Archive for May, 2011

Be Green Packaging Launches Nation’s First Sustainable Plant-Fiber Manufacturing Facility Based on Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Standards

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – May 26, 2011 – Be Green Packaging, LLC. announced today that it has finalized the purchase of the manufacturing plant where it will house the nations first compostable packaging facility based on the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s standards. The rapidly growing company, which is located in Santa Barbara, CA, designs and manufactures Cradle to Cradle certified packaging from plant-based fibers and is currently supplying notable companies such as Whole Foods Market7-Eleven and P&G’s Gillette Razor Company, among others. Be Green’s present domestic operations are limited to warehouses in Boston and Los Angeles, however, the company is seeking to augment its China manufacturing base with the new facility in Ridgeland, SC.

In order to accommodate its growing list of clients and expand the company’s operations globally, Be Green will be opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Jasper county South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley recently lauded the company’s decision to locate the facility in Ridgeland stating “What makes this great is that we [the state of South Carolina] said we weren’t going to just focus our economic development and job creation efforts on the cities but also the rural areas that need it the most. Be Green Packaging’s decision to invest more than $7.3 million and create 175 new jobs in our state is exciting news.

The company is currently the only manufacturer of sustainable food packaging to have achieved a Cradle to Cradle certification according to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) protocols. Founded in 2010, the C2CPII is a non-profit organization whose aim is to transform our perception of what makes a product truly sustainable. The C2CPII Cradle to Cradle standard was developed to provide an objective level of certification for products that “…[mirror] the healthy, regenerative productivity of nature, and thereby [create] industry that is continuously improving and sustaining life and growth.” (c2ccertified.org) According to the design firm MBDC (C2CPII’s predecessor), “…unlike single-attribute eco-labels, [the Cradle to Cradle] certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the design of a product and the practices employed in manufacturing the product.” Factors such as material health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social responsibility are considered when determining whether or not a product meets the organizations standards.

The new plant will combine a sophisticated water reclamation system with extensive composting and recycling operations to achieve its goal of becoming a 100% waste-free facility. CEO Ron Blitzer plans to extend the company’s triple bottom line philosophy to the new plant. “Our commitment to sustainability doesn’t end with our products– in addition to reducing our environmental footprint, we will be creating long-term jobs and growth in the area.  We are committed to safety and quality in our plant and adding value to the communities in which we operate. With radical changes happening daily in our industry, now is the time to bring our manufacturing operations to the US.” commented Blitzer.

Since opening its doors in 2007, Be Green has accumulated a long list of 3rd party environmental certifications by maintaining a strong commitment to its triple bottom line philosophy, which puts social and environmental stewardship on par with generating profit as a core policy of the enterprise. The company’s packaging, which is manufactured from renewable, wild-harvested plants such as bulrush, bagasse, and bamboo, is certified compostable, recyclable, and tree-free. A non-GMO certification is pending although the company maintains that it does not use GM fibers in any of its products.

“Innovation is at the core of our enterprise” stated Robert Richman, Chairman and President of Manufacturing. “Because our packaging is manufactured from renewable, plant-based fibers, we are able to eschew petroleum and the significant problems associated with it, including rapidly increasing costs. We are excited to be at the forefront of the green revolution and are working around the clock to get things up and running at the Ridgeland facility.”

Be Green Staff Volunteers in Tijuana, Mexico

Be Green Staff

Once a year, a group of Be Green Packaging’s staff goes above and beyond the call of duty to donate their time, hands, and hearts to help build a house for  a deserving family in Tijuana, Mexico.  Tijuana is a large border city at the Northern  end of the Baja Peninsula, that, like much of Mexico, has struggled for decades with large swaths of the city’s population living in poverty.

This year, Shala Kiewert, Senior Administrative Vice President, and Eva Van Wingerden, Director of Eco-Social Initiatives, spent the last weekend in April helping a team of like-minded volunteers as part of a larger effort by the non-profit organization, Corazon.  The “Comunidad Corazon” project was founded by the organization as a way to help families who help themselves.  Families that are eligible to receive a “free” house must meet certain requirements such as having their children enrolled in school and donating their time towards various community service programs.  The program aims to not just provide housing for needy families but to establish a functioning, integrated community in the areas in which it operates. Continue reading ‘Be Green Staff Volunteers in Tijuana, Mexico’

DuPont Global Survey: Packaging Industry Strives to ‘Go Green’

The results are in on DuPont‘s latest survey of packaging industry professionals in March of 2011.  Of the nearly 500 professionals from around the world who responded to the survey, creating sustainable packaging is the number one priority, with 65% of respondents citing the goal as their biggest and most pressing challenge.  As the green wave crests, companies who may have once been reluctant to embrace the green movement are now scrambling to catch up with the early adopters of sustainable principles. Continue reading ‘DuPont Global Survey: Packaging Industry Strives to ‘Go Green’’

Inhabitat and Philips: Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition

Inhabitat Philips Bright IdeasInhabitat.com and Philips have teamed up to present the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition.  The competition is a chance for budding eco-designers to showcase their skills by designing LED table lamps,
floor lamps, and/or ceiling/pendant lights that are simultaneously sustainable and chic.  In addition to the attention your design will receive from some of the design and ‘eco’ worlds biggest names, Inhabitat.com will be featuring the winning design on their homepage and awarding the winner $1000. Continue reading ‘Inhabitat and Philips: Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition’

Be Green Donates Packaging to Jasper County Event

Bluffton Today recently ran an article covering Jasper county’s efforts to remain atop the state’s business agenda by hosting the Jasper County State House Day in Columbia, SC.  The luncheon, which was organized by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce (of which Be Green is a proud member), brought nearly 400 legislators, staffers, lobbyists and other Capitol regulars together to discuss future projects for the county.  Be Green donated packaging for the event and was acknowledged by business leaders and politicians alike for its plans to open a $7.3 million dollar manufacturing facility in Ridgeland.  Be Green hopes to bring at least 175 new jobs to the area in the coming months.

South Carolina Job Information Coming Soon

More information regarding our upcoming facility in Ridgeland, SC will be available soon. If you are seeking information regarding employment, please email all inquiries to info@begreenpackaging.com until further notice. Please also continue to check back here for further updates.

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Be Green Packaging


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