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Tree Free Sneezing

Nothing quite like the mental picture of sneezing or blowing your nose into a tree free tissue, now is there?  Except perhaps the image of blowing your sweet nose into sugar cane tissue!

Name:  Ralph Bianculli, Jr

Company/Products: Emerald Brand, Tree Free Facial Tissue

What’s your personal definition of greening?

A product made in an environmentally preferable way. Whether the raw materials are renewable/sustainable/recycled. All chemicals in our products are environmentally safe and chlorine free. A reduction in carbon footprint from a similarly equivalent product.

How did you get started in green business?

We began in 1998 with 4 SKUS of 100% recycled products. We now produce more than 60 environmentally friendly SKUS including paper made from sugarcane waste that is traditionally burned.

Why did you choose to supply Greenhome.com?

You guys have a wonderful message and a true commitment to become green. (Though I wish you would sell some more of our Tree Free products..!) (Editor’s note, Ralph, what are you waiting for?  Call us and sell us more!)

What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?

We recycled all around the office, use all of our green products in the office environment, limit printing per employee, and use eco-efficient distribution logistics.

What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?

Do some research on the product you’re purchasing, make sure the company is credible and that the product is truly GREEN.

What’s your personal favorite of your products that Greenhome.com carries?

Tree free facial tissue, of course!

What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started?

The biggest challenge is converting customers over to green at cost neutral or less, something which we have overcome in the last few years. It’s fantastic, now consumers can spend the same amount of money and use our eco-friendly products. It’s an easy choice for them.

Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?

ABSOLUTELY! Take a look at our eco-calculator on our homepage and you’ll see!

Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?

Consumers are much more aware. Since we launched our tree free line with the Duane Reade/Walgreens group the numbers speak for themselves , as we outsold Charmin for the first time in Duane Reade’s history. Consumers still need to be educated though. They need to know things go beyond “recycled”.

If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?

It’s a secret!

Thank you for your time- we are looking forward to many more years working with you!

Bernardo Herrero of Bioplanet – Replacing Plastic Packaging with Biodegrables One Meal at a Time

Hey Bernardo, thanks for taking the time to talk to the Green Home Blog.  Bioplanet sounds like a fascinating story, and I know we have a lot of restaurants using your products.  I spent some time reading through your site this afternoon. Half the cleantech sector is focused on developing cellulosic biofuels to replace crude oil, and here you are plugging away turning cellulose fibers directly into replacements for plastic packaging products.  How cool is that!

Name:

Bernardo Herrero
Executive Director
Bioplanet
www.bioplanet.us

Company: Bioplanet Corp

What’s your personal definition of greening?

Less impact to planet earth in everyday life.

How did you get started in green business?

Developed disposable plates that wouldn’t harm the environment when tossed away and didn’t reach the ladfill, or can be eaten by wildlife.

Why did you choose to supply Greenhome.com?

Nice broad website that puts our products in our target market’s eyes.

What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?

Use our own products as disposables in office and personal use.

What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?

Go green not to show it off, go green because you really care to leave the world a better place to live in.

What’s your personal favorite of your products that Greenhome.com carries?

Regular bamboo and bagasse line.
 
What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started?

More awareness from business in the foodservice sector that customers want green products in their operations.

Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?

Not big, but a difference; until the whole world changes to green, then the big difference will appear.

Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?

All know, but not entirely and deeply enough to push market and economies of scales towards that. Also know green products are expensive, so a lot of consumers don’t pursue much.

If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?

Fuel for machinery that has the same throughput than fossil based fuel and lower cost.

Thank you

Bernardo Herrero
Executive Director
Bioplanet
www.bioplanet.us