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How Corporate America is Leading a Green Packaging Revolution

Whether felt in their hearts, green washing or some combination, large American companies are forcing change on packaging in order to reduce waste. For companies that are fortunate to sell products to Wal-Mart, McDonald’s or Starbucks, they will do just about anything to maintain the relationship. These corporate giants have leverage over their vendors, and 



Food Waste Impacts Environment in Multiple Ways

We all have friends who disdain leftovers. They just throw out unfinished meals at home and send back their uneaten food at restaurants. It makes me wonder why they have a microwave or the cabinet of Tupperware in their homes? According to a 2005 study at the University of Arizona, it’s the leftover food in 



Top 10 Reasons to Compost – Part 2

In the second part of the benefits of composting, we cite five more reasons to collect leftover food and containers and divert them from the waste stream to a certified composting facility. 6. COMPOST REDUCES POLLUTION The Environmental Protection Agency credits compost with helping to degrade polluted soils. Its research has found that compost has 



Top 10 reasons to Compost – Part 1

It has become common wisdom to compost. People talk about it, municipalities tout it and garden shops push it, especially in the spring when consumers plant flowers and vegetables; but WHY should people compost? There are many reasons and the Bridge-Gate marketing team assembled Top 10 Reasons to Compost. Below are five great motivations, next 



The Rise of Organics: Time to Jump on the Speeding Bandwagon

Here’s a number you probably thought you’d never see: The global organic food and beverage industry grew to more than $100 billion last year. Forecasts call for the industry to grow at a 12.8 percent annual rate.  The U.S. accounts for almost half of those sales. This is a bandwagon that has some real speed 



Where the elite meet to eat whole wheat

A hundred years ago, I sat in the sublime outdoor patio of my favorite college coffee shop watching as people entered a new wholesome cafe. Okay, it wasn’t a hundred years ago, but there were a lot of people going into this new kind of eatery where the wheat was whole, the beans were soy, 



Cedar Grove Sets the Standard in Compostable

Truth in Packaging The year 2015 has begun inauspiciously, as the common theme seems to center on lying and cheating:  The Super Bowl champion Patriots won their divisional championship with under-inflated, easier-to-catch footballs; last year’s Little League champions borrowed players from neighboring districts to beef up the team; and NBC News Anchor Brian Williams made 



Polystyrene Foam: R.I.P. 2015

The end is near for polystyrene foam food packaging. Cities and counties across the country have implemented unilateral bans, but the game changed last week: New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio, announced that Styrofoam packaging and drink containers will be banned starting July 1.  Other cities – including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C., 



Is Your Restaurant Green?

It probably will not surprise you that in a recent survey among consumers regarding food trends environmental sustainability ranked first. The words fresh, organic and local led a list that also included children’s nutrition, gluten-free and artisan as descriptions related to the food people want when they go out to eat. Going green with your 



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