<b>A Focus on “Green” Products The Trellis Touch</b> School nutrition operations can maintain expenses and meet their “green” goals with the Trellis Earth line of plant-based sustainable products. Its disposable lunch trays, made from sustainable plant starches, are strong and heat-tolerant. The company offers cutlery, cups, plates, bowls, deli products, bags and clamshells. All products are recyclable, compostable, 100% toxin- and styrene-free. To learn more about Trellis Earth products, visit www.trellisearth.com or call (503) 582-1300. <b>CEE the Possibilities</b> Follett’s Maestro™ Icemakers, as well as many of the company’s other ice and water dispensers, meet Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 2 specifi - cation criteria. Operators also can consider Follett’s 7 Series Ice and Water Dispenser, which boasts a compact design. The 7 Series countertop model fits under an 18-in. wall-mounted cabinet and does not require any drains, which reduces installation costs and expands placement options. Also, its hand-free dispensing and antimicrobial protection reduce the possibility of contamination. For more information, visit www.follettice.com or call (800) 523-9361. <b>Champion Performance</b> Champion Industries offers its Direct Vent Hood Door Machine as part of its Genesis line, which was designed to meet ENERGY STAR® product requirements. The Direct Vent Hood Door Machine combines Champion’s Versa Clean system with the features of a hood-type machine and removes heat and water vapor from the machine at the end of the cycle. The machine also features Champion’s patent-pending Tri-Rinse System that puts more water on the dishes, keeping energy and water consumption at lower levels. To find out more, visit www.championindustries.com or call (800) 532-8591. <b>Bilt to Last</b> If your child nutrition team is looking to “green” up its kitchen equipment, Master-Bilt offers a full range of units that meet ENERGY STAR specifications. The company’s glass-door merchandiser refrigerators, solid-door refrigerators, undercounter refrigerators, glass-door merchandiser freezers and solid-door freezers are currently ENERGY STAR-qualified. Master-Bilt can help foodservice facilities earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation with its walk-in coolers and freezers. For more information, visit www.master-bilt.com or call (800) 647-1284. <b>Lean and Green Cres Cor</b> offers school nutrition professionals more than 30 models and sizes of heated cabinets that meet ENERGY STAR product requirements. Among the available models are insulated stainless steel holding cabinets, insulated undercounter holding cabinets and insulated pass-through holding cabinets. For more information, visit www.crescor.com or call (877) 273-7267. <b>The Clean Scene</b> A new product line of wipers from Kimberly-Clark Professional is designed to be an environmentally responsible choice, since they are made of 40% postconsumer recycled fi ber. In addition, the WypAll X60, WypAll L40 and WypAll L30 wipers contain up to 35% more sheets than standard packaging, allowing more product to be packaged in each case and less waste to be sent to landfills. For more information, visit www.kcprofessional.com or call (888) 346-4652. <b>Wash and Glow</b> Hobart Corporation offers two ENERGY STAR-qualified warewashers. The Advansys Ventless Door- Type Warewasher is NSF-certified for heavily soiled ware, including pots and pans. It per hour and uses 0.74 gallons of rinse water per rack. The CLeR Conveyor-Type Warewasher with Advansys Energy Recovery rinses 202 racks per hour and is designed to take up less fl oor space. Hobart’s parent company, ITW Food Equipment Group–North America, was honored, for the second consecutive year, with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award. For more information, visit www.hobartcorp.com or call (888) 446-2278. <b>Safe and Green</b> Ecolab can help you ensure healthy school environments with a wide range of products that address cleaning, grease containment, preventive maintenance, hand care, water care, food safety and more. One specific product, the Water- Giene<sup>™</sup>, is a sensitive indicator for bacterial detection in water and on rinse surfaces; it provides results in about 30 seconds. For more information, visit www.ecolab.com or call (800) 352-5326. <b>Waste Not</b> InSink-Erator’s line of disposers can help school nutrition staff reduce liquid and solid wastes sent to the dumpster. Four sizes are available; select from Light Duty, Small Capacity, Medium Capacity or Large Capacity. Operators can add the AquaSaver® System as an option that is designed to reduce water usage by 70% or more. The disposer features stainless steel construction, and no special tools are required to clean the product. For more information, call (800) 845-8345 or visit www.insinkerator.com/foodservice. <b>Green & Growing</b> Evergreen Packaging, the largest supplier of gable-top packaging options in North America, including milk cartons for K-12 operations, asserts that more than 70% of its cartons are made from paper using trees from responsibly managed forests. Such forestry practices promote new forest growth and help to diminish greenhouse gases. In addition, more than 50% of the energy used to make the paper in its cartons comes from biomass, a renewable energy source. Its Fiber Procurement Policy is available on its website, and it has earned several third-party certifications for sustainable practices. Learn more at www.Evergreenpackaging.com or call (866) 576-4250. <b>Today’s Paper</b> SCA Tork’s Xpressnap® Counter Napkin Dispenser features a one-at-a-time napkin dispensing design that reduces napkin usage and ensures that students touch only the napkin that they use. In the last decade, the company has used some 12 billion pounds of recycled paper in its product manufacturing; 5 billion pounds is from post-consumer waste. Among other products, the company also offers hand towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, wiper cloths and wet wipes. For more information, call (866) 722-8675 or visit www.torkusa.com. <b>A Closer Look at… Thermo Waste Solution</b> Thermo Compaction Systems, Inc., offers a unique solution for minimizing the waste of hundreds— even thousands—of foam lunch trays used each day in K-12 school nutrition operations. The company’s patent-pending Thermo Compactor unit can melt up to 1,800 foam lunch trays into a single block, reducing waste volume, as well as the expenses of disposing of such waste (including transport and storage) by up to 80%. The unit does not use blades or dangerous moving parts and is effective while running quietly. The resulting volume block produces no odor. The unit is one “green” alternative to consider that allows K-12 operations to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, without turning to labor-intensive and utility-expensive dishwashing applications or if foam recycling services are unavailable in the community. School nutrition operators can choose the convenient Styrofoam Tray Stacker from Thermo Compaction Systems to accompany the densification unit. The tray stacker helps avoid clutter before the densification process begins. For more information, visit www.thermocompaction.com or call (855) 843-7661
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