Posts with term Rubbermaid X

Earth Day reminds us one person can make a difference

Annabelle Gurwitch helps us celebrate Earth Day in a new and exciting way so you can make a difference.
HELP THE PLANET BE GREEN ON EARTH DAY How about getting outside and planting native wildflowers? Air Wick Scented Oils and Botanica by Air Wick are partnering with World Wildlife Fund to reseed 1 billion square feet of native wildflower and grassland habitats in the Northern Great Plains over the next three years. For more information, visit www.airwick.us
LIVE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY More than a third of the world’s major urban areas with more than 3 million people are under high or extremely high water stress. We can waste up to 20 gallons of water when we pre-rinse our dishes before loading the dishwasher. So FINISH has launched #SkipTheRinse, a bold initiative to raise awareness of household water waste. For more information, visit www.finishdishwashing.com/skip-the-rinse
UNIQUE TIPS FOR RECYCLING Thanks to Rubbermaid you can now recycle any brand of well-used food storage containers for free through the Rubbermaid’s Food Storage Recycling Program in partnership with TerraCycle. It takes three steps. You register on the website, TerraCycle.com, print a prepaid shipping label and send your old containers in. It’s that simple.

Home Spring Spruce with Shay Millheiser

Spring is a great time to deep clean and improve your home. Make is easy with these tips from DIY expert and TV host Shay Millheiser: Vacuum from the couch with a Neato Robot Vacuum. Spring cleaning isn't just for the home - organize your desktop with My Cloud Home. Many people have improved their cleaning habits since the pandemic began. Keep it going with Windex Disinfectant Cleaner Multisurface. Tired of storing old, mismatched food storage containers? Terracycle can recycle them, and it's as easy as printing a shipping! Then, start fresh with Rubbermaid Food Storage. Learn more here.

