We are so thrilled to honored again this year by INC Magazine as one of America's fastest growing companies. We are the number #52 fastest growing consumer products company in the United States and #713 out of all companies listed. So thrilled with our growth and the fact that consumers continue to choose our compostable housewares.
With all this in mind, we were curious to try a new brand of compostable straw from Repurpose Compostables, a brand that makes single-use plates, utensils, cups, napkins and more from non-toxic, BPA-free and 100% plant-based materials. The materials are compostable within 90 days in an industrial composting facility. One of the biggest selling points for these straws are their durability and ability to bend and flex — all things that are sacrificed with paper straws.
From Our Friends at The Green Line Market : Eco-Friendly Homes on Airbnb
Learn and recover eco-friendly homes on Airbnb. Oh the adventure and comfort of travelling! It broadens our minds, soothes our bodies and souls and allows us to develop. Unfortunately traveling does not make the planet quite so happy. The hotel industry alone accounts for 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually, largely due to the industrial style wastefulness of hotels. From the caustic solvents and detergents to inefficient heating and cooling, the traditional hotel is no friend to the ecosystems around it. Fear not, however, as The Green Line’s travel and lifestyle team have put together some fabulous eco-friendly homes from our friends over at AirBnB!
AirBnB has been cited by the United Nation’s conference on climate change as an extremely effective way to contribute to green house gas emission reductions. Residential houses are largely more efficiently built than the vast majority of hotels. Managing small scale guest turnover allows your hosts to more carefully manage their environmental practices.
With AirBnB you can find vacation spots too inaccessible or private for large scale hotels making a unique vacation for you and your loved ones. If you are an eco-friendly home geek, you can search on AirBnB exclusively for eco-friendly homes. So without further delay, let’s see where we’re off to next!
Eco-Friendly Homes on the Irish Countryside
Starting in the Emerald Isles, this beautiful apartment in modernized farm style is available for your agro-tourism pleasure. Located on a working organic farm in Glenties Co. Donegal, it’s complete with farm shop and verdant green fields, and the eco-mandate to live up to its surroundings!
Underfloor heating and hot water for the household created by a wood gasifier using Timber sourced from the farm’s own managed forests. Ecological cleaning and personal hygiene products are used and provided for guests, as well as a waste sorting system in place to reduce landfill. Ingredients for meals are largely local and seasonal, and ingredients to cook in the apartments are available from the farm shop.
Eco-Friendly and High tech Amsterdam houseboat
Moving further into Europe we find this beautiful contemporary eco-home in the cultural mecca of Amsterdam. This jewel of The Netherlands is known to be one of the greenest cities in the world, from it’s signature bicycle culture to the tulips in spring, and this clean-lined beauty will keep you staying in that groove. The glass clad houseboat allows for you to swim and sleep in one of Amsterdam’s quintessential canals all in a euro-spa chic residence. The hosts pride themselves on eco-friendly management practices from energy and water usage, to only using green household products. The hot water is provided courtesy of solar power and the entire home is temperature regulated using a differential heating and cooling system!
Venice Beach Home with an Eco-Friendly Green Twist
From European canals to the trendy waterways of tinsel town, this Venice California home puts you right in the heart of mainstream green. From trendy vegan restaurants and organic cafe’s to surfing at Venice Beach, this is the place to be. The charming deco-era arts-and-crafts bungalow will provide a quiet oasis from which to base. Your host is committed to using organic linens and non-toxic cleaning and care products, ensuring a healthy stay you’ll cherish.
Explore the Canadian Rockies off-grid
Getting away from it all can be tricky, but this final destination will give you all the privacy that nature can provide! Nestled on 40 private acres in Duncan, British Columbia, big skies, mountains and forests are all at your doorstep and make up your panoramic views! What better way to experience it than in an earth construction off-the-grid gem! From hiking and exploring the beautiful Canadian wilderness to just cozying up by the fire, this is the place to be. Aside from being off-the grid, ecological cleaners and personal products are the name of the game at this incredible green home, so you can feel just as balanced inside as the views are out your windows.
