Apps to Help You Go Green

RECYCLING PLASTICS IS AS EASY AS...1, 2, 3, (4, 5, 6, 7)

BLUE 2014 International Film Competition
Finalists Announced

Gourmet Organic Popped Corn from G.H. Cretors

Greening Your Back to School with Green ABCs™

Toss the Tube for Good

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Apps to Help You Go Green

Becoming ecologically friendly is not as complicated as one may think. One easy way to go green is with the help of some great apps to educate you in becoming more environmentally aware. Learn what it means to live a greener lifestyle with these FREE and USEFUL apps.

by GoodGuide, Inc.

Help the Earth further by changing how you shop and what you buy. GoodGuide is an excellent iPhone app that has ratings and information for over 175,000 personal care items, food (including pet food), household cleaners, toys, paper products, and more. You will learn which products are less toxic than others and what companies have the most environmentally friendly track records. Simply use your iPhone's camera to scan bar codes and find out if the items rate high or low based on health, environmental, and social impact. If you have chosen an item that rates low, GoodGuide now provides alternative options by the same brands.  FREE.


by Earth911, Inc.

Recycling is one of the best and easiest ways to be "green." Many do not recycle because they are too busy, live in a strict recycling state, or simply do not know what can or cannot be recycled. Instead of becoming frustrated and putting everything in your trash can, take advantage of iRecycle. This universal app lists over 350 materials which can be recycled in over 1,600,000 different ways. The app will even tell you where you can recycle your items by inputting your current location via zip code, city or address.  FREE.


by Readabl, Inc.

Even those who do not mind what they are doing to the environment cannot stand junk mail. Wouldn't it be nice to never have a huge pile of mail to sift through in order to find that one special piece of mail you have been waiting for? PaperKarma is here to save the day. The app was developed to give smartphone users a simple way to solve their junk mail problems. When you receive a piece of mail that you do not want, just take a picture of it. The app will then contact the sender and have your name removed from their mailing list. While this method is not completely foolproof, it will most definitely cut down on a ton of unwanted junk mail and wasted paper.  FREE.


by Zipcar

Zipcar is a car-sharing service that is a wonderful option for those living in big cities, encouraging a car-optional lifestyle. If you do not absolutely need to drive a car every day, why do it? Not only will you be living greener, you will save money on gas, plus car payments and maintenance. The Zipcar app for iPhone will show you what cars are available and any upcoming reservations when you are on the go.  FREE.



RECYCLING PLASTICS IS AS EASY AS...1, 2, 3, (4, 5, 6, 7)

If you recycle you’ve probably turned over a plastic container to read the number on the bottom, the one surrounded by the little recycling symbol  known to many as the “chasing arrow”.  Many recycling programs depend on these numbers to tell you which plastics you can and can’t recycle.  The symbol codes we are all familiar with were designed by The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) in 1988 to allow recyclers to differentiate different types of plastics and to provide a uniform convention that manufacturers could implement nationwide.  Since recyclers target post-consumer plastics, the SPI code is most commonly found on household packaging materials. The numbers shown inside the chasing arrows refer to different types of plastics used in making plastic products and containers.

Presently, SPI is working to improve the numbering system to make it easier for you to know what to recycle.  But what do all these numbers mean???

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate)
PET is used in the production of soft drink bottles, peanut butter jars...
PET can be recycled into fiberfill for sleeping bags, carpet fibers, rope, pillows...

HDPE (High density polyethylene)
HDPE is found in milk jugs, butter tubs, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles...
HDPE can be recycled into flower pots, trash cans, traffic barrier cones, detergent bottles...

V (Polyvinyl chloride)
PVC is used in shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, fast food service items...
PVC can be recycled into drainage and irrigation pipes...

LDPE (Low density polyethylene)
LDPE is found in grocery bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, margarine tub tops...
LDPE can be recycled into new grocery bags…

PP (Polypropylene)
PP is used in most yogurt containers, straws, pancake syrup bottles, bottle caps....
PP can be recycled into plastic lumber, car battery cases, manhole steps...

PS (Polystyrene)
PS is found in disposable hot cups, packaging materials (peanuts), and meat trays...
PS can be recycled into plastic lumber, cassette tape boxes, flower pots...

This is usually a mixture of various plastics, like squeeze ketchup bottles, "microwaveable" dishes...
Other (number 7) is usually not recycled because it is a mixture of different types of plastics

Please be sure to recycle only those plastics collected in your recycling program!
Source:  NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


BLUE 2014 International Film Competition
Finalists Announced

After the largest and most challenging film competitions to date, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit (BLUE) jury members have edited their lists and unveiled the world’s top oceanic films for 2014. All 160 finalists feature stunning imagery, amazing explorations, scientific discoveries or fun in the sea and will be showcased at the festival from November 3-9, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The winners in each category will be announced at the centerpiece event, the BLUE Carpet Awards at The Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg on November 7. Four of this year’s most anticipated films include a special screening from Academy Award winner James Cameron of “James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge 3D”, and three of this year’s finalists: Gisela Kaufman’s “Shark Girl” (Kaufman Productions), Angela Sun’s “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (Sunshine Productions) and John Bowermaster’s “Wild Antarctica 3D” (Giant Screen Films/D3D Cinema, DQBD Films and OCEANS 8 Films).

