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Smart Glass HQ - Feb 16th, 2009

ATLANTA � February 11, 2009 � Always on the forefront of the environmental movement, Smart Glass raises the environmental standard once again to become the first jewelry company in the United States to package their jewelry in oxo-degradable zip-top bags. Unlike biodegradable plastics which will only decompose in the absence of oxygen, this bag will naturally breakdown no matter where they are disposed or what the conditions. Starting today, Smart Glass Jewelry will begin packaging all their jewelry in oxo-degradable bags, printed with water-based inks. An industry standard, the use of plastic zip-top bags is essential to keeping jewelry safe and free from tarnish when stored for periods of time. However, until now the industry was limited to using plastic bags that were a burden to landfills. �As an eco-friendly jewelry designer and eco-conscious consumer, I was frustrated each time I packaged jewelry in a plastic bag,� said Kathleen Plate, owner and creator of Smart Glass Jewelry. �I couldn�t find an existing green alternative that complimented the environmental integrity of Smart Glass, so I had to create one of my own.� Finally, after a year of research, Smart Glass Jewelry teamed up with ECM BioFilms, a Philadelphia-based company dedicated to developing and revolutionizing the plastics market, to create an oxo-degradable zip-top bag. Utilizing their MasterBatch Pellet technology, ECM BioFilms is able to create a product that has similar properties and shelf-life as plastic, yet when disposed fully breaks down using microorganisms commonly found everywhere on the planet. �Studies are showing that over 20 million tons of plastic products are being added to our landfill each year,� said Whitney Tomasino of Smart Glass Jewelry. �It�s exciting to think that no matter where our bags end up they will dissolve into minerals beneficial to the earth.� To learn more about Smart Glass Jewelry and view their entire collection of recycled jewelry, visit About Smart Glass Jewelry Beautiful in its simplicity and powerful in its message, Smart Glass Jewelry creates runway acclaimed jewelry from recycled glass beer, wine, and soda bottles. Designer and founder Kathleen Plate combines uniquely shaped bottle cross sections with sterling silver and silver smolder using traditional stain glass methods to create a jewelry line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, and cuff links that are truly one-of-a-kind. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Smart Glass Jewelry has walked the runway of LA Fashion week, been a centerpiece to the Sundance Film Festival, and has partnered with Coca-Cola to create an exclusive jewelry line for the soda company. For more information, visit