Golden Group Seeks ‘Smart’ Green Disposal With New Sani SAC Product

Golden Group International, Ltd. (GGI) recently introduced a unique sanitary disposal bag for public restrooms that is expected to drastically reduce plumbing problems and improve restroom cleanliness, while providing a “smart” green solution for companies and individuals who want to both prevent waste and pollution.

Sani SAC™, a sanitary, sealable, degradable plastic bag, is the company’s environmentally friendly solution for the disposal of tampons/napkins, diapers and other similar items in public restrooms. GGI has created a 50-bag box, a 125-bag roll and a 5-bag handi-pack. The degradable bags break down in landfills within 12 to 18 months. By using them, companies keep the disposed items from winding up in sewers, and leading to waterways and oceans when sewers overflow.

Jackie Transue, President of GGI, said she had the idea for founding GGI in 2007 while traveling on business as the president of her own mortgage company. She said practically every restroom in several states had a sign in the women’s room requesting disposal of sanitary items in wastebaskets instead of toilets.

“The light bulb went off and I thought that there must be a better solution than wasting so much toilet paper for wrapping tampons or napkins,” Ms. Transue said.“Also, sometimes women are embarrassed to place items in a wastebasket– that’s why they are tempted to flush them.”

While some bathrooms contain disposal areas for sanitary napkins/tampons, typically they are lined by a waxed paper bag, which does not address the waste of wrapping the items in toilet paper. The waxed bags are intrinsically less environmentally responsible than the Sani SAC™. According to Golden Group studies, the average menstruating female uses one extra roll of toilet paper during menstruation for the purpose of feminine hygiene disposal alone. During her lifetime, she would use an additional 450 rolls of toilet paper for this purpose. That translates to 9.5 trees per woman. Based on that, the 125 million current menstruating females would account for 380 million trees cut down for toilet paper used for this disposal over 35-40 years, the average menstrual lifetime.

One of the areas where the Sani SAC™ could make a major impact is in reducing the amount of tampon applicators that end up in the ocean, Ms. Transue said. She notes that the Ocean Conservancy’s 2009 report, “A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris,” cites medical/personal hygiene items, such as tampons and tampon applicators, disposable diapers and syringes, as one of the greatest categories of debris, entering the oceans through sewer systems. The United States is one of the worst offenders in this area, with tampon applicators and medical debris comprising 5% of its ocean pollution, compared to a worldwide average of 1%.

Sani SAC™ bags are made from polyethylene and an additive, which utilizes a unique ion prodegradant system that will cause a high level of controlled degradation in the finished product after a period of light exposure. The bags ultimately degrade into CO2, H2O and biomass, whether they wind up in a landfill or other avenue of the waste stream. The non-toxic bags are harmless to humans, animals or plant life.

Kevin Hanna, co-founder and Vice President of GGI, said the company’s product is an example of a “smart” green effort because it promotes sustainability, while also breaking down harmlessly.

Transue notes that Sani SAC™ is superior to paper not only in terms of green aspects, but also because it is stronger, more sanitary and more private.

“It is double-layered, so it is opaque and is very sturdy,” Ms. Transue said. “A waxed bag can tear easily and does not seal. If you need to carry the Sani SAC™ bag in your purse or luggage, it is very compact, as it is available in a convenient 5-bag pack. If you need to use the Sani SAC™ bag and don’t find there is a place to dispose of it, you can put it in your purse to throw away later.”

Currently in use by many institutional and governmental janitorial services, Sani SAC™ reduces plumbing repair costs in these facilities caused by clogged pipes, according to Mr. Hanna. Plumbing costs range from $70 to $135 per hour in the United States, and could run higher in an emergency situation on a weekend or holiday.

“The reduction of plumbing expenses to relieve clogged toilets and pipes, the reduction of paper waste, the avoidance of clean-up and the priceless value of not losing the use of the restroom in a busy restaurant or a rentable hotel room make this a cost-effective product for the hospitality industry, among others,” Mr. Hanna said.

The products have the added benefit of protecting janitorial staff from exposure to disposed items that potentially could carry dangerous viruses or bacteria. These items include sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, adhesive bandages, wipes and diapers.

The reactions by women who have used Sani SAC™ have been overwhelmingly positive.

