All tagged Supplier Vetting

Parkland Design & Manufacturing

Parkland produces a large assortment of daypacks, bags, and accessories using polyester that is created from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. It takes about 12 plastic water bottles to make one Parkland backpack. Parkland utilizes regular factory audits for safety and social compliance and their shipping boxes, bags, and catalogs are made from recycled paper.

WAMA Underwear - Hemp Clothing

WAMA Underwear is a new startup focusing on pioneering the way with hemp underwear. Their mission is to make the best hemp undies in the world and to bring more awareness to hemp as an option for clothing, especially underwear. Hemp fabric has many benefits like being naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and super soft and breathable. WAMA works with suppliers who are Global Organic Textile Standard certified (GOTS) to ensure the organic status of their textiles and they have a team member based out of China to oversee and audit the factories. WAMA also takes pride in being a Vegan company and an official PETA Approved Vegan brand.

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute is a global research organization dedicated to protecting the environment for current and future generations. Their main areas of focus are catalyzing a low-carbon economy, advancing clean energy, reducing the environmental impact of the world's food systems, reducing forest loss, mitigating global water risks, and scaling sustainable urban transport solutions. World Resources Institute takes action by partnering with governments and businesses. For example, last year World Resources Institute was instrumental in obtaining pledges to restore millions of acres of land in Latin American, getting commitments from 300 cities to take action to manage greenhouse gas emissions, and convincing 400 large companies to reduce food waste by 50%. World Resources Institute practices sustainability within their operations as well through sustainable investing, sustainable purchasing, and green office space. Their website is an excellent source for worldwide news about sustainability initiatives.

Mountain Gear

Mountain Gear is an outdoor gear company with a passion for sustainability. Their online catalog offers an extensive collection of gear for hiking, camping, backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, canoeing, and kayaking, along with men's and women's outdoor clothing and footwear. Mountain Gear's distribution center is LEED Gold certified, making it a healthy place to work with minimal environmental impact. The building also includes recycled carpets, low-flow plumbing, and efficient lighting. Mountain Gear employees are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation, supported with an indoor bike room and on-site showers. The company subsidizes bus passes and gives incentives for carpooling and hybrid vehicles. Mountain Gear offers a community organic garden for employees complete with vermiculture worm composting. Mountain Gear's commitment to the environment extends to the products they sell. Their Sustainable Pick program lets online shoppers know which products are made from organic, recycled, or quickly renewable materials, or are made using Fair Trade practices. Mountain Gear actively works with suppliers to encourage more sustainable options. For charitable giving, Mountain Gear partners with The Access Fund, as well as a program that helps at-risk urban youth experience the outdoors.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

CozyPure - Bedding and Mattresses

CozyPure manufactures organic mattresses and organic bedding products made-to-order in Norfolk, Virginia. Their latex mattresses are custom-made from organic cotton, wool, and natural latex rubber and contain no toxic chemicals. Founded in 1990, CozyPure was the first company in America to offer natural organic mattresses and organic bedding  nationwide. CozyPure uses 100% on-site renewable wind, solar, and geothermal energy to operate their factory and 70% of their raw materials come from producers who also use solar energy. CozyPure's shipping boxes are made from 100% post-consumer recycled content. CozyPure also produces wool mattress pads, latex mattress toppers, wool comforters, organic cotton blankets, latex pillows, wool pillows, organic cotton pillows, organic cotton sheets, crib mattresses, baby bedding. All products are available online.

Zia & Tia Pure Luxury Organics

Zia & Tia Pure Luxury Organics is a Canadian business that began after the owner's adoption of their daughter from China. They offer organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly products for babies,  children, and dogs. Their products include hand knit and fair trade toys, hand knit baby dresses, sweaters, hats, shoes and blankets, hand knit dog sweaters, organic baby gifts, and organic fairtrade Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Their handmade knits are crafted stitch by stitch on 2 needles using organic cotton and organic wool. Their handknit toys are stuffed with certified Oeko-Tex polyfill and their fair trade toys are non-toxic. They work with suppliers who are committed to creating a more fair & sustainable world and they support organizations that help women and children. Products may be ordered online with worldwide shipping rates clearly displayed.