Year In Review 2020: Consumers Stocked Up On Kitchen Prep Tools

With the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers were hungry for kitchen tools and gadgets that were innovative, functional and also appealing as they stocked their kitchens to keep up with all of the home cooking they were doing.   Even before the pandemic, the majority of consumers committed to healthier ways of eating and prepping fresh ingredients at home. Vendors stepped up to the plate to offer consumers solutions to meet their needs and to elevate the at-home experience. Moving & Shaking
  • Bradshaw Home appointed Scott Henrikson as svp/international.
  • Cangshan Cutlery Company named Rob Walling vp/sales.
  • Regal Ware appointed Andrew Mielke to the post of global sourcing director.
  • Wüsthof appointed Bridget DeGroot as vp/finance at Wüsthof USA. Todd Myers, vp/sales, left the company after 22 years.
  • Coravin appointed Christopher Ladd as its CEO and Jeff Lasher as chief financial officer.
  • Widgeteer named Jennifer Zadoff as its new director of sales operations.
  • J.K. Adams named Donna Cross as its new assistant sales manager. Cross will be the face of specialty retail operations.
  • Maverick named John Evans national sales manager for housewares accounts, selected hardware accounts and buying groups.
  Brand News
  • Oxo, a division of Helen of Troy, celebrated its 30th anniversary and joined 1% for the Planet. The company committed to donate 1% of its annual sales toward environmental causes.
  • Rubbermaid partnered with international recycling provider, TerraCycle, to make all brands of well-used food storage containers recyclable in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Regal Ware finalized the acquisition of the Espro brand of premium coffee and tea presses and accessories.
  • Prepara and Catamount Glassware signed a licensing and distribution agreement.
  • Core Home acquired UK-based gift and pet brands, W+W and Wild and Woofy, subsidiaries of design-led lifestyle conglomerate Wild+Wolf. The company also signed an exclusive licensing deal with French Bull on an assortment of hydration and kitchenware products.
  • Kuhn Rikon USA was named the exclusive distributor of Betty Bossi products in North America.
  • Cangshan Cutlery Company entered into a licensing deal with Bonnier Corp., publisher of Saveur magazine, as it expands its Saveur Selects licensing program.
  • Robinson Home Products inked a licensing agreement with ViacomCBS for the Nickelodeon properties SpongeBob SquarePants, JoJo Siwa and Paw Patrol.
  • Wüsthof unveiled its first e-commerce website store along with a refreshed brand identity and the expansion of its Crafter line of cutlery.
  • Ginsu entered into a licensing agreement with Brand Partners Group to develop a line of kitchen gadgets under the Ginsu brand.
  • Scanpan USA was named the exclusive U.S. distributor of Sumikama Cutlery, a manufacturer of steel kitchen knives, located in Seki City, Japan.
  Product Pipeline
  • Dexas debuted the Prep-Tech Cutting Board, which has a tech slot that can hold a variety of tablets, pads and smart phones.
  • Rubbermaid, a division of Newell Brands, introduced Brilliance Glass food storage and EasyFindLids food storage containers with SilverShield for antimicrobial product protection.
  • Centurion Global debuted its new Collapse-It Steamers food storage collection exclusively on QVC.
  • Prepara released the Latchlok storage system that features a unique sliding latch and venting system.
  • GreenPan, a subsidiary of The Cookware Company, released the Chop & Grill by GreenPan line of cutlery.
  • Kyocera launched InnovationBlack ceramic knives, which the company said features a fusion of ceramic materials.
  • Epicurean partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on a new licensed collection of cutting boards and kitchen tools, sold exclusively at Crate & Barrel.
  • UT Brands, home to Funwares, KidsFunwares and Barbuzzo, reorganized its portfolio of brands to capitalize on the shifting consumer interest in giftable home goods.
  • Maverick released its smart-enabled Stake wireless probe thermometer.
  • Hammer Stahl, a brand of Heritage Steel, debuted a new 6-piece BBQ cutlery collection and knife sharpening system.
  • Kai USA introduced the Shun Classic Blond line of cutlery
  • J.K. Adams retooled its facilities to produce full face shields in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • GIR produced a reloadable silicone mask to help stop the spread the COVID-19 virus.
  • GelPro created face shields for health care providers to use when working with possible and known coronavirus patients.

A company partner to support recycling

Many thanks to those of you who are taking advantage of the convenience sites throughout the county for recycling. Since we reintroduced mixed paper: magazines, junk mail, circulars along with newspaper, we have been very pleased with the amounts collected at each site. Thank you for being mindful of not throwing any plastic bags or other waste into these containers. We are also happy about the switch folks have made to just glass bottles and jars in our containers and steel cans in a separate metal bin. Thanks for being aware of the signage and following these procedures. I, for one, remain saddened by plastics, though. Limiting our plastic options to just containers with necks forces me to look for other options, but sometimes wishes come true. As reported in Waste 360, a technical weekly journal for our industry, Newell Brands and Rubbermaid are working together with Terracycle to offer individuals a unique opportunity. In an attempt to divert waste plastic from our landfills, this wonderful partnership is providing an outlet for any food storage product. As of July 14, Rubbermaid and Terracycle are providing a program for us to recycle plastic food containers. There are a few things that you must do in order to work with their program. 1. Go to their website: www.terracycle.com 2. Join in as a new member 3. Browse through the pages of items that Terracycle handles! 4. Make sure you review their guidelines and requirements. After all, they are providing a much needed outlet for things we want to recycle, let’s follow the rules. 5. Be aware of the amounts to recycle…for these plastic food containers, it will depend on the size box that you will ship them in. I printed off my first mailing label, and it had a weight of three pounds. Probably a good place to start! 6. You will create an account with Terracycle and be able to print a shipping label. 7. This program can be for individuals, groups, schools or businesses. I’m excited about the chance to start small (charity begins at home?) and if this works well, I will expand to my workplace or maybe neighborhood. Keep in mind that Tupperware is a time tested product for food storage. It is very responsible of them to also help the plastics industry help with the waste created by the plastics industry. If only other manufacturers would do the same. But wait! Take a look at the rest of the Terracycle drop down screen…they provide recycling for many odd things, but many of them are product specific. For example, if you are a big user of Arm & Hammer and OxiClean, they will recycle the pouches that these products come in. They sponsor a bakery bag recycling program for bags from breads, rolls and bagels. There is a Brita recycling program for filters and units! The list is rather extensive but also very specific. If you are interested and have the space in your home to store these materials, there are ways to recycle! Please remember, though, your county convenience sites can handle your plastic bottles, glass bottles, steel cans, aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard and the variety of papers from magazines, to junk mail to circulars to newspapers; we also accept scrap metal, up to 5 tires (off rims), used motor oil, used antifreeze and rechargeable batteries. We accept fluorescent lamps from homeowners (fee for small businesses, referrals for larger businesses) and used cooking oil from homeowners at the Gaston County Landfill. Call for an appointment…704-922-0267! And one last thing, we are accepting latex paint, by appointment only, 704-922-7729, from homeowners! We can only take latex paints!  