“They appreciate the convenience, hygiene and opportunity to be discreet,” Ms. Transue said. “Up until the introduction of this product and our effort to bring awareness to the issues, many women did not understand the environmental impact of flushing these items. It was ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for many people, but once we explain the environmental and plumbing impact, they are eager to do their part.”

“This creates good will and overall customer satisfaction for businesses,” Mr. Hanna said. “The environmental benefit, too, will help save in clean-up costs and in the damage to our waterways and to marine life. By keeping costs down with products such as Sani SAC™, hotels can pass along the savings in the form of lower rates to their customers.”

The company’s goal is no less than to become a household name in green disposal. “I expect that the Sani SAC™ will be in most eco-friendly hotels, offices, restaurants and public spaces within the next year as they become aware of it,” Ms. Transue said. “We hope to reach every household soon after.”

Golden Group International, Ltd. (GGI) is a leading provider of quality sanitary and environmentally safe disposal bags, catering to institutional, sports arena, restaurant and hotel industries. Founded in 2008, GGI has earned certifications from the Green Business Association and the “Green” Hotels Association® for its degradable products. The New York-based company has also created a retail line of Sani SAC™ products to meet home demand.

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Hazmat Training Comes to Williamsburg

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in Williamsburg at the Hilton Garden Inn on November 17-19.

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course will be taught on November 17 and 18.

DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course will be taught on November 19 at the same location.

Registration for the training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

Now in its 28th year, Environmental Resource Center trains not only thousands of industry personnel every year, the company also trains personnel from most of the state and federal agencies that enforce the regulations.

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npower Funds National Trust Community Led Project

An npower funded project will see two historic villages owned by the National Trust attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and energy bills as part of a community led programme. The initiative, which is similar to the government’s Low Carbon Community Challenge, will show how major energy efficiency improvements are achievable in homes of any age – not just modern buildings – with savings possible from the biggest mansion to the average family house.

The low carbon village pilot – supported by £600,000 funding from the National Trust’s energy partner npower – is being trialled at the National Trust owned villages of Coleshill in Oxfordshire and the Wallington Estate in Northumberland. As well as funding the project, npower is also giving advice on effective energy saving tips for tenants of the properties.

The project involves 62 houses at Coleshill and 73 cottages and 14 farms at Wallington, with properties dating from the 1850s and 1750s respectively. Through community engagement, each village will decide what measures to take to reduce their carbon footprints with the added incentive of making savings to their energy bills.

Residents at Coleshill wanted to find out their current energy consumption and carbon emissions as a starting point so that any success could be measured. On assessment, the average carbon footprint for homes and appliances was 7.57 tonnes of CO2 each year, slightly higher than the national average of 6.15 tonnes.

At Wallington, the community’s overall carbon footprint for heating and electricity was 879 tonnes of CO2, equating to 9.5 tonnes of CO2 per property per year. The reason for this higher emission level is because, like a third of all rural areas in the UK, Wallington is off the gas network. The village therefore has to rely on carbon-intensive oil and electricity for heating which pushes up carbon levels as well as the bills.

Celia Robbins, the National Trust’s project manager at Wallington, said: “By introducing our energy efficiency measures and helping people understand their energy use we hope to make a real difference to both people’s pockets and to the environment.

“Installing sheep’s wool loft insulation and improving the efficiency of off-grid electricity generation will reduce Wallington’s carbon footprint by more than 10%

“On advice from npower’s energy advisor, we are also encouraging residents to monitor their electricity with a Smart Meter which shows how much any appliance uses every six seconds. Using the display can be quite a revelation because although electricity is invisible this helps people see exactly how much they use and the associated costs.”

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Hazmat Training Comes to Pittsburgh

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

DOT and RCRA Annual Update and Refresher course is the perfect way to meet both your annual review and DOT 49 CFR recurrent training requirements as well as learn about new requirements that have been enacted over the past year. The IATA/IMO course satisfies the requirement for personnel who ship hazardous materials by air or water. They must receive training mandated by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) every two years.

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in Pittsburgh Crown Plaza – Pittsburgh Airport on November 10 and 11, 2009. Classes begin at 8am and end at 5pm each day.

