Vermont Country Store survey reveals most popular classic candy and toys

first_imgVermont Country Store,A new survey conducted recently by Harris Interactive for The Vermont Country Store shows what classic toys and candy people remember most when they were young. Of the 2,104 adults age 18 or older who were surveyed online, more than a third (39%) responded that chocolate bars were their top candy choice when they were a child. Also, more than a quarter of the respondents (29%) noted that a doll or stuffed animal was their favorite childhood toy.‘In the current era of electronics and always wanting ‘the next best thing,’ it’s nice to travel back in time and remember when life was simpler and products were more memorable,’ said Cabot Orton, proprietor of The Vermont Country Store. ‘Toys and candy especially are the iconic childhood products that many people recall easily as adults. This survey gives us great insight into those products that make people feel nostalgic and reminiscent of their youth.’Some of the other favorite candies noted in The Vermont Country Store survey were lollipops or hard candy (10%), licorice (8%), and jelly beans (8%). Other top choices for toys were trains (9%) and building blocks (8%).The Vermont Country Store’s catalogue, website (www.vermontcountrystore.com(link is external)) and retail locations (Weston and Rockingham, VT) are home to thousands of classic toys, candy and other products that transport customers back in time.About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalog’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list. Sixty years later and promoting itself as Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store has become ‘Nostalgia Central’ and continues its catalog business, manages a thriving e-commerce Web site and operates two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.vermontcountrystore.com(link is external).About the SurveyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Vermont Country Store from November 18-22, 2010 among 2,104 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Lauren Howe at (401)-553-5106 or lhowe@rdwgroup.com(link sends e-mail). Source: Vermont Country Store. MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 12.8.2010last_img read more

Taiwan government moves to speed offshore wind projects

first_imgTaiwan government moves to speed offshore wind projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taiwan News:The government is sparing no effort in advancing offshore wind farm development through such measures as streamlining approval processes, strengthening oversight of support infrastructure construction, and providing assistance with planning and building procedures, according to Premier Lai Ching-te Transition to renewables is central to achieving a nuclear-free homeland by 2025, Lai said. Wind will play a key role in the nation’s energy mix, with the Ministry of Economic Affairs selecting nine local and foreign companies to build 14 wind farms with a total capacity of 5.5 gigawatts off Taiwan’s western coast within the next seven years, he added.MOEA Bureau of Energy statistics reveal that in 2017, 46.8 percent of Taiwan’s energy was generated from coal, 34.7 percent from natural gas, 8.3 percent from nuclear power and 4.5 percent from renewable sources. By 2025, the government aims to change these numbers to 50 percent for natural gas, 30 percent for coal and 20 percent for renewables, with solar and wind expected to contribute the majority of the latter.According to the MOEA, two demonstration wind farms in the waters off Miaoli and Changhua counties in northern and central Taiwan, respectively, are forecast to come online in 2019. Financed partially through state subsidies, the sites, which have a combined capacity of 230 megawatts, underscore the government’s commitment to fostering renewables and related expertise, the ministry said.The 14 additional offshore wind farms are projected to generate 19.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, create 20,000 job opportunities, spur investment totaling NT$962.5 billion (US$31.56 billion) and reduce Taiwan’s carbon emissions by 10.47 million metric tons annually, the MOEA added.More: Cabinet accelerates offshore wind farm development in Taiwanlast_img read more

NAFCU’s Morris to give industry update, talk payments systems

first_img continue reading » NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel Andrew Morris today will participate in an industry update at the Electronic Check Clearing House Organization’s (ECCHO) business committee meeting. ECCHO represents depository institutions’ interests on issues related to check payment system; NAFCU works closely with ECCHO to ensure credit unions’ perspective are considered.Morris will be joined by representatives from other financial industry trade groups. They will provide an update on the regulatory landscape, and potentially the Federal Reserve’s recent proposal relating to settlements or other services to address the future needs of a real-time retail payments environment.NAFCU is actively engaged as the Fed and other stakeholders work to improve real-time payments, and has also offered input as the Fed addresses regulatory issues related to checks. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Companies establish organization to combat growing plastic waste

