The Surprising Solution to Ocean Plastic

Posted On: April 18, 2018

Plastic pollution is becoming more and more of a problem around the globe. New and innovative ways are being developed and fleshed out in order to combat this issue that is now worldwide. One interesting and new solution is The Plastic Bank, which was formulated by David Katz. The Plastic Bank is the world's only organization that monetizes plastic wastes while providing an opportunity for the financially disadvantaged to trade and collect plastic waste as a currency.

The overall goal of The Plastic Bank is to end the ocean plastic pollution problem, while hoping to aid end limit extreme poverty by developing a currency for the poor. This bank aims to be a worldwide chain of stores that offers a variety of items and supplies for purchase, such as cooking fuel and even school tuition. The items in this bank are available to be purchased by exchanging plastic garbage. Once handed in, this garbage can then be sorted and shredded and eventually sold to brands who can reuse the plastic when manufacturing their own products.

David Katz recently did a TED Talk where he discussed this bank and the steps required to close the loop in the circular economy. "Preventing ocean plastic could be humanity's richest opportunity," Katz says in the talk. Join Katz in this effort to end global ocean plastic waste today. Any small part can help.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Posted On: March 23, 2018

Scientists have recently found that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing at an exponential rate. According to a recent report, seventy nine thousand tons of plastic debris can be found in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Estimates say that is it nearly 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic that covers an area in the ocean that is three times the size of France. This is a problem that is getting out of hand.

This study was led by the Ocean Cleanup Foundation along with some researchers from around he globe. The survey process was completed by two planes and 18 boats. The Garbage Patch has been gaining in size for some time now, but these new numbers are much larger than previously thought. The Patch is continuing to grow in size as it accumulates more and more garbage on a regular basis. This is due to a combination of ocean currents and careless actions by us humans. 

It is suspected that much of the plastic is coming from Pacific countries, but due to the currents some garbage can be from anywhere. It has built up where is has due to slack currents and naturally grows in the calm waters of the area.

At The Complete Package, we pride ourselves by supplying and distributing eco-friendly and disposable products. By doing so, we are helping combat issues such as water pollution. By providing our customers with quality and environmentally friendly materials, we hope to produce an climate where these products are simply the norm and not anything special. We should all strive to do what we can to help the environment. For more information about any of our products, please contact us today.

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Dangerous Water Pollution

Posted On: March 12, 2018

Water pollution is becoming more and more of a danger to our environment on a daily basis. Recently, Richard Horner, a former mechanical engineer from England, took a video of rampant water pollution off the coast of Bali. The video he shot is near Manta Point Bay on the Indonesian coast. In this video, you'll see Horner swimming through debris, such as wrappers and bags. Also in the video is the local sea life. Together, the plastics and the fish, are living together in a not-so-ideal habitat.

This issue has various aspects to consider. The first area to consider is pollution education. Horner mentions in the article that the education of the people of Indonesia is not up to par with the people in England. They are simply not as aware of the impacts their pollution causes compared to other parts of the world. This is one of the reasons why he made this video. To shed light on an issue that is important to him. Horner has been living in Bali for a few years and diving there for ten. In this instance, the pollution was much worse than in previous excursions and he felt compelled to share it.

Another aspect to consider is the fact that there simply are not many places in the area to dispose of garbage, according to Horner. He says the rivers are used as a dumping ground and that water flows right into the ocean. And if there are areas of garbage collection, they are not as thorough as they could be and do not collect everything or go everywhere. This essentially leaves people with no other option, since they need to get rid of it somehow. 

Lastly, the inclusion of more disposable and eco-friendly products into their marketplace can have a great effect in changing the ecosystem and culture in Bali. Pollution of waters is less of an issue if the materials used in a product decompose over time. It is seeing videos like this one shared by Mr. Horner that makes me believe that disposable materials should be more the norm. We are making great strides in that area, but clearly much more progress needs to be made. You can do your small part in helping the environment by browsing our selection of eco-friendly products

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Possible Hazards of Hand Dryers

Posted On: February 08, 2018

Bathroom sanitation is an issue all public bathrooms face on a day-to-day basis. Recently a Facebook post went viral about an image of a Petri dish claiming to contain bacteria and pathogenic fungi from a hand dryer. The post is by Nicole Ward, who shared the image of bacteria and fungi she said grew after only a few days. "I stuck the open plate in an enclosed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of 3 minutes," Ward says in the post. "Yes 3 minutes only. DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again." She goes on to finish by saying, "This is several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you're swirling around your hands, and you think you're walking out with clean hands. You're welcome."

The hand dryer in question Ward claims she stuck the dish in is a Dyson Airblade and the manufacturers commented about the situation, saying they were surprised to see the results and were "unclear on the methodology employed." It should be mentioned that Ward's scientific background is unclear, so her 

Now, it goes without saying that these results should be taken with a grain of salt, but the post has been shared at this point more than 530,000 times, so it is clearly reaching an audience and making an impact. It is making people question whether or not they should be using an enclosed hand dryer in a public restroom, due to the possibility of harmful bacteria. Ward even goes so far to say in the comments that she won't dry her hands at all in the bathroom. Not with a dryer. Not with paper towels. Simply wave her hands in the air and dry them on her clothes. 

