SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

 

Pizza Hut Tests Two New Product Innovations

Since the beginning of time, pizza boxes were square and the round pies inside of them were topped with meat. Not anymore. Earlier this month, Pizza Hut introduced a limited-time test of a plant-based pizza topping served up in a game-changing ROUND pizza box. The test of both innovations will take place exclusively at one Pizza Hut location in Phoenix where America's Original Pizza Company will introduce the new Garden Specialty Pizza topped with Incogmeato™ by MorningStar Farms Italian sausage.  

“We innovate for human's sake and we'll win on taste—PERIOD. At Pizza Hut we don't do anything halfway and improving the customer experience and delivering a better tasting pizza is our core mission," said Marianne Radley, chief brand officer, Pizza Hut. "When we talk about feeding more possibilities, we mean it—and I can't wait to share these two new industry-changing innovations with our customers."  

Pizza Hut partnered with Zume, a company pioneering the shift to a more sustainable future of food, to design a way to put a round pizza in a round box. Not only does the round box contain less overall packaging compared to a typical square pizza box, it's also industrially compostable (where available) and interlocks easily to ensure a smoother delivery. In other words, no pizza insurance policy needed and freed up space in the fridge for leftovers. Following the event in Phoenix, Pizza Hut will look at ways to roll the box out more widely in the near future.

"This revolutionary round box—the result of a two-year journey—is the most innovative packaging we've rolled out to date," said Nicolas Burquier, chief customer & operations officer, Pizza Hut. "The round box was engineered to make our products taste even better—by delivering hotter, crispier pizzas. This box is a win, win—it will improve the pizza-eating experience for our customers and simplify the operating experience for our team members."  

"Pizza Hut is an undisputed leader in its use of technology to deliver on its promise of hot, fast and reliable food," said Alex Garden, Chairman and CEO of Zume, Inc. "We're thrilled to support Pizza Hut's packaging efforts to provide its fans with a great pizza-eating experience." 

Hot off the heels of last month's Stuffed Cheez-It™ Pizza launch, this limited-time test run of the plant-based Italian sausage topping marks the second venture for Pizza Hut and Kellogg. The new Garden Specialty Pizza will feature Incogmeato™ Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms and banana peppers and will be served exclusively on Pizza Hut's large, hand-tossed crust.

"Incogmeato™ is a new-to-the-world brand created to challenge convention on delicious plant-based food," says Wendy Davidson, Kellogg Away from Home President. "Pizza Hut is the innovation leader in its category and we are excited to partner with them to develop a tasty, first-ever plant-based pizza to satisfy what flexitarians are seeking today."

The limited-run Garden Specialty Pizza, served in the new round box featuring Pizza Hut's green roof logo, will be sold for $10 and be available in-store only.  www.pizzahut.com


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Winning Combo: Smells Like A Spa + Cleans Toxin Free

Let’s talk cleaning! We all want a household cleaner we can trust but too often our go-to cleaners are loaded with harsh chemicals that are not safe for us to be spraying in the air never mind breathing into our lungs!  Many traditional cleaners tend to be filled with synthetic fragrances, QUATS, dioxane other harsh additives you don’t even want to think about! Learn more about this here

In addition, our toxic emissions from consumer products are rising. Chemicals from adhesives, cleaning products, textiles, furniture and personal care products are now contributing one-half of emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) according to a recent study. If these statistics are giving you pause, then it's time to check out SQUEAK!

SQUEAK is a new line of parent-approved cleaning products that has ditched the toxins in favor of environmentally-conscious, safe and organic ingredients. And yes, they work! Tested and proven to out-clean some of the most popular brands in the natural space.

To purchase or to find out more:  www.getsqueakywithus.com

This mom-created brand uses hardworking ingredients like reverse osmosis water, natural and organic essential oils, organic vinegar, organic witch hazel that contribute antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties to SQUEAK’s delicious smelling formulas.

💖💖💖 WHY WE LOVE THESE:

  1. We gave a bunch of these products a test drive, putting them to the test in our office restrooms (now, that’s a test) as well as our homes.  Unanimously, these products received high praise for getting the job done and leaving a bright, spa-like scent behind. 
  2. The folks at SQUEAK are so proud of the ingredients they use they put them right on the front of the package for all to see. 

SQUEAK products can be purchased individually or in bundles for a whole house clean kit! You can also get ingenious little concentrated refills so you can continue to use the same bottle which saves you money and is kinder to the environment.

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Philadelphia & San Francisco Businesses Win the Final People & Planet Award

Small businesses in Philadelphia and the San Francisco area are being recognized by the national nonprofit Green America with $5000 awards for their exemplary commitment to a green economy. Green America’s People & Planet Award celebrates socially and environmentally responsible small businesses. The winners were Bennett Compost and Planted Table for the theme of “Best of the Green Economy.”

