CHANGING CHANNELS: Hot products outside of food, drug and mass
HONG KONG —Winc Design is launching its Charlie Banana brand of environmentally friendly cloth diapers and baby products in the United States, the company said Sept. 14.
The diapers are made with 100% organic cotton and do not contain chlorine, perfume or chemicals. They use a reusable, washable insert or a biodegradable insert that the company says offers the comfort of a cloth diaper and the convenience of a disposable one.
The Charlie Banana product line also includes baby wipes, leg warmers, change pads and training pants.
BERKELEY, Calif.—Some people like mushrooms; others do not. But few attempt to grow them indoors. So fungus lovers may appreciate an easy, sustainable way to cultivate their own gourmet mushrooms developed by one West Coast company.
University of California Berkeley graduates Alex Velez and Nikhil Arora started BTTR Ventures—pronounced “better”—as an indoor, urban mushroom farm in Berkeley, Calif., after discovering that they could grow mushrooms out of recycled coffee grounds. In addition to selling its crop to local Whole Foods stores, the company is marketing a do-it-yourself kit that produces up to 1 lb. of oyster mushrooms in around 10 days.
The kits use recycled coffee grounds containing mycelia, the “roots” from which mushrooms grow, and can be used for up to two crops, requiring only a light misting of water twice a day. The suggested retail price is $19.97.
Giant Eagle awarded for green efforts
PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle has received four awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for its eco-friendly practices and sustainability efforts, the supermarket retailer said.
Giant Eagle was the recipient of the EPA Montreal Protocol award, the GreenChill environmental award, the GreenChill building certification and the EPA Smartway transport partnership perfect performance score.
“Our multiple partnerships with the EPA are a significant piece of our overall sustainability strategy, which also includes our energy management efforts and recycling initiatives,” said Shelly Sponholz, Giant Eagle SVP real estate and development. “We truly believe that our environmental commitment is a vital part to the success of both our communities and our business, as so many of the sustainable projects we undertake produce tangible benefits to each.”
Giant Eagle operates stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.
Retailers urge Congress to reject Chinese currency legislation
ARLINGTON, Va. As members of Congress move to try and force China to revalue its currency, the renminbi yuan, retailers are weighing in on the issue.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents more than 200 retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, asked lawmakers Friday to reject legislation under consideration Friday morning by the House Ways and Means Committee that would pressure China on its currency by imposing tariffs on products imported from there.
Alarge share of consumer products sold in the United States are made in China, and in many cases are no longer made in the United States. Thus, placing tariffs on goods imported from China could force retailers to pass the costs onto consumers.
“Provoking tension with our trading partners doesn’t come without costs, and we should choose our battles carefully, especially given the great amount of uncertainty in markets at this time,” RILA VP international trade Stephanie Lester said. “It makes little sense to enact harmful policies that will spark a bilateral conflict over currency with one of our largest trading partners and fastest-growing markets for American exports, given almost stagnant economic growth.”