Earth Day Eats: 4 Reasons to Ditch Palm Oil

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Earth Day Eats: 4 Reasons to Ditch Palm Oil

Being an environmentalist can be tricky. Do you use bucket loads of water to clean out that plastic peanut butter jar for recycling, or toss it in the trash and save the H20?  It’s a win-lose situation no matter what you choose. Yet every once in a while there are those public enemy issues—like coal or aerosol cans—that are crystal clear. We see palm oil that way.

Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. Cheap and versatile, it can be found in everything from beauty products and cleaning supplies to ice cream, packaged foods and biodiesel. And it’s destroying the planet at Mach speed. Here are four big reasons to give it up.

1. The rainforest

Indonesia and Malaysia produce 90 percent of the world’s palm oil, and they’ve cleared 3.5 million hectares of ecologically diverse rainforest to produce it.

2. Orangutans, elephants and tigers

The Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests are home to endangered species found nowhere else on Earth. And deforestation for palm oil decimates their habitat. If it continues, scientists estimate the orangutan will be extinct in 10 years.

3. Global warming

Tropical rainforests store massive amounts of carbon. When they’re burned down, that carbon is released into the atmosphere as C02, the leading cause of global warming. Indonesia currently ranks fifth in greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Human rights

Investigations have uncovered severe human rights abuses throughout the palm oil industry, including forced labor, child labor, physical abuse and debt bondage.


In 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) developed criteria for sustainable palm oil. However, the RSPO’s standards allow for deforestation, enforcement has been spotty and environmentalists remain divided whether it’s just green washing.


Homemade Nutella

Giving up palm oil is easier than you might think—except when it comes to Nutella. Thankfully, this homemade version from the Splendid Table is equally delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil, such as canola
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, more or less depending upon your preference

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). 

Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 12 minutes, until they’ve browned a little and the skins are blistered a little. Wrap them in a kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove as much loose skin as possible. (Some skin will cling to the nuts when you’re done. It’s okay—not to mention inevitable.) Let cool completely.

Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over gently simmering water or in the microwave. Stir until smooth. Let cool completely.

In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until they form a paste. Add the oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt and continue processing until the mixture is as smooth as possible-or as smooth as you like. Add the melted chocolate, blend well, and then strain the mixture to remove any chunks of hazelnut that remain. The resulting homemade Nutella will be thin and somewhat runny and maybe even a little warm but it will thicken as it cools.

Scrape your homemade nutella into a jar or other resealable container and let it cool to room temperature. Cover the container and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Scoop it out with Repurpose 100% compostable, plant-based spoons and spread with Repurpose knives.

 

 

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Earth Day Eats: Save the Ocean. Eat Sustainable Seafood.

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Earth Day Eats: Save the Ocean. Eat Sustainable Seafood.

There’s no way to say this gently. We’re stripping the ocean of fish faster than they can replenish their populations, and that poses one of the greatest threats to the ocean ecosystem today. So what can we do about it? A lot, thank goodness.

Start by eating only ocean-friendly seafood. Every year, Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes their state-by-state consumer guides that spell out the most sustainable seafood choices. The guides also let you know what species are a good alternative and the ones to avoid completely. The best part? They fold up small enough to fit in your wallet so you can have them handy when you shop.

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While you are at the market or out to eat, be sure to ask whether the seafood is sustainable. Knowing customers care about protecting the ocean helps businesses make their own good choices.

Pan-Roasted Salmon with Fennel Salad

This super simple recipe, courtesy of Bon Appetit, makes for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It also shows off a sustainable seafood choice: wild Alaskan salmon. If you’re feeling adventurous, substitute farmed Arctic Char—another ocean-friendly fish that has a similar look and flavor to salmon. With either fish, leave the skin on. It protects the delicate fish and provides a nice crispy texture.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 fennel bulb, plus 2 tablespoons fronds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 one-pound skin-on salmon fillet, wild-caught, cut into 4 pieces

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Using a mandoline, finely shave fennel; transfer to a medium bowl. Add fennel fronds, orange juice, and olive oil; toss to combine. Season salad with salt and pepper.

