New Society Publishers

New Society Publishers is an activist publisher focused on sustainable building, homesteading, climate change, environment, and renewable energy. New Society prints all of their books on 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper, using vegetable-based, low-VOC inks and they use recycled paper in their offices as well. New Society offsets their emissions to make their business operations carbon neutral. New Society Publishers sees itself as a solutions publisher, providing "good news" most of the time as well as a clear analysis of the major issues faced in creating a more just and equitable world.

Chelsea Green Publishing

Chelsea Green Publishing is a leading publisher of books on sustainable living, giving readers hands-on information related to organic farming, gardening, permaculture, ecology, the environment, simple living, food, sustainable business, and green building. Chelsea Green is an employee-owned independent publisher based in Vermont. Their purpose is to reverse the destruction of the natural world by challenging the beliefs and practices that are enabling this destruction and by providing inspirational and practical alternatives that promote sustainable living. They seek to reduce the ecological footprint of their publishing by printing on chlorine-free recycled paper, using soy-based inks whenever possible and using printers from North America to reduce the energy used in shipping. Chelsea Green includes an environmental impact statement in each book, identifying how may trees and how much wastewater, solid waste, and greenhouse gasses were conserved by using greener standards.

Braga Organic Farms

Braga Organic Farms is the home of Mike and Julie Braga and sons in Madera, California. They offer organic fruit and nuts shipped directly from their farm. All products from Braga Organic Farms are certified organic, GMO-free, peanut-free, and gluten-free. Their processing facility is 80% solar-powered and their product bags are made of rice paper. In addition to growing trees, the Braga's harvest, hand sort, roast, and box their products. Their nuts are dry roasted in small batches with or without sea salt. Every order is packed and shipped directly from the farm, guaranteeing the freshest product available. The main crop at Braga Farms is pistachio, but you can order a variety of other nuts, seeds, and dried fruits that they offer from nearby farms. Some of the products offered include almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins, and trail mixes.

Findhorn - Ecological Community and Foundation

Findhorn is a spiritual community, ecovillage, and international center for holistic learning. As one of the largest and most successful intentional communities in the world, Findhorn has long been known for helping unfold a new human consciousness for creating a positive and sustainable future. The Findhorn Foundation offers a range of workshops and events at the Community. Some workshops specifically address sustainability. Findhorn's sustainable values are expressed through ecological houses, innovative use of building materials, their living sewage treatment facility, and electricity-generating wind turbines. Sustainable values are also expressed in the community’s social, economic, and educational initiatives. The Findhorn ecovillage is a model for the complex problem of how to transform human settlements into full-featured sustainable communities that are harmlessly integrated into the natural environment. The Findhorn community offers many ways for people to experience the community including seven-day introductions where visitors are introduced to the principles and activities on which the community is based.

Global Exchange

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice. Global Exchange tackles some of the most critical issues of our time like challenging corporate power, reducing our oil addiction, creating local green economies, campaigning for fair trade, monitoring elections, and training young adults in green careers. Global Exchange partners with Green America to put on the annual Green Festival, the largest sustainability event in the world. Each year the festival gets closer to being a zero-waste event. Over the last 25-years, Global Exchange has actively worked on behalf of workers, small farmers, the environment, and vulnerable communities around the world. Global Exchange also organizes socially conscious travel around the globe through their Reality Tours. Their 5-minute action program allows you to immediately make a difference on a cause by submitting an email right from the Global Exchange website.

Green America

Green America is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 whose mission is to harness the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Known for their publications like The National Green Pages, Green America Magazine, and the Guide to Socially Responsible Investing, Green America is a leader on many fronts. The four main strategies Green America pursues are empowering individuals to make purchasing and investing choices that promote social justice and environmental sustainability, demanding an end to corporate irresponsibility, promoting green and fair trade business principles, and building sustainable communities in the US and abroad. They actively work to make progress on these strategies through a broad range of campaigns and programs. Some of their current programs include a campaign to help consumers identify non-GMO foods, a campaign urging electronics companies to provide safer factories, helping consumers purchase fair trade products, helping consumers find products that are not from sweatshops or child labor, promoting responsible credit cards from

DreamHost - Web Hosting

DreamHost is an employee owned carbon neutral web hosting company. Dreamhost calculates the impact of everything they do and the resources they use including paper, electricity, and gas for vehicles. They learned that running DreamHost generated as much carbon dioxide as 545 average-size homes and they set the goal of neutralizing their emissions. They started with resource conservation including investing in low energy consuming servers, using less lighting, reducing travel, and using less paper. Next, they invested in renewable energy projects through purchasing carbon offsets. The carbon offsets used by Dreamhost meet the highest standards in the industry and are certified under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Gold Standard. DreamHost offers low cost web hosting, cloud services, and domain registration.

