GXT Green COO and SVP of Sales Michael Vanin Featured in TV Interview

GXT Green COO and SVP of Sales Michael Vanin was featured on a recent TV interview.  He talks about the award winning benefits of ECOgrade Degradable bag, the market need for this product, and the underlying mission of GXT Green, including our 4 tenets of success, where “Economics meets Ecology”.

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GXT Green Recognized on the Shortlist for “The 5th Annual Responsible Business Awards”

GXT Green has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 5th Annual Responsible Business Awards. The Responsible Business Awards are sponsored by the Ethical Corporation in the UK to recognize international companies that are “agenda-leading in corporate responsibility”. GXT Green has been recognized for their groundbreaking ECOgrade™ degradable bag, as well as their corporate commitment to “Economics Meeting Ecology™”.

Billerica, MA USA – July 21, 2014 – GXT Green has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 5th Annual Responsible Business Awards. The Responsible Business Awards are sponsored by the Ethical Corporation in the UK to recognize international companies that are “agenda-leading in corporate responsibility”. GXT Green is a finalist in two categories: “Sustainability Commercialized” and “Best Small to Medium Enterprise”.
Responsible Business AwardsThe Sustainability Commercialized Award is for a company that most clearly demonstrates how they have incorporated responsible business and sustainability thinking into commercial objectives. GXT Green’s success with the ECOgrade Degradable bag is the impetus behind this recognition. ECOgrade bags solve the plastic bag pollution issue, as they photo-degrade from sunlight if littered or lost, and then subsequently biodegrade to a non-toxic residue. They cost the same or less than plastic bags, so they offer a commercialization win/win/win solution to retailers, consumers, and the environment.
The Best Small to Medium Enterprise Award is for a company with under 250 employees that has clearly innovated on sustainability in 2013. GXT Green was recognized for its portfolio of sustainable products that solve critical needs, without any negative tradeoffs in cost or performance. This charter is encompassed in the GXT Green tagline “Economics Meeting Ecology”™
Last year’s winners of the Responsible Business Award include such companies as GE, Mars, Western Union, and Timberland. The winners for 2014 will be announced on September 29th in London.
GXT Green’s charter is encapsulated in their tagline “Economics meeting Ecology”. They help clients achieve their sustainability goal through a focused set of products that includes:
• ECOgrade™ degradable bag, which replaces plastic and paper bags with bags manufactured with GXT Green’s patented Calcium Olefinic Glucosate, a non-toxic, cost-competitive, sustainable alternative that solves the plastic pollution problem.
• ECOgrade reactive agent, the underlying ingredient for ECOgrade bags, which is a low-cost, sustainable alternative to plastic resin, with significantly reduced environmental impact.
• ECOgrade Agricultural Mulch and Row Covers which offer farmers a cost-effective non-toxic option to extend their growing cycles and mitigate the use of chemicals on their crops.
• ECO-R3SP™ suspension packaging which replaces expanded polystyrene and rigid foam packaging with a “zero-waste” sustainable alternative.
Manas Chatterjee, CEO of GXT Green commented “We are excited to be recognized by the Responsible Business Award judges for our initiatives, as we continue to support the global community with our economically viable sustainable products”.
For more information on Ethical Corporation and the Responsible Business Awards, please visit http://events.ethicalcorp.com/awards.

About GXT Green
gxt greenGXT Green, where “Economics Meets Ecology” is a leader in creating products that help the corporate community meet their economic and social sustainability needs. GXT Green is committed to manufacturing and marketing products that are both sustainable and are economically viable.
Every product that GXT Green offers stands muster to 4 key criteria:
• They solve a critical problem for the user. They address real-world issues with viable solutions.
• They are sustainable. After their use they must leave our environment with as little negative impact as possible.
• They perform as well or better than the product they replace.
• They cost the same or less than the product they replace. Everyone wants to save the world until they find that it costs too much… then it’s not such a big priority.”
GXT Green and the ECOgrade bag have received recognition as Runner-up International Sustainability Consultancy of the year from BusinessGreen, 2011; Consumer Product of the Year from MassTLC, 2012; Innovation of the Year Finalist from SBANE, 2013; Silver Award Winner as Consumer Product of the Year and Most Innovative Product of the Year, Best in Biz Awards International, 2013; Business of the Year from the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 2013, and Innovation All-Star Winner in the product category from Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech, 2013. Learn more at http://www.GxtGreen.com

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The Inspiration Behind GXT Green

by Ed Weisberg

The tagline at GXT Green is “Economics Meeting Ecology.”   To us, that’s more than just a clever phrase. In fact, it’s a mantra that runs through the fabric of our management team, and is a driver in everything we do.  GXT Green is committed to manufacturing and marketing products that are both sustainable and economically viable.

Every product that we offer stands muster to 4 key criteria:4 criteria of GXT Green

  • They solve a critical problem for the user. We are solving real-world issues with viable solutions.
  • They are sustainable. After their use they must leave our environment with as little negative impact as possible.
  • They perform as well or better than the product they replace.
  • They cost the same or less than the product they replace. Everyone wants to save the world until they find that it costs too much… then it’s not such a big priority.”