From forests and trees to cities and beaches find your next eco-getaway over at AirBnB today!
We are happy to announce Lori Ciccarelli has joined our Repurpose team as our Sales Coordinator. Lori comes to us from Kehe and Nature's Best and has over 20 years experience in Sales Support, Analysis and Project Management. Not only is Lori a great asset to our team but a wonderful Mom and Grandmother. Find out more about her love for family and personal interest below.
RP: If you could have any talent what would it be?
LC: A great speaker.
RP: What's the best job you’ve ever had?
LC: Raising my son.
RP: What's your favorite thing about selling eco-friendly products?
LC: Being part of the movement to make a difference and save our planet one person at a time.
RP: What changes have you seen in he natural market since you began?
LC: A real shift in the way people think about our environment and the growing momentum around saving our planet.
RP: What do you like to do when you're not at work?
LC: Playing with my grandkids makes me the happiest. I also enjoy reading, cooking, swimming and camping especially if water is involved.
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We’re partnering with our friends at Natural Grocers to take the #LadyBugLuv pledge to never use chemicals that would harm Ladybugs or other beneficial insects. Did you know that ladybugs act as a natural and organic type of pest control? One ladybug will eat around 5,000 prey insects in its lifetime, such as aphids - some of the most destructive insects to gardens. Attract ladybugs to your garden naturally by growing plants they love such as fennel, yarrow, dill, butterfly weed, tansy, hairy vetch, Queen Anne’s lace, prairie sunflower, coriander, and carpet bugleweed.
Provided by: Power Planter
You may think you’re doing everything right from a sustainability standpoint. You
definitely recycle a large portion of your household waste, and you might use
environmentally friendly disposable products such as compostable cups and
utensils. You probably have a vegetable garden in your backyard, because that’s
certainly an eco-friendly hobby, right? Surprisingly, the answer is that it depends.
Although growing vegetables in your backyard is definitely more sustainable and
eco-friendly than buying produce from the supermarket, the techniques you use
when gardening may not be as “green” as you assume. It’s important for anyone who
gardens or is thinking about gardening as a hobby to know how to do so in the eco-
For example, the amount of water used in your garden can negatively impact the
environment if you use too much from your communal water resources. Using a rain
barrel to collect rainwater is a more environmentally friendly option. In addition,
watering your garden early in the morning and using seeper hoses to gradually
water your garden will prevent much of that water from being wasted due to
Using pesticides and chemical fertilizers can have a serious impact on the
surrounding ecosystem, which is why it’s a better idea to use compost and natural
pest deterrents. Creating a garden full of native wildflowers will attract birds and
insects that will take care of most pests naturally. Additionally, if you choose to plant
native species around your garden, you create more natural habitats for local
wildlife. You also help bolster surrounding ecosystems by encouraging more cross-
Gardening as a hobby can be a great way to be more environmentally friendly, but
only if you’re careful about how you do it. Take a look at the following guide for
more tips about how you can be sure your garden is as eco-friendly as possible.
Author bio: Greg Niewold is owner and operator of Power Planter, a third-generation
family-owned auger manufacturer founded more than 20 years ago. Niewold took the
reins in 2013 and has grown the company domestically and in Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and across Europe.
PLANT BASED PLASTICS: Repurpose – Plastic lasts forever, but Repurpose makes straws from plants — their products can be composted in 90 days. This is the first biodegradable bendy straw on the market and it launched this year at Expo West. Some of us have a need for our straws. We may not be able to explain it, but there is a satisfying element to drinking down a nice cold refreshing beverage with a straw. Unfortunately, straws are typically made from plastic, but now we can enjoy them without hurting the environment. In the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the entire 20th century. Made with soy-based inks and BPA-free plastic, Repurpose is a sustainable tableware company you can be proud to bring out to any party. | CHECK OUT
We will be producing another one-of-a-kind booth at Expo West this year thanks to our ongoing collaboration with renowned paper artist Andy Byers! This year Byers will be showing consumers how to "Have Their Cake And Eat It Too," with Repurpose guilt-free disposables at Booth #2794 in Hall C.
Inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and Judy Chicago, guests at this year's trade show will be transported to another world where art meets sustainability. Featuring a massive slice of cake made entirely out of Repurpose product and paper, one of a kind scenic paintings, and other sculptures from his imagination, Byers will bring a uniquely playful theme to this year's booth.
Byers is perhaps best known for his work with Isabella Rossellini on the short film series “Green Porno,” in which Rossellini enacts the mating rituals of various insects and other animals utilizing cardboard cut-outs and foam-rubber sculptures created by Byers. Byers has also done collaborative installations for brands such as Victoria's Secret, J. Crew, American Express and Ann Taylor, Target and Gap as well as artist Sean Lennon and Aimee Mann.
Last year Byers constructed an ecosystem of large-scale plant sculptures using paper and upcycled Repurpose products making it appear as if our products were growing from the very plants they are composed of.
We will also be hosting our annual Happy Hour at the booth this year, serving Golden Road craft beer in our brand new stemless beer and wine cups. We can't wait to see you there!
Who likes awards? We do! We took years to perfect the straw and now our 100%
compostable, flexible straws are nominated for a NEXTY Award at this year’s upcoming
Natural Products EXPO West!
Innovation. Inspiration. Integrity. Those three i's are the foundation for the NEXTY
Awards, the pinnacle award bestowed upon worthy contenders in the natural products
Making a bendy straw, entirely compostable, and entirely from plants, that doesn’t
crack and holds up to you and your kids is no small feat. So we are happy to take a bow.
If you are joining us at the show in Anaheim come check them out. Or just grab some today on Amazon.
Learn more here:
According to Use Less Stuff (ULS), extra holiday waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about one million extra tons per week. Here's some easy to use tips to reduce your waste this season.
1. Food Waste - Buy with Thought
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes gets lost or wasted. Much of it during the holidays. Use a guest list to predict the amount of food you will need and compost food scraps. Tools like the Guest-Imator help you create a menu based on how many people will be attending.
2. Wrapping Paper - Make Your Own
According to WragWrap.com on average, it takes 6 mature trees to make a tonne of paper. This means approximately 50,000 trees are used to make the 8,250 tonnes consumed at Christmas (estimated Christmas use = 75% of total). Get creative and reduce landfill waste with old magazines, newspapers and cereal boxes.
3. Decor - Ditch the tinsel
Not only is it not recyclable, but it's made from Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is listed as a human carcinogen in the Fourteenth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program. Tinsel is also extremely dangerous to your dog or cat. What looks like a shiny toy to your cat can prove deadly if ingested. Try edible treats such as a popcorn and cranberry garland.
4. Disposable Tableware - Go Green with Repurpose®
21% of the 33 billion tons of plastic discarded in the U.S. is made up of cups, plates and non-durables. When reusable tableware isn't an option swap traditional plastic disposables for Repurpose 100% compostable plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Red plastic plates and cups may look festive, but they will last long after the holiday season has ended. Repurpose products can be composted in 90 days in a commercial composter and are free of any toxic chemicals found in oil-based products.
You can now find your favorite Repurpose products at your local Winco. We love the fact that Winco is majority employee owned and operated as much as the fact that they offer customers the best products at an impressive price. They keep the frills to a minimum, no bagging, no credit cards, but they bring the value, and they were the first retailer in the United States to debut Repurpose’s new line of 100% compostable straws. Find a Winco here!
MakeSpace x Repurpose Compostables : 10 Brilliant Tips For Sustainably Organizing Everything In Your Kitchen
Mmm, greens: Spinach, kale, lettuce, arugula, and ... your kitchen?
That’s right: Just as it's vital for us to eat our greens, an eco-friendly “green” kitchen is a healthy one, too. After all, what goes into the kitchen comes out of the earth, and vice versa.
