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Conscious Commuter

The Question:  

Is the business located within walking distance of public transit, a bike share or an electric car charger?

The Impact:  

Businesses located near public transport, bike shares or electric charging stations reduce the need for gas burning vehicles.

Carbon

Crusher

The Question:  

Do they engage in carbon offsets?

The Impact:  

A carbon offset compensates for a businesses emissions by funding a project that eliminates carbon dioxide elsewhere.

Footprint

Flash

The Question:  

Do they disclose their carbon footprint?

The Impact:

A carbon footprint measures the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to the creation of a product or service, daily operations of the business and even how the product is transported.

Clean Power Champion

The Question:

Do they use renewable energy?

The Impact:

Renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels, comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and small scale hydro.

Efficiency Empress

The Question:

Does the business use energy efficient appliances, smart devices, or is the business located in a LEED Certified or equivalent green building?

The Impact:

Being in a LEED Certified building or using energy efficient appliances and smart devices reduces energy usage and means less emissions that pollute our planet.

Community

Catalyst

The Question:

Do they partner with community organizations?

The Impact:

Partnerships include promoting a causes, offer business facilities to host events or provide advisory or pro bono services

Volunteer Victor

The Question:

Do they volunteer with local non profits?

The Impact:

Volunteering time can be just as valuable as donating profits and increases community engagement

Neighborhood Nurturer

The Question:

Do they donate profits to causes that impact the neighborhood they serve? 

The Impact:

Donating profits to fund causes important to the neighborhood allows the community to flourish

Local 

Legend

The Question:

Are they a locally owned business?

The Impact:

Local owners are more likely to be dedicated to keeping their neighborhood special and flourishing for all

Diversity

Defender

The Question:

Do they positively engage in diversity?

The Impact:

Diverse businesses (women owned, LGBTQ+ friendly, minority owned) are needed to represent their client base and to create a more inclusive economy for all

Certifiably

Conscious

The Question:

Do their products have any third party social or environmental certifications?

The Impact:
Third party certifications help verify social and environmental best practices (the Eco Label Index is a great source of these certifications) 

Animal

Avenger

The Question:

Do they offer products that are protecting animal welfare and animal friendly options?

The Impact:
Protecting animal welfare and biodiversity ensures that all living things are given the chance to flourish and contribute to the world

Test of 

Time

The Question:

Would you use this service again and are the products built to last?

The Impact:
Quality withstands the test of time and means a product is durable, safe and useful, in other words, something you would recommend to friends or family

Toxin Terminator

The Question:

Do they use cleaning supplies and products free of harmful chemicals?

The Impact:
Chemicals can be toxic and lead to respiratory illnesses, skin irritation, cause allergies and immuntoxicity and even lead to developmental and reproductive issues

Real

Reviews

The Question:

Do they post unbiased reviews of their products/services in store or on their website?

The Impact:
Unbiased reviews means decision making insight for consumers and creates valuable feedback for businesses

Compost

Conqueror

The Question:

Do they compost or have products made from compostable materials?

The Impact:
Composting reduces trash and potent methane gases in landfills and creates a great natural fertilizer  

Recycling

Rockstar

The Question:

Do they recycle or have products made from recycled materials?

The Impact:
Recycling reduces trash in landfills and when used as an input material, saves resources (ex. helps avoid using more fossil fuels to make new plastics)

Zero Waste Hero

The Question:

Do they offer package free options, take back programs, or have a zero waste certification?

The Impact:
Consumption can create unnecessary waste so having practices in place to eliminate excess packaging and reuse or repurpose end of life products creates a regenerative economy

Delightful Donor

The Question:

Are they donating unused food, supplies or other products?

The Impact:
Donating unused product helps redistribute resources to those that need them and eliminates waste

Single Use

Slayer

The Question:

Do they offer eco-friendly alternatives to single use products?

The Impact:
Reuse items when possible, but when single use items (like take out containers) can't be avoided, eco-friendly alternatives like compostable or plant based reduces plastic waste

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