first_imgSeveral top food and beverages companies have established a new organization to ramp up their recycling efforts and reduce plastic packaging waste in Indonesia, which the companies commonly produce and usually ends up polluting the sea.The businesses, which are members of the Packaging and Recycling Association for Indonesia’s Sustainable Environment (PRAISE), initiated the Packaging Recovery Organization (PRO) to seek ways to speed up the implementation of the circular economy, from waste collection to recycling.Among the members are PT Coca-Cola Indonesia, Danone-Aqua, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur, PT Nestle Indonesia, Tetra Pak Indonesia and Unilever Indonesia. “PRAISE is very proud of launching the PRO [so we can] collaborate on our waste management as a solution to single-use plastics. [With the PRO] we promote extended stakeholder responsibility,” PRAISE steering committee head and Coca-Cola Indonesia public affairs and communication head Triyono Prijosoesilo said during the virtual launch in Jakarta on Tuesday.The new organization would have at least three programs: to build a system to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is commonly used in plastic bottles; to increase the collection rate for used beverage cartons, flexibles and high-density polyethylene packaging; and to educate the public on recycling.PRO aims to achieve a 60 percent recycling rate for PET plastics before moving on to recycling other kinds of packaging next year, all the while expanding its membership, Triyono said.The organization’s objectives fall in line with recommendations laid out in the World Economic Forum’s latest National Plastic Action Report on Indonesia, which proposes a System Change Scenario (SCS) that would reduce ocean leakage in the archipelago by 70 percent by 2025. The SCS model combines five system changes, which include doubling current recycling capacity and plastic waste collection, among other things, according to the WEF report.PRAISE chief and Danone-Aqua sustainability director Karyanto Wibowo said industries would use PRO as a vehicle to honor their environmental responsibilities, stipulated in Law No. 18/2008 on waste management.“How can industries take part? One way is through PRO, an organization that will help industries [in many areas], from collection, recycling and education to research on waste management,” he said.Karyanto said PRO would convene players from the packaging industry, manufacturing and retailers, which are responsible for the flow of plastic products from factories to the consumer.He said the organization would also cooperate with local administrations to increase the recycling rate of plastics. At the moment, it is teaming up with the East Java administration.According to the WEF report, about 70 percent of Indonesia’s plastic waste – estimated at 4.8 million tons per year – is considered mismanaged.A 2019 report jointly commissioned by environmentalist groups found that plastic waste had made its way into Indonesia’s food chain.It was discovered that eggs produced by free-range chickens in two villages in East Java had been contaminated by the plastic waste that locals used as a fuel source for local tofu factories.The sampled eggs collected near a tofu factory in Tropodo village, for instance, contained the second-highest level of dioxins in eggs from Asia, second only to eggs collected in an area in Vietnam contaminated by the Agent Orange chemical weapon, the report found.Read also: Plastic or egg? Imported waste contaminates East Java’s food chain: ReportIn many countries in the region, plastic waste is openly dumped or burned on land, deposited in poorly managed dump sites, or leaked into waterways or the ocean.The Environment and Forestry Ministry’s director for waste management, Novrizal Tahar, expressed appreciation for the PRO’s swift actions in response to Environment and Forestry Ministerial Regulation No. 75/2019, which stipulates that plastics producers must set up a waste reduction road map.“The PRO should increase synergy and increase the capacity of the [circular economy] ecosystem. This should be viewed positively,” Novrizal said.He also expressed hope that more companies would start formulating their waste reduction plans.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said that with 8,000 tons of daily waste coming out of Jakarta alone, plastic waste should not be the sole responsibility of the state. As such, private sector initiatives like the PRO should be lauded.With the PRO planning to implement its pilot projects in East Java and Bali in 2020, Luhut called on regional administrations to support such initiatives.“They should be preparing the infrastructure to collect plastic waste and incorporating waste banks – there are more than 7,000 waste banks across Indonesia,” Luhut said.Plastics are valued materials with a key role in the economy, and the nation generates around 6.8 million tons of plastic waste per year, a figure that is growing by 5 percent annually.Despite major commitments from government, industry and civil society, the flow of plastic waste into the country’s bodies of water is projected to grow by 30 percent between 2017 and 2025, from 620,000 tons per year to an estimated 780,000 tons per year, according to the NPA report.The Indonesian government is seeking investments of US$5.1 trillion to finance its plans to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean to near zero by 2040.Most of the plastic waste is from major brands, according to an audit conducted by international movement Break Free From Plastic between August and September 2019.The audit collected 13,309 pieces of plastic waste, although most of them were unrecognized, the top three polluters included Indofood at 654 pieces, Danone at 563 pieces and PT Mayora Indah at 488.Topics :last_img read more