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Earth Day Eats: 12 Foods You Should Always Eat Organic


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


  • 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


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.



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.


7 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holiday


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.






Leave a comment on what you are #Thankful for on any  of our #ThankfulGivaway Facebook post from now until Nov. 23rd  for a chance to win a Repurpose filled picnic basket and $50 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day!


1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the [] and who are [13 years of age or older] as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of [United States], and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of [Repurpose, Inc.], its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of [Repurpose, Inc.] as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on [11/18/16, 11:42am PST] and ending [11/23/16, 12:00am PST]. All online entries must be received by [11/23/16, 12:00am PST].

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at []. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of [Repurpose, Inc.]. Optional verbiage to include: You may enter only once per post. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of [Repurpose, Inc.].

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive [$50 Amazon Gift Card, Repurpose 12oz 12 ct Hot Cups and Lids - $4.99, Repurpose 16 oz 20 ct bowls - $3.79, Repurpose 9" 20 ct plates - $3.79, Repurpose 6" 20 ct plaes - $1.99, Repurpose 12oz 20 ct Cold Cups - $3.99, Picnic Basket. Approximate retail value $98]. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by [Repurpose, Inc.]. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at [Repurpose, Inc.'s] discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for [Repurpose, Inc.] to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by [a random drawing or by community vote] under the supervision of [Repurpose, Inc.]. Winner will be notified by [email, telephone, Facebook message.)] within five (5) days following selection of Winner. [Repurpose, Inc.] shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within [50 days] from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT [Repurpose, Inc.]‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that [Repurpose, Inc.], anyone acting on behalf of [Repurpose, Inc.], and [Repurpose, Inc.]’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. Optional verbiage for Contests: By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of [Repurpose, Inc.]. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless [Repurpose, Inc.] from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which [Repurpose, Inc.] may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

9. Terms & Conditions: [Repurpose, Inc.] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond [Repurpose, Inc.]’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, [Repurpose, Inc.] may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by [Repurpose, Inc.]. [Repurpose, Inc.] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. [Repurpose, Inc.] has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, [your company name]reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless [Repurpose, Inc.] and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF [United States] AND [California], WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in [California] having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: [Repurpose, Inc.] [525 S Hewitt Street] [Los Angeles] [California] [90013] [US]. Requests must be received no later than [11/25/16 11:42am PST].

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Amazon Dash Button for Repurpose


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.




Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte


Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte



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.


Repurpose at Target Los Angeles


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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Repurpose on Billions


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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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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