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Be Green Packaging is a Proud Support of AHA Santa Barbara

AHA! serves teens and families year-round with after-school programs in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, a summer program in Santa Barbara, and in-school programs in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Goleta.

AHA! offers an outdoor program throughout the year, groups for parents, and donation only therapy for families in need.

AHA!’s aim is to create a community of socially and emotionally intelligent adolescents who are committed to compassion, character, positive creative expression, and the celebration of diversity.

AHA!’s innovative experiential curriculum guides teens to set goals and to stop bullying and hatred. It lends invaluable skills for understanding and managing emotions and relationships. From this place of security in themselves, teens are inspired to do good, achieve in school and serve their community.

They deliver this curriculum in a mentorship setting, with one or more facilitators always present for every six teens.

In 2012, AHA! is set to serve about 1500 teens and families. AHA! is growing because what we do works: Santa Barbara area high schools have reported decreases in truancy, disciplinary actions, and suspensions with the introduction of AHA!.

AHA!’s after-school programs offer important mentoring and learning for any teen who wants to be there. After-school programs are especially important for teens, who are most likely to get in trouble during the hours between school and dinner time. With AHA! they get structure, substance, and support to prepare them for a balanced, happy life – and healthy snacks to boot.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED BY DONATIONS. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Go to “Program Information” to find out more about what we offer. To contribute to AHA!, go to “Donations”.

Whole Planet Foundation Thailand Trip: Day Three

Day Three

The Whole Planet Foundation journey through Thailand continues into the third day, and although we have received a brief message from Be Green CEO Ron Blitzer that the group is en route on a 3 hour car ride to Alter Eco’s rice production paddies, we have no idea of their whereabouts or activities.

IMG_7497Since the group is off-grid for the time being, let’s get acquainted with the different members participating on this excursion. The experience has revealed that the different companies represented on the trip are also triple bottom line businesses that share a passion for environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and innovative products.  Accompanying the Whole Planet Foundation and Be Green on the trip to Thailand are members from Seventh Generation, Hint Water, Hain Celestial Group, and Izze Sparkling Juices, among others.   A common thread connecting these forward thinking companies with the WPF is that they all share its philanthropic ideals and strive towards producing natural, sustainable products that create a pollution-free environment and encourage a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Seventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment.  Their products offer a healthy solution for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pet, and people within the home and for the community.

Hint Water, started in Northern California by Kara Golden, uses pure spring water and adds a splash of natural flavor to create a healthy alternative to sodas, juices, and other sweetened drinks. Hint focuses on great tasting food and healthy living.

Genji Sushi is dedicated to the finest quality all-natural sushi and Japanese-inspired cuisine in a grab‐and‐go style. Its sushi bars are located within 138 Whole Foods Market locations in 18 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.K. At each location, skilled chefs prepare a variety of fresh items on‐site, including raw, cooked, vegetarian and vegan-friendly sushi and sides. The company mission is to contribute towards healthier food consumption habits on a global level.

Hain Celestial Group produces natural food and personal care products in both America and Europe and is committed to helping consumers lead a healthy lifestyle. Hain continues to implement environmentally sound business practices through quality, innovation, and value.

Izze Beverage Company based in Boulder, Colorado uses natural fruit juice and sparkling water with no refined sugars, preservatives, or artificial flavors.  In addition to supporting the Whole Planet Foundation, Izze also focuses it social efforts on the Global Education Fund, further emphasizing the need to focus on our children and future.

Delta + LYFE Kitchen Go Green, Healthy… and Biodegradable

If you happen to find yourself on a Delta Shuttle Service Flight on the West Coast of the US, keep an eye out for the delicious, healthy snacks being served on board.  The new fare is the result of an innovative collaboration between Delta and LYFE Kitchen.  LYFE is known for their sustainable, healthy cuisine and retail frozen food line.   Delta took the sustainability one step further and decided to package the snacks in Be Green Packaging’s biodegradable and recyclable Sushi Trays and Sample Cups.  Is this the future of airline food — healthy snacks served in sustainable packaging?  We certainly hope so!


Love Mamak Puts a Sustainable Spin on Malaysian-Indian Fusion Cuisine

We love hearing about what our creative customers are doing with our packaging and we really wish we were in New York City to stop by the Love Mamak food truck serving up delicious Malaysian-Indian fusion cuisine in our line of biodegradable and recyclable bowls and food trays.

Check out this video they produced with Tableaux Multimedia which showcases their mouth watering cuisine.

If you are in the New York City area, be sure to stop by Love Mamak for a quick, healthy bite.

For Lunch:

7 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10005
from 12PM-3PM

For Dinner:

N6th Street and Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
from 5PM-9:30PM

Hissho Sushi Launches New Sushi Bar Featuring Biodegradable Packaging

new hissho sushi bar north carolinaEarlier this week, Hissho Sushi, one of the world’s largest retail sushi vendors with over 400 sushi bars in supermarkets across the U.S., launched a new location close their North Carolina headquarters. This particular Hissho bar is one of three to convert to Be Green’s tree free, compostable and recyclable packaging.

