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Pizza Hut Tests Two New Product Innovations

Since the beginning of time, pizza boxes were square and the round pies inside of them were topped with meat. Not anymore. Earlier this month, Pizza Hut introduced a limited-time test of a plant-based pizza topping served up in a game-changingROUNDpizza box. The test of both innovations will take place exclusively at one Pizza Hut location inPhoenixwhere America's Original Pizza Company will introduce the newGarden Specialty Pizzatopped with Incogmeato™ by MorningStar Farms Italian sausage.

“We innovate for human's sake and we'll win on taste—PERIOD. At Pizza Hut we don't do anything halfway and improving the customer experience and delivering a better tasting pizza is our core mission," saidMarianne Radley, chief brand officer, Pizza Hut. "When we talk about feeding more possibilities, we mean it—and I can't wait to share these two new industry-changing innovations with our customers."

Pizza Hut partnered with Zume, a company pioneering the shift to a more sustainable future of food, to design a way to put a round pizza in a round box. Not only does the round box contain less overall packaging compared to a typical square pizza box, it's also industrially compostable (where available) and interlocks easily to ensure a smoother delivery. In other words, no pizza insurance policy needed and freed up space in the fridge for leftovers. Following the event inPhoenix, Pizza Hut will look at ways to roll the box out more widely in the near future.

"This revolutionary round box—the result of a two-year journey—is the most innovative packaging we've rolled out to date," said Nicolas Burquier, chief customer & operations officer, Pizza Hut. "The round box was engineered to make our products taste even better—by delivering hotter, crispier pizzas. This box is a win, win—it will improve the pizza-eating experience for our customers and simplify the operating experience for our team members."

"Pizza Hut is an undisputed leader in its use of technology to deliver on its promise of hot, fast and reliable food," saidAlex Garden, Chairman and CEO of Zume, Inc. "We're thrilled to support Pizza Hut's packaging efforts to provide its fans with a great pizza-eating experience."

Hot off the heels of last month's Stuffed Cheez-It™ Pizza launch, this limited-time test run of the plant-based Italian sausage topping marks the second venture for Pizza Hut and Kellogg. The new Garden Specialty Pizza will feature Incogmeato™ Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms and banana peppers and will be served exclusively on Pizza Hut's large, hand-tossed crust.

"Incogmeato™ is a new-to-the-world brand created to challenge convention on delicious plant-based food," saysWendy Davidson, Kellogg Away from Home President. "Pizza Hut is the innovation leader in its category and we are excited to partner with them to develop a tasty, first-ever plant-based pizza to satisfy what flexitarians are seeking today."

The limited-run Garden Specialty Pizza, served in the new round box featuring Pizza Hut's green roof logo, will be sold for$10and be available in-store only.  www.pizzahut.com


Winning Combo: Smells Like A Spa + Cleans Toxin Free

Let’s talk cleaning! We all want a household cleaner we can trust but too often our go-to cleaners are loaded with harsh chemicals that are not safe for us to be spraying in the air never mind breathing into our lungs! Many traditional cleaners tend to be filled with synthetic fragrances, QUATS, dioxane other harsh additives you don’t even want to think about! Learn more about this here.

In addition, our toxic emissions from consumer products are rising. Chemicals from adhesives, cleaning products, textiles, furniture and personal care products are now contributing one-half of emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) according to a recent study. If these statistics are giving you pause, then it's time to check out SQUEAK!

SQUEAK is a new line of parent-approved cleaning products that has ditched the toxins in favor of environmentally-conscious, safe and organic ingredients. And yes, they work! Tested and proven to out-clean some of the most popular brands in the natural space.

This mom-created brand uses hardworking ingredients like reverse osmosis water, natural and organic essential oils, organic vinegar, organic witch hazel that contribute antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties to SQUEAK’s delicious smelling formulas.


We gave a bunch of these products a test drive, putting them to the test in our office restrooms (now, that’s a test) as well as our homes.  Unanimously, these products received high praise for getting the job done and leaving a bright, spa-like scent behind.  The folks at SQUEAK are so proud of the ingredients they use they put them right on the front of the package for all to see. 

SQUEAK products can be purchased individually or in bundles for a whole house clean kit! You can also get ingenious little concentrated refills so you can continue to use the same bottle which saves you money and is kinder to the environment.

To purchase or to find out more:  www.getsqueakywithus.com


Philadelphia & San Francisco Businesses Win the Final People & Planet Award

Small businesses in Philadelphia and the San Francisco area are being recognized by the national nonprofit Green America with $5000 awards for their exemplary commitment to a green economy. Green America’s People & Planet Award celebrates socially and environmentally responsible small businesses. The winners were Bennett Compost and Planted Table for the theme of “Best of the Green Economy.”

