Green Star Business Members
A certified B-Corporation and 1% for the Planet partner, 1908 Brands promotes creativity and sustainability in the development of safe, healthy, and high quality natural products. These include Boulder Clean, Thrive Tribe, Fruitivity, Schultz’s Gourmet, Pasta Jay’s Pasta Sauce, and Three Bears Oats. These brands all operate under and stand by the company values of trust, knowledge, adaptively, efficiency, passion, and collaboration. In their own words, 1908 Brands is committed to making products that “adapt with the ever-changing needs of our planet and people.” The story behind 1908 comes from CEO, Steve Savage’s, great great uncle, William Kent, who donated 300 acres of land to the US government in 1908 that is known today as Muir Woods National Park.
The 1908 team has a zesty optimistic passion for sustainability that will be brought to its full potential as a Green Star Business (GSB). As a member of the program, the company will work with Eco-Cycle’s GSB team to improve and formalize sustainability efforts and action, making the company an inspirational leader for the natural product industry and its consumer base. These sustainability ambitions include educating staff about excellent waste sorting, sustainable purchasing and packaging; package recovery and recycling; tracking, reporting, and reducing resource use; and mandating that suppliers and consumers improve supply chain and distribution sustainability.GSB will also work with the company to make sustainable switches in the functionality of the office space, selection of suppliers, as well as marketing, promotions, and Zero Waste events.
Bhakti, a certified B corporation, began with the vision for sharing the flavors of India and the message of devotion through social action. With that, Bhakti incorporates conscious practices into every aspect of their business from zero waste principles in their manufacturing facility to sustainable packaging of their products. In addition, Bhakti uses exclusively non-GMO verified ingredients and their products – a line of mouthwatering chai drinks – are all Fair Trade certified.
As a new Green Star Business member, Bhakti hopes to reduce the packaging from suppliers and/or make sure any necessary packaging is recyclable or reusable. The staff also hopes to find a secondary beneficial use for the pulp extractions that are created during the brewing process. Perhaps most importantly, Bhakti and would like to make sure that all employees are educated and trained on what goes where to minimalize landfill waste and maximize responsible waste sorting habits.
Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) is living up to their mission to provide quality, affordable housing, inspire vibrant communities, and create the opportunity for change in people’s lives. This locally owned and operated company provides housing to approximately 2000 residents on 30 different sites across the City of Boulder, but that's not all. As a result of their aggressive targets to reduce energy, water use, and waste at their properties, BHP has emerged as a national leader in sustainability within affordable housing. Their goal is to become the first net-zero housing authority in the nation.
BHP has partnered with many local organizations in pursuit of resource conversation and their partnership with Eco-Cycle's Green Star Business Program is no exception. Through their membership in this new program, BHP aims to embed sustainability in the fabric of their operations at their headquarters in north Boulder. From creating incentives for staff to bike to work to setting guidelines for a Purchasing & Procurement Policy which will favor environmentally friendly products, BHP will take their efforts to the next level which is what the Green Star Business Program is all about!
Ocean First is a sustainability leader in the dive industry, co-founding the Dive Center Standard eco-certification and starting both an online marine science curriculum and a non-profit that focuses on protecting our oceans. This locally-owned, 35-person organization is also the first dive shop to offer carbon neutral dive travel and sources 100 percent vegetarian food and compostable tableware for their zero waste company events.
As a company who has done nearly all they can in-house, Ocean First is partnering with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Business team to take their positive sustainability impacts outside Boulder County. Plans to make systematic change in its field include: implementing strict supplier guidelines that address use of recycled content and developing end of life take-back programs. The company also developed a wetsuit reclamation program and desires to expand that to supply dive shops and residents in developing countries with clothing, snorkel, and SCUBA gear.
