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1567 Eco-Simple Food Service Packaging
First Green Restaurant Distributor™ in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ– 1567 Eco-Simple Food Service Packaging (1567) is the first distributor in the entire state of Arizona to earn the prestigious environmental award.  The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) designated 1567 as a Green Restaurant Distributor™ after it passed its rigorous vetting process. 1567 submitted all of its products to the GRA to determine which of them met one of the GRA’s over 400 environmental standards in its restaurant industry environmental certification ­program.  The GRA recently completed that process and determined that 1567 can easily supply a restaurant with all of the green disposable products it needs in order to become a Certified Green Restaurant®.

“If all of America’s restaurant distributors followed in 1567’s leadership as a Green Restaurant Distributor™, it would be a transformative step forward towards environmental sustainability,” says Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association.  “The restaurant industry has an enormous impact on our environment. We applaud 1567  for making it easy for restaurants to improve their environmental practices in a transparent fashion with the sustainability information and integrity they deserve.”

“1567 EcoSimple is proud to be associated with the Green Restaurant Association,” says Tim Moilanen, owner of 1567 EcoSimple. “Green starts at home and we believe there is room to grow in terms of environmental stewardship practices within our nation. 1567 strives to promote waste stream management by endorsing composting, recycling and re-use of single use foodservice packaging while minimizing the footprint of manufacturing and transportation for our clients.”

Restaurants consume 1/3 of all electricity in the retail sector. Dining out accounts for over half of our food budget. With issues of climate change, ocean pollution, and sustainable food at the forefront of this year’s headlines, it’s important to note 1567’s leadership in environmental sustainability.

About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is an international non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants® mark in the country. Since 1990, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand to green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Washington Post. For more information visit www.dinegreen.com.

About 1567
1567 ownership offers 50+ years of expertise in the foodservice packaging industry, with a major focus on sustainability. Our environmental strategy is: 1) to support American manufacturing, 2) maximize the use of recycled content products, 3) reduce the use of virgin plastics and 4) bring attention to what are efficient, sustainable single use packaging practices.

As a disposable packaging supplier, we believe the most practical and effective action to achieve our strategy is utilizing domestic products compatible with recycling or composting waste management streams. Additionally, providing products which encourage environmental stewardship through stock print and on package promotion of their material attributes. Our strategic partners were chosen because their sustainable manufacturing practices and support of our American workforce. Aside from a single hygienic cutlery dispenser, we will not support products that are manufactured in countries with concerning environmental standards nor will our products have to sail oceans to get to your establishment. Our warehouse is open to providing the most suitable domestic products our clients green standards require. We encourage our clients to contact us directly in order to fully support their volume demands and understand their individual environmental stewardship goals relative to single use or re-usable foodservice packaging. Thanks for your support and interest in protecting our Mother Earth. www.fifteensixtyseven.com