Green Laundry Detergent Packs Mean Less Waste

Believe it or not, your laundry machine creates quite the environmental impact. Washing and drying cycles consume a considerable amount of water and energy – according to EnergyStar, the average family washes 400 loads of clothing each year, using 13,500 gallons of water.

And that’s before you consider that conventional laundry detergents contain phosphates, which can destroy water ecosystems. Luckily, companies have developed green laundry products that will clean clothes without damaging the environment.

For example, Pak-It, LLC has developed a six-times concentrated liquid laundry detergent in a dye-, scent- and enzyme-free formula. The detergent, which is biodegradable and does not contain phosphates or chlorine, comes in tiny, pre-measured “toss and go” dissolvable packs that prove far more convenient than pouring and measuring.

New Laundry Detergent Packs Produce Less Waste

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Believe it or not, your laundry machine creates quite the environmental impact. Washing and drying cycles consume a considerable amount of water and energy — according to EnergyStar, the average family washes 400 loads of clothing each year, using 13,500 gallons of water.

And that’s before you consider that conventional laundry detergents contain phosphates, which can destroy water ecosystems. Luckily, companies have developed unconventional laundry detergents that will clean clothes without damaging the environment.

For example, Pak-It, LLC has developed a six-times concentrated liquid laundry detergent in a dye-, scent- and enzyme-free formula. The detergent, which is biodegradable and does not contain phosphates or chlorine, comes in tiny, pre-measured “toss and go” dissolvable packs that prove far more convenient than pouring and measuring.

Because there are no bottles, Pak-It doesn’t produce empty containers that will end up in landfills. Smaller containers are more efficient to ship because more can fit in a truck or plane. The Pak-It cleaning packs have received the EPA “Design for the Environment” certification, a program that awards companies whose goal is to reduce pollution risks and maintain a healthy environment for all people.

And even better, the laundry detergent actually works. It’s tough on dirt, easy on clothing and completely dissolves without leaving any residue. Each pack contains a unique blend of surfactants, stain removers, water softeners, brighteners and odor eliminators.

Pak-It laundry packs work in all washers at all water temperatures and on all fabrics and colors, leaving the entire family with soft, clean clothes.

Pak-It, LLC, a subsidiary of JBI, Inc., with 42 products, currently uses its patented Pak-It(TM) water-soluble liquid packets to deliver concentrated glass cleaner, disinfectant, and many essential multi-purpose cleaning products for numerous diverse applications.

For more information, visit www.pakit.com or www.jbiglobal.com. JBI, Inc. trades on the OTC under the stock symbol: JBII.

Act Today, Shape Tomorrow

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Nearly everyone is going green nowadays, and for good reason. When even one person makes environmentally friendly choices, the ecological and health benefits extend to all. The inhabitants of the world want cleaner water, fresher air and healthier soil, and individual actions can help achieve those things. As an added bonus, in a tough economic climate, going green can also help you save “green” on your energy bills, at the gas pump and at the supermarket.

So, how can you live “la vida verde?” Get involved in TogetherGreen, an innovative conservation initiative created by Audubon and Toyota.

Not afraid to get your hands dirty? Then check out Volunteer Days, hands-on events helping people take an active role in conservation progress close to home. In only a few months, TogetherGreen volunteers have logged more than 21,000 service hours, achieving amazing results in their communities:

– Students in Seattle removed 10,000 square feet of invasive plants that threatened to overwhelm the last remaining stand of old-growth forest.

– Volunteers in New York planted 400 new native trees as part of a reforestation effort on Staten Island.

– Springfield, Mo., groups counted the area’s plant and animal life, information which will help restoration efforts in the future.

Don’t have a few hours to spare to volunteer? Visit the TogetherGreen Action Center to learn easy tips to lower energy and water consumption, protect habitat and save money. Suggestions range from small changes, such as installing energy-efficient light bulbs in your home, to more adventurous adjustments, such as biking to work instead of driving, or starting a neighborhood conservation group.

Do you know someone accomplishing extraordinary things for the environment? Help TogetherGreen turn the spotlight on these environmental heroes by nominating them at the TogetherGreen Web site. Is there a local organization benefiting the environment and achieving conservation results for local habitats, wildlife and people? Help promote these green groups by submitting their story online as Community Works.

Every action makes a difference for communities, wildlife and the environment. And TogetherGreen believes we need to act now to shape tomorrow — so get involved!

Funded by a $20 million gift from Toyota, TogetherGreen is a multifaceted Audubon program that funds conservation projects, trains environmental leaders and offers volunteer opportunities to significantly benefit the environment nationwide.

You can find dates and locations of Volunteer Days near you, the Action Center, fun online activities for kids, and more information on TogetherGreen at www.togethergreen.org.