This was the final round of the award, which honored 62 small businesses over its eight-year run. The first round of the People & Planet Award was announced in the summer of 2012 with the theme of “Local Community Action.”

“For over a decade, the People & Planet Award has told the story of small green businesses in a powerful way – highlighting their innovation and deep commitment to people and the planet. Award winners have proven that business can be a force for social justice and environmental sustainability,” said Fran Teplitz, Green America’s executive co-director. “The award has also injected over $300,000 into the small, green business sector, helping local businesses take their next green steps.”

The winning companies:

Bennett Compost (Philadelphia, PA). Bennett Compost composts the food waste and organics for over 3000 households and businesses in the Philadelphia area. According to the UN, over 30 percent of the food we grow winds up in landfills, contributing to over 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Bennett Compost’s goal is to give Philadelphians the option to compost, even in the city! The average person throws out over 1600 pounds of "garbage" each year. Bennett Compost’s customers throw out half of that.

Planted Table (San Francisco Bay Area, CA). Planted Table was launched by two sisters who wanted to make a heart-healthy, organic plant-based diet more accessible to everyone. Planted Table is a vegan company that avoids wastefulness by using glass containers. By doing this, they have saved over 100,000 plastic containers from filling landfills and customers say Planted Table helps to greatly reduce their household waste. Planted Table also works with local farms for their organic produce.

“We are so grateful for this award and to everyone who voted for us. We will be using the $5,000 to expand our compost processing capacity so that we can continue to collect more organics from more Philadelphians. We not only want to keep this valuable material out of the waste stream but make sure its potential is fully utilized by turning it into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Feed the soil, not the landfill!” said Jennifer Mastalerz, co-owner of Bennett Compost.

“Winning this award is a game changer for our business. It gives us some much-needed funds to invest in upgrading our kitchen equipment and allows us to purchase new, reusable glass containers, which will allow us to take on more meal plan members. Being able to offer our plant-based, sustainable meal delivery service to more people is a win for everyone. Thank you so much!” said Executive Chef and Co-Founder Lauren Mahlke and Co-Founder Megan Scott of Planted Table.

The People & Planet Award recognizes innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The winners were selected by the public during a month-long online voting period. The award has been made possible through a generous supporter, and 2019 marks the planned conclusion of the program.

The businesses that the public vote on are determined by public nominations and an expert panel of judges:  Justin Conway, Calvert Impact Capital; Tess O’Brien, Clean Power Perks, Erlene Howard, Collective Resource, Inc., Dale Luckwitz, Happsy.com; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Beth Porter, Scott Kitson and Fran Teplitz of Green America.


Recycle Baby Food Packaging

Gerber, the early childhood nutrition leader, has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle® to help give hard-to-recycle baby food packaging a new life. This partnership is rooted in Gerber and TerraCycle’s shared values around eliminating waste and supports the recovery of hard-to-recycle baby food packaging on a national scale.

Participation in the program is easy – parents can simply sign up on the Gerber Recycling Program page at www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/gerber and mail in packaging that is not municipally recyclable using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

“Through this free recycling program, Gerber is offering parents an easy way to divert waste from landfills by providing a responsible way to dispose of certain hard-to-recycle baby food packaging,” said TerraCycle CEO and Founder, Tom Szaky. “By collecting and recycling these items, families can demonstrate their respect for the environment not only through the products that they choose for their children, but also with how they dispose of the packaging.”

As an added incentive, for every pound of packaging waste sent to TerraCycle through the Gerber Recycling Program, collectors can earn $1 to donate to a non-profit, school or charitable organization of their choice.

Gerber believes the baby food industry should help create a world where babies thrive, and this partnership is one of many steps toward its goal to achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025. “We’re thrilled to partner with TerraCycle as part of our broader sustainable packaging efforts,” said Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka. “We know every parent’s top priority is to ensure a healthy, happy future for their baby. Our commitment to sustainability is rooted in giving parents a hand in making their baby’s future that much brighter.”

Gerber was founded on the ambition to give babies the best start in life. That's why their work doesn’t stop at nutrition. As the world’s largest baby food company, Gerber has upheld some of the industry’s strongest agricultural standards through its Clean Field Farming™ practices, and is committed to reducing energy use, water use and carbon emissions in its factories.

The Gerber Recycling Program is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. For more information on TerraCycle’s recycling programs, visit www.TerraCycle.com.


The a2 Milk Company Debuts New Product Line in the U.S.