DOT and RCRA Annual Update and Refresher will be taught on November 10.

IATA/IMO will be taught on November 11.

Registration for the mandatory training is available by calling 919-469-1585 or at
http://www.ercweb.com/classes

Now in its 28th year, Environmental Resource Center trains not only thousands of industry personnel every year, the company also trains personnel from most of the State and Federal agencies that enforce the regulations.

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Hazmat Training Comes to Atlanta

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years. In addition, SARA Title III (Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know) requires you to inform your surrounding community about your facility’s hazardous substances and releases – accidental and permitted.

DOT and RCRA Annual Update and Refresher course is the perfect way to meet both your annual review and DOT 49 CFR recurrent training requirements as well as learn about new requirements that have been enacted over the past year. The SARA Title III program provides you with a complete understanding of what this law requires as well as detailed instructions on how to ensure your facility is in compliance. A clear explanation of your reporting requirements under Title III is provided so you will understand when and how to complete the Tier II, and Toxic Chemical Release (Form R) inventory report forms.

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in the Ramada – Atlanta Airport Conference on November 10 and 11, 2009. Classes begin at 8am and end at 5pm each day.

DOT and RCRA Annual Update and Refresher will be taught on November 10. SARA Title III will be taught on November 11 at the same location.

Registration for the mandatory training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at
http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

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Hazmat Training Comes to San Diego

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the Department of Toxic Substances Control1, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

Environmental Resource Center®, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in San Diego on November 3-5 at the Courtyard by Marriott – Airport/Liberty Station.

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course will be taught on November 3 and 4.

DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course will be taught on November 5 at the same location.

Untrained workers are frequently the cause of environmental accidents and penalties. Last year, more than 470 companies were inspected by the DTSC, resulting in almost $1.7 million in penalties for the mismanagement of hazardous waste.2

Registration for the training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

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Hazmat Training Comes to Mobile

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in Mobile on November. 3-5, 2009 at the Holiday Inn – Bellingrath Gardens.

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course will be taught on November 3-4.

DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course will be taught on November 5 at the same location.

Registration for the training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

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Environmentally-Friendly Way To Get Rid Of Your Rat Problem

A COMPANY has developed an environmentally-friendly way of helping get rid of your Rat Problem – by tempting them out of hiding like the legendary Pied Piper and Relocating their Nests by using Foods they love to eat.

Environmentally-Friendly Way To Get Rid Of Your Rat Problem

But instead of luring the rats with music, W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM eliminates the rodent problem by enticing them with their favourite foods.

The firm is confident its modern-day Pied Piper effect will help businesses, workplaces and other organizations eradicate their rat problem using a natural method, which is safe for both children and pets.

The company’s special food pellet formula includes a mixture of foods that rats love, including peanuts and soybeans.

Food Formulator Ernest Adam Csolkovits, who is CEO of Michigan-based W.H.I.C, said: “Rodents like the same foods as humans.

“This rodenticide works by using the same ‘following effect’ as the Pied Piper to help get rid of rodents. Instead of music, we use their favorite foods (the same food humans eat) in a small pellet form.

“This is the perfect green solution to E.R.A.S.E. your rodent problem.”

W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM (Eliminate Rodents And Save Everyone) uses a non-toxic food pellet formula, which is safe for both youngsters and pets.

Latest figures show that more than 1.1million children aged five and under are exposed to poisons every year in the US and Canada, while there are also more than 400,000 cases of pet poisoning annually.

But Mr Csolkovits, who developed the product, added: “This product is safe for humans and pets. Why would anyone want to use something that could be harmful and even fatal to your loved ones?

“W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM was invented to eliminate the fear of deadly poisons in homes, workplaces, schools and anywhere you and your loved ones would visit. Let W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM give you the peace of mind you deserve, knowing that your family is safe.”
Rats have a keen sense of smell and can easily sniff out poison. They usually urinate on the poison as a warning to other rats.

But studies have shown that they favour certain foods and will be attracted by the smell and taste of the ingredients in W.H.I.C – E.R.A.S.E.TM Also, the rats will not consider it a poison because the ingredients can be eaten by humans and can be found in Food.
The new product is currently available in Alaska and Wyoming but the ambitious company is planning to serve other areas.

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