the conditions of those who already have asthma, lung, or heart problems.

“Burning an aromatherapy candle made of paraffin is similar to preparing a healthy drink of fresh-squeezed juice and adding a shot of gasoline,” says Eric Johnson of Candleworks, an Iowa City, Iowa-based company that specializes in wholesaling nontoxic aromatherapy candles.

Besides endangering your health and that of your family, soot from paraffin wax can cause significant damage to the inside of your house, plus your computers, electrical appliances, and ductwork.

“Some families have reported so much soot damage that they have filed insurance claims, only to find such damages aren’t covered in their policies,” says natural living expert Debra Lynn Dadd, author of Home Safe Home (Tarcher Perigee Publishers, 1997) and six other books about safe and nontoxic products.  And if that weren’t enough, aromatherapy candles that are scented with synthetic oils release microscopic particles that can cause cancer and other health problems when inhaled.

Once upon a time, many scented candles on the market contained lead-core wicks. Fragrance oils soften the wax, so the manufacturers used lead to make the wicks stand firm.

Fortunately, unless you have candles more than a decade old, they probably don’t have a lead-core wick, because those were banned in 2003. A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems. If you think you may still have lead-wicked candles in your home, see below for a quick test.

The No-Lead Test

To find out whether a candle has a lead wick, follow these steps:
1. Look for a “lead-free” label when shopping for new candles.
2. If you have a candle that has not been burned yet, rub the tip of the wick of on a piece of paper. If it leaves a gray mark, like a pencil, the wick contains a lead core. If you’ve already purchased the candle, take it back to the store and tell the manager why you’re demanding a refund.
3. For candles that have already been burned, you should just throw out any that have metal cores as a precaution. Simply look at the tip of the wick and see if it has a metal core. If you still can’t tell, peel back some of the cotton.Candle

Beeswax Candles and Other Non-Toxic Candle Alternatives

There are no rules or bans in the works for paraffin candles and those scented with synthetic oils. In the meantime, you don’t have to give up candles altogether if you follow these guidelines.

  • Buy 100 percent beeswax candles with cotton wicks, which are free of toxic chemicals. Beeswax can cost as much as six times the price of paraffin, so many candle manufacturers blend paraffin with their beeswax to cut costs. Be sure your candles say 100 percent beeswax on the label.
  • Buy candles made from 100 percent vegetable-based waxes, which are also nontoxic.
  • To reduce soot, no matter what kind of wicks are in your candles, trim wicks to 1/8 inch, and do not burn candles in a drafty area.

Find safe candles from certified green businesses at GreenPages.org.

Candle-Free Aromatherapy

If you can’t find the right nontoxic aromatherapy candle to get rid of tension headaches or rejuvenate your tired body, you may want to try using pure essential oils. Pure, organic oils can give you the same aromatherapy benefits as scented candles, and you can choose and blend your own scents.

Essential oils, while nontoxic, are very potent. Research the best way to use the oils you’re working with, as well as any precautions that should be taken with them. (Pregnant women should be particularly cautious when using essential oils.) Consult a qualified aromatherapist or a good reference book first.

Once you’ve chosen your favorite oils blends, there are a few ways to release the scents in your home:

  • Use a diffuser. These are simple containers—most often made of glass, marble, or ceramic—which release the scent from essential oils when heated either with electricity or a small tea light candle. Usually, six to ten drops of essential oil in a diffuser is all it takes to scent a room.
  • Use a ring burner. These metal rings have a reservoir that holds a few drops of essential oil and will fit around a lightbulb, using the heat to disperse the oil’s scent.
  • Take a bath. Add five to ten drops of essential oils to a warm bath. Close the bathroom door and soak for 15 minutes. Remember, essential oils can mark plastic bathtubs, so be sure to clean the tub when you’re finished.
  • Make a spray. Blend ten drops of essential oil in seven tablespoons of water. Shake well before filling the sprayer.

Whether you choose to go candle-free or opt for a nontoxic candle like 100% beeswax candles, you can relax knowing that these healthier alternatives will be easier on your lungs and the air in your home.

