Setting the Table for Protecting the Environment Small steps can help reduce your family's carbon footprint - that

all-important measure of a family's effect on the environment

    DESOTO, Kan., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Small steps can help reduce your
 family's carbon footprint -- that all-important measure of your effect on
 the environment. Still, the average American generates 20 tons of carbon
 dioxide -- a heat-trapping greenhouse gas -- every year, according to the
 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). That's about the same amount as
 putting three new cars on the road in each instance.
     Environmentally friendly choices in the grocery store can help reduce
 the amount of trash your family generates, contributing to reduction of
 your carbon footprint. For instance, Chinet Classic White and Chinet
 Casuals Plates are disposable tableware made from 100 percent pre-consumer
 recycled material, material that would otherwise go into a landfill.
     Both lines are certified chlorine-free and are biodegradable in home
 composting. The process takes about 60 days and the end result is a great
 base for your flower or vegetable garden. Plus, Chinet Classic White and
 Chinet Casuals tableware are still microwave safe and available in a
 variety of sizes.
     "Chinet has a heritage we're proud of in making strong plates that help
 create strong memories when friends and families gather and a long history
 of protecting our environment," said Julie Stoetzer, Chinet Brand Marketing
 Manager. "We pursue sustainable processes in production through
 preservation of natural resources because we care about our planet and the
 impact we have on everything we touch."
     Huhtamaki American, Inc., makers of Chinet products, practices
 sustainable processes in the production of both consumer and specialty
 packaging. By using recycled materials in the production of molded fiber
 products Huhtamaki annually saves:
-- Nearly three million trees each year -- One billion gallons of water which is equal to the supply of water for a city of 10,000 -- 65 million gallons of oil or the equivalent of 31 million gallons of gas These green efforts, along with programs to reduce its pollution and power use, have earned Huhtamaki a number of awards, including the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Achievement Award. For more information about Huhtamaki sustainability efforts processes, visit

SOURCE Huhtamaki American, Inc.

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