Rubbermaid® launches EasyFindLids™ SilverShield® For Antimicrobial Product Protection* To Resist Odor-Causing Bacterial Growth

New food storage containers provide 24/7 antimicrobial product protection* while organizing and reducing clutter

ATLANTA, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's consumers are spending more time at home and cooking in the kitchen, and they increasingly care about innovative and efficient food storage. Rubbermaid® - a leader in home organization and food storage solutions - today announced the launch of EasyFindLids™ Food Storage Containers with SilverShield® for Antimicrobial Product Protection, a new variety of durable food storage containers with built-in antimicrobial properties to protect* the containers and lids against unwanted microbes on food storage containers. Using SilverShield® technology, the containers and lids contain small amounts of silver ions to help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the product surface - and because it's integrated into both the container and lid, it works continuously with 24/7 antimicrobial product protection* that lasts the lifetime of the product. The SilverShield® technology resists bacterial growth that causes food odors and meets FDA guidelines for food contact surfaces. "At a time when consumers are cooking more at home, we are pleased to offer a new storage solution that not only helps reduce clutter but also keeps food storage containers free of odors," said Kris Malkoski, CEO, Food Business Unit at Newell Brands. "With the introduction of SilverShield® antimicrobial technology, our hope is to provide consumers with peace-of-mind that their meals and their containers can stay protected and fresh longer." The new antimicrobial containers feature the same modular, space-efficient design as the Rubbermaid EasyFindLids™ collection, which are designed for easy organization and reducing clutter. Lids snap together and to container bases, making it easy to find the right lid for the right container. Additionally, bases nest neatly together when storing. Rubbermaid EasyFindLids™ SilverShield® for Antimicrobial Product Protection containers are made in the U.S. and BPA-free, microwave-safe on reheat settings, freezer-safe and dishwasher-safe on the top rack. *Antimicrobial properties are built in to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the product surface. This product does not protect users or others against foodborne bacteria. Always clean and wash this product thoroughly before and after each use. The new food storage containers are available in a variety of sizes and shapes for different needs, in sets ranging from 24-42 pieces. The products can be purchased at online retailers nationwide including Target, Walmart and on Amazon, starting at $12 MSRP. Further, all well-used plastic and glass food storage products can be recycled through the Rubbermaid and TerraCycle® partnership, when it's time for an upgrade to the latest food storage products from Rubbermaid. For more information, visit www.rubbermaid.com. About Rubbermaid Rubbermaid® is a leader in developing innovative, high-quality solutions that help consumers keep their homes in order. Widely recognized and trusted, Rubbermaid designs and markets a full range of organization, storage and cleaning products to keep the home – including closets, garages, kitchens and outdoor spaces – neat and functional, freeing consumers to enjoy life. Rubbermaid (www.rubbermaid.com) is part of Newell Brands' global portfolio of brands. About Newell Brands Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer's®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Mapa®, Spontex® and Yankee Candle®.  For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. CONTACT:Caitlin WatkinsNewell Brands caitlin.watkins@newellco.com Alyssa SchorZeno Group for RubbermaidAlyssa.schor@zenogroup.com   Rubbermaid® - a leader in home organization and food storage solutions - announces EasyFindLids™ Food Storage Containers with SilverShield® for Antimicrobial Product Protection, a new variety of durable food storage containers with built-in antimicrobial properties to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the product surface. (PRNewsfoto/Newell Rubbermaid)