Phillip Maung founded Hissho Sushi in 1998.  He came to America in 1989 with just $13 dollars in his pocket and a vision to revolutionize how Americans consumed sushi.  With the help of his wife, he was able to finance the first Hissho Sushi bar. Today, Philip and Kristina have built a Sushi empire dedicated to providing their customers with the highest quality sushi available.

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Hissho Sushi’s bar in NC. The packaging provided
by Be Green is compostable and recyclable.

Hissho Sushi made the decision to switch to Be Green packaging because they care about the planet and creating healthy communities.  Be Green’s sushi trays (shown above) are comprised of a compostable and recyclable plant fiber base and a 100% recyclable lid.  Using Be Green’s packaging is just another way that Hissho Sushi demonstrates that they are an innovative, forward-thinking company providing the highest quality products to customers in a truly sustainable manner.

– By Brandon Sugarman

Whole Foods Market Opens Gorgeous New Store in Oxnard, California

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A line of hungry and excited customers began to form an hour before the grand opening of the new 30,000 square foot Whole Foods Market located at 650 Town Center Drive, Oxnard CA. The smell of fresh BBQ and upbeat music provided by a local favorite, DJ Bruce Barrios, greeted the stores first customers as they hoped to be one of the first 500 in order to receive free baguettes.
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Be Green team members Megan and Bryan were met with the same excitement when they arrived to check out the commotion. Beyond the busy bustle of shopping carts, the team was welcomed into what could be described as an ‘organic experience’. The new building, which was built from the ground up, was totally customized to suit Whole Foods needs and it shows. The space features astoundingly high ceilings and incredible amounts of natural light giving shoppers the feeling of being outside, transporting you away from the shopping center locale in which the building is set. The atmosphere allows customers to take their time learning about everything Whole Foods has to offer from organic food to supplements to home care goods.

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As Whole Foods Market was Be Green’s first major customer, they will always have a special place in our heart. Be Green attends every Whole foods opening and participates in ways that will be impactful for their team. To show their endless support, Be Green has donated a full month of products to the Oxnard store and is looking forward to supplying Whole Foods with it’s new retail line of plates and bowls in the coming weeks. One percent of proceeds from the new line of products will go to the Whole Planet Foundation, which runs one of the largest microcredit lending non-profits worldwide.

– Bryan Latchford

Whole Planet Foundation and Be Green Packaging Visit Microfinance NGO’s in Brazil

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whole planet foundation micro loan recipient

The Whole Planet Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Whole Foods Market that works to alleviate poverty via microcredit lending in communities worldwide that supply their stores with products.  By collaborating with existing microfinance infrastructure in various locations around the world, the foundation has a massive reach with programs now running in over 50 countries.  As of March 2012, the Whole Planet Foundation disbursed nearly $135 Million dollars in microfinance loans, positively impacting the lives of thousands of individuals and families.  The Whole Planet Foundation is a powerful way for Whole Foods Market and its suppliers to affect meaningful change in the communities that make their businesses possible.

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impoverished neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil

When Be Green Packaging CEO Ron Blitzer was invited to join the supplier alliance on the recent Whole Planet Foundation International Field Visit to Brazil, he jumped at the opportunity.  As a founding member of the Whole Planet Foundation’s ‘Change for Change’ fund, Be Green Packaging has been involved with the organization for many years. As a long-term supporter, Blitzer was interested in seeing just what kind of impact the company’s donations were having on people’s lives.

Both a founder and board member, Ron has banking experience due to his involvement with the Bank of Santa Barbara.  During the trip to Brazil, he experienced the banking process on a much smaller scale, as the amounts typically offered in microfinance loans are in the range of $150 – $250.  Although small by American standards, these sums allowed program participants to start businesses and help raise themselves and their families out of poverty.

loan being finalized at the Banco de Povo

loan being finalized at the Banco de Povo

While in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the group met with the leadership at the Banco Do Povo (a non-profit NGO that works with the Whole Planet Foundation), where donors experienced first hand the effects that the microloans had on the lives of the Brazilian entrepreneurs.

“What was amazing to me was to be able to see a family signing the documents and receiving a check to start a business. While the amount was only $150 dollars, the expression, excitement and amazement on the faces of the borrowers was exactly the same as it was at the Bank of Santa Barbara.  The amounts really do not matter when a banker lends you money it is always transformative.” stated Blitzer of the experience.

Whole Planet Foundation supplier group

Whole Planet Foundation supplier group

He went on to comment, “As a triple bottom line company, Be Green’s business model and focus on sustainability maintains that supporting people and the planet are as important to us as sales and profits.  Contributing and aligning ourselves with micro finance helps us meet our organizational and personal missions. It’s not just about biodegradable packaging, its about building a sustainable business model and making a positive impact on people and the planet as a whole.  Working with the Whole Planet Foundation is one of the ways in which we can have a direct, meaningful impact by helping to alleviate poverty worldwide.”

Be Green Packaging has a long-standing relationship with Whole Foods Market as the supplier of the compostable and recyclable bulrush food containers used in the Prepared Foods, Meat and Seafood, and Produce departments.

