Thursday, September 29, 2011

Preserve: Nothing wasted. Everything gained. Made in USA!

Kitchen products

Storage products

Your berries will love you!

Cool sandwich container that can even handle the larger slices!

Oh yes toothpicks!

Last but certainly not least razors and toothbrushes.

I have commented and reviewed this company before but I love them so much I just had to speak about them again now that I have used even more of their goods!

But first here are some words copied directly from their own website.

Preserve Products
Preserve® makes stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products for your home. As a company, we strive to combine socially and environmentally responsible business practices with groundbreaking design to create products that people feel good about having in their homes. We believe that choosing eco-friendly products doesn't mean having to sacrifice quality, price, or performance.
In 1996, founder and president Eric Hudson was committed to the need to use our earth's resources more efficiently and responsibly. The developing plastic recycling market represented a great new opportunity to reuse our earth's resources (plastics are made from oil and natural gas—making up roughly 9% of the world's petroleum usage). However, at the time that Preserve was formed, there was a lot of concern that recyclables were not necessarily turning into new products. Seeing an opportunity, Eric started Preserve to reuse Earth's precious resources and turn them back into products that people wanted. He worked with dentists, scientists and engineers to create Preserve's first high-quality product from recycled plastics—the Preserve Toothbrush. Since then, Preserve has grown into a dynamic, green lifestyle company offering a range of everyday products for almost every room in your home. Using innovative methods, we turn used materials into razors, colanders, cutting boards, tableware and more!

As we grow, our core principles remain the same

  • Preserve products are made from 100% recycled plastics and 100% post-consumer paper. By using recycled materials, we save energy, preserve natural resources and create an incentive for communities to recycle.
  • All of our plastic products are recyclable, either through our postage-paid labels and mailers (toothbrushes and razor handles) or at the curb in communities that recycle #5 plastic.
  • We make our products in the USA, so that we can ship them shorter distances, using less fuel and limiting our environmental footprint.
  • We don't test on animals. Period.
  • Preserve products are made to last—and to look good doing it.
The Preserve team is made up of 11 people and a host of talented interns who bike, walk, train, and drive (some in hybrid cars) to our office outside of Boston intent on bringing Preserve and our mission into more homes everyday.
Learn more about Preserve's Earth Efforts.

Their Principles
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Those are the principles that have driven our company since 1996 and that motivate us to encourage more households to choose our 100% recycled and recyclable products over conventional products.
Our plastic products are made from #5 polypropylene plastic collected from individuals via our Gimme 5 program and from companies like Stonyfield Farm®. We take this plastic, sort it, clean it, test it, recycle it, and turn it into new Preserve products.
Choosing Preserve Plastic (in the form of a toothbrush or razor, for example) means a sizeable reduction in greenhouse gases emitted, and significantly less water, energy, oil, natural gas, and coal used in making plastic.

How much of a difference? Preserve plastic requires:

  • At least 54% less water than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 64% less greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 75% less oil than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 48% less coal than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 77% less natural gas than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 46% less electricity than virgin polypropylene 

What an amazing USA based company!  I am constantly on the lookout for companies that provide a solution to reducing waste and Made in the USA.  Not because I don't believe in importing goods, I am a proud environmentalist American doing my part to promote USA companies!
As you can see by the labels below they only take plastics with the #5 (I would love them to take all the #'s) because most states still do not recycle #5.   Their products are BPA free, so important, dishwasher safe and of course recyclable.

Sadly I must say my state (my state is so backwards on many things)  has no locations for Preserve's Gimme5 program so I personally send Preserve they #5 items.  I am trying to get my son's school district to have the bins in their lunchrooms or part of their school fundraising program.  Think about the amount of recyclable items a school wastes not just plastic so why not get our kids on board with recycling from kindergarten on!

I hope you give them a chance to win you over too and grow their company from 11 wonderful staff members to 100's!  Please support this fantastic company and try to get your kids school to use their recycle bins too!


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