All in Household

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.

Sanari Candles

Sanari Candles produces toxin free candles. Many candles release lead and carcinogens. Sanari Candles are made from soy and organic coconut with a lead free wick make from unbleached cotton. Their boxes are tree-free and printed with soy based inks. Sanari uses natural fragrances made from fair trade and organic certified essential oils. The company also donates 5% of profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Simply Straws

Simply Straws produces beautiful glass straws, bamboo utensils, and other reusable products. Their straws are sustainable, durable, biodegradable, and handmade in Costa Mesa, California and they include a lifetime guarantee. Simply Straws uses non-toxic dyes, BPA free materials, and fair-trade organic hemp, flax, and cotton. 1% of sales are donated to non-profit partners.

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. 

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.

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.

Bluecorn Naturals - Beeswax Candles

Bluecorn Naturals is a small company in Colorado dedicated to producing the pure beeswax candles and organic body products from pure renewable beeswax and soy wax. Bluecorn Naturals believes that by focusing first on creating a healthy workplace and happy workers, quality and success will follow. They have been making pure beeswax candles since 1991. Their candles, lotion, aromatherapy candles, and soap are available for purchase online.

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.

Reuseit - Reusable Storage

Reuseit offers products that help you reduce waste by eliminating disposables. Their products include reusable shopping bags, reusable zip lock bags, water bottles made from glass, metal, or BPA-free plastic, travel mugs, lunch boxes, food and snack containers, household storage, and kitchen preparation items. Reuseit strives to provide products that are practical, durable, made from sustainable materials, and made in accordance with fair labor & fair trade practices. Reuseit is a member of 1% For The Planet and donates at least 1% of all sales (not just profits) to environmental organizations. Their products are available for purchase online.

Babyganics - Household and Baby Products

Babyganics is a manufacturer of organic household products that are baby safe and effective. Made from plant-based ingredients, including many organic ingredients, Babyganics ensures their products are safe for babies. They evaluate every product and every batch for pH, odor, color, and other factors to ensure the products are contaminant free and ready to perform. Babyganics also strives to package products in a way that promotes sustainability. Babyganics products are available at retail stores and online. Their product line includes laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, wipes, bubble bath, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, hand soap, sunscreen, lotion, insect repellent, spray cleaner, and chlorine-free diapers.

Eco-Freaks Handkerchiefs and Home Products

Eco-Freako produces their own unique products from organic cotton and botanically-based ingredients on the coast of British Columbia. Their first products, over 20 years ago, were reusable organic cotton handkerchiefs which they still hand sew themselves. They have since expanded to offer hundreds of handmade towels, linens, pillows, mattress pads, baby products, and their own line of botanical salves, oils, soaps, shampoo, insect repellents, and immune boosters. EcoFreako collaborates with area non-profit organizations and community projects. They offer free shipping on orders over $75 to Canada and the USA and low flat rate shipping worldwide.

Loop Organic - Organic Bedding

Loop Organic manufactures quality organic linens and natural organic bedding. Part of Loop's mission is to educate the public on the ill-effects of conventional cotton growing and to help encourage choosing organic. All of Loop Organic's production processes are free from known carcinogens and heavy metals. Chemical-free alternatives are used during the finishing process, for example, hydrogen peroxide is used for whitening in lieu of chlorine bleach. Even the low-impact dyes which are used are certified organic. Loop products have even been proven safe enough for many with acute allergies and chemical sensitivities. All Loop products are made of fabrics that are certified to the most stringent set of standards for organic cloth and they are manufactured in accordance with fair-trade guidelines with fair pay and clean safe working environments. Loop strives to consider the social and environmental impacts of important business decisions and their products are packaged in simple cloth and brown paper packaging. Their products, including sheets, duvet covers, woven blankets, towels, and pillows, are available online.

