Category: Sustainability

Keep it Simple on Earth Day.

On Saturday, April 22nd, it will be the 47th Anniversary of Earth Day! Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. RJ Schinner has many products that are sustainable and green choices.  This...

Introducing Simple Earth Dispensers

Simple Earth adds Dispensers to enhance the brand’s line of 100% recycled paper products. RJ Schinner is excited to announce the addition of Simple Earth Dispensers to the Simple Earth paper product line. Use these sleek, efficient dispensers to provide your customers with the same quality paper solutions you have come to expect from Simple Earth. Simple Earth paper dispensers span the entire sustainable paper product line. House your Simple Earth products in these clean, unobtrusive dispensers to add a measure of professional efficiency to any space, and make a lasting commitment to help support the environment. Click here to...

Empress Earth for Earth Day!

Celebrate the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day with Empress Earth Products! Empress Earth is a brand new line in the Empress Family of Products.  The Empress Earth Bagasse Products utilize what would commonly be a waste product from sugar production (Bagasse) to make a wide variety of sustainable products. Why Sugarcane? Sugarcane is a renewable plant in two ways. Sugarcane plants can be harvested more than once, and are a crop that grows after it is cut and planted again. Since sugarcane is a renewable and fast growing plant, the by-product (crushed sugarcane stalks, referred to as Bagasse) is a...

Empress Food Service Segment Expanding!

Over the last two years the Empress family of product has grown to offer several categories in the food service packaging arena, including gloves, cutlery, food trays, straws and stirrers, food service film, and paper plates.  Now, RJ Schinner is ready to introduce more additions to the food service segment with premium lines of Portion Cups, Deli Containers, Polystyrene Cups, Polypropylene Cups, PET Cups, Food Service Foil, Hot Cups and Empress Earth, a green line of products.   Quality products, great value and attractive packaging are what you will come to expect with all Empress products. Empress will allow our...

Americo’s Full Cycle Floor Pads Win a Distributor Choice Award!

Americo® Manufacturing has won a Distributor Choice Award by Sanitary Maintenance! Distributors worldwide voted Americo’s Full Cycle™ floor pads, as a top innovation for 2015. The unique floor pads have been recognized with other industry awards such as, ISSA’s 2014 Innovation Award, NISSCO’s 2014 Sustainability Award, and The Cleaning Show’s 2015 Innovation Award earlier this year. (Sanitary Maintenence)   Americo has been manufacturing floor pads with 100% recycled fibers for well over a decade. 100% of the synthetic fiber used to manufacture their floor and hand pads come from recycled PET. The Full Cycle Floor Pads have taken this a...

Celebrate Earth Day with These Green Products!

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. RJ Schinner has many products that are sustainable and green choices.  This post will touch on a few of them.  If you would like more information on other green choices, visit our Green Product Literature Page. There you will find sell sheets, brochures, and...

Solaris Paper Takes Positive Steps Toward Sustainability

Solaris Paper, a towel and tissue manufacturer is partnered with Asia Pulp & Paper as part of their vertical business model. Basically, APP grows, harvests and produces the pulp and paper which Solaris converts into quality away-from-home towel and tissue products. Solaris products include the Livi and Nvi lines of products. Historically, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has faced some harsh criticism on it’s sustainability practices. They were the center of many environmental controversies about their deforestation practices, operations encroaching on protected wildlife and illegal logging of protected trees. Greenpeace held many campaigns against them, the FSC cut it’s ties...

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Getting a Handle on Plastic Bag Bans

In a previous post, we examined some important legislation that passed this summer focusing on polystyrene containers and cups.  Additionally, there has also been much momentum in the push for plastic bag bans in certain municipalities. Legislation like his has been attempted in the past, only to dissolve before it ever comes to fruition. Whether that is the case for this go-round has yet to be seen, but with the nature of the green movement it is highly likely that more environmental shifts will be occurring within the packaging industry. A perfect harbinger of change is the recent acquisition of Duro Bag...

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Working With Polystyrene Foam (EPS) Bans

This summer, a number of cities in the United States have passed Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) packaging legislation aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of those products in foodservice.  In this post, we will examine the bans passed this summer affecting polystyrene takeout containers and cups, while offering a number of alternatives for impacted customers. Local governments are becoming increasingly concerned with polystyrene foam in food packaging (although many argue that the effects of polystyrene foam on the environment are often overstated.) For a side by side comparison of polystyrene foam versus paper, check out our blog post: Foam or Paper? An...

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Redefine Value with Empress Products

When it comes to the Away-From-Home category, the paper and foodservice options are seemingly endless. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, with wide variations in case packs, sheet counts, quality, sourcing, package design, price points, and brand recognition. Empress Products, a fairly new brand on the scene, accommodates many of your customer’s “must-have” attributes that they may not know about, as it quickly expands to include a multitude of new products.   What are Empress Products? The Empress Products brand was first introduced in August of 2013, and includes away-from-home paper and foodservice disposables. The line currently includes kitchen roll towels,...