Vermont Woods Studios

Vermont Woods Studios is a collection of furniture makers who work independently from small studios & workshops scattered across the state of Vermont. Together, they produce American-made furniture crafted with eco-friendly solid hardwoods. Vermont Woods Studios strives to source their hardwoods within 500 miles of the studios. This reduces carbon emissions from transportation and ensures that the wood comes from well-managed forests. They use FSC certified lumber or some of the artisans selectively harvest lumber from their own property. All of the products are finished with traditional oil and wax or finishes that are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free, and with little or no volatile organic chemicals. Vermont Woods Studios has a long list of sustainable business practices that they adhere to including regularly asking for chain of custody documents (legal logging certifications) before buying wood products. They use recycled or recyclable packaging materials and have a carton return/reuse policy.

Loom & Leaf - Natural Mattresses

Loom & Leaf produces memory foam mattresses made from American-made plant-based foams, organic cotton covers, and natural thistle flame retardants. Loom & Leaf is committed to a smaller carbon footprint and they are members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Loom & Leaf memory foam is made from renewable plant oils, reducing the greenhouse gasses normally created in foam manufacturing. The foams are sourced in the US and are stable with no off-gassing in your home. They are low emission VOCs, with no mercury, lead or heavy metals. Loom & Leaf operates virtually paperless and they seek suppliers who are committed to the environment. Their mattresses can be ordered online and shipped to most homes in the U.S. and they will even pick up your old mattress for you.

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.

Solay Wellness - Salt Crystals

Solay Wellness produces salt crystal lamps, bath salts, table salt, and body care products using fair trade himalayan ingredients. Solay strives to make their manufacturing sustainable and they use recyclable and reusable packaging. The products they carry from other suppliers must meet specific standards for ecological and social conscience. Solay is dedicated to fair trade. They assist their supplier communities and local non-profit organizations and their salt crystals come from family-owned companies committed to fair trade and sustainable mining practices. Solay's flagship product is their salt lamp. Salt crystal lamps are natural air ionizers that can improve the quality of air in your room while enhancing wellness with an abundance of ions that help sleep, breathing, and immune functions. Their products are available for purchase online.

MuLondon - Skincare

MuLondon hand, face, and body moisturizers are 100% vegan and free from parabens, petroleum products, artificial preservatives, and emulsifiers. They are hand-made in London from certified organic ingredients including pure essential oils, shea butter, and jojoba. Organic shea butter makes up the base for MuLondon products. Shea is a tree indigenous to Africa and the fruit contains an oil-rich seed from which vegetable butter is extracted. Shea butter is effective in treating and alleviating the symptoms of dry and sensitive skin, eczema, and psoriasis. It is naturally moisturizing and readily absorbed by the skin. All MuLondon suppliers are vetted for green and ethical ideals including no animal testing, proactive environmental, recycling, and fair-trade policies, and support for community projects. MuLondon products are available online with worldwide shipping. 

Ecco Bella - Organic Beauty Products

Ecco Bella started out of protest against the testing on animals in the production of cosmetics, and its mission has expanded to the creation of products from organics and nutraceuticals. As an activist company, Ecco Bella sources ingredients from ethical suppliers. They never use animal testing or any ingredients created from animals, such as stearic acid, tallow, lanolin, dairy or collagen. Their products are free of paraben, water, alcohol, talc, FD & C dyes, and any animal product. Products available online include body lotion, shampoo, makeup, perfume, and cleansers. 

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.

ECOlunchbox

ECOlunchbox makes plastic-free, non-leaching stainless steel lunch boxes and cotton lunch bags to provide waste-free & healthy mealtime containers. Their plastic-free lunch ware is built to last using non-toxic materials: stainless steel, cotton, and plastic-free silicone. ECOlunchbox's lunch bags are made from hand-printed fabrics from craftspeople in the Gujarat desert using traditional methods. Their stainless steel lunchboxes are responsibly made in India, Thailand, and China from high-quality food-grade stainless steel. ECOlunchbox values labor standards and has researched each of the supplier factories to ensure that labor practices are fair, safe, and equitable. Located in California, ECOlunchbox offers their products online including bento boxes, lunch boxes, lunch bags, snack containers, and lunch kits.