Move Your Green Efforts Up a Notch

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Being environmentally responsible is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. While helping preserve the environment, it is likely you will save money. Many U.S. corporations understand that being green is good for the environment and for their bottom line, which is why they have implemented original ways to reduce their environmental footprints.

Companies and consumers who want to be greener, but don’t know what to do beyond recycling, can look to some of these innovative companies for eco ideas. For example, Roche pharmaceuticals has been very successful in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the company achieved this goal two years ahead of schedule, which was set with the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program (http://www.epa.gov/climateleaders/).

Roche’s pharmacuetical division cut down waste and energy use in a variety of ways, such as:

– Changing the packaging of its osteoporosis drug, Boniva (ibandronate), from a plastic material to a recyclable “blister wrap.”

– Converting its system for submitting paper documents to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to an electronic submission process, saving reams of paper and energy that would have been spent shipping the materials.

– Offering its pharmaceutical sales force the option to choose a hybrid car to drive, saving more than 80,000 gallons of gas per year.

– Roche also introduced co-generation, the ability to generate steam and electricity simultaneously as a source of energy, at its Nutley, New Jersey, headquarters. With co-generation, the costs and emissions were reduced, but generated enough electricity to meet 65 percent of the site’s electricity needs.

Barking Up the Green Tree

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – While many people are aware of how their own lifestyle affects the planet, they may be surprised to learn how much of an environmental “paw print” their four-legged family members are leaving behind.

According to Anthony Zolezzi, eco-entrepreneur and author of “How Dog Food Saved the Earth,” there are many “green” changes you can make in and around your home to safeguard your pet’s diet and environment.

“When it comes to saving our planet, the focus has always been on our own carbon footprint -; but I would challenge you further to look at the carbon “paw print” your family pets are leaving behind, and examine their role in protecting our Earth from excessive pollution,” said Zolezzi.

Through Zolezzi’s work, which involves promoting social responsibility and green programs, he got involved with launching one of the first pet foods on the market with U.S. source-verified meat and poultry -; Pet Promise.

“When we purchase natural and organic products from family farmers who support sustainable agriculture, we also support a cleaner environment. Our pets can help make a difference when we feed them food products sourced from these same family farms,” said Zolezzi.

The sale of Pet Promise has helped eliminate more than 88 million doses of antibiotics in the food chain and 15 million doses of artificial growth hormones fed to cattle. Through this endeavor, Zolezzi and his team have helped support more than 1,500 U.S. family farmers who are committed to the humane treatment of animals and using natural and sustainable methods to protect the environment. For more information, visit www.PetPromiseInc.com.

Here are some additional tips to help you keep your pet’s environment chemical-free and green:

* Stay off the lawn. Keep your animals away from the lawn or garden when treating them with fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides until it dries completely.

* Don’t clean house and play fetch. Never allow your pet access to areas you are cleaning. Some cleaners might only cause a mild upset stomach, but others could cause severe burns of the tongue, mouth and stomach.

* Keep the garage clean. Store all automotive products such as oil, gas and antifreeze in areas away from pets. Just one teaspoon of antifreeze can be deadly to a 7-pound cat, and less than one tablespoon can be lethal to a 20-pound dog.

See Spot Go Green

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When it comes to natural pet food, pet owners don’t seem to hesitate to spend more for “green” peace of mind, but does it really add up to a cleaner environment?

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, it’s all the steps from farm to bowl that determine the credibility and impact your pet food may have on the environment.

“I think it’s especially critical for pet owners to examine the type of protein that goes into their pet’s food,” said Weil who has two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Jambo and Daisy. “My dogs are a big part of my family, so knowing the protein source of their food is really important to me.”

Weil’s personal concern over the health and well-being of his dogs, combined with his personal passion for the environment, led him to get involved with launching one of the first pet foods with U.S. source-verified meat and poultry.

“What impressed me was their attention to detail when it came to knowing the source of their protein and their unique ability to process the pet food in their own manufacturing facilities under strict guidelines,” said Weil.

Pet Promise was developed with a two-part mission: First, with a promise to pet owners to produce a pet food made without the use of animal by-products, rendered meat or chicken meals, added growth hormones or antibiotics. And second, with a commitment to environmental practices, which involve sourcing their protein exclusively from natural family farms and ranches.

The positive impact family farms have on the environment may be more critical than most people realize, but, unfortunately, many family farmers go out of business every week. Family farms that support the use of sustainable agricultural practices are often replaced by factory farms. Environmental proponents believe that factory farms unnecessarily produce tons of waste that compound pollution problems.

“Factory farms are major offenders of the environment today. The amount of residues from antibiotics and hormones that goes into the water tables is significant,” said Weil. “By choosing pet foods made with meat and poultry protein sourced from family farms, you are sending a message about these practices, and helping to do something positive for the environment.”

Pet Promise pet food can be found in stores nationally including Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Petco. For more locations, visit http://www.petpromiseinc.com.