Heat grapeseed oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season salmon pieces with salt and pepper. Place salmon in skillet skin side down. Cook without moving, pressing gently on fillets with a spatula to ensure skin is in full contact with pan, until skin is golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven (do not turn fish over) and roast until salmon is just opaque in center, 3-4 minutes for medium-rare (time will depend on thickness of fish and desired doneness).

Divide fennel salad among plates. Top with salmon skin side up.

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Earth Day Eats: 12 Foods You Should Always Eat Organic

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Earth Day Eats: 12 Foods You Should Always Eat Organic

In an ideal world, all fruits and veggies would be organic. But today most conventional farms use synthetic pesticides to control bugs and weeds, and those chemicals end up in and on our fruits and vegetables—even after washing and peeling. Not so ideal.

Scientists continue to debate the health risks of consuming pesticides, but we prefer to play it safe. So we go organic whenever it’s available and our wallets can take the hit. That means we have to make smart choices. Enter the Environmental Working Group.

Every year, the EWG ranks pesticide contamination of the most popular fruits and vegetables. The produce with the least amount of pesticides is known as the Clean Fifteen. These foods are safe to eat conventionally. The 12 with the most pesticide residue become the Dirty Dozen. These guys should always be organic. 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet bell peppers
  12. Potatoes
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

This is one of our go-to salads. It’s bright and flavorful and the pecans pack a protein-punch. Consider crumbling blue cheese over the top for a heartier meal.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces organic baby spinach (8 cups)
  • 1/2 pound organic strawberries, cut lengthwise into thick slices (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves (3 1/2 ounces), toasted and cooled

PREPARATION

1. Whisk together vinegar, a rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well. Put spinach, strawberries, and pecans in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat.

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Earth Day Eats: 3 Tips for Stress-Free Meatless Mondays

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Earth Day Eats: 3 Tips for Stress-Free Meatless Mondays

There are people who will tell you that every day should be meatless. We get it. We’re friends with them, and they have some compelling reasons, many of which are environmental. For instance:

1. Meat production is responsible for 14 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, including the potent methane and nitrous oxide.

2. It takes 1,850 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. (You need just 39 gallons of water for a pound of veggies.)

3. Plant-based diets have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

The truth is, some of us just aren’t ready to go whole hog just yet. That’s why we practice by eating meatless every Monday. Here are a few tips we’ve learned along the way to make it simple and stress-free.

1. Plan

Figure out what you’re going to eat—before Monday morning. Nothing will send you to the drive-thru faster than being starving and having no idea what to make. Our friends at the Kitchn have 23 recipes to get you going.

2. Eat enough

Meat gives us a huge dose of protein and fat, which makes us feel satiated and energized. Vegetarian food can do the trick, but you need to make sure you are eating enough carbohydrates from whole grains and breads, fats like nut butters, avocados and oils and protein from legumes, soy, nuts and dairy products.

3. Try new foods

Yes, mac and cheese is meatless. But why not make Mondays an adventure? Try cooking an Indian dish. (We love this Chana Masala recipe.) Go out for Vietnamese food. Sign up for a farm box from a local community farm and force yourself to cook what they give you. You may find you like rutabaga!

CRUNCHY BEAN TACOS

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This is one of our all-time favorite Meatless Monday recipes. So satisfying and on the table in 30 minutes flat.

Serves: Makes 8 tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups or 16 ounces cooked black beans
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 to 6 ounces (1 heaping cup) grated Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 8 corn tortillas

Toppings

Avocado
Hot sauce
Salsa
Sour cream

Preparation

In a medium bowl, add beans along with red onion, cilantro, cumin, and paprika. Add a pinch of salt and lightly mash all the ingredients together. Grate the cheese and have it ready as well.

In a large, nonstick or cast-iron skillet, add the 2 tablespoons oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add one corn tortilla at a time and let each get hot in the oil for a few seconds. Then add about 1/4 cup of the bean filling to one half of the tortilla. Top with a sprinkle of grated cheese. Try not to overfill the tacos, or you might have issues flipping them without losing filling.

Using a spatula, carefully fold the other half of the tortilla over to form a shell. Press down lightly on the tortilla so it holds its shape. If some cheese spills out, don’t worry — it will get crispy and delicious.