Depending on the perspective of the buyers of our products, they can be viewed either as sustainable products that people can afford, or money saving items with sustainability “baked in”. Either way, our products fit the bill for what’s needed in today’s business and consumer eco-system.

The evolution of sustainable (or as some people refer to as “green”) products has been a rocky road. People assume that sustainable products cost more and do not perform as well. Perhaps the buyers’ mindsets have been influenced by the organic food and farming industry where it does, in fact, cost more to grow sustainable produce vs. using commercially efficient but not necessarily sustainable practices. Historically, products which address the same markets as those from GXT Green have been more expensive. Biodegradable plastics and paper which are considered an alternative to plastics bags, cost more than plastic.   They also may require special handling and tend to be less durable. This is not the case with ECOgrade degradable bags or any of our products.

At GXT Green our products are critically evaluated against our four point business driver and when they measure up, they are a home-run. GXT products include:

  1. ECOgrade degradable bags – the only viable alternative for plastic bags that is less expensive, more sustainable, and better performing.
  2. ECOgrade agricultural mulch –extends the crop season, saves farmers time and money, reduces water consumption, fertilizer use and run-off, reduces and in certain cases eliminates herbicide and pesticide use, and is non-toxic and sustainable.
  3. ECOgrade resin – a low-cost replacement for plastic resin used for manufacture of plastic products.
  4. ECO-R3SP zero-waste suspension packaging – a replacement for Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam Packaging which not only protects products for shipping, but also uses 60% less space, 40% less labor, fewer resources, and ultimately costs less than foam and other packaging methods.

We continuereduce, reuse, recyclee to build on our success and are developing new exciting products that meet our tests, increasing sustainability while remaining viable in the market. We are dedicated to doing our part with economically viable sustainable products.

Edward Weisberg is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, GXT Green

 

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ECOgrade Bags are Enjoying Success at Roche Bros. Supermarkets

by Ed Weisberg

GXT Green is excited to partner with Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms Supermarkets to provide ECOgrade bags to their retail customers. ECOgrade bags have been tested in 6 of their stores so far, and we are retooling to move forward. No longer is the choice “Paper or Plastic”! Now, consumers have a better option: ECOgrade degradable bags. GXT Green ECOgrade bags provide a win-win-win solution for our environment, retailers, and consumers.

The environment wins big:

  • If littered or lost, an ECOgrade roche bros bag croppedbag will photo-degrade to a non-toxic residue in 240 days or less and the residue then further biodegrades.
  • The ECOgrade bag does not use toxic materials and does not leave behind any toxic residue which could be dangerous to animals and plants.
  • It is compatible with recycling chain
  • It produces 50% less greenhouse gases when compared to plastic, 4-6 times less energy compared to paper, and eliminates the health risk of dirty reusable bags
  • If incinerated, they leave behind a benign ash that can be used as a soil additive

 The retailer wins as well:

  • The ECOgrade bag performs as well as plastic in strength
  • It fits seamlessly into existing dispenser wickets, eliminating any need for transition or additional training
  • It has a long shelf life, the same as plastic
  • Demonstrates the retailer’s commitment to sustainability and the environment
  • Costs the same as plastic bags

 And of course, the consumer wins:

  • The ECOgrade bag is convenient, just ECOgrade Bagslike a plastic bag
  • It is as strong as a plastic bag, does not tear like paper
  • It can be recycled with plastic bags
  • It is sanitary, with no risk of bacteria residue as with reusable bags
  • Enables the consumer to also share in a commitment to our environment.

ECOgrade bags will be coming to a retailer near you in the future. For now, please consider shopping at Roche Bros. to do your part for the environment with these amazing bags.

Edward Weisberg is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, GXT Green

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GXT Green Announces 2014 Earth Day Honor Roll Finalists

by Ed Weisberg

Every year, in celebration of Earth Day, GXT Green recognizes organizations that have made significant contributions to sustainability efforts in their individual companies, their GXT Green Honor rollcommunities, or to the global community. Below are the finalists for 2014. All individuals who nominated candidates in 2014 received a free WheelSeal Medallion for their car, which indicates that GXT Green has offset the carbon footprint of their vehicle for the year.

For 2014, The GXT Green Honor Roll Nominations were open to companies, individuals, worldwide town, county, and state government and public agencies, and environmental organizations.

The 2014 GXT Green Honor Roll Finalists Include:

  1. Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms Grocery Chain: For innovation and implementation of sustainable solutions for their consumers.
  2. Scale (Society to Create Awareness towards Life and Environment), India: For promoting sustainable solutions.
  3. Blue Ocean Innovative Solutions: For evangelizing an alternative to plastic bags and other sustainable solutions to Wal-Mart.
  4. Zoo New England (Franklin Park and Stone Zoos): For promoting appreciation of wildlife, educating, and practicing sustainable behavior.
  5. Debra A. Boronski, President of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce: For orchestrating solutions to improve the Massachusetts economy with a focus on clean tech and sustainable manufacturing.
  6. Expressway Toyota: For developing local programs that expand on Toyota’s initiatives to mitigate carbon pollution from vehicles.
  7. Austin Foam Plastics: For adopting new solutions for packaging, including zero waste solutions, as a sustainable alternative Expanded PolyStyrene and similar products (i.e Styrofoam).
  8. Get-it-Going: For organizing efforts to clean up the environment and promote sustainable solutions.
  9. Heather Smith, 6th Grade Teacher at the Central Gaither School, Yuba City California:  For promoting sustainability education to her 6th grade science class.

