Compostable products company settles deceptive packaging claims

first_imgAttorney General, September 27, 2011 Penley Corporation, based in West Paris, Maine, has agreed to settle claims by Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell that the company violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by misrepresenting the availability of local composting options for its Full Circle line of ‘compostable’ cutlery. The settlement requires Penley to pay $10,000 to the State of Vermont in penalties and costs, and another $10,000 to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) to support its Harvest Health Coupon Program.Commenting on the settlement, Attorney General Sorrell said that Vermonters care about responsible disposal, including the compostability, of consumer products, and need to be able to rely on sellers’ claims about how those products may be disposed of. ‘If most Vermonters can’t compost an item in the state, then advertising the item as ‘compostable’ is deceptive,’ he said.Starting in June 2007, Penley marketed a ‘Full Circle’ line of cutlery that was capable of being composted in a professionally managed municipal or commercial facility. The Full Circle packaging bore prominent references to compostability, including the term ‘compostable!’ in sizable red type in two places, and a boxed Biodegradable Plastics Institute/US Composting Council logo next to a third, capitalized, ‘COMPOSTABLE.’In fact, there are few municipal or commercial facilities in Vermont that accept compostable cutlery, and most Vermonters have not had, and do not have, practical access to such facilities. And while the Full Circle cutlery packaging did state that municipal or commercial composting facilities ‘may not exist in your community. Check to see if they do.,’ this disclosure was printed in an almost unreadably small five-point typeface on the back of the package.It is estimated that retail sales of Full Circle cutlery in Vermont totaled between 7,920 and 13,776 boxes, for which local consumers paid a total of between $10,216 and $17,771. Penley’s settlement with the Attorney General’s Office prohibits the company from representing to the public, directly or by implication, the compostability of any products sold in or into Vermont unless (a) there are municipal or commercial facilities reasonably and practically available to a substantial majority of Vermont consumers, which facilities accept those products for composting; or (b) there is a prominent disclosure on the product packaging of the absence of such facilities that is proximate to the compostability claim and is no smaller or less visible than the claim itself.Penley’s payment to NOFA Vermont will support a program that offers matching coupons as an incentive to 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamp) recipients to buy healthy, farm-fresh foods at over 30 local farmers’ markets. last_img read more

Pig paradise with space for the humans hits the market

first_imgThe wee piggy, dubbed Ash after the incident, was taken to the RSPCA’s animal hospital where a veterinarian diagnosed him as being dehydrated and suffering from stress. Ash was adopted by some kind Morningside locals who gave him his own cabin, plenty of space to roam and a well rounded diet that included mangoes. Ash enjoying a meal by the pool at his Algoori St home in 2014. Photo: Jamie Hanson.But the time has come for Ash to say goodbye to his sty-lish home on the 4047sq m property at 38 Algoori St, Morningside. And though Ash features in the promotional photos for the property, Brisbane’s own pig in the city is most definitely not for sale, said Place Woolloongabba selling agent James Curtain. “The owners are certainly taking Ash with them,” he said. So while money can’t buy you the famous pig, it can get you this rare slice of inner-city acreage 6km from the CBD with enough room to house a pampered piggy. Ash at home with some of his adopted fur and feather siblings. Picture: supplied.“When you look at how close the property is to the city and growing infrastructure, it’s a genuinely a rare home,” Mr Curtain said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“You do feel like you’re in a country residence. To have all that expanse with room for a pig, chickens and dogs, it does feel very rural.” The property comes with a beautifully renovated 140-year-old farmhouse with VJ walls, timber floorboards and original log fireplaces. An oversized granny flat is currently generating a tidy income through Airbnb and there is a pool, creek, horse stable, chook shed, greenhouse and fruit trees on the property. Inside the home at 38 Algoori St, Morningside. Picture: supplied.Mr Curtain said the owners, who wished to leave the spotlight to Ash, had loved living at the home. “They are genuinely sad about having to move on but the time has come to downsize,” he said. “They have loved raising their children at that home and equally have loved having their grandchildren there as well.”The property is on a tree-lined street close to schools and riverside precincts. Beach house hits market with jawdropping price The home at 38 Algoori St, Morningside. Picture: supplied.BRISBANE’S famous Ashes pig is saying goodbye to his porcine paradise in Morningside as his owners list their pocket of urban acreage and character home for sale. The pig became somewhat of celebrity in 2013 when he was smuggled into the Gabba during the November Ashes test. The then 10kg piglet was disguised as a baby and had his snout taped shut when discovered by security. Number of homes sold for profit set to risecenter_img Tax cuts, not rate cuts, necessary MORE: Housing set for fresh record highslast_img read more