Plus, investing in products and tools that are kind to the earth benefits us all in the long run. Luckily, you can easily plant the seeds to grow your kitchen into an eco-friendly powerhouse.
Just follow these 10 tips from MakeSpace, a valet storage company that picks up, stores, and delivers your things back. Instead of wasting time weeding through a dusty self-storage unit, now you can cook a delicious farm-fresh meal in your revamped kitchen:
1. Set up a composting station
According to The Atlantic, the average American family throws away almost half of the groceries they purchase. Habits may not change overnight, but actions sure can.
When you set up a personal composting station, you're doing your part to prevent any overripe bananas and molding potatoes from improperly decomposing in a landfill.
The amount of space you have available will likely determine your composting method. If you have a lot of room and want to use your green waste as garden fertilizer, set up a full-cycle vermicomposter. Apartment Therapy and Homestead Brooklyn both have great step-by-step guides for getting started.
But if you have limited room (or, let’s face it, an aversion to worms), outsource your food scraps to a commercial compost instead.
It’s simple: First, clear some space in your freezer. Then prop a bag or bin (like the Oxo Good Grips) in there to fill with your cooking odds and ends.
2. Swap out plastic wrap for lower-impact alternatives
You already know the pitfalls of plastic: It lasts forever, contains harmful chemicals, and masses together in the ocean. Make it easier to avoid the temptation of using it by setting up a system for alternatives.
If you decide on beeswax wraps, remember they need to be washed with cool water and soap, then dried between use. Air-dry and store them in a basket or drawer.
Another alternative is silicone stretch lids. These eco-friendly covers conform to different shapes and can be heated, frozen, and refrigerated. Any that aren’t in use can be stacked and stored alongside kitchenware.
3. Reuse any old containers
Reusing: It’s the ultimate sustainability move. Repurposing any containers you have lying around will reduce cupboard clutter (a good thing, considering clutter’s negative impact on your life) and divert the packaging from going to waste.
Have jars left over from bigger staples like pasta sauce?
4. Keep your disposable dining ware ready to go
Whether you’re hosting an outdoor picnic and eating in eco-friendly style in sunny LA or preparing an indoor potluck in freeeeezing NYC, it’s always a good idea to have disposable cutlery at the ready.
Plop them in a picnic basket alongside your other must-haves, like a sturdy blanket, napkins, and some bubbly.
5. Hang your cups on a repurposed tree branch
If you run out of cabinet room for all your insulated hot cups, put them on display instead.
A repurposed tree branch is a fun way to infuse your kitchen with a touch of the great outdoors. You could try to DIY one, but don’t fret if foraging proves unsuccessful. VivaTerra sells a mug rack made of a salvaged mangosteen tree from Southeast Asia.
6. Have a system for your reusable cloths
Most of us are guilty of using more paper napkins than we care to admit. Switching to a reusable napkin is a surefire way to save trees and money, since you won’t have to replace your wipes with every meal.
Not sure where to store your cloth napkins?
The Spruce suggests incorporating them into your decor, which will also encourage everyday use.
If you have too many to keep out, Stone Gable recommends packing them in a shelf, filing cabinet-style. She also advises ironing the napkins before storing, and sorting them by color.
7. Keep forks, spoons, and knives separated with a drawer organizer
Stop the fork from running away with the spoon, once and for all.
Use a drawer organizer to divvy up your cutlery. We like Adorn’s adjustable dividers, which are made of eco-friendly bamboo.
Sort and keep your disposables in a separate drawer for easy access.
8. Keep your fruits and veggies fresh for longer
There’s no point in ordering from your local CSA if those apples and kale are going to wilt before you have time to eat them.
9. Stock your pantry with natural cleaners
Cleaners made with less-toxic ingredients are better for you, your kitchen, and the planet.
Wellness Mama rounded up her four most effective, kid-friendly cleaning recipes. We also recommend checking out Greatist for 27 chemical-free cleaning recipes.