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT!
NotMilk Brings Back the Indulgent Chocolate Taste to Milk

NotCo is an industry-changing, fast-growth food tech leader and the only global company disrupting massive food and beverage segments, including dairy, eggs, and meat simultaneously. NotCo has launched products including NotMilk, NotBurger, NotMeat, NotIceCream and NotMayo in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, and in less than three years has become the fastest-growing food tech company in Latin America.NotMilk Cartons

NotCo utilizes a proprietary artificial intelligence technology, Giuseppe, which matches animal proteins to their ideal replacements among thousands of plant-based ingredients. Its one-of-a-kind technology will eventually enable NotCo to be a powering tool for food and beverage innovation partnering with other companies to accelerate of the transformation of the food industry.

NotCo recently announced the debut of NotMilk Chocolate. Unlike other chocolate milks, this delicious and indulgent new variety has a truly rich and creamy chocolate taste with less sugar. NotMilk Chocolate is available now in 64 oz. cartons through Fresh Direct and will launch on Amazon this fall in a convenient, on-the-go 8 oz. format.

While chocolate milk is a staple in many American households, most have a flavor profile that is more sugar than chocolate. NotMilk Chocolate is made the way chocolate milk should be, with a creamy, rich flavor from cocoa. Made with an unexpected combination of 100% plant-based ingredients such as peas, pineapple, cabbage, and cocoa, NotMilk Chocolate tastes, feels, and functions just like animal-based milk, but is now even more delicious. Each serving has less sugar than other chocolate plant-milks, isan excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, and B12, and a good source of potassium making it perfect to sip on its own as a chocolatey treat or pair with an afternoon snack.

NotMilk Product“Chocolate milk is a classic, but there aren’t any options – whether animal- or plant-based – where chocolate is the star and the real, creamy, indulgent taste we should expect from chocolate shines through,” said CEO and founder of NotCo, Matias Muchnick. “Others seem to miss the mark, whether they’re too sugary, don’t have enough flavor, or simply don’t taste how chocolate milk should. NotMilk Chocolate is more than plant-based, it is what chocolate milk should be – we want to help people rediscover and fall in love with chocolate milk again. We’re excited with this launch and supporting our retail partners to reintroduce what chocolate milk is to people across the country. It’s time we rekindled our love for chocolate milk, and we’re confident that one taste of NotMilk Chocolate will bring new and old fans back to the aisle.”

Like all other NotCo foods, NotMilk Chocolate was created by the brand’s patented A.I. technology, Giuseppe, which creates plant-based products that deliver unmatched taste, feel and functionality. NotCo’s team of scientists, culinary chefs, and engineers sitting in four countries working together and providing feedback to Giuseppe to continuously improve its products allowing NotCo to be the only global food tech company to disrupt massive food and beverage categories simultaneously with its NotMilk, NotBurger, NotMeat, NotIceCream and NotMayo. The brand has operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

The rich and creamy smooth pour of NotMilk Chocolate joins the brand’s already popular 64 oz. varieties, including NotMilk Whole, NotMilk 2% Reduced Fat, and new NotMilk 1% Low Fat. NotMilk Chocolate comes in 64 oz. cartons and an 8 oz. on-the-go format in single, 4-pack, and 12-pack varieties.

NotMilk is available at Whole Foods Market nationally, Stop & Shop, Harris Teeter’s, Sprouts, Wegmans, D’Agostino’s, Kings/Balducci’s, Harmons, New Seasons, Earth Fare, Bristol Farms, Rouses, Weis, Gelson’s Markets and more, in addition to the uptrend Imperfect Foods and vegan ecommerce site Vejii. The brand is currently available at more than 3,000 stores across the country.
To learn more about NotCo please visit notco.com and follow the brand on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

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Zero Waste Baby GiftsZeronto Products

Launched in December 2020, Zeronto is a sustainable baby gifts company offering zero waste and zero plastic baby gift baskets in Canada and the United States. Each gift basket is wrapped by local artisans with reusable Japanese Furoshiki cloth instead of plastic. The baskets are curated by experienced mothers for new parents, ensuring that the gifts they receive are useful and non-toxic, in the best interest of the baby.

