All tagged Community Service

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

REI is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States. Their passion for outdoor adventure is expressed by their incredible product selection. REI offers a huge selection of gear for camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, winter sports, water sports, and travel. They pride themselves in offering the latest and greatest gear but also gear that is tried and tested to be the best available for their members. Membership benefits include a nice rebate credit at the end of each year based on excess profits. REI has been listed in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the rankings began in 1998. REI donates millions of dollars each year to support conservation efforts and they send teams of volunteers to build trails, clean up beaches, and restore local habitats. REI has made a commitment to responsible business practices. They strive to reduce their environmental footprint throughout the company including setting lofty goals like drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy use, becoming a zero waste company, creating buildings that are environmentally responsible, and tracking product lifecycles to improve sustainability. All of the REI brand products are produced with the goal of minimal environmental impact and progress is measured each year. REI  strives to power their business operations with green energy. The company gives employees paid time off to get outdoors and they have launched a sustainable tourism program for connecting with other cultures. 

Fellowship for Intentional Community

The Fellowship for Intentional Community is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture. Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. Intentional communities include ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values. The Fellowship for Intentional Community promotes cooperative culture and sustainable living through their online Communities Directory that provides a way for you to find communities near you. They also publish Communities Magazine, provide an extensive online community bookstore, host events, and publish an online blog. Their goal is to provide information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, or struggling with the challenges of community.

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.

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.

JH Stillman - Merino Wool Clothing

JH Stillman produces a line of high quality merino wool underwear, tops, bottoms, zip-neck shirts, hats and gloves. The company actively limits waste by creating products that are designed to last a long time and by using recyclable materials and some products are produced from reclaimed material. They hold all suppliers to labor ethical standards and employees are paid for time volunteering at non-profits. Product that is non-saleable is recycled through textile or pulp mills or donated abroad. JH Stillman also donates books to promote literacy throughout the developing world. Their products are available for purchase online and they are located in Wisconsin.

Summit Soap

Summit Soap uses natural, responsibly-sourced ingredients like Colorado beeswax, fair-trade shea butter, certified organic oils, and local vegetable oils. They also are particular about what they leave out. Summit Soap products contain no synthetic fragrance, sulfates, phosphates, parabens, or petrochemicals. Most ingredients are sourced locally in Colorado, and everything they create is completely biodegradable. Summit Soap strives to be a community-driven company. They engage with individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups to promote and educate about the benefits of responsible manufacturing and buying local. Summit Soap products are available online and include handmade bar soap, liquid soap, foaming soap, body butter, shampoo, lip balm, and shaving soap.

Aroma For Health

Aroma For Health is woman-owned and operated and offers a full line of aromatherapy natural skin care products that promote wellness, beauty, health, and sensuality. Their products are made from natural and botanical ingredients that are either organic or sustainably wildcrafted. Their products contain no artificial fragrances, gluten, petroleum, GMOs, petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Aroma For Health is a cooperative beehive and internet marketplace dedicated to individual and familial well-being with Eco-Feminism and Community Service as their foundation. Products sold online include body oils, bath oils, massage oils, face creams, moisturizers, perfumes, pure oils, and aroma sprays.

Just Apparel - Embroidered Clothing

Just Apparel partners with indigenous artisan women in Guatemala to produce customized, hand-embroidered sweatshirts, polos, t-shirts, and tote bags. Just Apparel lives up to their values by providing the workers with a living wage, a safe working environment, and allowing work from home. The Just Apparel Community Investment Program uses profits to fund community-wide health, education, and technology projects.

Pacific Yurts

Pacific Yurts is the original designer and manufacturer of the modern yurt, with a 30-year track record of success and innovation. Yurts are resource-efficient structures that provide a maximum amount of enclosed space while using a minimal amount of material. Pacific Yurts is proud to incorporate lumber from sustainable forests and has a deep commitment to sustainable practices. Pacific Yurts uses renewable wind power and they provide financial support and human resources to a variety of community causes.

Your Backyard Farmer

Your Backyard Farmer is an innovative approach to community supported agriculture through urban backyard farming. They create small sustainable organic farms at your own backdoor & provide fresh, in-season produce from your farm to your fork. Your Backyard farmer won the 2008 BEST award for sustainable food systems in Portland Oregon. Serves select areas around the Portland, Oregon plus the website has many resources for backyard farming.