Happy Innovation Day!

Day 47 – Today is the day we celebrate new ideas, new products, new technology and a new way of doing things. I thought today would be a good day to highlight some innovative companies that are putting the planet first and producing products that can help the environment.

Fair Harbor Clothing – There signature boardshorts and swim trunks are made using post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, transformed in to functional fabric at factories they visit personally and regularly. Fair Harbor creates a full range of stylish and thoughtfully designed clothing and swimwear from unique and sustainable materials.

GO-OPV’s ORENgE systemOrganic energy uses a thin film panel to capture the sun’s rays and converts it to power, similar to traditional solar power. The panels could be used for windows or trucks, phone or computer chargers, or it can be a building-integrated photovoltaics in glass. What makes organic energy different from solar power is that it is light-dependent, not sun dependent, meaning it will always create power as long as there is some form of natural light. Producing the OPV also has a lower impact on the environment compared to silicon solar panels.” – Leighton Schneider (ABC News Reporter)

Gumdrop LTD “Gumdrop Ltd has been founded on a closed loop recycling process. Gum-tec® is used to manufacture the Gumdrop Bin and Gumdrop on-the-go, pink receptacles designed specifically for the disposal of waste chewing gum. Gumdrops are bright pink and look like strawberry flavored bubble gum bubbles. Once the Gumdrop is full, the whole Gumdrop along with its contents of waste gum is recycled and processed to manufacture new Gumdrops, the cycle starts again. Gumdrop Ltd collaborate with manufacturers and companies globally in order to offer innovative products made from recycled and processed chewing gum. With Gumdrop’s help, recycled and processed chewing gum can become a vast number of things from boots, to mobile phone covers, stationary, packaging and much more. As well as being used as a more sustainable choice to virgin plastics.” – Gumdrop LT

Green Toys – Their toys are made from 100% post-consumer recycled high density polyethylene (milk jugs). The toys are made in the USA. All products are packaged in 100% recyclable cardboard and printed with minimal color using soy inks.

So, on this day of ground breaking ideas and Earth saving products, seek out companies that make their #1 priority the planet and keeping it safe.

Tomorrow, an organization recycling and repurposing just about everything.

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