All tagged Water Conservation

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.

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.

GreenEarth Cleaning - Dry Cleaning

GreenEarth Cleaning provides non-toxic, non-hazardous, environmentally friendly cleaning products for dry cleaning businesses worldwide. With more than 6,000 retail providers in over 40 countries, you probably have a GreenEarth cleaner nearby. GreenEarth strives to provide a cleaning system that uses the least amount of energy and water and eliminates hazardous materials from textile cleaning. They are committed to minimizing the impact of garment cleaning on the planet. They do this through a new cleaning process that does not use petrochemicals. Instead, cleaning is based on the use of silicone, an environmentally non-toxic, non-hazardous product that breaks down into sand (SiO2), water, and carbon dioxide. You can quickly find a GreenEarth cleaner near you by visiting their website.

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.

Badger Company - Body Care

Badger is a family business making certified organic natural skin care products. They blend organic plant extracts with beeswax and minerals to make healing balms, safe mineral sunscreens, lip balms, bug repellents, skin moisturizers, and other personal care products that work and feel great. Badger sunscreens combine zinc oxide with certified organic and natural ingredients and they are highly rated for safety and efficacy. Badger is a USDA certified organic company and most of their products contain 100% certified organic ingredients that are ecologically harvested, wild-crafted, and/or fairly traded. Badger uses 100% post-consumer, non-chlorine bleached paper for the office and catalogs and all cleaning supplies are biodegradable. They have a water conservation program for facilities and for manufacturing as well as a reuse and recycle policy for all activities. Badger even ships their products carbon neutral and uses recycled materials for packaging. Their products are available in retail locations and online and include Badger Balm, lip balm, body lotions, insect repellents, sunscreen, aromatherapy oils, massage oil, and hair care products.

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.

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.

Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs offers bulk organic herbs, spices, teas, essential oils, extracts, kitchen tools, and natural body care items. Founded in 1987, Mountain Rosen Herbs promises to deliver pure goodness and quality products from a loving, fun, and knowledgeable staff. Mountain Rose Herbs takes pride in doing business right, including product quality, sustainable packaging, fair trade practices, and watershed conservation. Their core belief is that people, plants, and the planet are more important than profit. Mountain Rose Herbs is located in Eugene Oregon and they offer a huge selection of products on their website.

Cooper Mountain Wines

Cooper Mountain Wines farms over 100 acres to grow five varietals. They are committed to sustainability through organic, biodynamic, and dry farming. Cooper Mountain Wines contain no genetically modified organisms. They adhere to the organic label by ensuring that total sulfites are under 100ppm’s (50 % less than conventional wines), all ingredients are certified organic, all products used for cleaning inside the winery are not harmful to humans, and iodine and chlorine are strictly prohibited. Their wines are available for purchase online.

Larry's Coffee

Larry's Coffee is committed to blending and roasting innovative uniquely delicious coffees -- and making the world a better place. All of their coffee is Fair Trade, shade grown, and organic, and it is slow-roasted to bring out every note of indigenous flavor. Larry's facilities use passive solar construction, active solar systems, radiant floors, zoned heating, composting, and rainwater harvesting to minimize their impact. Larry's offers over 30 bends and single-origin coffees with online sales.

FLOR - Modular Tiles


FLOR is a modular do-it-yourself (DIY) floor covering produced by Interface, Inc., the most environmentally responsible floor covering company. They offer simple, elegant, high-performance carpet that makes it easy to create unique designs, install yourself, and maintain. The product is hypoallergenic and made from reclaimed and recycled materials. FLOR is manufactured in progressive, energy-efficient facilities that conserve water and energy and produce less waste. They offer a recycling program that allows you to return old products for recycling.

RabbitFeathers - Cruelty Free Feathers

RabbitFeathers are eco-groovy feathers from chickens raised by Mae at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Her handbuilt strawbale home and farm are off-grid, they haul water, use only wood for heat and cooking, and have a solar panel for electric needs. Mae raises heritage breed chickens for eggs and processes the roosters for meat. It is really important to her to use and appreciate as much of the animal as possible. So she saves, washes, and sorts the feathers for sale online to use for crafts and decoration.