As the first taco cooks, move it to the side and begin a second one. Depending on the size of your pan, you can cook two or three tacos at once. A griddle will hold even more.

Cook each taco until they are nicely browned and crispy, about 3 minutes per side. When flipping the taco to cook on the other side, use a spatula and flip the taco toward the fold so the filling doesn’t fall out. If your pan is very dry between batches, add another drizzle of oil.

Place the cooked tacos in a warm oven while you finish the rest. If the tacos are very greasy, blot them with a paper towel before moving them to the oven.

Top tacos with hot sauce, salsa, avocados, and sour cream and serve on Repurpose plates.

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Eat Your Heart Out, Planet Earth

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Eat Your Heart Out, Planet Earth

Happy Earth Day! We’re honoring our planet this year with some good old-fashioned culinary activism. Every week in April, we’re focusing on a different environmental challenge facing the world today. Then, we provide a simple, healthy recipe that helps combat the problem. That’s right, you can eat your way to a better world!

Here’s the lineup:

Week 1: 12 Foods You Must Eat Organic
Recipe: Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Week 2: Save the Ocean. Eat Sustainable Seafood
Recipe: Pan-Roasted Salmon with Fennel Salad

Week 3: Four Reasons to Ditch Palm Oil
Recipe: Homemade Nutella

Week 4: Making Meatless Mondays Work
Recipe: Crunchy Black Bean Tacos

So put on a green apron (it’s Earth Day after all) and get cooking! Remember, you can double your do-gooding by serving these dishes on compostable Repurpose tableware.

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Welcome Aboard, Brittany Abbott!

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Welcome Aboard, Brittany Abbott!

We couldn’t be more excited to announce Brittany Abbott has joined our Repurpose team as a Sales Account Manager. We knew Brittany had sales chops. She has worked for years selling eco-friendly products at major retailers like Whole Foods. But there was a lot we didn’t know about Brittany until we sat her down for a Q&A. For instance, the St. Louis native plays guitar, geeks out on Radiolab, and may finally be able explain string theory to us. Bonus!

RP: If you could have any talent what would it be?
BA: A talent for theoretical sciences and experimental sciences. I am easily romanced by things like string theory and ghost particles. I've listened to every episode of Radiolab and many times wished I had a mind like Albert Einstein or Oliver Sacks.

RP: What's the best job you’ve ever had?
BA: Art Camp Counselor. There’s nothing better than seeing children take pride in something they create out of their own self-expression. 

RP: What's your favorite thing about selling eco-friendly products?
BA: I am energized by conversations about humans’ impact on our environment. I am grateful to have a career that lets me engage with people about issues that ultimately impact the wellbeing of everything on earth. 

RP: What changes have you seen in eco-friendly market since you began?
BA: More accessibility and choice of products that aim to be gentler to our environment. Seeing organic and compostable products at stores I have shopped at with my family when I was a child is proof to me that we as consumers have a lot of power in the market.

RP: What's your secret sales weapon?
BA: My ears and what sits between them.

RP: What do you like to do when you're not working?
BA: Play guitar. Music has always been important to me, but I put off learning to play an instrument until recently. If I could practice guitar all day, I would. 

RP: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
BA:(whispers) dog. I love all animals ;)

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Waste Not, Want Not

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Waste Not, Want Not

At Repurpose, we consider ourselves competitive upcyclers. Some of us are old school coffee-cans-as-pencil-holders types, while others are angling to have their DIY designs on Pinterest’s most popular list. Whatever the scope, upcycling is in our DNA.

So it’ll come as no surprise that our super sturdy plates and bowls are actually built from waste materials. Hold on, it’s not as icky as it sounds. We start with something called bagasse, the fibrous residue that remains after all of the juice has been extracted from sugarcane stalks. In the past, sugar cane farmers used to burn this byproduct in their fields, which caused pollution. Today, high heat and high pressure transforms the bagasse into a strong and biodegradable paper-like material, which can be molded into different shapes—like take-out containers, plates and bowls.

We’re overachievers at Repurpose, so we also add recycled wood scraps to our bagasse to make our plates and bowls incredibly durable and help them hold up to hot and cold foods without losing any of their strength. You can even toss them in the microwave and freezer!