Around the House: Indoor composter turns kitchen scraps into fertilizer

I know, I know, I know: This is the third time in the last 18 months I’ve written about reducing or redirecting kitchen waste.   Humour me please, because as an enthusiast home cook I’m evangelical on the topic. Righteously so, I think, given that the 2.2 million tonnes of avoidable household food waste created annually by Canadians is equivalent to 2.1 million cars on the road, according to Love Food Hate Waste Canada, an awareness campaign delivered by the National Zero Waste Council.   Love Food Hate Waste Canada has great tips for reducing food waste. But even the most careful cooks will have scraps. The good news is that products, programs and processes that lessen kitchen waste are coming to market.           I recently tested, for example, the FoodCycler FC-50 that Vitamix launched in July. It transforms kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment (aka fertilizer) that can be used to enrich indoor or outdoor gardens, is free of pathogens, and can be stored pest-free for months.   Taking up about one cubic foot, the unit can live under a sink or on a countertop. The removable waste collection bucket has a snugly-fitting carbon-filter lid; I had no problems with odours from the basket or with pesky fruit flies.   The machine takes fruit cores, vegetable peels, dairy, chicken bones and more. The cycle is supposed to run between three and eight hours; it’s always been done in four or less with the loads I’ve made.   I first tried the FoodCycler ($500) in my home in the city. Feeding a family of four, with a diet that’s heavy on plant-based choices, I was filling it up every on average once a day.   While I found it useful and effective, I am also notoriously reluctant to give up counter or cupboard space. I’m also very happy with Toronto’s municipal green bin program, but I know that friends in condos and apartments don’t all have access to that service.   Indeed, one audience that’s given the unit rave reviews online is homeowners living in multi-residential urban settings where there may be no composting program, or where outdoor composting encourages varmints.   With that in mind, I took the FoodCycler with me for a three-week working stint at my cottage, where all waste has to go to a dump, and where there is no community composting program.   It’s a perfect fit. There’s less smell and fewer drippy messes inside — as food waste goes into the recycler rather than a garbage bag. There’s also less smell — and no pests so far — in the garbage container that stays out in a bunkie between dump runs, which I’ve also cut down on. I expect I will doubly appreciate fewer trips to the bunkie — and the dump — during cold and icy weather.   The geraniums and herbs I grow in pots all got a dose of the soil enhancer, and did so well on it that I’m considering starting an indoor herb and micro-green garden this winter.       Many online reviews say the process is odourless; but once or twice, my mix has exuded a slight, vaguely vegetal odour. It’s completely inoffensive to me, but if I didn’t like it, I’d simply turn the machine on at night when I am out of the kitchen. There is absolutely no odour from the finished material.   In another home-related category, Rubbermaid www.rubbermaid.com has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle www.terracycle.com to make their glass and plastic food storage containers recyclable in the United States and Canada.   Rubbermaid product is famously durable, but when its natural life does come to an end, it’s good to know it can be re-used. Once collected, containers are cleaned and melted into hard plastic or glass that can be recycled into park benches, bins, and other consumer products.   The program is open to individuals, schools, offices, and community organizations. For more on initiatives from both companies, go to www.aroundthehouse.ca  


A California Highway becomes the first state road made from all recycled materials in the U.S. California-based company, TechniSoil Industrial has created a process that integrates recycled plastic into road repaving. The process also incorporates 100% of the old asphalt, another aspect that saves on air pollution and landfill waste. The TechniSoil’s polymer-infused roads have also proved to be sturdier, flatter, safer, and more durable than those made with regular asphalt. This new repaving process using all recycled materials was first tested last month, replacing three lanes of 1,000-foot highway in Northern California highway, becoming the first state road made from all recycled materials in the U.S. Los Angeles plans to test out the TechniSoil repaving process on a quarter-mile stretch of downtown L.A. in October.

