G&F Industries Inc. of Sturbridge makes the Mini, along with other Preserve products, including colanders and reusable drinking cups. The two companies began working together in 2007. G&F president John J. Argitis says Preserve is still his only customer using 100 percent recycled plastic in its products. "From my perspective, I think it's pretty rare in the industry,'' he says. While the relationship started small, today Preserve is a major customer of the 100-person plastic molding company. Once the Mini has been produced, G&F applies several labels (like "BPA Free'' and a bar code), puts a dozen of them into a cardboard box, and sends the boxes off to a distribution center in upstate New York. (Preserve uses software to analyze the environmental impact of nearly every decision it makes, such as whether to use trucks or trains to transport materials and products. The finished Minis are trucked; plastic the company reuses travels by rail.)Check out the March 21 issue if Plastics News for our special report, "Plastics in Housewares," which includes a story on more products that are using recycled content. And watch PlasticsNews.com tomorrow for Rhoda Miel's video reports from the show.
A 'green' housewares success story
The Boston Globe had a nice story on Sunday about a trend in the housewares sector that we've been following, the rise of recycled-content products. The story went into some detail on housewares brand Preserve Products. Plastics News staff reporter Rhoda Miel touched on this a few weeks ago, when recycled resins specialist NextLife LLC announced at the International Housewares Show that it had signed a partnership to supply post-consumer polypropylene to Recycline Inc., the Waltham, Mass., company that developed Preserve. NextLife, based in Boca Raton, Fla., has worked with other companies to source recycled resins for their products. Its resins include proprietary post-consumer recycled PP and polystyrene that meet U.S. food safety requirements. For Preserve, NextLife will provide PP for a range of items including toothbrushes, dishes and food storage products. The Globe's story goes into some more detail on Preserve's plans, including naming the company's custom molder -- G&F Industries Inc.
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