Hipcycle - Upcycled Housewares

Hipcycle offers a large variety of upcycled housewares like home decor, floor mats, furniture, bird feeders, gift items, and jewelry. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products. It is even better than recycling because less processing takes place. The materials used to make the products featured on Hipcycle are not purchased from stores or manufacturers. Rather, everything is made from items that would otherwise have ended up in the trash. Their suppliers, who are mostly small businesses that specialize in making handcrafting upcycled products out of reclaimed items, scour their local dump for items to upcycle, removing garbage from the waste stream. Hipcycle offers only products that are attractive, durable, and competitive in price to mainstream products. Their website allows you to find items either by category or by the kind of trash they are made out of. 

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.

Sweetwater - Water Purification

Sweetwater provides top quality water purification systems that are customized to meet your exact water purification needs. James McMahon is the owner and he has the unique approach of not selling any products without first looking at the customer's local water report or well water test to identify the contaminants which must be removed and then actually speaking with you about the best options. His goal is to provide customers with healthy water and it is always based on science. The water purification industry is rampant with false claims promoted by people no understanding of chemistry and the science of clean water, often misleading consumers to buy the wrong products. Sweetwater provides extensive resources online for learning about water contaminants and clean water solutions. They offer all types of water systems including whole house systems and faucet systems, plus specific solutions needed to remove iron, fluoride, arsenic, nitrates, drugs, or other contaminants.

Preserve - Recycled Toothbrushes and Kitchenware

Preserve produces stylish, sustainable, and functional toothbrushes, razors, tableware, colanders, and food containers. Their food storage containers are BPA free, dishwasher safe, and very economically priced. All Preserve products are made from recycled materials and they are reusable and recyclable. Preserve makes use of the less frequently recycled #5 polypropylene plastics. Preserve makes it easy for customers to recycle #5 plastics by accepting them at over 250 locations in the U.S. and through their mail-back recycling program. Preserve products are also developed and manufactured without testing on animals. Located in Massachusetts, Preserve products are available online.

Bee Hive Candles

Bee Hive Candles makes every candle by hand using only all natural, renewable resources like pure beeswax and an all cotton wick so you will be certain you are burning a candle that's safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. The Bee Hive Candle workshop is 100% powered by sustainable Green Power. Bee Hive Candles uses 100% pure beeswax with no filler or additives from beekeepers in the USA. Many candles sold as beeswax are not 100% pure beeswax. Their products are hand poured and finished. Bee Hive Candles keeps their labeling and packaging material to a minimum. All candle labels are printed on recycled paper using soy or vegetable inks. They reuse packaging and purchase recycled boxes. The company donates to organizations helping people who are less fortunate or in need of help. Bee Hive Candles is located in Washington and their products are available for purchase online with a low fixed shipping cost.

VivaTerra - Furniture and Home Decor

VivaTerra offers globally-inspired goods created with sustainability and integrity in mind. They support non-profit and fair trade organizations to ensure artisans see fair wages, healthy working conditions, and sustainable development for their communities. Viva Terra uses FSC-certified or reclaimed wood, recycled glass, vintage fabrics, or salvaged metal to produce many of their products. They produce products without chemicals and their fabrics use natural dyes. In addition to fair trade imports, VivaTerra strives to support local artisans. Their product line covers a wide range of household items including home decor, pillows, rugs, mirrors, vases, beds, sofas, chairs, tables, dinnerware, cookware, bedding, apparel, jewelry, planters, potted plants, and gifts.

Twin Oaks Community - Intentional Community and Hammock Maker

Twin Oaks Community is an intentional community in rural central Virginia made up of around 90 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, their way of life has reflected their values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. Twin Oaks Community does not have a group religion or central leader. They govern themselves by a form of democracy with shared responsibilities. They are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community. Twin Oaks Hammocks generates most of their outside income along with several new ventures. Less than half of their work goes into income-producing activities with the balance spent on milking cows, gardening, cooking, and childcare. Twin Oaks hammocks are hand-crafted by community members from a variety of fabrics including hemp and recycled polyester. They are very durable and Twin Oaks will repair damaged hammocks as well. They offer free shipping to the contiguous 48 US states. Twin Oaks Seed Farm grows open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable seeds on six acres of certified organic land. They produce seeds for several small retail seed companies.