The champion winners will be announced in time for Earth Day, on April 22nd, 2014.

You can learn about previous year’s winners by following the links below:

GXT Green 2013 Honor Roll Winners
GXT Green 2012 Honor Roll Winners
GXT Green 2011 Honor Roll Winners -

Edward Weisberg is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, GXT Green

 

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Sneak Preview of the Video: Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Video on GXT Green

The Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce has shared a sneak preview of the video about GXT Green to be shown at the Business of the Year Presentation.  If you’d like to attend the event, please visit http://massachusettschamberofcommerce.com/ to learn more.

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GXT Green Recognized as a 2013 Innovation All-Star by the Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech

GXT Green has been recognized as the Innovation All-Star winner by The Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech in the Product Category for their groundbreaking ECOgrade photodegradable bag.  The ECOgrade bag is a cost effective sustainable alternative to plastic or paper for retailers, consumers, and communities that are concerned with plastic bag pollution.

Billerica, MA USA – October 15, 2013 – GXT Green has been recognized as the winner in GXT Green recognized as a BBJ All-Starthe Product Category in the Annual Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech Innovation All-Stars Competition.  The BBJ & MHT All-Stars Program recognizes Greater Boston’s most innovative and enterprising technology companies and entrepreneurs.  Companies are selected for their success fueling the regional economy, attracting VC funding and growth capital, adding jobs, and transforming every area of technology.

GXT Green’s charter is encapsulated in their tagline “Economics meeting Ecology”.  They help clients achieve their sustainability goal through a focused set of products and services that includes:

  • ECOgrade™ photodegradable bag, which replaces plastic and paper bags with GXT Green’s patented ECOgrade Calcium Olefinic Glucosate bags, a non-toxic, cost-competitive, sustainable alternative that solves the plastic pollution problem.
  • ECOgrade reactive agent, the underlying ingredient for ECOgrade bags, which is a low-cost, sustainable alternative to plastic resin, with significantly reduced environmental impact.
  • ECO-R3SP™ suspension packaging which replaces Styrofoam and polystyrene packaging with a “zero-waste” sustainable alternative.
  • Sustainability consulting services to help companies reduce their energy use and carbon footprint with economically viable sustainable services, along with marketing programs to leverage their successes.
  • Management and marketing of verified Carbon Offsets, most notably those based on REDD+ forestry projects.

This award comes on the heels of GXT Green’s recognition over the last two months as Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year”, and recognition as the Silver award winner in both the “Product of the Year” and “Most Innovative Product of the Year” categories in Best in Biz Awards 2013 International.

Manas Chatterjee, CEO of GXT Green commented “We are excited to be recognized by the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech and proud to be a member of the vibrant Boston Innovation economy”.

GXT Green will be highlighted in a special supplement to the Boston Business Journal in November, and the award will be presented at the annual All-Stars Banquet on November 20, 2013, at the Harpoon Beer Hall, 306 Northern Ave Boston MA 02210.  Information and Tickets can be purchased http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/event/78731.

About GXT Green

gxt greenGXT Green, where ” Economics Meets Ecology” is a leader in creating and leveraging strategies, services, and products that help the corporate community meet their economic and social sustainability needs.
GXT Green supports clients in three areas:

  • Driving improved profitability and sustainability through innovative products that address urgent environmental concerns such as plastic bags and Styrofoam packaging pollution. Products include ECOgrade™ photo-degradable bags; the underlying ECOgrade Reactive Agent additive which can be used as a cost effective and sustainable plastic resin alternative; and the ECO-R3SP zero-waste packing solution.
  • Designing and executing green marketing strategies to enhance corporate brands. Outstanding sustainability accomplishments are recognized as a public service through the GXT Green Seal Certification Program.
  • Completing the equation by developing and offering carbon offset credits derived from the highest quality carbon projects around the world. GXT Green is involved in development of REDD+ carbon offset forestry projects in several countries.

GXT Green and the ECOgrade bag have received recognition as Runner-up International Sustainability Consultancy of the year from BusinessGreen, 2011; Consumer Product of the Year from MassTLC, 2012; Innovation of the Year Finalist from SBANE, 2013; Silver Award Winner as Consumer Product of the Year and Most Innovative Product of the Year, Best in Biz Awards International, 2013; Business of the Year from the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 2013, and Innovation All-Star Winner in the product category from Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech, 2013.

GXT Green is a division of Global Exchange Technologies, Inc., which a global leader in technology, infrastructure and domain expertise that facilitates the establishment of next-generation financial and commodity exchanges.  http://www.GxtGreen.com

Contact:

Edward Weisberg
GXT Green
978-735-4367
eweisberg@gxtgreen.com
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