All tagged Energy Conservation

Arcadia Power - Renewable Energy

Arcadia Power purchases Renewable Energy Certificates on your behalf to allow you to easily match your power use with renewable energy production. Wind farms rely on the revenue from Renewable Energy Certificates to offer energy at a price that is competitive with fossil fuels. By purchasing the Certificates, you are increasing demand for clean energy and providing revenue to wind farms. This helps expand access and availability, helps the environment, and reduces reliance on fossil fuels - without having to install and maintain your own equipment. Once you sign up with Arcadia Power, they will monitor your monthly electricity usage and match it with energy produced by a wind farm. You can view and track your usage online. It is very simple to sign up for the service and you can even select a free plan providing a partial offset for your energy use. Arcadia Power works with power companies in all 50 states and their service is available to renters and homeowners.

Garthenor - Organic Wool Knitting Yarn

Garthenor’s mission is to provide sustainable, organic, and British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Garthenor produces beautiful certified organic wool yarn, fleece, and bespoke (custom made (bespoke) knitwear. Garthenor raises sheep on their own farm and they buy raw fleeces directly from UK farmers. All of their wool products are fully traceable to the farm of origin. Garthenor was the first company in the world to produce and sell certified organic yarns. Their sustainability goals include reducing energy use, reducing waste, promoting conservation, and inspiring others to act. Garthenor measures the direct and indirect environmental impact of their operations and actively develops solutions for reducing those impacts. Garthenor's wool is available in a wide array of beautiful natural colors and it can be purchased online with worldwide shipping.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Icebreaker - Merino Wool Clothing

Icebreaker produces a wonderful line of stylish merino wool long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, zip turtleneck shirts, base layers, sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and a full selection of merino socks. Icebreaker's commitment to sustainability is substantial. To start with, they have stringent supplier requirements. Their primary wool cleaning plant recycles its cleaning water, their spinning plant recycles heat, and their manufacturing plant uses environmentally-friendly dye. All manufacturing contractors are required to be working toward a global environmental assurance program, such as ISO 14001 and to consciously minimize environmental impact. Icebreaker's garment manufacturer, spinner, and sock manufacturer are all accredited to ISO 14001: 2004.

All of the cardboard that Icebreaker uses for packaging is either recycled or

Baabaazuzu - Upcycled Clothing

Baabaazuzu produces men's and women's jackets, vests, hats, scarves, mittens, purses, bags, throws, and christmas stockings all handcrafted from 100% vintage materials that are reclaimed and transformed into a beautiful wearable. No two pieces of Baabaazuzu are ever alike. Upcycling is even more eco-conscious than recycling because the materials do not have to be remanufactured. Even the buttons, zippers and other embellishments found on the old clothing is removed and reused in the final designed products. Baabaazuzu switched to high-efficiency laundry machines designed to use less energy use and water. All the garments are washed with a local-made soap that is biodegradable and uses no bleach or phosphates. Baabaazuzu also reuses cardboard shipping boxes, uses sustainably-sourced office supplies, and recycles paper and other office waste. Located in northern Michigan, Baabaazuzu offers online sales.

Sierra Trading Post - Discounted Outdoor Gear

Sierra Trading Post is a huge outdoor gear store that carries hundreds of major brands of outdoor gear at discounted prices. Over the years, Sierra Trading Post has sold more than 640,000 backpacks and 2,600,000 merino wool socks. They offer organic cotton clothing, wool shirts, and a wide range of men's clothing, women's clothing, underwear, hats, gloves, sweaters, shoes, outdoor gear, pet supplies, luggage, bed & bath, and household supplies. Most orders are shipped within 24 hours. Sierra Trading Post is part of The TJX Companies and they practice a wide range of sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency, waste reduction, inhouse recycling, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for one of their home office buildings, carbon offsets, solar and geothermal technologies on some buildings, and they hae begun testing alternative fuel vehicles for distribution. TJX is also committed to causes that help support families and children.

Burt's Bees - Body Care Products

Burt's Bees has long been a leader in sustainable business. For example, Burt's Bees has a policy of sending zero waste to the landfill. With over 350 employees in three facilities, not a single piece of garbage goes to the dump. Instead, employees volunteer to check over 200 recycling, composting, and waste to energy bins, ensuring everything is sorted properly. Burts Bees has outfitted their facilities with energy-efficient lighting, resource management software, and efficient production equipment to greatly reduce their energy use. They have achieved Carbon Neutral certification from the CarbonNeutral Company and they have purchased Water Restoration Certificates from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, returning millions of gallons of water to watersheds like the Colorado River. Burt's product line is extensive including lip colors, lip balms, body lotions, facial cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreen, shampoo, and conditioner. Everything is available online as well as from leading retail locations.

