The Time Has Come For Retail Packaging Standards

The Time Has Come For Retail Packaging Standards

Several environmental standards such as ENERGY STAR© and LEED© emerged in the early 1990's in an effort to encourage less wasteful design practices in the consumer electronics/appliance and building industries, respectively. Fortunately, the ENERGY STAR and LEED standards were broadly adopted, which has led to significant savings in energy and materials used to source, manufacture, transport, use, and recycle these products and reductions in pollution and toxic byproducts. For example, according to the EPA, ENERGY STAR prevented more than 277 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 alone. The time has come for a similar standard to be developed and adopted to promote sustainable retail packaging.

Why Dunkin' Donuts Should Switch From Styrofoam Cups

Why Dunkin' Donuts Should Switch From Styrofoam Cups

Dunkin’ Donuts sells more than 1.8 billion cups of coffee around the world each year. Unfortunately, most of those are still served in polystyrene (aka “styrofoam”) cups - a practice which Starbucks and McDonald's abandoned in favor of using paper cups. The company claims to be actively searching for a replacement, but it has been slow to do so. While the company searches for the perfect solution, it continues to wreak havoc on the environment. The time has come for Dunkin Donuts to make the switch. Here's why...

Green Retail Alliance Featured In Daily Record

Green Retail Alliance Featured In Daily Record

Green Retail Alliance's efforts to encourage retailers and consumers to work together to reduce retail waste were highlighted in an article published today by Susan Bloom in the Daily Record newspaper.  We are really happy with this coverage as it will help build awareness for our efforts to find common sense solutions that benefit retailers, consumers, and the planet.

PaperKarma App Saves Trees (And Your Sanity) By Eliminating Junk Mail...

PaperKarma App Saves Trees (And Your Sanity) By Eliminating Junk Mail...

It used to be that a trip to the mailbox was exciting. You never knew when you might receive a postcard or letter from a friend. Unfortunately, with the invention of email, nearly all of the good things that used to arrive in the mailbox have moved online. As a result, all that one finds in the mailbox each afternoon are bills and junk mail...lots and lots of junk mail. 

California Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

California Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

This week Governor Jerry Brown signed signed bill SB270 making California the first state to ban grocery and convenience stores from packing purchased items in single-use plastic bags starting in mid-2015. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at retailers other than grocery and convenience stores. The law also permits retailers to charge a fee of 10 cents (or more) for paper bags.

Starbucks Makes It Easy to Bring Your Own Mug

Starbucks Makes It Easy to Bring Your Own Mug

Starbucks sells reusable BPA-free plastic cups for only $1.00 as part of their Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) program. Starbucks recognizes that every time a customer re-uses their cup, it keeps one more cup from ending up in a landfill. To make this sustainable behavior even more enticing, Starbucks will even wash your cup and take 10 cents off your coffee purchase.

Receipts May Be Toxic

Receipts May Be Toxic

No...I am not making this up. Retail receipts could be toxic.

Surprisingly, the ink used to print paper receipts often contains Bisphenol-A (BPA) an endocrine-disrupting chemical used in plastics. The extent to which this chemical is toxic on receipts is undetermined at this time because most of the studies with BPA have been looking at exposure through ingestion of BPA.

Why are Retailers Still Printing Receipts?

Why are Retailers Still Printing Receipts?

Why are retailers still printing receipts and issuing so many cash register coupons in this high tech era? Receipts are printed on paper made from trees, and trees are so vital to our planet's ecosystem. Most people have an email address where they can easily receive and permanently store paperless receipts.