Eco-Cycle Solutions - Zero Waste Solutions

Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the U.S. and has an international reputation as a pioneer in resource conservation. Established in 1976, they made Boulder, Colorado one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. Now they want to help you do the same in your community. Eco-Cycle has created an online platform that provides the tools and networking needed to help you build a zero waste program in your community. Zero Waste means seeing used materials not as garbage but as valuable resources. Trash represents jobs, financial opportunity, and raw material for new products. If you want to help your local community become less wasteful, start by checking out the simple questionnaire on the Eco-Cycle Solutions website. Just answer a few questions about how your community currently deals with waste, recycling, and composting and Eco-Cycle Solutions will let you know the best way to get started in making a change.

Busch Systems - Recycling Containers

Busch Systems manufactures a complete line of recycling bins, recycling containers, waste receptacles, and compost containers. They engineer their recycling containers to use minimal natural resources and to ship effectively, thereby reducing carbon emissions. All of the products produced by Busch Systems contain recycled content, are 100% recyclable, and are made in North America. Busch Systems has a core philosophy of "People, Planet, Product" that guides them in their environmental responsibility. They are willing to make decisions, such as recently installing living green walls, that don't necessarily benefit the financial bottom line.  They believe that by doing the right things, the right things come back. Every year Busch Systems sets sustainability goals for the company. Their recent goals have included switching to eco-friendly soaps, recycling more of their waste, switching all light bulbs to LED, switching to paperless accounting, reducing packaging by 15%, and reducing energy and water consumption by 5%. If you are looking for any type of recycling container for your home or office, Busch Systems offers a simple tool on their website to help you find the right product for your needs. Their products are available for purchase directly from the website.

Freecycle Network - Free Item Exchange

Freecycle Network is like Craigslist, but everything is free. Their purpose is to keep good stuff out of landfills by allowing members to give away items they no longer need and search for things they can use. Freecycle reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills. Freecycle is a nonprofit movement of more than 5,000 local groups and 9 million members from all around the world. Just type your location on the home page and you will likely find a group nearby with hundreds or thousands or free items available. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. As a nonprofit, The Freecycle Network's operating expenses are funded by donations, Google ads, and grants. In addition to reducing waste, The Freecycle Network believes they help instill a sense of generosity of spirit that strengthens local community ties and promotes environmental sustainability.

North Star Toys

North Star Toys is a family business that has been making quality, non-toxic, wooden toys since 1979.  Every toy they offer is made by hand in their workshop in New Mexico. Environmental sustainability is top priority for North Star Toys. They recycle their paper, use recycled packaging, print on recycled paper, reuse waste sawdust for chickens, donate wood scraps to schools, only use sustainably managed American hardwoods, use food grade non-toxic oils for finishing, and 100 percent of the electricity that runs their workshop comes from wind and solar energy. North Star Toys are CPSIA compliant for product safety. North Star Toys are available for purchase online and their selection includes wooden cars, trains, animals, boats, and pull toys.

Maple Landmark - Wooden Toys

Maple Landmark manufactures wooden toys like building blocks, ABC blocks, cars, trucks, puzzles, rattles, rocking horses, trains (including their well known Name Trains), and wooden board games. Located in Vermont, Maple Landmark's 40 employees produce all of the products themselves from locally harvested wood. Most of the lumber comes from a forest nine miles from their shop. Part of Maple Landmark's mission statement is to practice good stewardship of the environment. They strive to reduce waste, reuse, and recycle, and they strive to use suppliers who meet the same standard they set for themselves. Their sawdust is reused by local farmers for cattle bedding and wood scraps are available for local residents to use for kindling. Maple Landmark uses reclaimed packing and shipping materials and they accept waste packaging, magazines, and junk mail from the community to shred for packing material. Recycling has become a way of life for the employees at Maple Landmark. The company's products are sold to thousands of toy stores, gift shops, and catalogs plus all of their products are available for purchase online.

Challenge and Fun - Toys and Games

Challenge and Fun offers a wide selection of high-quality toys and games including soft dolls, natural baby toys, puzzles, animal puppets, cuddle dolls, children's jewelry, and baby toys. Challenge and Fun selects products that are environmentally responsible and their products are made from materials like organic cotton, bio-certified wool, oko-tex certified non-toxic cotton, and wood finished with non-toxic water based stains. They work with some of the best wooden toy producers in Germany and offer fair trade products as well. Challenge and Fun strives to select products that are durable, beautiful, and will last as keepsakes. Their products are available online and ship from their location in California.

