All tagged Low-waste Company

Ninoshka - Fashion with a Conscience

Ninoshka is a sustainable fashion brand by designer Ninoshka Alvares-Delaney. Produced in India, her products are available worldwide through several online retailers. All of Ninoshka’s products are made from natural and organic material. She uses natural dyes including indigo, pomegranate, marigold, onion peels, and coconut. Embroidery is done by rural Indian artisans and Ninoshka works with handloom weavers from across India. By working with rural artisans, not only does she create employment opportunities, but also makes sure that the artisans she works with receive fair wages. Ninoshka practices the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle philosophy. She reduces waste and the use of resources by creating minimalistic styles and up-cycled fashion. Some of her designs are constructed in a single stitch line, while others can be reused by wearing a garment inside-out or in multiple ways.

EcoloBlue - Making Water From Air

EcoloBlue produces atmospheric water generators that extract pure drinking water from the air. Their portable generators reduce the need for plastic storage bottles and the water produced from their units is free of harmful chemicals, surpassing the quality of many municipal water supplies. EcoloBlue seeks to provide limitless, sustainable water for nearly any location. Power for the generators can be from any source, including solar or wind. They currently sell water generators for home, office, or commercial use.

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.

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. 

Johnson Woolen Mills

Johnson Woolen Mills has been producing rugged woolen outerwear in Vermont for nearly two centuries. The company's modern manufacturing facility is just feet from the original mill but many of the old processes remain, like hand cutting, piecing, and sewing their traditional patterned, checked, and plaid clothing lines. Johnson Woolen Mills has long practiced a no-waste policy. Every leftover piece of wool, string, or shipping pallet it put to use. Material extras are used for mittens, fanny packs, flasks, wool rugs, and other accessories. Some scraps are sent to local tailors that freelance for the mill from their homes and anything that can't be used is bagged and to be recycled or reused for yarn or insulating products. Johnson Wollen Mills produces a huge selection of wool jackets, shirts, pants, vests, hats, bags, mittens, rugs, throws, and wool fabric by the yard. It is all available for purchase online.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Big Dipper Wax Works

Big Dipper Wax Works is committed to creating products and working conditions that contribute to the health of the community and the planet. They always use natural biodegradable ingredients including locally sourced 100% beeswax, pure essential oils, and 100% cotton wicks. Big Dipper uses minimal packaging, they reuse packing materials, and they use post-consumer recycled paper. The company recycles their own paper, cardboard, aluminum, and glass. To reduce waste further, Big Dipper sells bulk refills for many of their products. Big Dipper strives to use local suppliers when possible and they support a variety of organizations that are working to sustain a healthy beekeeping community. Big Dipper Wax Works sells their products online and they include a wide variety of beeswax candles, bulk beeswax, beeswax based lip and body balms, and candle holders.

Sachi Organics - Pillows and Mattresses

Sachi Organics offers organic and non-toxic bed pillows, mattress pads, and mattresses for sleep, yoga, meditation, and your pets. Their products are made from certified organic cotton, organic latex, buckwheat hulls, and wool. Sachi supports organic farms in Texas, South Dakota and California and they are committed to reducing fuel consumption, carbon emission, and waste. Sachi employees integrate meditation into their work day to focus positive energy to create products with love, honesty, pride and integrity. Sachi products are available online, shipping from New Mexico.

Baby Wit - Baby Clothes

Baby Wit produces an eco-friendly line of infant and toddler clothing some of which is made form organic cotton. It is hand printed using non-toxic water based inks. Everything is cut, sewn and printed in Portland, OR by this woman-owned company that is committed to sustainable business practices. Baby Wit is committed to recycling, waste prevention, and buying recycled products. Their promotional material is printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks and they purchase electricity from renewable sources. Baby Wit products available online include baby clothes, toddler tees, and wondersuits.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating their profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner's soaps are renowned for their quality, versatility, and eco-friendliness. Emanuel Bronner started Dr. Bronner’s in 1948 and the 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family run the company today. Dr. Bronner's is now a leader in environmental responsibility. With complete transparency, they state their environmental impacts. Out of 27 million pounds of product produced last year, 81% of the raw material was fair trade and 83% was certified organic. Additionally, 64% of packaging was from post consumer waste and only 11% of total waste was not reused or recycled and went to a landfill. The Bronner mission is to make humble and mindful use of the earth’s gifts. Do not waste and do not harm the land or people or animals. What comes from the earth must go back! Dr. Bronner's soaps are available at major retail outlets and online from their website.

Well In Hand - Herbal Health

Well In Hand produces all natural and organic herbal health products and aromatherapy products that are made in small batches that are cruelty-free and certified vegan. Well In Hand strives for social and environmental sustainability. Their ingredients are harvested responsibly and they develop, produce, and package our product on site using reclaimed and recycled packing materials. The company composts all of their food waste. Well In Hand products available online include face and body care products as well as herbal remedies for acne, herpes, inflammation, insomnia, irritation, pain, warts, and yeast infections.