To store your DIY cleaners, empty and clean old containers that came with any store-bought cleaners. Or order new, reusable glass bottles like these beautiful and reusable blue glass bottles from Sally’s Organics .
10. Swap out your Brita for Kishu Charcoal
We are so happy that Blair Kellison has joined the Repurpose Board of directors this year. Currently the CEO of Traditional Medicinal Teas, Blair has been lending us his ear and expertise to help grow Repurpose into the leader in ecofriendly picnic and paper.
A CPA with Ernst & Young, a brand manager with Nestle, and MBA from Booth at The University of Chicago, Blair made the best decision of his career by taking a 70% pay cut and trading in his brand manager position at Nestle for a business development position at a mission-driven, vegetarian food company called Fantastic Foods in Petaluma, CA.
Over the next 22 years, Blair has been the first non-founder CEO of four companies. Each of these positions have been in the natural foods/wellness industry where he has applied his education and work experiences to lead mission-driven, natural/organic companies into the mainstream, enabling their brands to reach a much wider audience. He believes true sustainability requires environmental, social, and financial sustainability.
This Halloween we're bringing attention to the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives. Although we try our best to be #plasticfree, the Repurpose team was still able to create a life size monster out of the amount of plastic we collected around our homes and offices.
What's the problem with plastic?
- 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled.
- More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
- Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
- It can take 450 years for some types of plastic bottle to break down; one type, PET, while recyclable, doesn’t biodegrade at all.
How to help
Here's some simple tips to use less plastic.
- Choose Repurpose 100% compostable, plant-based picnicware over plastic and styrofoam.
- Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade.
- Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.
- Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging.
- Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam.
Originally published by Vitacost.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Like it or not, kids always find a way to get grimy. So why not let them be slimy? Little ones will be completely hands on making this homemade slime. But the truth is, it’s a clean recipe by slime standards. No sticky, toxin-infused glue, needed. You’ll use all plant-based ingredients. Even the bowl and mixing spoon are gentle on skin…and on the planet. Beat that!
- In microwave-safe bowl, mix together psyllium and water. Stir until well dissolved.
- Add a few drops of food coloring and stir completely.
- Microwave mixture on high for 5 minutes, stopping to stir the mixture halfway through.
- Remove bowl and let cool. Note: The slime will still be liquid at first, but it will begin to congeal as it cools.
- Repeat with different colors.
We love how progressive Seattle is and this straw ban is groundbreaking in the nation. Often ending up in the ocean or in the noses of that poor turtle we all saw the viral video of, compostable straws are a better alternative and will be allowed under the new ordinance. Congratulations Seattle! Read more here.
Originally published by Central Market.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but here in Texas we know this is not the time to put away the grill just yet. This recipe for light and easy Grilled Tilapia tacos works well with a variety of marinades and sauces and is a great way to break out of your burger rut. What’s more, Seafood Watch names Tilapia as one of the most sustainable fish around. Serve it on 100% plant-based Repurpose tableware to give summer an earth-friendly send-off.
Grilled Tilapia Tacos with Cucumber Salsa
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the grill
- 4 6-ounce tilapia fillets
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 radishes, sliced
- 1 cucumber, halved and sliced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
- 8 corn tortillas, warmed
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup sour cream
How to Make It
1. Heat grill to high. When heated, oil the grill.
2. Season the fish with the coriander, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and grill until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
3. Remove the fish from the grill and break into pieces.
4. In a 16-ounce Repurpose compostable bowl (it’s sustainable, too), toss the radishes and cucumber with lime juice, oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
5. Place the fish in the tortillas and top with cucumber salsa, cilantro, sour cream, and lime wedges.
6. Serve on a sturdy and sustainable Repurpose dinner plate.
Originally published by Vitacost.
If you’re a parent, you already know that playdates help strengthen your child’s bond with classmates and neighbors. Playdates also encourage critical social skills like communication, negotiation and conflict resolution. But they’re also an opportunity to teach your little ones how to honor nature, protect the planet and develop lifelong earth-friendly habits. Here are four fun ways to green your child’s next afterschool adventure.
