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Nice-Pak plant achieves zero waste to landfill distinction

BY Michael Johnsen

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. — Nice-Pak Products recently announced the transformation of its Mooresville, Ind., manufacturing plant into a “zero waste to landfill” facility — the plant now converts excess waste into energy that produces steam heat for Indianapolis.

"Our products touch consumers more than 100 billion times a year,” stated Robert Julius, Nice-Pak chairman and CEO. “We have an opportunity to make a significant difference through environmentally responsible actions, including helping educate families and communities about the important role they have in protecting our environment.”

Nice-Pak Products has partnered with a cutting-edge waste-to-energy facility that supplies steam to Indianapolis. The facility can process more than 2,000 tons per day of solid waste to produce no less than 4,500 lbs. of steam per ton of waste. The steam is used to power the Indianapolis downtown heating loop, which includes businesses, Indiana University and Purdue University’s Indianapolis campus.

Additionally, to protect the environment, the waste-to-energy facility uses state-of-the-art air pollution control equipment and continuously monitors emissions. Prior to the transformation, the plant had been sending 4,200 tons of waste per year to landfills.

Mooresville is the second Nice-Pak manufacturing facility this year to convert its nonrecyclable waste stream into energy generation. In July, Nice-Pak Products announced that its Green Bay, Wis., plant had begun converting waste into biomass pellets that are used as fuel for electricity. Likewise, a third Nice-Pak U.S. manufacturing plant in Orangeburg, N.Y., is close to becoming landfill-free.

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Joint Juice Easy Shot supplement to roll out in January

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Joint Juice on Tuesday announced the launch of its Joint Juice Easy Shot supplement beginning Jan. 1.

“We saw an opportunity to create Joint Juice Easy Shot supplement as an easy-to-use and quick way to get your daily supply of glucosamine plus chondroitin,” stated David Ritterbush, Joint Juice CEO. “It’s an effective, great-tasting and convenient pill alternative.”

The Easy Shot supplement provides a full day’s supply of glucosamine plus chondroitin, vitamin D3 and vitamin C. The shot will be merchandised in a 20-oz. container, with more than a two-week supply at a suggested retail price of $18.99.

The cap doubles as a measuring tool and the citrus-flavored supplement can be taken either straight or mixed with another beverage, such as orange juice, for example.

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‘Buyer beware’ when purchasing humidifiers, Consumer Reports says

BY Michael Johnsen

YONKERS, N.Y. — The latest issue from Consumer Reports found top-rated humidifiers for as little as $30, but shoppers need to be cautious because a few models tested fell short of claims, the publication announced Tuesday.

"Low prices and a raft of antimicrobial promises can be extremely enticing, but our latest tests show that some models humidify less than their claims suggest," stated Bob Markovich, home and yard editor at Consumer Reports. "And even with humidifiers that discourage microbes, consumers will still need to clean and disinfect the tank regularly due to the sitting water."

The full report on humidifiers appears in the January issue of Consumer Reports and online at ConsumerReports.org.

Among recommended models were the Air-O-Swiss A0S7135, $170, and Sunpentown SU-4010, $90, which can produce cool or warm mist. The Vicks V745A, $45, uses a heating element to create steam and kill bacteria and other microbes as the water is heated. But steam models can pose scalding risks; Consumer Reports recommended keeping them away from children.

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