Garden of Eve - Skincare

Garden of Eve produces natural, safe, and ecologically friendly skincare products. Garden of Eve manufactures and provides a safe alternative to products that contain harsh chemicals. Most skin care products contain toxic substances that can harm the liver, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Products by Garden of Eve are made with organic essential oils, herbal extracts, and hydrosols of herbs and flowers. Their products also incorporate organic oats, seaweed, and seed and nut oils known to enhance the skin. Ingredients are prepared using natural methods including steam distilled herbs, cold-pressed carrier oils, and natural gas extracts. Garden of Eve conserves electrical power and water in production and they do not use any environmentally damaging chemicals. Products are shipped in reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable packaging materials. They print on recycled paper and use Energy Star rated electronic equipment. Products sold online include face cream, eye cream, hand cream, body lotions, perfumes, cleansers, and toners.

Wrap-N-Mat - Food Wrappers

Wrap-N-Mat produces reusable food wrappers that double as and placemats. The product is made from food grade plastic that keeps food fresh and is free of lead, phthalates, Bpa and PVC. The wrap is easily cleaned and reusable. Providing safe and sustainable products is an ethical imperative at Wrap-N-Mat. Wrap-N-Mat is woman-owned and most of their products are made in the USA. The company strives to be energy efficient, keeps natural resource use to a minimum, recycles, and reuses shipping boxes. They offer flexible hours to their employees and they donate to local charities.

Sierra Nevada Brewing

In 1979, Ken Grossman started Sierra Nevada Brewing in Northern California. He pioneered small-scale brewing long before it became popular. Reduce, reuse, and recycle was his business model from the start. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for their accomplishments in reducing their environmental impact. Their sustainability efforts include all aspects of the company including reducing energy, recycling, composting, generating biodiesel fuel on site, water conservation, recycled and low material packaging, growing their own organic hops and barley, restoring nearby forests, and striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in new building design. Sierra Nevada products are found throughout the U.S. at major retail locations.

New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing Company was founded by an electrical engineer and a social worker, so it only makes sense that New Belgium has always looked for ways to be energy efficient and socially responsible. Through embracing new technologies, seeking out alternative forms of energy, and reducing waste, New Belgium strives to do well by the environment. Sustainability efforts are well documented on the New Belgium website and include LEED certifications, energy efficient buildings, water conservation, and organic ingredients in some of their beer. Their products, including the well-known Fat Tire Beer, are widely available in the U.S.

Dagoba Organic Chocolate

Dagoba Organic Chocolate honors Full Circle Sustainability principles - quality, ecology, equity, and community. The company has forged partnerships with cacao growers and their communities, encouraging farmers to grow organic crops. In Oregon, the Dagoba factory has reduced energy consumption, uses recyclable packaging, and strives for zero waste from farm to consumer. Dagoba is owned by Hershey and vows to continue advancing its sustainability goals. Their products are available in grocery stores and online.

Nectar of Life Coffee

Nectar of Life is a gourmet coffee roaster offering 100% certified organic and Fair Trade Arabica coffees. Nectar of Life uses energy efficient roasting equipment and has a box reuse program for all of their local deliveries, with a recycling program in place as well. Located in Idaho, Their coffee is available online.

Choice Organic Teas

Choice Organic Teas offers a huge selection of Fair Trade Certified organic tea including white teas, green teas, oolong teas, black teas, chai teas, and herbal teas. Choice Organic Teas are manufactured in a certified organic facility where Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates offset 100 percent of the facility’s electricity. As North America’s largest seller of certified organic tea, they have promoted the growth and development of organic agriculture in tea estates worldwide. Choice Organic strives to ensure the ethical treatment of workers who cultivate their tea. Their teas are available online and from major grocery stores.

Energy Federation, Inc - Energy Conservation Products

Energy Federation's mission is to encourage environmentally benign and sustainable use of the planet's energy and water resources. They strive to assist people in their efforts to use energy and water efficiently. The Energy Federation online shop offers a wide selection of conservation products including lighting, controls, thermostats, water saving devices, and weather proofing supplies. Replacing one 75 watt light bulb with a 14 watt LED light bulb can reduce carbon dioxide emission by 92 pounds per year (based on 3 hours per day use and 1.43 lbs CO2/kWh). A 1.5 gpm showerhead can reduce your water use by 3,650 gallons a year (assuming a 10 minute daily shower). The TrickleStar power strip will automatically cut trickle power to devices when they are turned off.

American Wind Energy Association

The American Wind Energy Association is a national trade association that represents the interests of America’s wind energy industry - the country’s fastest growing energy sector. Together, with hundreds of member organizations, the American Wind Energy Association works to help drive wind energy demand and to make it as cost-competitive as possible. Wind Energy supplies affordable, reliable energy while also contributing to a cleaner and safer environment. Wind energy is one of the most cost effective solutions for cutting carbon pollution, reducing U.S. carbon emissions every year by more than 132 million metric tons, equivalent to eliminating the emissions from 28.1 million cars. The American Wind Energy Association office practices sustainability initiatives to reduce their operational impact on the environment.

NatureShop - Clothing

NatureShop, based in the UK, considers sustainability as an important part of their business practice. All of their products have strong "environmental and sustainable" credentials. NatureShop adheres to environmental guidelines that include purchasing and using environmentally friendly products in the workplace, using products that can be recycled, using products that have already been recycled, using products with minimal packaging and conserving energy. Nature Shop offers products that are functional, stylish and unique, that have been produced with as low an impact on the environment as possible.