Now all you need is some food to put on them. Here are five tasty upcycled eats you can make from your own food scraps:

1.     Carrot soup with carrot top pesto (courtesy of cravingsinamsterdam.com)

2.     Crispy potato peels (via theKitchn.com)

3.     Baked broccoli stem chips (thanks to keepitsimplefoods.com)

4.     Fennel-frond roasted fish (from eatwell.com)

5.     Apple peel (and core) jelly (via howtohaveitall.net)

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Repurpose at Wegmans

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Repurpose at Wegmans

For us, supermarkets hold the promise of future meals with family and friends, and we are always honored when Repurpose compostable tableware is part of those feasts. That’s just one reason we were delighted last November to have our full line of products on the shelves at all 92 Wegmans markets throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Wegmans is legendary. So legendary, in fact, that Buzzfeed detailed 25 reasons it’s the best grocery chain in the world (mini-spoiler: local produce, their own organic farm and pop-culture cupcakes). Click here to find a store carrying Repurpose near you.

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Good news for the planet

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Good news for the planet

India has banned all disposable plastic from the capital city Delhi! That’s especially good news, as the country is responsible for 60 percent of the plastic dumped into the ocean every year.

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Renowned Artist Andy Byers Collaborates With Repurpose

Isabellla Rossellini in Green Porno designed by Byers

Isabellla Rossellini in Green Porno designed by Byers

Repurpose is so excited to announce that renowned artist Andy Byers will be designing and unveiling a sculptural art piece made from materials including Repurpose plant-based products at the 2017 Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, March 9-11.

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, Ann Taylor, Target, and Gap as well as artists Sean Lennon and Aimee Mann.

“Paper has always been an important material to work with because of its temporary nature,” said Byers. “I use paper by creating form and space with it. Once the art is completed and installation has served it purpose, the moment passes, never to be experienced again. Repurpose products tap into that intention of creation and use of what the earth provides us. I am proud to be creating something for people who carry such a passionate mission behind their brand.”

Byers will be creating an original piece inspired by the Repurpose mission to make products from plants. Featuring materials that make up Repurpose products and packaging, Byers will repurpose paper into a visual display of the products growing from his interpretation of larger than life plants. The display will be available for viewing at Repurpose’s Booth 5155 only during the run of the Expo West Convention.

Entertainment Weekly: Sandrah Oh - Oprah's book club.

Entertainment Weekly: Sandrah Oh - Oprah's book club.

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7 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holiday

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7 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holiday

In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (Source: EPA). Reduce your waste this year with our 7 eco-friendly tips for the holidays.

1. Send Electronic Greeting Cards

An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. Electronic holiday greeting cards, offered through a variety of websites, are a convenient, no-cost, waste-free alternative.

2. Use Energy-Saving Lights

Decorate your house with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights, and can save your family up to $50 on your energy bills during the holiday season. 

3. Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill. While your tree won’t fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can recycle your tree: many cities offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips. Visit the National Christmas Tree Association to find the tree-recycling program near you.

4. Stuff Your Stockings With Yummy, Natural Treats

Stocking stuffers tend to be small, plastic trinkets that end up broken, lost or in the garbage by the end of January. Instead, fill your stockings with yummy, healthy treats like dried fruit, nuts, clementines and homemade holiday cookies.

5. Reduce Your Food Waste

At least 28 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year - equating to over 100 pounds per person. Think about how many people you’re feeding and how much they’ll actually eat. If you plan on having leftovers, consider what you make with the left overs. Don’t fall for those “buy three get one free” traps, be realistic about how much you’ll need of something and compost food scraps.

6. Use Repurpose® 100% Plant-Based, Compostable Picnicware

Fossil-based plastics will not biodegrade. They are, however, photodegradable, which means that if they’re exposed to light, they will degrade into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic that are not only swallowed by marine creatures, but become embedded in the zooplankton, the very bottom of the food chain, and thereby poison our food with toxins. Repurpose® products are made from 100% plant-based resins, are toxin free and will break down in 90 days in a commercial composter. Best of all they have the same look and feel as the plates, cups, utensils and bowls you're used to - while still being eco-friendly.

