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Community

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Quality

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Labor

Waste

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ENVIRONMENT

We care about the ENVIRONMENT and the impact businesses have on the planet.

(See eligible badges below)

 

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

We care about COMMUNITY and businesses that engage in local issues, volunteer time and represent the diversity that we value.

(See eligible badges below)

 

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

PEOPLE

We care about PEOPLE including the working conditions and fair pay throughout the supply

chain and the stories behind the product.

 

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

WASTE

We care about the WASTE from business operations and consider the full life cycle of products and services we choose.

(See eligible badges below)

 

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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