This all brings up an interesting conversation about bathroom sanitation and how clean your hands get after washing them in public bathrooms. For owners of restaurants, clean and sanitary bathrooms are a must. Before purchasing any sort of products, it is important to ensure you are getting quality products that will keep the customers healthy and germ-free. Having an unpleasant experience in a bathroom due to unsanitary conditions is a turn off for many people and could lead to that customer never returning again. Don't leave that up to chance and research products before purchasing them. Check out our selection of janitorial products to ensure your bathrooms are kept clean.

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Tips to Avoid Getting the Flu

Posted On: January 18, 2018

Nobody wants to get the flu. Recently, the Center for Disease Control released an official health advisory for all Americans 6 months and older. This advisory stated the need for those Americans to get vaccinated for the flu. Since the flu strain is constantly changing, it is difficult to accurately pinpoint the exact strain of flu that could cause you harm. Here are seven places to be wary of in public that could be harboring harmful germs. Some of your more standard places are on the list, like subway turnstiles and gym equipment, but one area might be surprising and that the soap dispenser in a public restroom.

Soap dispensers in a bathroom are dirtier than they may realize, as the liquid soap itself can become contaminated. One study, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, found that one in every four dispenser machines used in public restrooms are contaminated with bacteria and even fecal matter. To avoid germ hubs like this, washing your hands with soap from dispensers that uses sealed refills can greatly reduce the bacteria from getting on your hands. If you are a real germophone, bringing your own soap and hand sanitizers will ease those concerns.

So make sure your soap dispensers have sealed refills, because those that do not are susceptible to contracting harmful germs, which could in turn lead to the flu. Check out our janitorial section for our selection of soap dispensers and hand sanitizers to keep you, your employees and your customers healthy and germ free.

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Importance of Clean Baby Changing Stations

Posted On: December 27, 2017

When a parent has a small child, keeping that child healthy and free from germs is of utmost concern. And when that small child inevitably dirties his or her diaper, that parent must find a place to clean up. Oftentimes, public baby changing stations are in poor condition and could likely lead to that parent not returning to that facility after that initial use. A comfortable public restroom with a clean baby station could keep customers coming through that door.

Frequent cleaning by the facility manager is paramount in maintaining the upkeep of baby stations. Far too often parents leave the station worse than how they found it. With this frequent use, baby changing stations can become a breeding ground for numerous germs and bacteria arising mainly from fecal matter, like salmonella. Due to this, baby changing stations should be cleaned periodically throughout the day. Babies are more susceptible to germs, so consistently applying proper cleaning principles to baby changing stations is of vital importance.

Several regulations are in place to monitor baby changing stations. How high they must be above the floor, how far they can be from the wall (opened or closed), how much weight they can safely carry, and other viable configurations for when wall space is limited are among some of the regulations. Some health and safety features should be built in, like safety straps for securing the baby, disposable table liners and smooth, hidden hinges. These regulations are only required by federal buildings, as other facilities merely have baby changing stations as a courtesy to the customer. But that does not mean that they should be held to a lower standard. Maintaining baby changing stations could bring back customers and keep them happy while out. And besides, who is to say that these regulations, which are only for federal buildings, do not eventually work their way into more types of buildings.

Ensure your customers have the best in baby changing stations and is clean and free of bacteria. Baby changing stations with antimicrobial protection will be one step ahead of the game and be protecting children from harmful bacteria and germs.

Click here to see our Rubbermaid Baby Changing Station. It is infused with antimicrobial protection, has easy to reach hooks, a built-in shelf and liner storage, laminated 2-ply tissue paper and comes with 320 liners per carton.

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New York City's New Organic Food Law

Posted On: October 26, 2017

New York City passed a new law on July 19, 2016 requiring many food businesses in the area to separate normal food waste from organic food waste. This new law is pushing for a more environmentally friendly approach to waste management. The law pertains to various food businesses including hotels with at least 150 rooms, arena and stadium vendors, food manufacturers and wholesalers. Facilities under the new law's coverage must adhere to strict packaging and food laws requiring that all organic waste be privately digested or composted rather than delivered to landfills.

How Can Your Business Follow The Law?

A great first step to making your business more eco-friendly is to figure out how you would like your organic waste processed. You can either have on-site waste pickup from a private composter, delivery the waste to a composter yourself or process the waste yourself. Another option is to use more eco-friendly food packaging components for your products. Since these packaging options break down easier, there will be less trash taking up landfills and a more positive impact on the environment.

Help your employees understand the benefits of this new law and how they can dispose of all organic waste cleanly and efficiently. Training your employees on proper recycling and composting protocol will not benefit your business as well as the rest of New York City and the world. For more information on our eco-friendly food packaging and food containers, please call one of our courteous representatives today. 

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3 Compartment Fiber Taco Clamshell

Posted On: October 10, 2017

People enjoy the convenience of grabbing their food to go. However, so many takeout containers are too flimsy, bulky and bad for the environment. Some containers are also too small for some orders and easily spill or topple over. Tacos and other brittle or delicate foods especially need the most support and protection during transportation so they do not break or fall apart.

Let your customers grab their tacos or any other food to go with our 3 Compartment Fiber Taco Clamshell. This recyclable container has three spaces for food and condiments and opens flat for even more space. This lightweight durable container is 100% compostable and reusable. Tacos, hot dogs, eclairs and whatever else you enjoy will stay protected from spills and contamination with its perforated hinged lid.

Learn about our Sustainable Food Packaging.

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