Paper or Plastic — How About Neither?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – “Paper or plastic?” That is the major question that shoppers usually face as they check out at the supermarket. However, both options take a major toll on the environment. It’s estimated that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are used each year throughout the world — many of them winding up in landfills, where it can take hundreds or thousands of years for them to decompose. And about 14 million trees are cut down each year to make paper grocery bags.
Increasingly, both by personal choice and by law, consumers worldwide are moving away from using paper or plastic bags. And they’re choosing reusable grocery bags as a convenient and environmentally friendly option.
California Innovations has leveraged their knowledge of insulated technology to develop a quality line of durable, reusable grocery totes. Their 45 Can Freezer Tote features high-density thermal insulation plus Therma-Flect Radiant Barrier, so groceries stay cold for hours. The interior is easy to wipe clean and has Microban, which helps protect the lining from bacteria that cause odors and stains. All of these grocery totes carry the Ultra Safe designation, which means that the interior of the bags is PVC free and lead and phthalate safe.
California Innovations’ innovative grocery totes help protect the environment because they can be used over and over — unlike both paper and plastic bags, which are often used once and discarded. Aside from the environmental benefits, reusable tote bags are far more durable, carry more groceries, and can easily double as a beach or picnic tote.
Practical, environmentally friendly and insulated to keep food cold — seems like an easy choice for consumers.
To see more reusable grocery bags, coolers and lunch bags, go to www.californiainnovations.com.

Make Packed Lunches Cool Again

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For elementary school kids, tastes change about as often as the school bell rings. A child might be interested in racecars one day and skateboarding the next. Another might like drawing before moving on to fashion. And finding an insulated lunch bag that reflects a child’s personality is almost as important as finding the perfect pair of shoes. So, how do parents keep up?

One company, California Innovations (www.californiainnovations.com), knows that kids need lunch bags with the right designs and features.

“We realize how important it is for each child to have the perfect lunch bag, and we work hard to make sure that we have the right one for everyone,” says Mel Mogil, President and CEO of California Innovations.

The company has some suggestions to help parents find the perfect lunch bag for their child:

* Monstrous fun. Elementary school kids will have fun with the animal or monster designs, such as those on the Neo Lunch Pack from California Innovations. These lunch bags are made from neoprene, the material used in wetsuits. And they’re machine washable for easy cleaning.

* For boys or girls. Arctic Zone offers insulated lunch bags with car designs for little boys, and monkey designs for little girls. As they grow up, boys and girls can choose from skateboarding, graffiti graphics and fashion prints.

* Personalize it. Look for lunch bags with transparent pockets so budding artists can add a picture or their own work of art to their lunch bag. Switchable, self-adhesive patches and glitter glue can also help kids customize their lunch bags.

* Style up. Tween fashionistas might appreciate a lunch bag that looks like a purse but that has enough room to carry lunch and snacks for an entire day.

* Fashion meets function. As kids get older, durability and functionality become increasingly important. Look for lunch bags with hard liners. Expandable front pockets allow kids to take extra food to school as their appetites increase.

All of California Innovations’ products are Ultra Safe, a designation that means that their products meet all applicable FDA and CPSC safety requirements and the company’s own quality assurance and safety standards that go well beyond legal compliance. California Innovations is also the exclusive licensee of Microban for soft-sided insulated products, lunch packs and diaper bags. Microban anti-microbial protection helps to eliminate odors and bacteria build-up and makes cleaning easier.

Tips to Keep Packed Food Cold This Summer

For millions of families, the coming summer season means activities — and lots of them. From the beach, to the pool, to games, camping, picnics and backyard barbecues, it’s often a mad dash from one adventure to the next with no break in between. Coolers have become the must-have summer accessory for busy families, helping to keep food and drinks cold as they travel from place to place. And under the current economic conditions, more people are relying on coolers to keep their meal costs down.

Tips to Keep Packed Food Cold This Summer

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For millions of families, the coming summer season means activities — and lots of them. From the beach, to the pool, to games, camping, picnics and backyard barbecues, it’s often a mad dash from one adventure to the next with no break in between. Coolers have become the must-have summer accessory for busy families, helping to keep food and drinks cold as they travel from place to place. And under the current economic conditions, more people are relying on coolers to keep their meal costs down.

Of course, not all coolers are created equal. California Innovations has engineered insulated coolers that withstand the rigors of summer. And to help people get the most out of their coolers, they’re offering the following tips:

* Use a high-performance cooler. Arctic Zone IceCOLD coolers use radiant barrier technology to deflect heat from the sun, helping the interior of the cooler stay cold.

* Pack a lot. Don’t be afraid to pack your cooler to the max, because that cuts off the flow of air, which can warm the cooler. The tighter the fit, the less air is able to circulate.

* Keep the cooler in the shade as much as possible. Heat from the sun will warm up your cooler faster. So stick it under a tree or an umbrella to protect it from the sun’s rays.

* Place the cooler on a table or blanket. The ground absorbs heat and transfers it directly to your cooler. Keeping it elevated makes it tougher for the warm air to get in.

* Always keep the cooler closed when not in use. It’s easy to forget, but even a few minutes can make the difference between having ice or water. Using a cooler with zipperless technology makes it easier to open and close quickly.

* Use plenty of ice or ice packs. The more ice you pack, the longer the contents stay cool.

* For faster cooling, add a little extra water to the ice. The water aids in surface conduction, which speeds up the cooling process. However, this method can also cause the ice to melt faster.

To find the right cooler for you this summer, go to www.californiainnovations.com.

A Helpful Tip for Summer Road Trips

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When 39-year-old Tricia Martin was a young girl, summer vacation often meant a three-day drive from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to Denver. It meant sweating in a station wagon without air conditioning, feeling carsick and fighting with her younger sister. It also meant lots and lots of fast food.

“We’d wake up and have a huge breakfast, stop at McDonald’s or Burger King for lunch and dinner,” says Martin. “It was the ’70s! My parents didn’t think about calories, much less trans fat. And gas was so cheap. It probably costs me more to fill up a tank [of gas] than it cost my parents to feed us the whole trip.”

When Martin hits the road with her husband and two children this summer for their first big driving trip, fast food is decidedly not on the menu. “We eat healthy at home. Why change on a road trip? We’ll pack a ton of good food and snacks, and stop at local markets to buy groceries along the way. It should be cheaper, too.”

She is not alone. This summer, when millions of families pack up their cars in the midst of a slumping economy, many will be looking for ways to cut costs. Savings likely won’t be found at the gas pump, as analysts predict a typical summer price jump.

But paying for empty calories and saturated fat is not the only option. In lieu of the drive-thru, many families are now bringing food along for the ride. And they’re turning to products like California Innovations’ insulated coolers to keep their meals fresh. Their collapsible coolers have high-density thermal insulation that keeps food and drinks cold for an entire day of driving. And once the contents are gone, they can be collapsed and stored under a seat to save precious cargo space.

Many families pack a smaller cooler, like the Zipperless Hardbody, for snacks. With its easy-access lid, drivers can reach in and grab food or drinks without taking their eyes off the road. Both products have easy-clean, leak-proof linings so they can be wiped down and refilled for the next day of driving. Offered in a variety of styles, sizes and colors, California Innovations coolers give families a new way to eat better and cheaper on the road this summer.

When the Martin family takes off for vacation, it will be in an air-conditioned car with plenty of healthy meals and snacks. “I just don’t want my kids getting hooked on fast food,” Martin says.

For information about California Innovations coolers, visit www.californiainnovations.com.