What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, Business Information or other details to help you with your experience.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, fill out a form or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
- To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
- To quickly process your transactions.
- To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.
- To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)
How do we protect your information?
Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
We use regular Malware Scanning.
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.
Do we use ‘cookies’?
- Help remember and process the items in the shopping cart.
- Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
- Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If users disable cookies in their browser:
If you turn cookies off it will turn off some of the features of the site.
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it’s release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
We do not include or offer third-party products or services on our website.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.
We have implemented the following (or may implement in the future):
- Remarketing with Google AdSense
- Demographics and Interests Reporting
We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
You can change your personal information:
- By emailing us
How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email, or we will notify the users via in-site notification within 7 business days.
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
- Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
- Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
- Send you additional information related to your product and/or service
- Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
- Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
- Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
- Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
- Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
- Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
- Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us with your request. Or follow the instructions at the bottom of each marketing email, and we will promptly remove you from ALL marketing correspondence.
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Last Edited on 2018-06-12
What are bioplastics?
Bioplastics represent a holistic pathway from a fossil-based cycle of products, to a renewable short life-cycle growth material that has unique and sometimes superior properties to conventional plastics. Bioplastics are not dependent on price movements in petroleum and act as a hedge against rising prices. They are technical plastics and can be 100% bio-based, or partially bio-based or blends. Even though some fossil-based polymers and plastics do biodegrade harmlessly, they are made to add functionality and process ability. These aliphatic polymers are not biobased (of plant origin) and do not contribute to energy reductions, or CO2 emissions.
What is starch bioplastic?
Starch is a versatile biopolymer obtained from renewable plant resources such as maize, wheat, and potato harvests. Conventional processing techniques such as extrusion, injection molding, compression molding, thermoforming and reactive extrusion, have been adapted for processing thermoplastic starch.
Our foam starch is 100% all-natural bio-based packaging, derived from non-GMO corn starch. It provides excellent cushioning and insulative properties and can match thermal performance when compared to EPS foam inch-for-inch. Extruded starch manufacturing requires 70% less energy and produces 80% fewer greenhouse gasses than petroleum based foams.
What does compostable mean?
Composting is a form of recycling. It involves turning organic materials such as food and yard waste in a pile to promote aerobic activity, and decomposition by microorganisms. This process will create heat if it’s performing correctly. Time frame varies depending on the method and environment used.
What kind of plastics can be composted?
Most compostable palstics are made of PLA which typically fall into industrial composting for their resilience to high temperatures. The standard for compostability (ASTM D6400) is based on complete biodegradation within 180 days under current composting conditions. These plastics are not hazardous/toxic in production and derived from renewable raw materials like starch (e.g. corn, potato, tapioca, etc.). They will also decompose back into carbon dioxide, water, biomass, etc. when composted. Not including products that say “degradable” or any variation of that word, including “bio-degradable” and “oxo-degradable.”
Can you vermicompost bioplastics?
Vermicomposting is much more sensitive than traditional composting in that temperature regulations must be held for the worms to maintain their livelihood. Therefore, depending on the type/density of the bioplastic the biodegradation time is drawn-out and could give disastrous results, or possibly gum up the system as the worm castings pass through to the next level.
Where are bioplastics applied?
A biobased plastic can be partly or entirely biobased. Therefore, just because a plastic product is biobased does not necessarily mean the product is biodegradable or compostable because the percentages vary depending on the blend. This term is used to market an eco-friendly product or material, or a more sustainable alternative.
Biobased products include:
- Construction materials and composites
- Fibers, paper, and packaging
- Fuel additives
- Landscaping materials, compost, and fertilizer
- Solvents and cleaners
Biodegradable is typically an eco-friendly product made from mostly renewable materials and can break down safely, by biological means. This process isn’t restricted by a time frame or leaving behind any metals or toxins.
What does CO2 neutral mean?
This is a term used to describe the action of organizations, businesses and individuals taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as each put into it. The overall goal of carbon neutrality is to achieve a zero carbon footprint.
Is EPS styrofoam biodegradable?
EPS is not biodegradable and must be recycled where it can is reused for various new products. The downside is there are high costs associated with transporting the waste because of its volume to weight ratio. EPS can be recycled, but the economics often don’t work for recycling companies. End of life values did not exist when EPS was created. Today, it is an environmental eyesore. Additionally, over the years consumers have developed a perceived value for EPS, and many consumers are demanding more environmentally friendly products that go away after their useful life is up. They do not want to see the same coffee cup sitting in the yard when the kids graduate college.
Did you know it takes 40 truckloads of collected unprocessed foam to equal one truckload of good foam? It is brought to a grinder that grinds all forms into small pieces. It then is conveyed to a hopper where it is compressed into a brick about 48” x 24” high. You cannot polymerize EPS foam ever again to make the same product like you could other plastics.
Biobased products include:
- It is lightweight, which can make it difficult to collect, clean, and separate from the plastics.
- With limited facilities for recycling EPS foam, transport costs outweigh the value recovered from the EPS after collections and processing making it unsustainable.
- EPS foam is made using benzene ( a known human carcinogen) Over half the United States has banned EPS foam due to hazards of benzene being present in many traditional food service-ware disposables. Foods that have direct contact with EPS foam are affected as well as the people who ingest it. Animals that ingest EPS foam risk blocking airways, and digestive tracts ultimately causing starvation.
Are most mailing envelopes recyclable?
100% paper mailers can be recycled with any regular paper stream. Most mailing envelopes, though, contain poly bubble liners that don’t allow it to be recycled with paper. The materials must then be separated through a process where they’re recycled individually.
What is the minimum % of bio-based content?
Requirement is a minimum of 25% to qualify for certification.