Posts Tagged 'Sustainable Packaging'

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

Puma Embraces Sustainable Packaging With Their Clever Little Bag Concept

One by one, some of the biggest companies in the world are embracing the sustainable packaging revolution.  Packaging waste is one of the largest contributors to landfills in the world.  When huge companies such as Gillette, Whole Foods and now Puma switch to a sustainable packaging solution such as Be Green Packaging’s plant fiber containers, or in Puma’s case, a reusable bag combined with packaging material reduction, it makes a major difference.  To find out just how big of a difference it made for Puma, check out the awesome video they put together below.

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Report: Packaging Consumers Keen to Go Green (Packaging Digest)

green planet leafBy Jenni Spinner, Senior Editor — Packaging Digest, 3/13/2012 12:38:45 PM

In the most recent research conducted by Perception Research Services, shoppers demonstrate that they are interested in choosing environmentally-friendly packaging. Significantly more shoppers state they would like to choose environmentally friendly packaging compared to 2010 (36% vs 28%), with fully half still willing to pay more (despite the economy). This is especially true of younger (under 40) shoppers. Over half (59%) of our sample state that seeing environmental claims on packaging positively impacts their behavior (to either buy more of the brands they usually do, or switch to others).

Be Green Partners With The Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Support of the Arts

sbiff 2012 posterThe Santa Barbara Film Festival is increasingly becoming a major stop on the worldwide film festival circuit.  Every year the event expands in scope and attracts some of the planets finest talent to the so-called ‘American Riveria’, which is converted for a 10-day period into a star-studded frenzy– complete with top-name actors, actresses, directors, and film enthusiasts.  For those living in Santa Barbara, the film festival has become the wintertime answer to the city’s infamous Summer Solstice parade.

As longstanding community partners with the SBIFF, Be Green donates its compostable and recyclable foodservice containers for use throughout the festival at various events and parties.  In addition to helping to raise awareness about alternatives to traditional plastic packaging, Be Green also sees the opportunity as a way to give back to the local community.  “It’s truly a win-win situation.” commented Justin Faerman, Director of Media and Marketing at Be Green. “Our annual contribution to the film festival not only helps to support a local organization, but also exposes a group of influential people to sustainable packaging.  Events like these help spread the word that there are legitimate alternatives to styrofoam and plastic packaging and as the trend catches on, it will eventually help to shift our society towards packaging solutions that have a significant, positive impact on the health of our planet.”

To learn more about the film festival visit their website here: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

P&G Reduces Plastic in Packaging Redesign

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P&G Reduces Plastic in Packaging Redesign


Posted February 2, 2012

gillette fusion proglide razor be green packagingProcter & Gamble Co. gave Gillette Fusion ProGlide’s packaging a “future friendly” facelift by reducing plastic and incorporating moldable pulp.

With 57 percent less plastic than the original clamshell outer packaging and razor tray, the redesign is made of fibrous materials such as bamboo, sugar cane and bulrush. The mixture is made into a liquid slurry and then molded into place, a technique the company said is “stretching the boundaries of what moldable pulp can do.”

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Be Green Packaging’s 2011 Sustainability Report: Corporate Social Responsibility

2011 sustainability report be green packagingEarlier this year Be Green Packaging released its 2011 Sustainability Report, which provides an in-depth look at the company’s progress towards long range social, environmental, and economic goals.  The report is a key component of Be Green’s commitment to the triple bottom line philosophy, which is a progressive method of internal accounting that places environmental and social stewardship on par with profitability.

A core tenet of the triple bottom line philosophy is a commitment to transparency throughout the scope of a company’s operations.  This article is intended to reflect Be Green’s adherence to this principle by providing insight into the company’s main corporate social responsibility efforts and their relation to the larger paradigm of Be Green’s sustainability targets.

At the heart of any corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort is the fair and ethical treatment of workers.  During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Be Green began working closely with the independent organization Intertek to systematically review and certify its manufacturing operations pass internationally recognized fair labor standards (among other things).  Additionally, as part of Be Green’s Cradle to CradleCM certification, a thorough review of working conditions and labor practices at all of the company’s offices and facilities was undertaken and passed when the company originally received the certification in 2008.  The Intertek audit is the latest in a series of ongoing self-review measures.

An additional aspect of Be Green’s multifaceted approach to CSR is the ongoing contributions the company makes to various charitable organizations such as the Whole Planet Foundation and the Organic Center, among others.  Be Green has actively worked with the Whole Planet Foundation since 2009 when the company became the founding member of the Ten Thousand Dollar Fund.  The Whole Planet Foundation runs a worldwide microcredit lending program that seeks to end poverty in communities that supply Whole Foods Market with products.  According to the foundation, “…$10,000 can change the lives of 50 impoverished families for generations.”

On a local scale, Be Green works with non-profit organizations such as the Organic Soup Kitchen of Santa Barbara, which provides healthy, nourishing food to the homeless throughout the year, and the Jasper Community Fund, which supports various local humanitarian projects in Jasper county, South Carolina (the site of Be Green’s newest manufacturing plant).  Since being welcomed to the state earlier in the year by Governor Nikki Haley, Be Green has made a concerted effort to integrate itself into the community by hiring from local cities and counties and working with various charitable and educational organizations in the area.  The company is planning to source raw materials from local farmers in the surrounding communities as manufacturing operations begin later this year.

Be Green’s complete line of foodservice products is fully compostable, which presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the company.  Although composting has been around for thousands of years, outside of agriculture and its related industries, little is known about it.  Furthermore, with the recent advent of biodegradable PLA products, the regulatory landscape is changing rapidly.  It can be confusing and intimidating to those who are new to the concept of composting and studies have shown this simply leads to frustration and incorrect sorting practices (of trash, food scraps, and recyclable waste), which negates the whole idea in the first place.  To this end, Be Green has undertaken substantial efforts to educate clients and end users on a range of subjects relating to proper disposal of their products.  For instance, Be Green works closely with Whole Foods Market to help ensure proper composting on both a store and company wide level.  Be Green also makes composting guides and information freely available on their website and as part of their new customer packets, the intention being to affect change at all levels of the ‘composting pyramid’.  Download the compost toolkit here.

Communication, both internally and externally, of company environmental and social sustainability policies and efforts is critical to any well-rounded, successful CSR effort.  To this end, Be Green ensures all staff are thoroughly trained on and informed of all company policies and goals regarding sustainability in any of its incarnations.  Additionally, the company publishes annual sustainability reports in order to provide an overview of its efforts in this regard to all interested parties.

To learn more about Be Green Packaging’s CSR initiatives, visit their website here and the company news blog here.  The 2011 Sustainability Report can be downloaded here.

Be Green Packaging LLC, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., manufactures and distributes Cradle to Cradlecm certified, tree-free, compostable 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

Development of Be Green Packaging’s Ridgeland, South Carolina Manufacturing Facility Continues

Today marks the two-month anniversary of the commencement of warehousing operations at Be Green Packaging’s new Ridgeland, South Carolina manufacturing plant.  The facility, which will be the first plant fiber packaging manufacturing operation in the United States, is currently being developed in tandem with the Austin Company, a leading design-build engineering firm.  Be Green is aiming high with the new plant seeking to create a waste free facility and draw as much pulp material as possible from the surrounding communities.  Governor Nikki Haley and Senator Clemente Pinckney visited the plant this summer along with community member and leaders to welcome Be Green to the area.

To mark the occasion, we have gathered a few photos of the plant, which is coming along beautifully.

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