Products That Don't Cost The Earth
As a leader in the professional health products international community, our heartfelt intention is to lead by example and show that it is more than just possible to follow socially responsible, sustainable practices and be a profitable and successful organization. Our commitment to sustainable practices is well known throughout the industry. We seek to provide ecologically and socially friendly, pristine natural remedies with minimal impact on the ecosystem, while simultaneously not compromising the potential "good works" of future generations.
You will clearly see this central thread weaving its way throughout our website as it relates to product design, sourcing, manufacturing and implementation,
...but we don't just stop there.
As we move closer to substantially reducing our carbon footprint we have added yet another vital component into the ever-greening, causal linkage.
What is Forest Stewardship Council Approved?
We contract Double Q printing company who must be applauded for their concern for sustainability and eco-friendly approaches to printing. Their work is exceptional which you will experience as you review our manuals, catalogues, monographs, etc. These are just some of the advances they have made as they lead the way for other printing companies to raise their standards as a complementary salute to our remedy products:
- All house stock Forest Stewardship Approved
- Vegetable based inks
- Recycled paper up to 100%
- 100% chemical free prepress
- Biodegradable products
- Water based inks for signs
- Below average VOC press chemistry
- Scrap paper and plates recycled
- Toners sent back to manufacturers for recycling
- All cartons are made from recycled material and are recyclable
- House gloss and matte FSC approved papers
- Eco friendly hydro
What is Forest Stewardship Council Approved?
The wood has been manufactured from well managed forest, postconsumer recycled content, or a combination of FSC-certified wood fiber, recycled content and other controlled forest friendly sources. FSC-certified forests protect wildlife habitat and endangered species; ensure clean water by respecting rivers and waterways. FSC is the only forest certification standard supported by organizations such as World Wildlife Fund of Canada, Sierra Club of Canada and Greenpeace.
FSC paper can also contain fiber from forest friendly, or controlled sources. Controlled fiber means that it has been verified and cannot come from:
- Areas of social conflict and illegal logging
- Genetically modified trees
- High conservation value forests, and
- Large scale conversions which replace native tree species with faster growing non-native species.
Using the term "FSC Approved" does not mean that a printer is environmentally friendly. They may still use chemistry, oil based inks, etc. We on the other hand, have changed everything we can to meet our green and sustainable goals.
100% Bio-Degradable Shipping Peanuts
All Natural Starch loosefill is comprised of various starches (corn, wheat, and potato). Starch loosefill have soft resilient properties similar to polystyrene. Unlike polystyrene, starch loosefill has no need for chemical blowing agents like CFCs, which harm the ozone layer.
Starch Starch is nature's way of storing energy. Plants make starch to store energy for new plants or seeds to use when they begin to grow. In corn, each kernel contains starch and tiny corn plant called the germ. When the germ begins to grow, it depends on the starch to feed it until it can establish roots and leaves and begin to gather its own energy. Starch is simply sugar (glucose) that is strung together in long chains for easy storage. The more common examples are corn, potato, rice and wheat. Starch loosefill is made from a special modified corn, wheat, and potato starch.
Biodegradable When we think of something as biodegradable, we mean that it can be broken down and assimilated, by natural means, back into common earth elements like carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Starch loosefill based packaging certainly fulfills this requirement.
Compostable Starch loosefill readily biodegrades in compost heaps. The environment in a compost heap is the best one for biodegradation. That's because all the material in a compost heap is food for the microorganisms present, so they grow and multiply very rapidly. The more microbial life there is to "eat" the biodegradable material, the faster it will decompose. So, if you don't need the starch loosefill packaging for reuse, dispose of it in a compost heap in your yard (if you have one) or the one in your community.
Reusable/Disposable Disposing of starch loosefill couldn't be easier. Since it dissolves in water, you can sprinkle it on your lawn and the rain will wash it into the soil. You can reuse it to send other packages, or simply wash it down the drain (if local regulations allow). Anyone who has ever tried to round up spilled plastic loosefill in the yard on a fall day will agree that starch loosefill is simply better.
Renewable Since starch loosefill is made from corn, pea, potato and not from petroleum, new stocks of raw materials can be grown each year. Corn is one of the most efficient "factories" for producing raw materials. It takes energy from the sun and nutrients from the soil and using a single kernel produces about 800 more kernels in one season. The United States & Canada produce over nine billion bushels of corn per year. Using renewable resources like corn, wheat, and potatoes assures that we won't run out in the future. The more renewable resources we use today, the better off the world will be tomorrow.
Repulpable Because starch loosefill based packaging dissolves in water, it allows paperboard or corrugated boxes containing this material to be repulped without separation. Separation of the synthetic packaging material from the boxes is a time-consuming and costly process. Therefore, most boxes containing synthetic packaging materials are currently landfilled.
Better for the Environment Starch loosefill is made from corn, wheat and potato starch, an annually renewable and abundant resource, and it dissolves in water. Our starch loosefill uses less total energy, creates less smog, contributes less to global warming, and results in cleaner air and water. It also causes less acid rain and is safer for the soil. It's a clear victory for starch loosefill.