Seventh Generation partners with Preserve’s ‘Gimme 5’ program to recycle plastic caps

first_imgSeventh Generation,From the ingredients in its products to the packaging, Seventh Generation is always evaluating how to reduce its environmental impact, increase product performance and safety and create a more sustainable supply chain. That’s why the company is proud to announce a partnership with Preserve’s “Gimme 5″ program, allowing customers to recycle #5 plastic right where they shop.”We’re always trying to increase the post-consumer content in our packaging,” said Peter Swaine, director of global strategic sourcing at Seventh Generation. “Now we’re fully closing the loop on our #5 plastic, making it easy for our customers to recycle their laundry caps so in turn we can create more sustainable packaging for the products they love.”Polypropylene plastic, or #5, is the material choice for bottle caps, spray bottle heads and baby wipe tubs due to its versatility and flexibility. #5 plastic is one of the most benign plastics. In addition, #5 can be easily recycled and reincarnated into new product.Consumers can now recycle their #5 plastic in the “Gimme 5” recycling bins that Seventh Generation is sponsoring along with Stonyfield Farms, Brita and Tom’s of Maine in Whole Foods Markets and other natural food stores across the country. Clean, used Seventh Generation bottle caps, spray bottle heads and baby wipe tubs can be placed in the nearest bin. Preserve will turn these used packages into new #5 plastic, allowing us to create new post-consumer packaging. For more information on Preserve’s “Gimme 5” program, visit: is external).ABOUT SEVENTH GENERATIONSeventh Generation is committed to being the most trusted brand of household and personal-care products for your living home. Our products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home — and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation also offers baby products that are safe for your children and the planet. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, and making the world a better place for this and the next seven generations.For information on Seventh Generation cleaning, paper, baby and feminine personal care products, to find store locations, and explore the company’s website is external). To read more about Seventh Generation’s corporate responsibility, visit the 2009 Corporate Consciousness Report at: is external).ABOUT PRESERVE Preserve is the leading sustainable consumer goods company and producer of stylish 100% recycled household products. Preserve turns yogurt cups into toothbrushes and take-out containers into tableware. Through innovations in recycled materials and sustainable design, Preserve has been creating more resourceful ways to make everyday products for the kitchen, table, and bathroom since 1996. The company is powered by the recycling efforts of individuals and companies via its Preserve Gimme 5 program. This program accepts #5 plastics, 98% of which are not normally recycled — such as yogurt cups and other common household containers — transforming them into new Preserve products. All recycling and manufacturing is done in the USA. Preserve pioneers partnerships with premier product design, manufacturing, and sales and marketing firms to bring together thought leaders to drive industry change. Preserve empowers people to make everyday choices that are better for the earth while offering real solutions without compromise. Preserve products can be found at forward-thinking retailers like Whole Foods Market, Target, and a variety of grocery and natural food stores. Visit us online is external).  May 5, 2011last_img read more

What’s the Point?

