We have done many things to “green” up our event, from encouraging the use of stainless steel water bottles, to composting, bioware and measuring our carbon footprint for offsets. We sought vendors that could supply materials in a cost competitive way yet that also followed sustainability policies and practices.
A few of our resources include:
Eco-Products — with corn based cups and lids that are fully compostable and will “return to nature” in 45-60 days; plates and bowls made from “bagasse”, the waste by-product of extracting cane sugar, that are also fully compostable; and cutlery made from plant starch material to make it durable yet compostable.
Eco-Products uses a corn-based polymer produced by NatureWorks LLC of Minnetonka, Minn., a unit of Cargill & Teijin Ltd. of Japan. Dennis McGrew, CEO of NatureWorks, says the polymer has roughly 68% less fossil-fuel content than petroleum-based plastics and emits less than 90% as many greenhouse gases.
As part of their environmental program, Eco-Products is a zero-waste facility that is also committed to carbon-neutral practices, including shipping, and has installed a large solar array that supplies 85% of its energy needs.
Read more at: http://ecoproducts.com/
Your very smart looking School Bags are 100% recycled plastic bottles. The company that makes them is Enviro-tote, a family-owned company based in NH with strong policies and practices to prevent waste, reduce pollution and promote fair labor practices.
What makes recycling work? By closing the loop and using the materials generated through recycling. Read more about your Bottle Bag™ at http://www.enviro-tote.com/.
Did you know that Americans consume over 1 billion bottles of water every week at a total cost, in 2007, of over $16 billion? Only 23% of these bottles are recycled, meaning that we pitch over 38 billion water bottles every year — burying $1 billion of (recyclable) plastic in our landfills . Drink smart! Use your stainless steel bottle when you can and recycle your water bottles when you cannot.Your stainless steel water bottle is made by H2go ss, is BPA and toxin-free, eco-friendly and, ultimately, recyclable!
Speedbinder has specialized in creating earth friendly binders, made from 100% recycled material. When you are done with it, remove the rings and recycle it again!
Learn more: http://www.earthbinder.com/
We have used Mohawk papers exclusively for our binder materials. Mohawk produces a wide range of recycled content papers, all of which are wind-powered and many of which are FSC, carbon neutral or Green Seal certified. In 2007, Mohawk received EPA's “Green Power Partner of the Year” Award.
The paper in your binder is 100% post-consumer recycled content. Don't forget: recycle it when you are done with it!