21 Easy Meal Prep Ideas to Make the Best Kids Lunches

What’s for lunch? Can I have a snack? Two things every parent will hear and have to plan for all summer long. And with back-to-school only two months away, planning for school lunches is just around the corner. Don’t despair, you’ve got this! With the right tools and some dedicated time to kid-friendly meal prepping, you can make the best kids lunches ever – all year round! When it comes to planning for kids snacks and lunches, food and meal prep is your friend. Taking a few hours once or twice weekly to prepare for the rest of the days of the week will help make lunches stress-free.

Tupperware inches towards plastic circularity, one container at a time

Getting to sustainable plastics will be a story of cooperation. Cooperation between four groups of stakeholders that are used to working together but have different goals and incentives: plastic resin producers such as SABIC; companies that turn the resin into bottles, containers and other plastic products; consumer brands such as Tupperware; and waste collection organizations.   This chapter of the sustainable plastics story starts with Tupperware. Tupperware storage products have long helped people reduce food waste and single-use plastic. Beyond simple air-tight containers, its research and development team works to create products intended to extend the life of the food in your fridge. For example, CheeSmart helps preserve moisture in cheese, while FridgeSmart’s vent system controls airflow for longer produce storage.   "It's a holistic approach that we try to embrace all the way from when we design a product to how we produce a product and how we instruct people to use it," said Tupperware COO Bill Wright. "We are trying to make it have a bigger impact on people's lives and on the environment itself."   Tupperware’s sustainability initiative, No Time To Waste, commits to significantly reducing plastic and food waste by 2025. Through this effort, the company is investing in new materials such as circular polymers made from mixed plastic waste; a bid to eliminate single-use plastic packaging with the hopes of zero waste to landfills; reducing energy and water usage; and recycling 90 percent of its returned products. From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, the company supplies World Central Kitchen with products so that during disaster relief efforts, the nonprofit doesn’t need to rely on single-use plastics that usually end up in a landfill or the ocean.     "You have to kind of have to leap off that cliff when you're making the commitment," Wright said. "That’s what we’ve done."   In the supply chain that makes up the plastic industry, Tupperware is the face to consumers. It’s the one that has to cultivate a brand and market to an audience. It’s also the one that feels pressure from buyers to be more sustainable. As brands push for more sustainability to attract the more conscious consumer, their behind-the-scenes partners start to feel the heat.   Tupperware's partnership with SABIC to leverage its new circular polymer resin is an example of this downstream cooperation. SABIC isn’t a household name, so it doesn't have any consumer pressure to become more sustainable. In fact, even SABIC’s direct customers, the product manufactory facilities, aren’t demanding it. That push is coming from consumer brands such as Tupperware.   Taking that cue from its customers, SABIC decided there was a market for a more expensive plastic that is more sustainable. It created a circular polymer plastic resin by taking mixed plastic waste destined for the landfill and breaking it down, using a chemical process, to a virgin state. The circular polymer resin is then sent to the facilities that create new high-quality products, something traditional mechanical plastic recycling processes can’t recreate. Currently, Tupperware sells two products made out of the circular polymer material, a straw and a to-go coffee cup.   "Because there’s a limited amount of these resins available at this moment, we are asking where we can make the biggest impact," Wright said. "And it’s on these reusable products that are typically single-use. This is where we feel we can make a bigger impact, faster."   SABIC has its own sustainability goals, including using technologies that lower its carbon footprint, improving yield and energy efficiency and most importantly, focusing around developing resins with higher recycled content.   But to create resins and products with a higher percentage of recycled content, it will need to collect more plastic waste, a logistical challenge that has limited the evolution of recycling for decades. Solving the collection challenge in a way that makes economic sense to all stakeholders is the final link in a cooperation coalition that could make or break the future of the plastics industry.   According to Bob Maughon, CTO and CSO of SABIC, the company can’t directly address the collection and supply of plastic waste. Only through partnerships can it ensure it has the waste inputs it needs to achieve its sustainability goals and to expand its production capacity.   "We’re fully sold out on the [circular polymer] material that we have,” Maughon said. "The next facility that we’re building is already fully committed as well."   For now, SABIC works with waste collectors to ensure it gets the right amount of the right material, at the right cost to do the conversion.       Tupperware is starting to get into the waste collection game by developing an online warranty program to interact directly with customers and increase the percent of products that are returned to Tupperware. The goal is a 90 percent return rate without relying on independent collectors.   Rubbermaid, a Tupperware competitor, is also getting into direct recycling. Its new Food Storage Recycling Program is a partnership with TerraCycle to recover old glass and plastic food storage containers at no cost to customers.   But these types of products last a long time. Wright noted that food containers are sometimes passed down through generations.   The hope is a focus on waste collection by name brands could help boost the recycling percentages. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the recycling rate of plastic was just over 8 percent in 2017. PET bottles have better recycling metrics, with almost 30 percent heading to recycling centers, but most plastic still ends up in landfills.   Plastic circularity, especially waste collection, is both a business and a technical challenge. If Tupperware and SABIC want their circular polymers to change the plastic industry, then waste collection is the next chapter in the story that needs investment, innovation and cooperation.   "We are at the right spot to make it work," Maughon said. "The momentum is clearly there with the brands. The demand for the products from the consumers is there. That will justify the investment that we’re making today."