 “This year’s submissions were the highest standard to date and underline how far BLUE has progressed as an international film and conservation summit. Some of these finalists feature the most stunning cinematography from renowned and new filmmakers, and we are proud to have the opportunity to showcase them to the world. Prepare to be inspired,” stated Debbie Kinder, BLUE CEO and Co-founder.

 Previous years have featured award-winning films from Louie Psihoyos, Disney Studios, Yann Arthus Bertrand, BBC, National Geographic and others. A fan favorite, the film screenings are one of many highlights attached to BLUE, and the 2014 finalists will entertain the local audience as well as expected stars from Hollywood, Monaco and Ocean Conservationists.

During the festival, selected films will be followed immediately with panel discussions and Q&A with attendees. A detailed screening list will be available in late September. Although there are multiple categories for entries, the theme for all the films remains constant: OCEANS. Entries explore ocean conservation, marine life, ocean issues, cultural connections, adventure and sport, and more.

This year, BLUE revamped the judging process due to the large number of entries received, including more international entries from 45 different countries. 65 internationally acclaimed judges spent hundreds of hours screening all of the films in their entirety. BLUE’s judges came from multiple backgrounds and disciplines including communication, education, visual arts and sciences.

Held in St. Petersburg for the first time, BLUE is recognized as one of the premiere events bringing together ocean all-stars from around the globe. Highlighting the biggest names in ocean exploration, filmmaking, photography and conservation, the week-long event features award-winning films, panel discussions, educational forums, and more in one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse cities in the world.

For the full list of finalists, tickets and sales information, please visit


Gourmet Organic Popped Corn from G.H. Cretors

G.H. Cretors, best known for their Chicago Mix, the diabolically addicting combination of caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag—recently introduced a new certified organic line of popcorn, which includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Simply Salted varieties. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavor is the first ever popcorn to be wet-popped in EVOO, and the Simply Salted is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat.  

Every ingredient in each G.H. Cretors bag is carefully engineered for obsessive devotion by using simple, high-quality ingredients, completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. The new organic line uses only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt, which means with each kernel (or handful) you put in your mouth, you’ll only taste wholesome goodness!

Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Phyllis and Claire Cretors, G.H. Cretors is the first direct-to-consumer brand from Cornfields, Inc., a national private label manufacturer of better for you snacks and confections. Popping high-quality, great-tasting popcorn is five generations strong– Claire’s great-great grandfather invented the popcorn machine in 1885.

“We are thrilled to be introducing two items to our G.H. Cretors popped corn line,” says president Claire Cretors, who along with her mother Phyllis are taking bagged popcorn to new gourmet heights. "My Mom and I love using olive oil in just about everything, so clearly we had to use it in our popcorn. Turns out popping corn in olive oil isn’t easy, due to the oil’s sensitivity to temperature, but we’re very happy to say that we've perfected the process and are extremely pleased with the results! We’re sure they will live up to our G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix addicts’ expectations."

In addition to the new Simply Salted and Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavors, G.H. Cretors also carries its famous Chicago Mix, Just the Cheese Corn, and Just the Caramel Corn. All of their products use non-GMO or organic ingredients, are certified gluten free, certified Kosher and made with the best-quality popping corn. G.H. Cretors popped corn is available at select natural food and mainstream grocery stores across the country for an SRP of $3.99 per bag and for purchase online at and

 At G.H. Cretors, each batch of popped corn is made with care using only the finest non-GMO ingredients including caramel made from scratch in copper kettles with real butter for the cleanest, most naturally delicious expression of popcorn ever. For more information, please visit or find the brand on Facebook.

Greening Your Back to School with Green ABCs™

Green ABCs™ has launched an eco-friendly line of school supplies just in time for back-to-school. Green ABCs line includes trusted top brands and innovative new products to provide the highest quality green school supplies and stationary for everyone. All products found on are made from recycled resources, renewable materials or with innovations in biodegradability.

“A few years ago when buying back to school supplies for my son, I sought out green products and was surprised that I couldn’t find them,” said Beth Davies, co-Founder and CEO of Green ABCs™.  “We are excited to launch Green ABCs and our full range of affordable eco-friendly school supplies that offer consumers green choices and our Green ABCs™ kits for a convenient one-stop-shop ordering and delivery experience.”

Increasingly, a gap is widening between classroom supply needs and the lack of funding provided from school budgets. Parents, teachers and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) are making up this difference in school supplies, which is estimated to be more than $5.6 Billion this fall.   Parents are spending almost $4 Billion(1) or an average of $100 a student with teachers adding another $1.6 Billion(2) of their own money for the school supplies necessary for classrooms across the US.

