1% Member EarthTEC Earns Greenerpalooza Award
EarthTEC Captures Greenerpalooza Prize
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2011 7:00 am
Earthtec founder Dennis Randall insisted his company be green from the get-go. Combining his commitment to sustainability with his love of the outdoors and his knowledge of technical knits, Randall created a company that produces fashionable, functional clothing made from recycled or renewable materials. Using a streamlined design and manufacturing process, Earthtec does its own product development, knitting, dyeing, finishing, and garment production, resulting in a greener manufacturing with less waste.
In recognition for its innovation, green manufacturing and leadership in bringing the sustainability message to consumers in multiple ways, Earthtec was presented with the 2011 Greenerpalooza Award, given each year to a NH-based person, organization or initiative dedicated to energy efficiency. The award recognizes the accomplishments of those who support and promote green efforts throughout the Granite State and who work tirelessly to ensure that New Hampshire maintains its position as a state which celebrates sustainability.
The presentation was made during the Greenerpalooza IV festivities at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion. Greenerpalooza, which is presented by the NH Business Resource Center and the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in coordination with key sponsors, is a celebration of energy efficiency efforts in the state. With the backdrop of a concert by Alison Krauss and Union Station, attendees were able to learn more about the latest energy efficient products and services offered in the Granite State.
“Earthtec, is quite possibly the best example of a company that encompasses all that’s good and right about living and breathing the green lifestyle,” said for NH Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy in making the announcement. “This apparel manufacturer takes plastic bottles and transforms them into something very special – clothing that is both stylish and earth friendly. At a time when space at landfills is at an all time premium, what better way to reuse our resources in a fun, creative and productive way?”
Randall and his company are on a mission to bring the message of sustainability to consumers in many different ways. For example, for the past two years, Earthtec has handed out 6,000 free knit hats made from a blend of recycled plastic and organic cotton at hockey games between the UNH Wildcats and Boston College at the Whittemore Center. Earthtec also participated in the Providence Rock and Roll Half Marathon, collecting recyclables that could be turned into apparel.
A member of 1% For The Planet and the Green Alliance, Earthtec has developed the Earth 360 program, designed to capture plastic bottles and other #1 plastic at sporting events, concerts, conferences, schools and other gatherings; and to then process them into flake, then into fiber, yarn, fabric, and finally into apparel and accessories.
“Earthtec has been a fixture at Meadowbrook this season collecting recyclables and is currently embarking on an effort with our office to start similar collections at venues throughout the state,” continued Duddy. “Next week, they will join forces with the Division of Economic Development, PSNH, WTPL and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to hold the first inaugural Green Scene Night where they will collect over 1,000 plastic bottles and turn them into blankets that will be given out at the New Horizons homeless shelter in Manchester.
“Earthtec is a terrific example of how a business can not only be profitable, but also be environmentally aware and a good neighbor,” Duddy added. “The Greenerpalooza Award is designed specifically for model companies like this.”
To learn more about Earthtec, visit www.earthtec.com. To discover the latest happenings with Greenerpalooza, visit Greenerpalooza IV Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greennh.