Whiner and Diner - Dog Feeders and Beds

Whiner and Diner dog feeders and dog beds are hand-crafted out of reclaimed wooden wine crates from European and Californian vineyards. Each product is one-of-a-kind. They are made with great attention to detail and are made to last a long time. There are many different sizes and styles of boxes to choose from and you can request a hand-painted name or design on the wood. Whiner and Diner only uses non-toxic finishes as well.

The Honest Kitchen - Organic Pet Food

The Honest Kitchen produces dog and cat food that is made from the same fresh meats, fish, and produce you might find at your local farmer’s market. In fact, Honest Kitchen pet food is literally fit for human consumption. Their pet foods are minimally processed and gently dehydrated to preserve quality. You just add warm water and serve. The Honest Kitchen's pet foods are made with 100% organic grains that are non-GMO. Their chicken is 100% free-range, antibiotic-free, and they use cage-free turkey and wild-caught fish that is MSC-certified. The Honest Kitchen cares as much about how they do business as they do about producing healthy pet food. Their finished products are concentrated and lightweight which cuts down on the energy used in transport. Their packaging is made from recycled or sustainably harvested SFI-certified fiber and it is printed with vegetable inks. The packaging is also BPA-free because BPA has been linked with hyperthyroidism in cats. The Honest Kitchen conserves energy by using energy efficient equipment and lighting plus they provide bicycles for employee transportation. All of The Honest Kitchen's dog and cat foods can be ordered online. 

Dolphin Blue - General Store

Dolphin Blue is a provider of a wide range of recycled, eco-friendly, and sustainable products that are made in the USA from the highest amount of post-consumer recycled content attainable. They specialize in products for your home, office, and pets. Products include recycled paper, office supplies, remanufactured ink cartridges, home & garden items, healthy snacks, body care products, pet supplies, calendars, cards, gifts, and toys. Dolphin Blue products contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled material whenever possible or, if not recycled, they are the most sustainably manufactured available and with a minimal carbon footprint. Dolphin Blue packages orders using only post-consumer recycled or reused materials. A portion of profits are donated to environmental non-profits and customers help direct those donations. Dolphin Blue products are available online and they ship to U.S. locations.

Purrfectplay - Pet Toys

Purrfectplay makes pet toys for dogs and cats from organic, chemical free, fair-trade materials. Their toys are made in their Indiana workshop with no synthetics, no dyes, and no plastics. Most pet toys are made in China from bright synthetic materials that may not even be safe for your pet. Purrfectplay provides products made from natural fibers that are made to be kicked, clawed, and chased. They feel and smell natural -- not like chemicals, plastics, or dyes. Purrfectplay offsets their carbon footprint with a local land preservation fund and they support sustainable farming through their relationship with the Hemp Industries Association. Purrfectplay donates 5% of all sales to animal rescue organizations. Your dog or cat will really enjoy these natural hemp toys, balls, collars, leashes, blankets, and treats. All Purrfectplay products are available to order online.

Let's Go Solar - Consumer Guide

Let's Go Solar is a public service site that provides information to help you see if solar is a smart choice for you. Their website takes you through simple steps starting with how to evaluate your home energy use. They offer guidance on sizing your system, finding incentives in your state, and selecting the right solar contractor. The site is full of up to date information about the current solar industry, how solar works, projects for educating children, and hints for helping colleges become more energy efficient.

Nordic Natural Clothing

Nordic Natural Clothing is made from organic wool, silk, and cotton made by manufacturers in Finland and Germany. Their product line includes merino wool underwear, shirts, leggings, tank tops, t-shirts, socks, hats, camisoles, and baby clothes. Nordic Natural Clothing strives to provide garments that have passed the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard for product and environmental safety. They track all of their product sources. One of their suppliers, Ruskovilla, is a pioneer in environmentally-friendly textile manufacturing based in Finland. The organic wool used for Nordic Natural clothing is from South America and is produced according to the criteria of IVN (Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft). The yarn is spun in Germany and it is certified by IMO (Institute for Marketecology). For silk, Nordic Natural uses a manufacturer that retains some of the natural sericin protein and it has not been chemically treated during production. Nordic Natural's organic cotton is from India and woven by a company that guarantees minimum wage and ethical labor practices. Located in BC, Canada, Nordic Natural offers online ordering and shipping to the U.S. and Canada.

NUI Organics - Wool Baby Clothes

NUI Organics offers certified organic New Zealand merino wool clothes for babies and children including one-pieces, bottoms, sweaters, jackets, sleepwear, socks, hats, and blankets. NUI Organics uses certified organic materials as much as possible, including organic wool and organic cotton, and they select manufacturers with strong environmental and social philosophies. NUI also looks for other ways to reduce their impact like designing for growth. By making simple changes to their clothing design, like adding fold-back cuffs, their products can fit your child for three years instead of one. Located in Austin, Texas, their products are available for purchase on their exceptionally beautiful website.