Serve sustainable snacks
Learning takes serious fuel, which is why kids always come home from school famished. Serve healthy snacks without processed sugars and artificial flavors that will satiate their hunger without spoiling their dinner. You can prep these snacks ahead of time and have the children assemble them themselves.
- Yogurt parfaits. Layer fruits like strawberries, blueberries and banana with granola and organic low-fat yogurt.
- Hummus and veggie sticks
- Homemade kale chips. Cut kale into 1-1/2-inch pieces, toss with olive oil and salt, and bake at 275 degrees F. for 20 minutes, turning once.
- Rice cakes with almond butter and apple slices
- Popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast flakes.
For an extra dose of sustainability, serve snacks on Repurpose tableware. Made exclusively from plants, this super sturdy line of compostable plates, bowls, cups and utensils are free of BPA and chlorine.
Go for “green” slime
DIY slime is all the rage, but most recipes call for sodium borate, a compound found in detergents that can irritate skin, eyes and lungs. Instead, help your gooey gunk makers whip up a batch using the fiber supplement psyllium.
- Add psyllium and water to a 16-oz. Repurpose microwave-safe bowl and stir well to dissolve.
- Add a few drops food coloring and stir completely.
- Place bowl in microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes, stopping to stir the mixture halfway through cooking.
- Remove bowl and cool. Slime will still be liquid at first; it will begin to congeal as it cools.
- Repeat with different colors.
Opt for the outdoors
Kids are spending half the amount time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. Studies have shown that children who play outdoors are more physically active, creative in their play, concentrate better and show less aggression. What’s more, a new study in Canada found that kids who play outdoors are more likely to protect nature as adults. So head outside with these easy eco-activities:
- Pack a picnic with Repurpose’s compostable cups, plates and utensils and find a shady spot at the park.
- Visit a nearby hiking spot or wilderness area. Point out local birds, bugs, plants and critters and see if they can find others.
- Participate in a mini-cleanup to see who can pick up the most litter. You can talk to the kids about the impact of litter on our natural world. Just be sure to pack gloves and hand wipes.
- Stage a nature scavenger hunt. Have the kids find natural objects like wildflowers, pods, acorns, feathers and leaves.
Make cleanup clear
Post-playdate can look like the aftermath of a tornado. Involve kids in the cleanup by having them create signs for the trash, recycling and compost bins, listing the kinds of items that go in each one. Then, 30 minutes before the end of the playdate, ask them to pick up, looking for things that go in each bin. You can also ask them to think of ideas of how they could reuse any of the materials.
Whenever we need a pick-me-up, we stroll into the corner office to chat with Repurpose’s founder and CEO Lauren Gropper. With 75 LEED projects under her belt, Lauren is a powerhouse of green architecture and urban design. She was the host of Green Force on HGTV, consulted on Hyundai’s carbon neutral campaign and has Adrian Grenier on speed dial. What’s more, she’s a problem solver, whether we’re tackling plastic pollution or trying to settle on a spot for happy hour.
RP: What do you love most about your job?
LG: The sales “wins” are really fun. We often feel like we’re the little David fighting against the big Goliath. When we can knock down big new customers, it feels great. The other piece of it is that we’re able to provide a sustainable product to people that otherwise wouldn’t have the option. I love being the solution—that we’ve created an affordable solution to a real environmental problem.
RP: What’s the hardest part of being an eco-entrepreneur?
LG: Trying to change consumer behavior…not always easy.
RP: What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
LG: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.”
RP: If you could rid the world of one vice, what would it be?
LG: Careless consumption
RP: Where do you hope the compostables industry will be in 5 years?
LG: Ubiquitous! I hope that curbside composting becomes available widely so that we can fulfill our zero waste Repurpose vision.
RP: What gives you hope?
LG: My daughter, Vivienne.
RP: What super power do you most wish you possessed?
LG: Unlimited wish granting :)