This was the final round of the award, which honored 62 small businesses over its eight-year run. The first round of the People & Planet Award was announced in the summer of 2012 with the theme of “Local Community Action.”

“For over a decade, the People & Planet Award has told the story of small green businesses in a powerful way – highlighting their innovation and deep commitment to people and the planet. Award winners have proven that business can be a force for social justice and environmental sustainability,” said Fran Teplitz, Green America’s executive co-director. “The award has also injected over $300,000 into the small, green business sector, helping local businesses take their next green steps.”

The winning companies:

Bennett Compost (Philadelphia, PA). Bennett Compost composts the food waste and organics for over 3000 households and businesses in the Philadelphia area. According to the UN, over 30 percent of the food we grow winds up in landfills, contributing to over 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Bennett Compost’s goal is to give Philadelphians the option to compost, even in the city! The average person throws out over 1600 pounds of "garbage" each year. Bennett Compost’s customers throw out half of that.

Planted Table (San Francisco Bay Area, CA). Planted Table was launched by two sisters who wanted to make a heart-healthy, organic plant-based diet more accessible to everyone. Planted Table is a vegan company that avoids wastefulness by using glass containers. By doing this, they have saved over 100,000 plastic containers from filling landfills and customers say Planted Table helps to greatly reduce their household waste. Planted Table also works with local farms for their organic produce.

“We are so grateful for this award and to everyone who voted for us. We will be using the $5,000 to expand our compost processing capacity so that we can continue to collect more organics from more Philadelphians. We not only want to keep this valuable material out of the waste stream but make sure its potential is fully utilized by turning it into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Feed the soil, not the landfill!” said Jennifer Mastalerz, co-owner of Bennett Compost.

“Winning this award is a game changer for our business. It gives us some much-needed funds to invest in upgrading our kitchen equipment and allows us to purchase new, reusable glass containers, which will allow us to take on more meal plan members. Being able to offer our plant-based, sustainable meal delivery service to more people is a win for everyone. Thank you so much!” said Executive Chef and Co-Founder Lauren Mahlke and Co-Founder Megan Scott of Planted Table.

The People & Planet Award recognizes innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The winners were selected by the public during a month-long online voting period. The award has been made possible through a generous supporter, and 2019 marks the planned conclusion of the program.

The businesses that the public vote on are determined by public nominations and an expert panel of judges:  Justin Conway, Calvert Impact Capital; Tess O’Brien, Clean Power Perks, Erlene Howard, Collective Resource, Inc., Dale Luckwitz, Happsy.com; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Beth Porter, Scott Kitson and Fran Teplitz of Green America.

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Non-Dairy Creamers Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Love

Whether you follow a vegan diet, have a lactose intolerance, or simply prefer to eat dairy-free, finding a non-dairy creamer for your coffee might seem like a bit of a challenge. Luckily, there are actually plenty of store-bought dairy-free creamer options out there that are totally delicious. Here are some top-rated non-dairy creamers to stock up on for your morning cup o' joe thanks to bestproducts.com.

 

Califia Farms Almondmilk Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer
Made with almond milk, coconut cream, and a touch of sea salt, this unsweetened non-dairy creamer from Califia Farms is only 10 calories per serving. Reviewers compare the thick and rich consistency of this creamer to their favorite traditional dairy creamers and love adding this to their lattes and cold-brew coffee.

Nutpods Unsweetened Dairy Free Coffee Creamer
Made from almonds and coconuts, these unsweetened non-dairy creamers from nutpods come in three tasty flavors: Original, Hazelnut, and French Vanilla. In addition to a smooth, rich creamer for your coffee or tea, nutpods is also a great dairy-free alternative for savory baked dishes like mac n' cheese or breakfast quiche or sweet desserts like chocolate lava cake.
Coconut Cloud Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Creamer
If you're looking for a non-dairy creamer to pop into your bag on the fly, it doesn't get more convenient than these dried coconut milk creamer sticks from Coconut Cloud. We love that these non-dairy creamers are also made with coconut-derived MCT oil, a superfood, plant-based fatty acid known to help support increased energy.
Good Karma Vanilla Flaxmilk Non-Dairy Creamer
Dairy-free, gluten-free, and packed with 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving (derived from flaxseed), this lightly sweetened vanilla flax milk from Good Karma makes a great creamer alternative. Whether you enjoy it over cereal, in a smoothie, or in your morning coffee, this flax milk is a solid dairy-free cream alternative.
Califia Farms Better Half Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer
If you're on the hunt for a satisfying vegan equivalent to a traditional dairy half-and-half, Califia Farms' Better Half is a perfect plant-based option. Made from coconut cream and almond milk, this unsweetened non-dairy creamer has a deliciously thick and silky texture and a naturally sweet, nutty taste. Add a few teaspoons to your morning latte for a plant-powered lift.
Laird Superfood Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer
This coconut-based superfood non-dairy creamer from Laird's is made with a blend of coconut milk powder, extra-virgin coconut oil, organic red palm oil, and a mineral-rich calcified sea algae called Aquamin. Founded by a big wave surfer and fitness guru, this non-dairy creamer is meant to provide a boost of sustained energy to your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Silk Vanilla Dairy-Free Soy Creamer
This non-dairy creamer from Silk is soy-based and flavored with natural vanilla for a creamy alternative to milk-based creamers. With only 3 grams of sugar per serving, this dairy-free creamer is sweet enough to act as both sweetener and creamer.  