Rubbermaid Launches National Recycling Program

Rubbermaid has announced a partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle to make all brands of well-used food storage containers recyclable in the United States and Canada. This new partnership will allow Rubbermaid to ensure all glass and plastic food storage containers will have a sustainable end to their lifecycle. "Our food storage products help keep food fresh to reduce waste and are made better to enable a long life of reusability. Partnering with TerraCycle allows us to create an even more sustainable product lifecycle, while giving consumers an easy way to recycle their well-used containers whenever they are ready to upgrade to our newest innovations. As an exclusive partner in our category, we are excited to be leading the way," said Ryan Hall, Marketing Director, Food Storage at Newell Brands, in a Rubbermaid press release. The TerraCycle program is, according to the news release, “another step toward the brand's existing sustainability efforts and making Rubbermaid products an even stronger choice for environmentally conscious consumers or for anyone looking to lead a more sustainable life.” "Newell Brands and Rubbermaid are offering consumers a unique opportunity to divert waste from landfills and responsibly dispose of food storage containers that may initially seem unrecyclable," said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle Founder and CEO, in the same Rubbermaid news release. "By accepting and recycling any food storage product, regardless of brand through the recycling program, Rubbermaid is expanding their commitment to sustainability and helping to build awareness that a recycling solution exists for just about everything." Through the Rubbermaid Food Storage Recycling Program, consumers can send in all brands of well-used glass and plastic food storage containers and will recycle them for free. Participation in this program is simple. Sign up on the TerraCycle program pages for the US or Canada and mail in your well-used food storage containers using a prepaid shipping label. Once these containers have been collected, they are cleaned and melted into hard plastic or glass, which can then be remodeled to make new recycled products. It is open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization. There are also a couple of other parameters, or lack thereof, of the previously stated program. Shipments can be of any weight, they are counted based on an average unit weight of .45 pounds each, and they do not need to be thoroughly cleaned before sending them to TerraCycle. Consumers are asked, however, to remove as much food residue as possible before shipping.