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Going Green with


is a division of Import Food Network, LLC.

that specializes in products that are‌ 8/12/2008

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biodegradable • materials that can be broken down by living organisms (decomposers)


compostable • materials that can be broken down by aerobic decomposition.

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annually renewable • resources that are replenished naturally at a rate comparable or faster than the rate of human consumption.


Traditionally,


We use plastics‌


• polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for shrink • • • •

wrap low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for produce bags, trash can liners, food storage containers Polypropylene (PP) for drinking straws, yogurt containers Polystyrene (PS) for plastic tableware Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) for packing peanuts, cups, meat trays, take-away food containers

• Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) for

carbonated drink bottles, microwavable packaging


In 2007, the United States alone generated

30.7 Million Tons

of plastic waste.

Only 6.8% was recovered by recycling.


Tons of plastic end up littering land and sea.


And because plastic is so slow to degrade,

it can take hundreds of years for a Styrofoam cup to break down. Even then, plastic just degrades to smaller pieces of plastic which is still harmful to wildlife.


Traditionally,


We use paper‌


• Paper Tableware: bowls, plates, cups • Napkins • Paper Grocery Bags, Lunch Bags • Take-out Containers • Microwavable Containers


In the United States, paper accounts for the most waste83 million tons.


Paper production generates pollution. Paper-making plants worldwide release millions of pounds of

highly toxic chemicals such as toluene, methanol, chlorine dioxide, hydrochloric acid, and formaldehyde into the air and water.

Bleaching with chlorine releases dioxins, environmental toxins that may cause cancer, damage to immune system, and thyroid disorders. The process releases lots of organic material into rivers and lakes.


In addition, paper is made‌

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‌from trees.


Some wood comes from old growth forests. These forests are

non-renewable because of unique biological features such as including a variety of tree species at various ages (including very old trees) and housing rare species


Other wood comes from tree farms, which may use pesticides,

insecticides, and fungicides and

which replace natural forests and do not foster the same biodiversity.


Those were some environmental reasons

to Go Green, but there are others‌


It’s what customers want! • Use GREEN as a public

relations platform to differentiate from other companies.

• Gain ecoconscious customers.


Legislation!

Styrofoam (EPS) products were

banned in Berkeley, CA in 1988. Over 20 other cities and counties in California have enacted bans also.


Plastic bags were banned in San Francisco, CA on March 27, 2007. Many other U.S. cities are considering fees or bans on plastic bags as well. Here are a few: Austin, Texas Boston, Massachusetts Bakersfield, Calif. New Haven, Conn. Portland, Ore. Phoenix, Arizona Annapolis, Md. Other countries including China, Ireland, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania's Zanzibar islands ALREADY discourage the use of plastic bags by fees and bans.


Why

? We offer…


Our Philosophy: We are not a distributor, we are your

PARTNER


is a company founded specifically to

help you with sourcing, quality control, and importation hurdles.


Our Experience:

We have over 40 years of experience in importation and logistics. For the past 10 years, we have been providing quality specialty food products to the food service industry, and with our Green division, we are poised to continue this tradition of bringing niche markets to you.


Our Solutions: We are a network of suppliers, offering a broader range of products than a single importer/distributor.  Instead of pushing our line, we source what you need.  Because we are a team working for you – but only when you need us – you reduce your direct overhead and avoid additional sourcing expenses.  With distribution warehouses throughout the country, we can service you anywhere in the continental U.S. and Hawaii.


Our Price: We have among the lowest prices in the industry. When you buy from us, you have access to our entire network at direct-frommanufacturer prices.


New York Office 718.539.8079 718.539.4664 fax California Office 510.868.2891 510.868.2892 fax

IFNGreen.com info@IFNGreen.com sales@IFNGreen.com


Why Go Green?