Tom’s of Maine, one of the countries most sustainable companies, is ramping up their efforts to save the environment. They recently announced that they are partnering with the University of Maine Orono and the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine, to experiment with using potato starch to produce biodegradable packaging for their personal care product line.
The potatoes used would be GMO-free and below grade, which means typically they would be thrown away. You may ask, “Why potatoes?” The simple answer is because potatoes are the largest agricultural commodity in Maine so it only makes sense. However, according to the company, the methods could be used with various waste products. The basis for the process is sugar and can be tailored to a particular waste stream that an area is struggling to control. Initially the company plans on utilizing the polyactic acid resin produced by the potatoes to make their mouthwash and deodorant packaging. I can only hope that other companies will follow Tom’s lead and experiment with innovative solutions for waste.
Tom’s of Maine also participates with Terracycle and accepts personal care waste from participants, allowing them to earn money for the charity of their choice. They offer their employees paid time off to volunteer and they give a portion of their proceeds to both human and environmental causes. They are committed to becoming a zero-waste company by 2020 and are going to great lengths to achieve this status. When making your consumer purchasing decisions please try to support companies such as Tom’s of Maine who work diligently to maintain a sustainable world!
Maria currently serves on the Board of Directors and as the Docent Council President for the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown PA. She has volunteered thousands of hours at Elmwood to educate the public about conservation and wildlife issues and their global impact, as well as initiating and heading up the collection of tens of thousands of “waste” items that are upcycled through a program called Terracycle each year, ensuring the reduction of waste in landfills. Her full-time employment is as the Director of Operations and Finance at Fromer & Gross Orthodontics. A premier Orthodontic practice in Pottstown Pa. Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/cookingallday