7. Repurpose Repurpose!

If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet (Source: CalRecycle). Use old newspapers and magazines as gift wrap. Snazz it up by making your own bows and ribbons. Try this simple bow tutorial with a Repurpose Hot Cup and Lid box.

 

 

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Amazon Dash Button for Repurpose

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Amazon Dash Button for Repurpose

Repurpose is excited to introduce the Amazon Dash Button for Repurpose.  Dash Button is available to Amazon Prime members and allows easy reordering of Repurpose products with just the press of a button. Dash Button is simple to set up. Use the Amazon shopping app on your smartphone to easily connect the Dash Button to your home Wi-Fi network and then select the Repurpose product you want to reorder. Once connected, a single press of Dash Button automatically places your order with Prime free shipping. Now you can go green every day with our non-toxic, compostable, plant-based picnicware in your cupboards or office.  Grab yours today!  Welcome to a Cleaner World. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LBOMBO6

 

 

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Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

Directions

1. In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar. Cook the mixture on medium heat and stir until steaming.

2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, and then transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until the mixture is foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it—just use those muscles and whisk the mixture with a wire whisk until it froths.

3. Pour your tasty brew into a large mug or two mugs (if you feel like sharing). Then add the espresso or coffee.

Optional: Top your coffee with homemade whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg or cinnamon on top.

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Repurpose at Target Los Angeles

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Repurpose at Target Los Angeles

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Repurpose is proud to be a part of the Target LA 25 initiative. As part of Target's revamp of 25 Los Angeles stores they are showcasing a few, selected local brands like us. Repurpose is happy to be bringing our line of sustainable, compostable plates, cups, bowls, and cutlery-made entirely from plants-to even more people in the Los Angeles area. Thanks Target for helping us with our mission of Plants Not Oil! 

In Los Angeles? Find a store near you:

Aliso Viejo: 26932 La Paz Rd.

Anaheim Hills: 8148 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd.

Brea: 855 E Birch St.

Carson: 651 W. Sepulveda Blvd.

Culver City: 10820 Jefferson Blvd.

Culver City South (Westfield Culver City): 6000 Sepulveda Blvd.

Long Beach Bellflower: 2270 N Bellflower Rd.

Irvine: 3750 Barrana Pkwy.

Manhattan Beach: 1200 N Sepulveda Blvd.

North Hollywood: 11051 Victory Blvd.

Norwalk: 10600 Firestone Blvd.

Pasadena: 777 E Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena East: 3121 E Colorado Blvd.

Rancho Santa Margarita: 30602 Santa Margarita Pkwy.

Redondo Beach: 1601 Kingsdale Ave.

San Pedro: 1701 N Gaffey St.

Seal Beach: 12300 Seal Beach Blvd.

Torrance: 3433 Sepulveda Blvd.

Tustin: 2300 Park Ave.

Valencia: 24425 Magic Mountain Pkwy.

West Covina: 2831 E. Eastland Center Dr.

West Hollywood: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd.

Westminster: 16400 Beach Blvd.

Whittier: 15614 Whittwood Ln.

Woodland Hills: 20801 Ventura Blvd.

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Organic Margarita Recipe

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Organic Margarita Recipe

Nature’s Agave Organic Margarita

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. Casa Noble 100% Organic Tequila - (Blanco or Reposado)
1 oz Nature’s Agave Premium Clear agave nectar
1 oz fresh cold water
Repurpose Cold Cup

Method:

Pour the tequila, agave nectar, water and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake shake shake. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime or orange. No salt needed on the rim. Double the recipe for two!

 

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Repurpose on Billions

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Repurpose on Billions

Repurpose was feat on Season 1 episode 4 of the hit Showtime show Billions starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). The award winning Repurpose insulated hot cup is being enjoyed by the US Attorney (Giamatti) and his co-workers while they plot to take down the criminal hedge fund manager (Lewis). The product placement was achieved in partnership with Green Product Placement, a first of its kind a agency helping environmentally friendly products find their way into film and television. This is not the first major placement for Repurpose and GPP. The cup was featured prominently on Season 1 of House of Cards. In addition Repurpose products have been scene in shows like VEEP and The Good Wife. 