The idea was Zeronto Productsconceived with the birth of founders Eva and Francis Li's first child and the first-hand experience of how much plastic and packaging was quickly accumulated with the baby gifts they received. This inspired Eva and Francis to create a solution for gift-giving that was both sustainable and offered only high-quality products.

"The choices we make today will shape our children's future tomorrow," commented founders Eva and Francis. "Showing love for our kids through gift-giving should not end with a mountain of plastic and trash for our planet. We hope to change this wasteful way of giving one basket at a time."

The hand selected gift baskets make thoughtful gifts for all parents of babies from infant to two years old, with packages ranging from $98 to $450. Customers can shop by occasion or by baby gender, and can choose from simpler baskets with just the basics, to more elaborate baskets including baby clothes, toys, books and other daily essentials. Along with the gift baskets themselves, all products included are always plastic-free and non-toxic.

To learn more about Zeronto's mission for environmental sustainability, or to shop their collection of curated baby gifts, please visit here.

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8 Brilliant Ways to Use Tea Bags—Beyond Brewing

Don't toss those unused tea bags! Believe it or not, they're capable of far more than you realize. Green tea eye masks, anyone?

If your favorite tea bag is eager to venture out of the mug and explore some new territory—or you're just never going to use that box of age-old rooibos—look no further. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, a writer for Real Simple magazine reports that a simple bag of tea can do much more than, well, brew a warm beverage. And because tea comes in so many flavors and styles, the options are pretty much endless for this versatile pantry staple. Whether you're eager to amp up your home baking or indulge in a DIY spa day, try these tricks to help get the most out of your tea collection.

Infuse Simple Syrups
Amp up your baked goods or at-home cocktails with tea-infused simple syrups. To make, steep tea as usual in a cup of water. Remove tea bag and melt in equal parts sugar. The syrup can then be stirred into iced coffee, tea, cocktails, or used in or on top of baked goods.

Infuse Alcohol
Instead of splurging on a fancy bottle of flavored booze, make your own! Simply let a bag of tea seep in a small jar of your preferred spirit for 15 minutes—that’s it—and you’ll taste its complex, concentrated flavors. If you want more flavor, use more tea (rather than tacking on more time, which can lead to bitterness).

Make Tea Eggs
Add earthy, herbal flavor to boiled eggs by soaking them overnight in tea. Classic Chinese tea eggs use black tea as well as aromatics to infused the already cooked eggs with a tasty exterior. To make, boil eggs in water as desired, then crack the shells or completely peel, and soak the eggs for 12 hours in a steeped black tea (or another flavor) to your liking.tea Bags

Relax With Green Tea Bag Masks
Need a quick anti-inflammatory eye boost? Soak two unflavored green tea bags in warm water and rest on your closed lids. The caffeine in green tea will help de-puff the gentle skin around your eyes and the antioxidants will refresh your skin.

Use Herbal Tea in the Bathtub
After all, herbal tea is just a combination of aromatic dried herbs, fresh flowers, spices, and other ingredients that both smell and taste amazing. Add two herbal tea bags to a warm bubble bath to soak in the herbaceous-ness.

Paint with Tea
Feeling artsy? Before you splurge for a new art kit, consider using what you have at home: Tea. Fill small bowls with boiling water, and infuse various flavors of tea in the water for several minutes. Vary seeping times for darker and lighter colors, and get to work on your canvas. Watercolor brushes work best with this technique, but you can get creative with sponges, potato stamps, or whatever tools best suit your creative mood.

Make Cold Brew Tea to Go
Instead of splurging on a bottle of iced tea when you’re out, prepare for the day ahead by making your own iced tea. Take a reusable water bottle, fill it up with water, and add a teabag. Seal the top so the string is easily accessible. Leave in the fridge overnight, remove the teabag on your way out, and you have a cold, delicious tea drink for free.

Compost Used Tea Leaves
Whether you have a compost bin at home or a community compost drop off, don’t forget to include your spent tea leaves. While some tea bags are compostable as is (check the label), others will need to be cut open and added to the organics pile to help create plant fertilizer.

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