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Greenbutts Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Receive Delegate Support In Maryland

On February 5, 2014 in Maryland, the Democratic Candidate for Attorney General, Jon Cardin, defended his proposed legislation to ban the sale of cigarettes with non-biodegradable filters. On the other side of the country, California Assemblyman, Mark Stone, recently presented a similar proposal to ban the sale of filtered cigarettes altogether. What will the tobacco industry do to address these pending legislative mandates? Are biodegradable filters a feasible alternative to implement as early as January 2015?

Standard acetate filters found in nearly all ready-made cigarette brands can take up to 15 years to biodegrade, while companies such as Greenbutts LLC have produced filters manufactured from natural materials that biodegrade within days. Greenbutts is fast becoming known as the alternative biodegradable cigarette filter producer in the world. The company has spent years sourcing and testing the optimal blend of non-synthetic materials that allow for comparable filtration and quality levels as with standard acetate filters. The solution was developed to run on existing machinery for seamless integration with current cigarette manufacturing practices. Prior to any talk of government-mandated cigarette filters regulations, Greenbutts has been in discussions with the leading corporations in the tobacco industry who are proactively addressing the litter issue from all angles – including their own environmental initiatives. While attempts have been made to change consumer behavior, such as the implementation of anti-littering laws, it remains that 65% of cigarette butts are littered. Greenbutts presents a net-positive solution that drastically reduces the environmental and economic impact of cigarette litter. According to Keep America Beautiful (KAB.org), cigarette-butt litter as the most frequently littered item. It is seen as “unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to aquatic ecosystems and wildlife” by organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Jon Cardin supports companies like Greenbutts and the shift the industry is making towards a green alternative. “It is good to see states such as Maryland and California taking initiatives to address a significant environmental and economic concern. We are well positioned to assist the tobacco industry shift to biodegradable filters, whether or not a legislative mandate occurs,” – Founder of Greenbutts LLC

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Earthworm Family-Safe Products Achieve National Distribution

With the addition of a major supermarket chain, Earthworm family-safe drain cleaner from Clean Earth Brands, a division of Positive Attitude,is now available to consumers across the country.

“A couple of years ago, we started with nothing more than an idea and a dream,” said Ricky Greer, president of Clean Earth Brands. “Today our products are found on the shelves of several national retail chains, and have been featured on NBC’s The Today Show and recommended in National Geographic’s Green Guide. And that’s a testament to all those who understand that it’s time we start taking responsibility for Mother Earth and treat her right.”

Earthworm uses the natural cleaning power of enzymes rather than caustic chemicals that are harmful to the environment and dangerous to our families. “Knowing that what goes down the drain eventually ends up in a water or soil system nearby, developing a natural drain cleaner was an effective way to make a positive impact on keeping the environment clean,” said Greer. “It’s a new and unique addition to the green market, and it provides consumers with a safe and effective way to keep drains flowing freely.”

Enzymes are the key to the Earthworm formula. All living things contain enzymes. They’re proteins that convert organic material into harmless nutrients and water. The human body uses about 75,000 of these microscopic workhorses to help perform essential tasks such as breathing and digesting food. Think of them as nature’s recyclers.

Earthworm is biodegradable and free of caustic chemicals, solvents and phosphates, so it’s safe to use around children and pets. It’s ideal for all household drains, ie: shower, tub, bathroom and kitchen sinks, garbage disposals. Also good for boat / RV holding tanks, as well as for septic systems.

“Retailers are happy to have an environmentally friendly product to offer their consumers,” said Greer. “Both large and small outlets are eager to sell Earthworm. Consumers appreciate Earthworm’s performance and often take the time to send e-mails or make a phone call telling me how good they feel about using our products, not just because they don’t contain harsh chemical ingredients, but because they work.”

In addition to the Family-Safe Drain Cleaner, Clean Earth Brands has also recently developed a line of products to tackle a host of household cleaning tasks, including, bathroom tubs and tiles, floors, carpets and upholstery, mold and mildew and household odors, all using the power of natural enzymes. A septic system treatment rounds out the company’s offerings.

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