Sustainable Substitute

  1. Sustainable Kitchenware

    Feb 27, 2019

    The time for New Year’s resolutions may have passed, but warmer weather is quickly approaching, and for many that means continuing to exercise and eat healthy. At OBIC, we want “consumers to feel good about the products they use, the companies they support, and the environment they leave behind.” Here are some ways to reach your health goals while reducing plastic waste in the kitchen.

  2. Biobased Healthcare

    Jan 28, 2019

    Nowadays, many news outlets are reporting on the “plastic straw ban” sweeping across America. Consumers boycott disposable items like straws and cups to end the era of single-use plastic. While mainstream media focuses on the harmful effects of plastic straws, we are not considering other major environmental polluters such as the healthcare industry.

  3. Sustainable Construction Materials

    Nov 29, 2018

    When thinking about sustainability, the three big R’s come to mind: reducing, reusing, and recycling. However, this makes it easy to overlook how we can be sustainable in other aspects of life. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that residential and commercial building contributes up to 40% of landfill wastes, and 40% of global carbon dioxide emissions are linked to the construction industry. In 2015, the United Nations gathered in Paris to unite our efforts of combating global climate change.

  4. Access To Biobased Cleaning Supplies

    Nov 16, 2018

    It's 11:30pm on a Sunday night, you look around your house and think about all the time you should’ve spent cleaning over the weekend. The Sunday scaries start to get the best of you and the urge to clean overcomes your lack of ambition; we’ve all been there.

    You reach under the sink for some pine-scented remedy for your mess, and to your dismay, you realize that you’ve exhausted your inventory of cleaning supplies. It’s too late to run to the store, but the thought of waking up Monday morning to a disheveled interior is overwhelming.

  5. Biobased Companies

    Sep 26, 2018

    The biobased product market is growing at an exciting pace in America, as well as overseas in Canada and Europe. Companies, both new and old, are seeking to make a difference and reduce their carbon footprint. If you’re new to the biobased economy and want to learn more without feeling overwhelmed, listen to our newest Biobased Radio episode starring Jim Lane, editor and publisher of BioFuels Digest and Nuu. Both of these newsletters cover everything from sustainable fuels, chemicals, materials, policy, and more in an easy-to-read format.

  6. In The Sun With Biobased Products

    May 2, 2018

    During the summer months, it’s important to wear sunscreen and it’s equally as important to make sustainable sunscreen choices! Some sunscreens can pollute the ocean and their packaging isn’t always sustainable. Our sixth installment of the Sustainable Substitute Campaign is all about biobased sunscreen.

  7. Stay Hydrated with Biobased Water Bottles

    Apr 11, 2018

    Summer is quickly approaching and that means warmer weather! The summer months mean more plastic water bottles will be used. Our fifth installment of the Sustainable Substitute Campaign is all about how to make sustainable choices with your water bottle.

    Every year, about 50 billion water bottles are purchased and about 80% end up in landfills. It takes around 17 million barrels of petroleum to produce plastic bottles annually. To combat this, there are many water bottle companies making a sustainable difference.

  8. Spring Cleaning with Biobased Products

    Mar 8, 2018

    Our fourth installment of Sustainable Substitute features cleaning products useful for spring cleaning. This installment features Seventh Generation® and a few of their many Certified Biobased Products. Seventh Generation® is a Certified B Corporation, meaning they use their business to solve social and environmental problems.

  9. Treat Yourself with Biobased Cosmetics

    Feb 13, 2018

    Our third installment of the Sustainable Substitute series features cosmetic brands that are making a sustainable impact. Just three of many brands looking to make a sustainable difference are LUSH, L’Oréal, and EcoTools.

  10. How To Stay Germ Free Using Biobased Products

    Jan 23, 2018

    Our second installment of the Sustainable Substitute series comes in handy in the winter months. Staying germ free and healthy is a priority and if you’re looking for a biobased product to help you this winter, Purell has multiple sustainable hand sanitizer gels.

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