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Repurpose at Expo West

Repurpose will be exhibiting at this year's Natural Products Expo West, March 11-13th in Anaheim. If you are in town we would love for you to stop by and say hello. We will be showing off our full line and even some amazing new products. We hope to see you there. 

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5 FOOLPROOF TRICKS TO DITCHING PLASTIC FROM YOUR LIFE

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5 FOOLPROOF TRICKS TO DITCHING PLASTIC FROM YOUR LIFE

If cutting back on the plastic wasn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to add it to the list now. Here’s why it’s important—and how to do it in five easy ways.  Many disposable plastic containers—from water bottles to baby bottles—contain synthetic chemicals like styrene and BPA. Research has shown that these potentially harmful chemicals are leached from plastics into food and water, and upon consumption, can enter the bloodstream. When ingested in extremely high doses (just how much is still in debate), according to some scientists, this could lead to a slew of health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, problems with fertility and reproductive organs, susceptibility to various cancers, and cognitive deficits like ADHD.

In addition to harming your health, plastic can also hurt the environment. After you drink and toss that empty water bottle, it ends up in a landfill, along with an estimated eight million tons of other plastic.Different types degrade at different rates, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely break down is at least 450 years. That’s a whole lot of time to be sitting on the ocean floor.

However, as important as it is to avoid plastic, sometimes there just isn’t a more sustainable alternative available. “And that’s OK,” says Corey Scholibo, co-founder of Repurpose Compostables, a popular line of sturdy, plant-based, BPA-free tableware. Scholibo admits that just the other day even he had to cave and use a plastic baggie to carry his store-bought barley. “I had no other option; I’m trying not to beat myself up about it,” he says, laughing.  

What matters, says Scholibo, is making little tweaks to your daily routine. These small changes add up and will have an enormous effect on your long-term health and carbon footprint. Here are Scholibo’s five foolproof tricks to jumpstart a plastic-free life.

Keep reusable shopping totes on you

Stash a few extra recycled totes in your car for impromptu trips to the grocery store. If you find yourself on a spur-of-the-moment market run without a bag on hand, carry it out to the car in the cart or in your hands, especially if it’s just a few items.

Ditch the plastic produce bags

Not every piece of produce needs its own plastic baggie. “Just throw that bell pepper straight into the shopping cart,” says Scholibo. “You’re going to wash it when you get home anyway.” And foods with outer peels (like avocados, lemons, bananas, and oranges) certainly don’t need them, he says.

Buy products in glass bottles

If you start paying attention to all the plastic products in your refrigerator, you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to replace them all. Scholibo suggests starting small: “First switch to buying recycled glass bottles or cartons of milk; do it for a few days, then switch out another item, like ketchup.” And so on—you can find everything from mayo to pickles to hot sauce in glass—so just keep that in mind as you restock items over time.

Look for “compostable” on the package

“‘Biodegradable’ doesn’t mean anything,” says Scholibo. Technically, everything is eventuallybiodegradable (including humans!), so it’s a misleading term. If you want to be sure you’re using items that will degrade in a safe, timely manner, look for ‘compostable’ on the package. According to ASTM guidelines, to be truly compostable, an item must completely break down—within 180 days or less—into organic ingredients that nourish the soil and plants around it. Biodegradable items do not have such regulations. “Repurposes’ items are 100 percent compostable within 90 days,” says Scholibo.

… And don’t stress about the actual compositing

There may not be an industrial compost facility available where you live. If you’re interested in composting at home, check out our guide here! But if composting isn’t a realistic option for you, Scholibo says you can rest assured you’re still reducing your carbon footprint by as much as 60 percent by choosing plant-based tableware like Repurpose Compostables over plastic (when you can’t use ceramic, that is).

For one-use plastic alternatives, head over to Thrive Market to shop Repurpose Compostables’ line of heavy-duty, plant-based, 100 percent compostable cupsutensilsbowls, and plates at over 30 percent off! It’s just another easy way to start living plastic-free. 

by Courtney Wissot for Thrive Market

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