Mornings in America just got a little better now that The a2 Milk® Company has announced the launch of a2 Milk Coffee Creamers, capitalizing on the surging popularity of a2 Milk among American consumers.

The first new product offering since coming to the U.S. from Australia in 2015, a2 Milk Coffee Creamers come in two deliciously smooth flavors – Sweet Cream and Creamy Vanilla – both made with only 5 simple, natural ingredients including real a2 Milk and cream. Mornings and coffee breaks will never be the same.

a2 Milk Coffee Creamers join the company’s innovative a2 Milk products, which offer real, nutritious dairy milk that is easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort. a2 Milk Coffee Creamers will soon be available in over 1,000 grocery stores across the U.S including Sprouts Farmers Market, ShopRite, Hy-Vee and Earth Fare.

“This is truly an exciting moment for The a2 Milk Company,” said Blake Waltrip, CEO of The a2 Milk Company U.S. “Every day, we hear from people across the country who are able to drink milk again, thanks to a2 Milk. Now we’re broadening ways for coffee drinkers to enjoy real dairy by adding our a2 Milk Coffee Creamers to their morning routine. Coffee creamer was one of our top requested products by our consumers.”

The announcement of this highly anticipated new product follows the company’s recent milestone of reaching national geographic distribution in the U.S. after signing on with Kroger.

The company’s total U.S. milk distribution is over 13,100 stores operated by 80 major grocers across the country. a2 Milk is available at leading retailers including select Costco and Walmart locations, Ahold, Albertsons/Safeway, Food Lion, The Fresh Market, HEB, Kroger, Market Basket, Meijer, Publix, ShopRite, Sprouts Farmers Market, Target, Wegmans, and Whole Foods Market.

Published research suggests that a2 Milk may help avoid stomach discomfort in some people because the milk comes from cows that naturally produce only the natural A2 protein and no A1.

The a2 Milk Company works with local U.S. dairy farmers to identify cows that only naturally produce the A2 protein type and process their milk separately, making it possible for some with sensitivities to enjoy real cows’ milk. The a2 Milk Company pays its farmers a premium to help them improve their profitability and reinvest in their farms. All of the company’s U.S. farms are certified by Validus for animal welfare standards.

For more information on The a2 Milk Company, its products and location availability, please visit a2milk.com.


Reuse Tea Bags

Don't toss that teabag!  After the first cup of tea is brewed, the teabag will start to lose flavor and strength--but do not fret.  You can get extra use out of those used teabags and here are a few ideas to guide you:

Use teabags on your puffy eyes.Warm or cold teabags can help refresh your eyes whether they're achy, tired or puffy. Reduce plantar warts.Plantar warts can be treated with teabags because of the tannin in the tea. On the affected area, place a warm wet teabag for 10-20 minutes, and then leave it to dry naturally. If you repeat this for a couple ofdays, hopefully the wart will go. Give yourself a facial.Facials can be expensive, but you can make one at home... using tea. Place a brewed tea bag into a bowl of hot water. Then position your head over the bowl, and then put a towel over your head to keep the steam in. It will leave your face glowing and radiant! Soothe burns and nicks from razors by applying a wet teabag to the skin. If you have sunburn, a bruise, stings or bites, or a cold sore you can put a damp tea bag onto the area and it will help to soothe the skin. Polish wood surfaces.  Weak tea can be used to restore a nice shine to your wood floors and furniture. Steep a couple of used tea bags in warm water to make the weak tea. Then apply it to your wood surfaces with a soft rag or microfiber cloth. Give it a good buff, and your wood will be shining in no time! If you have a big, dirty, greasy dish that seems impossible to clean, leave it overnight with hot water and a few brewed teabags.They will help break down the grease. Clean dark leather shoes by wiping a wet, brewed teabag onto the surface of the shoe. Control odors around the house with teabags.Put some used teabags in a bowl and place inside a smelly fridge. Leave overnight, remove the teabags and be left with the much nicer smell of tea! Start A Fire.  You can use your old tea bags to make firestarters for your campfires! Squeeze the water out of your tea bags and allow them to dry thoroughly. Next, dip the dried tea bags in melted wax (likesoy candle wax). Arrange the wax-dipped bags on a piece of tin foil or parchment paper. Once the wax has hardened, they’re ready to use! They light quickly, burn brightly, and will help you get a campfire going in no time.


Featured in this issue:

Pizza Hut Tests Two New Product Innovations

Winning Combo: Smells Like A Spa + Cleans Toxin Free

Philadelphia & San Francisco Businesses Win the Final People & Planet Award

Recycle Baby Food Packaging

The a2 Milk Company Debuts New Product Line in the U.S.

Reuse Tea Bags

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