first_imgOn just the 12th day of her record-attempting Appalachian Trail hike, with over 1,650 miles remaining, Jennifer Pharr Davis was broken down, depleted, and ready to give up. Perhaps the most disabling combination for a hiker—shin-splints and diarrhea—had been wreaking havoc on her body for the last four days. Negative thoughts and fear were poisoning her mind. “It was the perfect storm,” says Pharr Davis. “I was already way off pace and thought ‘there is no way I can get the record.’ I gave up.” She approached a juncture on New Hampshire roads where she was meeting her husband Brew, who was supporting the hike. She was sad to quit, but relieved to be done.The buildup to that juncture started seven years back when Jennifer was 21. Upon finishing college it struck her that her traditional education “happened in a box.” She knew nothing about the environment, and sensed that something central to her human experience was missing. She longed to connect with nature.So Pharr Davis set out on the Appalachian Trail for the first time. The experience taught her far more than rudimentary backpacking skills. “I met wonderful companions and felt indescribable awe,” she says. “I learned to prioritize people and experiences over stuff.”But perhaps more than anything, Jennifer connected with nature in a visceral way. “I discovered nature was not separate from me, but that I could be a part of nature, flowing with it.” Pharr Davis says she felt closest to God while on the trail. “I realized that maybe my gift is an ability to move swiftly in the wilderness. As a Christian, I felt obligated to use that gift.”And use that gift she did.  Just a few years later in 2008, with more training under her belt and the support both on and off the trail of her new husband, Jennifer hiked the Appalachian Trail in 57 days. It marked the fastest-known time ever for a woman. By then, hiking had become an integral part of Jennifer’s life. She started to think, “Maybe I could break the overall record.”Davis4_FIXThe overall record stood at 47 and 1/2 days and had been held by a long line of competitive male athletes who specialized in ultra-endurance events. Although Jennifer’s breaking the overall record would be akin to a woman beating all the professional men at the Boston Marathon (i.e., unthinkable), she had unshakeable self-belief, and the backing of Brew. They devoted themselves to going for it, dedicating the next three years of their lives to training and preparation.Fast forward to June 28, 2011, when Jennifer’s drive and chances of breaking the overall record came to a crippling halt as she approached Brew on those New Hampshire roads. “I finally got to Brew and told him I was quitting,” she says, but “Brew was not okay with it.” Brew reminded Jen that he had given up so much of himself for her, and that this was a team effort. It was only then, looking into her husband’s eyes, that Jennifer realized, “Until then, everything had been about me and the record. I was a slave to the record, it was all I was thinking about.” At that point, Pharr Davis had a revelation that changed everything:“I just totally released from the record. I started hiking out of a greater faith. I wanted to honor my God, to get back to the reasons that got me hooked on hiking to begin with—a love for the wilderness, a love for my husband, and to use my gift. I remembered that I feel closest to God when I am hiking up and down the trail as a part of nature, when I am loving my husband, when I am relishing in my gift. All of a sudden, the hike was no longer about a record, it was no longer about me. The whole thing became an act of worship to something greater than myself.”Although her physical discomfort ebbed and flowed throughout the hike, after that paradigm shift, Jennifer’s psychological distress evaporated. She quickly ascended from a very dark place.Thirty-four days later, after averaging over 47 miles per day, Jennifer had accomplished the impossible and shattered the overall record by 26-hours, a feat that earned her the title of National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. (Note: As of print, Jennifer’s record still stands. Scott Jurek, one of the world’s most heralded ultra-runners and a key character in Christopher McDougall’s hit book Born to Run set out to break the record in late May of this year.)Purpose as a Performance EnhancerI shared Jennifer’s story with University of Michigan professor Dr. Victor Strecher who studies the role of purpose in our lives and who is known for his expressive, articulate nature. He responded with an unusually short email: “Wow.”Dr. Strecher’s research shows that when people focus on their core values and a self-transcending purpose (a purpose greater than themselves), they become capable of more than they ever thought was possible. In a somewhat ironic twist, according to Strecher, “The less you think about yourself, the better you are likely to become.”Strecher says that when we concentrate on something beyond ourselves, our ego is minimized. This is important because a large part of our ego’s role is to quite literally protect our “self,” telling us to shut down or flee when faced with threats. When our ego is minimized, so too are the fears and anxieties that often hold us back from major breakthroughs. Liberated from our ego, a whole new realm of possibilities opens up. Jennifer Pharr Davis’s experience on the Appalachian Trail is a profound example of this phenomenon.What’s more is that emerging science is starting to show us what might have been happening in Pharr Davis’s brain during her memorable mindset shift on the trail. For a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Self-Affirmation Alters the Brain’s Response to Health Messages and Subsequent Behavior Change,” researchers including Strecher used fMRI technology (allowing them to look at neural activity in the brain) to examine what happens when people are presented with threatening messages. Sure enough, individuals who were asked to reflect deeply on their core values prior to receiving a threatening message showed heightened neural activity in a part of the brain associated with “positive valuation.” In other words, their underlying neurology became more receptive to an otherwise threatening situation.It is also worth noting that the effects were not confined solely to the brain. The individuals who reflected on their core values actually went on to overcome threats and fear in real life at a much greater rate than a control group.Purpose is extremely powerful when it comes to being your best.What Jennifer Pharr Davis accomplished physically on the Appalachian Trail is extraordinary, and undoubtedly takes a gift that lies at least partially in genetics. But what she did psychologically is no less remarkable, and is accessible to us all. By shifting our orientation from focusing on ourselves to focusing on something greater than ourselves, we become more likely to reach new heights. Whether that greater purpose is religion, family, friends, charity, or something else entirely doesn’t much matter. What does matter is releasing from our ego. Going beyond our own little world. Transcending our self.last_img read more