Sadly, a very low percentage of these school supplies are eco-friendly and a staggering amount of natural resources are used each year to make the non-green products, with trees taking the brunt of the adverse impact. It is estimated that schools spend almost $2 Billion annually across the US on paper alone with the average class using between 30,000 and 50,000 sheets each – or the equivalent of 5 trees per classroom a year(3).  As for pencils, the 53 Million school-aged children in the US use enough pencils to require the harvesting of 7,800 trees each year.(4)

“Our mission is to inspire a green revolution in our schools,” added Davies, CEO of Green ABCs. “Beyond the positive impacts of choosing green school supplies, we have an opportunity to teach children about sustainability in the products they use every day.”

Green ABCs kits were designed in collaboration with parents and teachers to provide a year’s worth of green school supplies in a convenient one-stop-shop process. Kits come in standard versions and are available in custom options for individual schools and classrooms. The kits range from $70-$85.  The High School Kit (6th Grade - 12th Grade) shown above includes:

Folders, 2-pockets, oxo-biodegradable plastic, (assorted: red, blue, green, yellow, black)
Spiral Notebooks, 70-ct, college-ruled, from recycled paper
3 Reams of Filler Paper, 150 sheets, college-ruled, recycled paper
3-ring Binders, oxo-biodegradable plastic
1 Box of Colored Pencils, 12 per box, from recycled material
Pencil Pouch, with zipper from 100% Jute
2 Boxes of #2 Pencils, 10 per box, from recycled material
24 Ballpoint Pens, Assorted Red, Blue, Black Ink, from recycled plastic
2 Black Permanent Markers, from recycled plastic, Non-Toxic Ink
1 Pair of Scissors, 5" round tip, corn plastic handles
Ruler, 12"/30cm, from corn plastic
Sharpener, 2-Hole, from Bamboo
Highlighters, fine-tip, from recycled plastic

Fundraising and donation opportunities are available and Green ABCs provides complimentary environmental education materials. For more info:

1 National Retail Federation - “Back-to-School Planned Spend by Item” 
2 National School Supply and Equipment Association - - “2013 NSSEA Retail Market Awareness Study”
3 The Reflective Educator - “Paper use in Schools”
4 Green Seal - “Choose Green - Office Supplies”

Toss the Tube for Good

In an effort to help consumers take small steps to make a big impact on the environment, Kimberly-Clark's SCOTT® Brand unveiled a replica of the Empire State Building last week in New York City's Flatiron Plaza. The 30 foot art structure celebrates the national release of Scott Naturals® Tube-Free bath tissue. This innovative product eliminates the cardboard tube that has been the central fixture of rolled toilet paper for more than 100 years. This simple step has major potential to eliminate a portion of the 17 billion toilet paper tubes thrown away each year, which is enough to fill the Empire State Building twice. While the product has been on shelves since 2010 in limited northeastern markets, the national release signifies Kimberly-Clark's continued commitment to sustainability initiatives.

"Kimberly-Clark is thrilled to be able to release Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue nationally, providing consumers across the country with a product that contributes to a better, cleaner world, without sacrificing quality," said Jared Mackrory, brand manager for Scott Brand. "Imagining the environmental impact of 17 billion tubes – enough to fill the Empire State Building twice – is hard to do. That's why we brought the concept to life by creating a 30 foot replica in the middle of Manhattan."

In partnership with home and design expert Carter Oosterhouse, host of the new show "Rowhouse Showdown," Scott Brand will help consumers identify the easy steps they can take each day to help make the world a little greener. "I was interested in green living from a young age and now when I'm building, I aim to do the most with the least environmental impact," said Oosterhouse. "I'm very passionate about the work the Scott Brand is doing and I look forward to sharing my tips and this product with the public."

To extend the lifespan of the structure, a downsized version of the tube Empire State Building will be donated to the Children's Museum of Manhattan.  Members of the museum's Junior Staff Internship program also participated in the creation of the structure by providing the exterior artwork at the base of the replica.  Any tubes not used in the museum structure will be recycled.

 "A main mission area of The Children's Museum of Manhattan is to provide leadership in the areas of healthy living and a healthy environment" said Director of Exhibitions and Museum Operations, Tom Quaranta. "In addition to conveying an important environmental message to families, this sculpture will add an authentic New York flavor to the Museum, truly representative of the distinctive spirit of NYC. We are excited to bring this iconic sculpture to CMOM which will help educate children and families about the small changes they can make in their lives to help eliminate waste."

The replica is just one component of the national launch which is supported by advertising and an online consumer pledge. The ad, released in mid-July, illustrates the impact of the 17 billion toilet paper tubes thrown away each year. The growing collection of tubes culminates into a replica of the Empire State Building, similar to the Flatiron Plaza structure.  Consumers are encouraged to take an online pledge to "toss the tube" at and share their commitment on social media using the hashtag #TosstheTube. In return, consumers will receive a progressive coupon that increases in value as the number of pledges increase.

Scott Naturals Tube-Free can be found at Walmart stores nationwide, as well as select retailers. The national launch builds on the successful 2009 introduction of the entire Scott Naturals family of bath tissue, towels, flushable cleansing cloths and napkins, as well as the 2010 test market release of Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue -helping consumers take a green step while delivering the performance, quality and value consumers demand. The packaging of all Scott Naturals products contains at least 20 percent recycled content.