 

You can find many of these at your local grocery store or you can place an order at amazon.com.


Earth911 Quiz: Do You Know the Paint Recycling Steps?

Paint is a common household and workplace material that can be recycled, donated, or disposed of responsibly. Oil- and water-based paints pose different challenges when recycling, and you can extend the use of paint by storing it safely and passing it along to someone who can use it. Find out…

    • How should paint be stored to prevent drying and extend its useful life?
    • When you have a half-empty can of paint, what's the best way to dispose of it?
    • Can aerosol paint cans be recycled?
    • How should oil-based paint be prepared for safe disposal?
    • How can latex paint be prepared for recycling?
    • How much energy is saved by recycling a can of paint?

In this Earth911 Quiz, test your paint recycling and disposal knowledge.  If this quiz raises questions or presents ideas you’d like to talk about, start a conversation with the community in the Earth911.com Forum.

Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.

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"Skip the Slip" Report Finds Most Retailers Get Low Score for Receipt Practices

 

Only three retailers – Best Buy, Apple and Ben & Jerry’s – get top marks in how they deal with electronic and paper receipts, according to a Green America report providing an overview of the practices of 36 top US companies. On the other end of the spectrum, 17 companies earned a “D” rating, including Walgreens and Chipotle, for only offering paper receipts coated with bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS).

The new edition of the Green America “Skip the Slip” report also shows that thermal paper usage and costs are increasing every year, and it discusses policy actions aimed to address unnecessary receipt waste.

The new “Skip the Slip” findings include:

The majority of businesses (28) earned a “C” or “D” rating. A “C” grade designates that they offer an “opt-in” digital receipt program and use BPA or BPS thermal paper.  This less-than-ideal approach is used by CVS, Target and Lowe’s. A “D” grade designates that they fail to offer a digital only option and use BPS or BPS digital paper. Companies exploring alternatives are noted in the report, but the grading reflects current in-store practices.

Consumption of thermal paper for receipts is increasing worldwide, including in the US, according to recent market analysis conducted by Grand View Research. In 2018, US consumption was 256,300 metric tons of paper and this is projected to increase at least through 2025.

There are escalating costs for businesses automatically printing receipts that often are tossed in the trash. In 2018, market revenue for paper receipts in the US was over $386 million. Due to a severe shortage of leuco dye needed for thermal paper, costs will steadily increase each year. It’s projected that market revenue for paper receipts will surpass $566 million by 2025.

US receipt use consumes over three million trees and nine billion gallons of water each year, according to Green America estimates using Grand View Research’s analysis and the Environmental Paper Network’s Paper Calculator. Receipt production generates over four billion pounds of greenhouse gases (the equivalent of 450,000 cars on the road) and 302 million pounds of solid waste.

The new report includes an update on legislation addressing receipts. This includes the status of recent efforts in California to reduce unwanted paper receipts and ensure customers have a choice for the receipt mode they prefer. Named after Green America’s campaign, the “Skip the Slip” bill, or AB 161, was introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting and was approved by the California Assembly.

“Customers should have a choice when it comes to receipts,” said Beth Porter, Green America’s Climate Campaigns director. “More and more people want no receipt or an electronic receipt, and when companies make these options available to customers it’s good for the environment, human health, and a business’ bottom line.”

Since 2017, Green America has campaigned to raise awareness on the unnecessary environmental impacts of paper receipts and the toxins coating paper receipts, most commonly BPA and BPS.

“Given the increasing cost of receipt paper and the shift of customer preferences, it makes environmental and economic sense for businesses to offer a digital option while providing phenol-free paper on request,” said Todd Larsen, Green America’s executive co-director. “There are digital alternatives that are being used by businesses from independent cafes and food trucks to nationwide retailers.”

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