Organic India’s Tulsi teas and herbal supplements are ethically grown and wildcrafted by small family farmers in India, using regenerative agriculture practices. Through their commitment to regeneration, they provide meaningful livelihoods, restore vibrant health to the environment, and deliver whole herb solutions for healthy, conscious living. Their commitment to agricultural regeneration is interwoven with a commitment to regenerate communities through social programming, access to clean water, health care, and job skill trainings that empower and support some of India’s most at-risk populations: women, widows, the elderly, and the illiterate. As a Certified B Corporation, ORGANIC INDIA meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
Organic India’s staff view their company as a catalyst for change in the international business world and they joined the Green Star Business program to enhance their sustainability efforts locally. With Eco-Cycle’s support, the staff will establish formal policies which stipulate the purchase of sustainable office supplies; create guidelines encouraging event organizers toward sustainable procurement and disposal; optimize their waste stations for staff use; track their performance towards sustainability goals and write a customer-facing sustainability report.
Pellman’s Automotive, a full service automotive repair shop located in Boulder, is passionate about the environment and minimizing their impact on it, employing sustainable approaches to business whenever possible. With a 194 panel solar array on the roof, they produce more electricity than they use. Pellman’s recycles everything they can from the typical cans, bottles and paper to the industry specific motor oil, antifreeze and tires. In addition, they partner with environmentally friendly companies and offer their customers’ tips on how to keep their car more energy efficient. While being “green” is becoming more popular now, Pellman’s has been focused on the environment since they opened 20 years ago in 1995.
Pellman’s is looking to expand their community leadership and “green” attitude. As a Green Star Business member, they would also like to find ways of minimizing their energy usage and finding a recyclable outlet for empty motor oil containers. Pellman’s is already a Silver member of the CO Environmental Leadership Program, a voluntary program recognizing Colorado entities that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations and reach towards the goal of Sustainability. By being a Green Star Business, Pellman’s Automotive is hoping to move up to Gold status. We are excited to help them get there!
Premier Member Credit Union is a socially conscious member-owned financial institution that has incorporated sustainable values into its mission since it began. PMCU believes economic growth and the well-being of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment. Accordingly, they have set an impressive track record of programs that benefit the environment.
For starters, they became the first financial institution in all of Boulder County to receive a certification from Partners for A Clean Environment. Each of their 14 branches practice recycling in both member and staff areas and soon most branches will have compost service as well. Hard-to-recycle (HTR) items like grocery bags are collected for recycling on an ongoing basis and the Credit Union hosts an annual drive to dispose of outdated electronics responsibly. You can track the daily production of their 10 kilo-watt solar array which offsets 14 tons of CO2 pollution every year – that’s equivalent to planting over 1000 trees! But PMCU doesn’t stop there; they purchase post-consumer recycled content paper and use soy or corn ink for marketing materials, and widely promote the use of E-statements and online billpay to reduce paper use.
Through their partnership with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Business Program, PMCU intends to increase sustainable purchasing; eliminate junk mail entirely; benchmark and reduce resource consumption; host Zero Waste events for staff, members, and community; engage employees to support the company’s dedication to sustainability; and incorporate sustainability into the strategic plan for years to come.
SparkFun Electronic’s mission is based on accessible and sustainable electronics education. The company strives to “start something” and does so by offering fun and interactive build-your-own electronics, widgets, trainings, tutorials, etc. This local company’s staff is serious about sustainability. SparkFun’s green team, called the “Wildcats,” designs and implements numerous innovative sustainability initiatives, including composting and recycling, with a focus on recycling packaging and hard-to-recycle electronics, of which they have many.
SparkFun partners with Eco-Cycle, the Resource Area for Teachers, Rock Mountain E-Waste, 36 Commuter Solutions, and several other sustainability programs in order to increase their diversion rate, advance their path to Zero Waste, and offer alternative transportation options to staff. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Having grown to over 150 employees the company recently moved to a new LEED Silver qualified building equipped with solar panels and a water usage monitoring system. They have created and implemented a diversion system in the warehouse that has an 85% compliance rate.
The Green Star Business program will help SparkFun to improve their waste diversion rate, augment their employee engagement, continue on the ZW path, implement clean energy manufacturing practices, and expand action on E-Waste. The company also intends to incorporate sustainable supplier guidelines and assess their product life-cycles, looking for ways to make improvements in logistics, materials, and vendors.