About Whole Planet Foundation

Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the poor living in developing-world communities with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of December 2011, Whole Planet Foundation is funding microlending programs through microfinance institutionpartners in 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S., supporting over one million people with a chance for a better life. To date, the nonprofit has authorized more than $26.5 million and disbursed more than $16.5 million through microlending partners worldwide. Learn more and donate online at

About Be Green Packaging

Be Green Packaging LLC, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., manufactures and distributes Cradle to Cradlecm certified, tree-free, compostable and recyclable packaging for the food and consumer packaging industries. The company’s products are made from annually renewable plant fibers that are safe for people and healthy for the planet. For more information about the company, please visit Be Green Packaging.  To order Be Green products visit the Be Green Packaging Store here Biodegradable Packaging

Genji Sushi and Be Green Packaging Collaborate on ‘Composting is Cool’ Day at Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill

Children at the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill New Jersey were treated to a hands on day of sushi making along with lessons from a master sushi chef last month as part of Genji Sushi’s ‘Composting is Cool’ series.  Genji and Be Green Packaging collaborated on the event which featured composting education and a presentation on the problems associated with overfishing.  The entire event was a resounding success and helped to establish foundational environmental awareness with all of the children present that day.

Be Green supported the event with a donation of its award-winning sushi trays, which were developed in tandem with Genji, and was represented by Bob Rodriguez, who manages sales and accounts for the company in the region.

Be Green Packaging to Participate in Experience Green’s Hilton Head Island Zero Waste Earth Day Event

earth day experience green logoExperience Green, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build sustainable communities through experiential educational, engaging citizens and businesses, and working with public institutions, will be present at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina’s first ever ‘Zero Waste’ event this coming Earth Day weekend.  The ‘Get in the Loop’ 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration seeks to raise awareness on environmental issues that now face our society while also providing real-world solutions that encourage meaningful change on a community-wide level.

Zero Waste can be defined as the proactive approach to waste – the idea that we can design, use, and dispose of products in ways that don’t need landfill space.  The Zero Waste movement has been rapidly gaining traction throughout the country and world in recent years as environmental awareness increases due to educational outreach and major issues such as climate change.  Although the movement is driven largely by consumer demand, it is up to businesses to implement the changes needed to move away from packaging and products that are destined for the landfill.

“The Zero Waste approach addresses a product’s full lifecycle,” Experience Green Executive Director, Teresa Wade, said. “Packaging and waste are key first considerations for practices that are healthier for the planet and its people, and improves profit – the trifecta of sustainability.  Innovation for sustainability aims for material use and design that results in recyclable, reusable, and compostable products for reduced waste. Consumers can drive this effort by asking for and purchasing less wasteful products and packaging.”

Be Green Packaging realized the need for truly sustainable, Zero Waste packaging back in 2007 and hasn’t looked back.  The company designs and manufactures compostable and recyclable food service and consumer packaging from annually renewable plant fibers such as bulrush, bamboo, and bagasse (sugar cane pulp), among others.  Be Green is currently developing the first US-based plant fiber packaging manufacturing plant right in Hilton Head’s backyard– Jasper County, South Carolina.

Be Green’s products are a textbook fit to the ‘cradle-to-cradle’ closed loop model that is central to the Zero Waste movement.  The company uses the aforementioned non-food plants as feedstock for its packaging.  The result is a durable, natural product that is the perfect solution for single-use food service packaging and various consumer packaging applications.  Furthermore, when the packaging is ready to be disposed of, users can either recycle or compost the product, closing the loop and avoiding the landfill altogether.

“Teaming up with Experience Green for their Zero Waste Earth Day event was a natural fit for us.”  Stated Ron Blitzer, CEO and President of Be Green. “As a triple bottom line company, we are concerned not just with profitability, but the bigger picture of what it means to be truly sustainable.  That entails embracing the local communities in which we operate, which we are committed to doing whole heartedly.  We support Experience Green’s mission and are proud to be a sponsor at this years event.”

Be Green will be sponsoring the ‘Slow Food District’ at this years event, where local restaurants will serve food to attendees on the company’s compostable dinning ware.  When diners are finished eating, any left over waste will be “fed” (along with Be Green’s plates and trays) into Wilbur the Waste Eater, a commercial compost unit, as part of a collaborative pilot program effort of the Sea Pines Resort, i2Recycle, and Experience Green.

The event will be held on April 21st, from 11 am to 5 pm, at Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.

To order Be Green products visit the Be Green Packaging Store at:

Be Green Partners With San Francisco State University in Support of Sustainability

sfsu logoEvery year, San Francisco State University hosts its annual Farm to Fork event celebrating the growing local food movement.  All produce used at the event must be grown by local farmers within 250 miles of the campus.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support sustainable food initiatives on campus.  Campus-based sustainable food programs are capable of reaching large numbers of students and having a permanent impact on their lives.  A university that sources its food from local communities can support several large farms and have a major impact on the viability of sustainable agriculture.  Be Green Packaging is proud to support SFSU sustainable food programs and initiatives.

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