Floods still deluge Tangerang four days after heavy rains

first_imgSeveral areas across Tangerang in Banten have been inundated by floodwaters for four days and the levels keep rising.Most of the affected areas were housing complexes, such as the Garden City Residence Periuk, with local authorities estimating that hundreds of families were affected.Aceng, one of the affected residents, said that the floods reached a depth of 2.5 meter by Tuesday. He explained that the water level had kept increasing because of a broken embankment in Kali Ledug. Water from the river had been spilling into the housing complex ever since. “The embankment broke on Monday, causing the water level to rise,” he said on Tuesday, as quoted by Tuesday, Aceng and his family were still taking shelter in other places. He said he wished the floodwaters would recede soon. The Garden City Residence Periuk housing complex and other areas in Tangerang have been submerged in water since Saturday, when heavy rains poured down on the municipality. The Tangerang administration estimated that at least 300 families were affected.Read also: Tangerang braces for extreme weather after massive floodState-owned electricity firm PLN was forced to shut down seven electrical substations because of the flooding in Tangerang on Sunday. Due to the electricity blackout, residents could not use their water pumps to extract fresh water from the ground, causing them to lack clean water.Tangerang Mayor Arief Wismansyah said he would summon the housing complex’s developer regarding the persisting floods. He said he would ask the developer to take responsibility, since the location for the complex was not actually suitable for construction.“The housing complex is only located a few meters from Kali Ledug,” Arief said. Periuk subdistrict head Sumardi said this was not the first time for the area to be inundated by floodwaters since the Garden City Residence is lower than the river. The Tangerang administration had planned to relocate the residents because of the worsening flooding over the years.“However, residents reject the plan because they own assets at the complex,” Sumardi said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Pritchard, Papalii headline Samoa World Cup squad

first_imgPapalii started in all three State of Origin matches this season and was originally selected to play for Australia in the ANZAC Test in May but was withdrawn due to suspension.The 25-year-old Canberra forward has played nine tests for the Kangaroos but will now wear blue, joining fellow Toa newcomers Zane Musgrove, Jazz Tevaga and Jarome Luai.The squad will be led by Pritchard, who returned to the NRL from the English Super League to join Parramatta this season.The 33-year-old represented the Kiwis at the 2013 World Cup but has since accumulated five test caps for Samoa.Joseph Paulo returns to the side for the first time since 2010 while Ben Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau, Peter and Sione Mata’utia, Sam Tagataese and Tautau Moga add further experience to the squad.A former New Zealand half, Roberts has 12 test caps for Samoa and starred for Castleford in 2017, who take on Leeds in the Super League grand final this weekend.Head coach Matt Parish said it was a strong, experienced squad with the desire to represent Samoa as evident in the disappointment of several NRL players who missed selection.”Despite some players being unavailable due to injury we have a very strong squad that will do Samoa proud,” he said.”It’s a tough group but these boys have lifted before when they have put on the Samoan jersey, and there is a lot of competitiveness to gain selection. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.”Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a said team work would be the focus of the preparations for the squad leading up to the opening game against the Kiwis.”Teamwork requires sacrifice upfront and putting the collective needs of the team ahead of any individual. There is no ‘I’ in team but there is ‘I’ in ‘WIN’,” he said.The Samoa squad will assemble in Sydney next Tuesday and play a Country Rugby League side in Wagga on 13 October.Along with New Zealand, Samoa will face Tonga and Scotland in the World Cup group stages.Samoa squad:Frank Pritchard (C), Bunty Afoa, Leeson Ah Mau, Faámanu Brown, Herman Ese’ese,Pita Godinet, Joey Leilua, Ricky Leutele, Sam Lisone, Jarmoine Luai, Suaia Matagi, Peter Mata’utia, Sione Mata’utia, Ken Maumalo, Tautau Moga, Zane Musgrave, Josh Papalii, Joseph Paulo, Junior Paulo, Ben Roberts, Sam Tagataese, Jazz Tevaga, Young Tonumaipea, Matthew WrightPhoto: PHOTOSPORT Former Kangaroos rep Josh Papalii will represent Samoa at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.last_img read more