Archive for October, 2009

Trash the Waste in “Green” Style

Ovetto Recylcing Bin

Nature Mill Composter

Green Genius Trash Bags

“Greening” the office can be lots of fun and stylish too!  Above, I’ve shown a few products that you can be easily introduced and implemented into your workspace.

Not all towns or cities have recycling programs but you can usually find a low cost service that can do pick ups that accomodate your needs.  If you’re in Vancouver, I’d like to recommend Happy Stan’s.

You can find a multitude of recycling bins online that will fit your office decor. The Ovetto Recycling Bin, shown above, is made from recycled plastic and offers 3 separate receptacles to make recycling easier and more organized while taking it a stylish step up from those standard blue bins.

Composting is new concept for a lot of us, especially us city dwellers without green space.  The Nature Mill is the most “neat and tidy” composting system I’ve come across.  It’s great for the office as it’s easy to use and best of all…there’s no odour!   Check out their video demonstration here.

Did you know that it takes a normal plastic bag thousands of years to biodegrade?  Green Genius Trash Bags have been tested and meet the ASTM D5511 standards for biodegradability.  Their packaging is so beautiful that I’d likely buy them even if they weren’t 100% biogdegradable…I’m a bit of a sucker for packaging!

Have fun creating a green workspace.  You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll minimize your “regular” waste once you’ve put these ideas in place!

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30/10/2009 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

It’s About Good Partnerships!

Patrick Yarns

Earlier this year we announced that we’d signed a trademark licensing agreement with the good folks at Patrick Yarns.  Under the terms of the non-exclusive, non-transferable license, Patrick Yarns will make and manufacture CRAILAR Organic Fiber yarns and related products for sale and distribution in North America to third party licensees of Crailar.

Our CEO, Ken Barker, had this to say about the agreement, “Through our partnership with Patrick Yarns we will start to develop markets in denim, work wear and related apparel markets, as well as the home furnishings and carpeting industries. We are very excited to be working with Patrick Yarns, one of the foremost spinning experts in the country, in a partnership that allows us to create a pull through marketing strategy with fabric and finished goods brands. The company has an incomparable track record of partnering with its customers to develop yarns that create brand awareness and market share.”

Based in the King Mountains of North Carolina, Patrick Yarns is a family owned spinning plant with over 50 years of experience and cutting edge technology.

Where other companies have been laying off workers, Patrick Yarns remains strong with 170 employees.  The companies president, Gilbert Patrick, firmly believes that their specialized business strategy and their willingness to offer above average wages and employee benefits are a direct contributor to their continuing success.

Their strategy?  Instead of aiming to please all markets, they’ve chosen to partner with customers to that are looking to develop innovative and profitable products that incorporate challenging components – naturally we knew this would be a good fit!

To find out more about Patrick Yarns, check out this great article in Time Magazine.

28/10/2009 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Dr. Wing Sung and Cleantech Science

In 2004, NAT began working with a leading biotech scientist with the NRC, Dr. Wing Sung, who has developed a commercially successful and environmentally friendly biotech enzyme process for bast fibers (primarily hemp) for use in fabric and composites.  To read more, click here.

26/10/2009 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

The Right Message with the Wrong Tactics

Hemp Farming

A group of hemp farmers and business leaders were arrested earlier last week for digging up the DEA headquarters lawn to plant industrial hemp seeds.

Among those arrested were Will Allen, a 70 year old organic sunflower and canola farmer from Vermont, Wayne Hauge, a 51 year old grandfather that grows garbonzo beans in North Dakota, Isaac Nicholson, owner of sustainable lifestyle clothing line Livity and David Bronner, president of US based multi million dollar soap company Dr. Bronners Soaps.  For years now, both Nicholson and Bronner have been forced to buy hemp cross borders due to the DEA’s restrictions on industrial hemp.

Although we agree with the message and can completely understand their frustration, we have to disagree with the tactics used.  Acts such as these encourage stereotypes of hemp activists and dilute the real story of a crop that has such great potential.

We’ve believe that it’s important to influence law makers by initiating and proving out the market potential for industrial hemp products.  We are showing through our relationships with some of the worlds leading consumer brands, such as Hanes and Georgia Pacific, that there is a consumer pull for the product on a massive scale.  We believe this pull will demonstrate hemp’s viability and will influence lawmakers and farmers to re-legalize and grow hemp.

Currently nine states – Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia – allow industrial hemp production but federal law, which requires nearly “impossible to obtain” permits in order to grow hemp, trumps state laws.

23/10/2009 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Huffington Post Article

Huffington Post

Industrial Hemp

“Legalize It and I Will Industrialize It:  Industrial Hemp Is the Engine to Kickstart This Economy”

A big thank you to Anna Brones, from The Huffington Post, for featuring NAT in this great article!

Click here to read it!

22/10/2009 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

NAT Featured on Bloomberg

Our CEO, Ken Barker, was featured on a live segment of Bloomberg News yesterday. He discussed Crailar® technologies and our efforts to bring the processes into commercialization in the coming months.

Enjoy the clip!

21/10/2009 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

Crailar Organic Fibers

Hemp Fiber

Organic Fibers

Crailar Organic Fibers are the building blocks for the first truly sustainable yarn in the apparel industry.  Our fibers are processed through a patented enzymatic bath created in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada.  Prior to the bath, the fibers of up to a meter in length are cut to the desired staple length rivaling the very best long line cotton.  These fibers then enter processing equipment which turns the straw-like fibers into soft, fluffy white fibers similar to organic cotton.

The result is a yarn with characteristics such as increased burst strength, enhanced wicking properties and reduced shrinkage that organic cotton simply can never achieve.  As every step of the process can be certified organic, Crailar’s Organic Fiber  has become the first truly sustainable yarn in the apparel industry.

We’ve recently entered into a joint development agreement with one of the worlds largest consumer brands – Hanes.  To find out more about our relationship with Hanes, click here.

20/10/2009 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

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