Freshman runner making strides

first_imgFor many student athletes, freshman year is a time spent on adjusting to the collegiate level of play or improving mentally and physically with the hope of contributing in later seasons. For Hanna Grinaker, freshman year has been a chance to do all these things as well as solidify her spot as one of the top runners in the nation. Heading into the last lap of the cross-country season, Grinaker has already been awarded the Big Ten Conference Co-Runner of the Week honors and has been the top UW finisher in three races, but she remains focused on her main goal — helping the cross-country team win the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. “The main goal is just to win the Big Ten Championship,” Grinaker said. “It’s not everyyear that you have the chance to win it and I think this year we have a chance. Helping the team win is my first goal and anything personal is just a bonus.” There are many reasons why Grinaker is excited to participate in the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, but she mentions team goals and the opportunity to run with her teammates as the most important, far above any personal accomplishments.It’s easy to see why Grinaker is excited to be a part of the ninth ranked cross-country team in the nation, the highest ever under third-year head coach Jim Stintzi, when you look at her background. Growing up in the small town of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Grinaker was a three-time high school sectional champion and voted into the All-State team each year, but her team never qualified for any championships. Grinaker received the same coaching as the rest of her high school teammates but also kept in close touch with her aunt Mary Grinaker, aUW alum and former Big Ten champion and current high school coach at nearby Madison Memorial, who provided advice and support and always believed in Hanna’s abilities.While Mary Grinaker’s past accomplishments as a Badger had some pull on Hanna’s decision to come to the UW, Hanna credits the chemistry between her fellow cross-country teammates and the abilities of head coach Jim Stintzi as the main reason she committed to the University of Wisconsin and canceled the rest of her college tours.In joining the Badger women’s cross-country team, Grinaker praises being on the team with all her fellow teammates, but specifically credits the leadership and work ethic of senior runner ‘A Havahla Haynes and captain runners Katrina Rundhaug and Amanda Ganser among others, in helping the Badgers reach their current ninth place ranking. “So far I have worked hard and tried to emulate those girls, but I believe everyone on the team is a leader in their own respect and everyone brings something to the table,” Grinaker said. “Whether they are a vocal leader or lead by example. Katrina definitely is both types of leaders, especially when a race or practice doesn’t go as well; she’s stillhelping us out.”Along with helping her become more accustomed to collegiate running, Grinaker considers her teammates to be her best friends and credits them for helping her quickly find a community on the large UW campus, as well as handle the stress of being a student athlete.Grinaker is currently undecided as to what her major will be, but knows that she wants to pursue a career in running after she is finished at the collegiate level.”After I finish college I want to pursue a career in running or be in the athletic world working in running,” Grinaker said.Whatever she decides to do after college, her newly begun college career has been very promising and if she can remain healthy it appears she will be a fixture as a top cross-country runner for the next several years, but for right now she is only concerned aboutfinishing out this year strong. “I always focus day-by-day or year-by-year. I can’t really say what I’d like to accomplish in my college career but I do want to stay healthy and do the best I can today and this year,” Grinaker said. “If I just keep working hard, keep everything in perspectiveand listen to my body, I think anything is possible and anything could happen as long as I keep listening to my coach.”Along with improving in any way she can, Grinaker did mention that she would like to help the cross-country team win as many championships as possible. If she keeps improving on her already spectacular numbers, she might not have to wait long.last_img read more

Nenagh Ormond into promotion playoff final

first_imgNenagh Ormond’s efforts to secure Division 1 rugby next season have taken a major leap forward.The North Tipp side overcame Highfield in an action packed encounter in Omagh today on a scoreline of 13 points to 9.Nenagh Ormond now go on to play Dolphin at Irish Independent Park in Cork next Saturday in the 1A/2B Promotion Playoff final. Photo © Twitter- Nenagh Ormondlast_img