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July 7, 2010

Win a set of organic towels from Dream Green Organics

07/09/10 Update: The winner of the organic cotton towels from Dream Green Organics is Laura. Dream Green is offering a 15% discount for the next month. Use discount code FAKEPLASTICFISH (all caps with no spaces) through August 7.

Laura Knapp at Dream Green Organics doesn’t use any plastic — in her products or in her packaging/shipping materials. In fact, wait’ll you see how she does package her merchandise (photos below.) Laura contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I would review her towels or tablecloths or bed linens. But instead of asking her to send me any of those products, I thought it would be great to let her tell her story and offer a giveway and a discount to Fake Plastic Fish readers.

(If you have a small independent business and are committed to using no or less plastic, contact me and let me know. I’m all about supporting small businesses that are trying to do the right thing.)

Plastic-Free Packaging and Shipping Materials

Laura sent me photos of how she wraps her products.  First, she ties it with organic cotton ribbon.

Dream Green Organics product packaging

Then, she wraps it in a single sheet of tissue paper tied with jute twine.

Dream Green Organics product packaging

She places the item directly into a cardboard shipping box made from 65% recycled content without any additional packaging.

Dream Green Organics product packaging

And finally, she adds a shipping label that she prints herself (no plastic pouch) and seals it up with small pieces of brown paper tape.

Dream Green Organics product packaging

If the order is small (a couple of cloth napkins, for example) she will ship them in a letter-sized envelope instead of a box to save materials.

Inspiration for Dream Green Organics

I asked Laura for her story and why she decided to start her business.

My son and I have done a lot of talking about concerns over the state of our environment over the last several years, so a few years ago we decided that we wanted to do our part to help protect the environment.  We brainstormed a lot… what could we possibly do that would make a difference?  Since I have always sewn, and love textiles, and since fabrics are one of the most polluting elements of our water, soil and interior environments, it seemed natural that home textiles was the direction we’d take.

Organic cotton goods such as sheets and towels have been available for some time now, but other home textiles such as organic cotton duvet covers, shower curtains and table linens are still largely an unmet need. What can be found of these types of items are still pretty uninteresting regarding color and pattern, not exactly what you’d call decorator quality for the home.  So this started us on our journey to create Dream Green Organics.

What Does Green Mean?

‘Green’ to us is a complete lifestyle, not just owning a set of organic sheets or towels….. although you have to start somewhere!   The concept of living ‘green’ has gained momentum in our lives over the last several years.  Like most people, we were happily taking long hot showers, letting the water run while brushing our teeth or doing dishes, taking our pesticide-ridden foods purchased from the big chain grocery stores home in plastic bags, jumping into our gas guzzling cars for any little errand….. until several years ago when information and awareness had grown about the harm that was being inflicted on the environment because of the way the populations are living.

Although changes did not happen overnight, slowly, different elements were incorporated or modified to ‘green’ our lives.  We now purchase organic foods not only for our own health, but for the health of the planet.  Cloth grocery bags are always part of the food shopping (and any other shopping) trips; in fact I no longer use plastic bags for anything at the grocery store. I put a handful of potatoes, onions, or whatever directly into the basket, take them home and store them in a bowl.  I use glass jars for storage of leftover food, or a glass bowl with a plate placed over it… there really is no need to use Saran wrap or other plastic wrap.

I use only baking soda and vinegar to clean my home. When painting the rooms in the house only NO VOC paint was used, furniture is from consignment stores and revitalized with slip covers or a coat of paint (NO VOC of course).  There are many different ways that we have brought more green into our lives, too many to mention in this interview. We are far from being as perfectly green as we’d like, but have done our best in every area of our lives that is possible at this time. So being ‘green’ really is a mindset, in which one tries to incorporate healthy and environmentally responsible choices in all areas of living.

No Plastic

I think one of the events that was quite dramatic in realizing the devastating toll that plastic was taking on our world was when we learned of the big Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean.  Of course there is one in the Atlantic too.  Your readers are probably well aware of this, but the currents in the oceans gather the plastic garbage into large patches… the one in the Pacific is twice the size of Texas, yes, TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS… nearly incomprehensible and so very tragic for us and the innocent sea life that is affected.

This, as well as countless other sources of information about how our throw-away society, largely due to plastic, is damaging the only home we and our fellow creatures have, Mother Earth, has made us determined to be plastic-free in our business and personal lives as much as is humanly possible.  Just recently in the Seattle area a whale washed up on the beach and was discovered to have 3.2 lbs. of garbage in its belly – including 20 plastic bags and 37 other kinds of plastic! So the decision to go plastic-free with Dream Green Organics packaging was very easy, and fit very well with our mission and beliefs.

As a separate thought, there is no time like the present to rid our lives of plastic as it is a petroleum product, and petroleum is a devastating addiction that we must break; we are all painfully aware at this time of just how catastrophic drilling for oil can be on our environment… oil, and hence plastics, should be reserved for only those uses for which absolutely no other alternative exists.

Organic Fabrics

Volumes have been written about the enormous quantities of pesticides and other harmful chemicals that are used in the growing of conventional cotton so I won’t trouble your readers with these readily available facts.  Factor in the volumes of additional chemicals that are used for the processing and dying of non-organic textiles, and you have a real chemical soup that you surround your living environment in if you are not living with organic textiles, in addition to the devastating effects on the soil and groundwater.  So needless to say, living with organic textiles is very important for one’s own health as well as the health of the environment.

I want to take this opportunity to also call attention to the need to buy certified organic cotton textiles.  Many companies are promoting ‘organic cotton’, or 100% organic cotton goods, however unless it is certified by an independent certifier, you really don’t have any idea about the validity of the claim of being organic.  All of the Dream Green Organic textiles are certified by an independent oversight agency to GOTS.  GOTS stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard.  It is a comprehensive standard which requires environmentally responsible methods, behaviors, processes, etc. at all levels.

For example, for an organic cotton fabric to be GOTS certified, the growing of the cotton, the processing, the dying and all aspects of its manufacture must meet rigid criteria.  In addition, GOTS requires that the workers be treated ethically and paid fairly.  Unless the organic cotton product you are purchasing is 100% certified organic cotton, be very wary about how eco-friendly it really is, and whether it really is the healthiest product for your home and family.

For Fake Plastic Fish Readers

Kudos to all of your readers since, because they are Fake Plastic Fish readers, they already understand the dangers of plastic, and the vital need to eliminate unnecessary plastic consumption from our lives.  At Dream Green Organics we want to help make the world a safer and healthier place, while hopefully providing options to create a beautiful interior for your home.  We’d love to have you visit our website and check out our products, but even if you don’t purchase from Dream Green Organics please purchase certified organic cotton goods for your home.  It is one thing that individuals can do that will promote a healthier environment for your home, as well as promote a healthier environment outside of your home….a win, win situation for all!

Dream Green is giving away one set (bath, hand and washcloth) of the certified organic cotton Champagne towels. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below explaining what “green business” means to you and what criteria you use to decide if a company is truly green or simply greenwashing.

In addition to the giveaway, Dream Green is offering a 15% discount to Fake Plastic Fish readers. The discount code is FAKEPLASTICFISH (all caps with no spaces.) This coupon code is good for one month (through August 7).

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4 years 6 months ago

I was wondering where could I purchase those shipping boxes?

4 years 6 months ago

Elysia, you could contact Laura at Dream Green to find out:

6 years 14 days ago
A green business is one that follows the three pillars of sustainability in their decision making. Those pillars are: how does it effect the environment, my community/world community, and is it economically pheasible. In order to survice and thrive as well as continue to offer sevices that are needed and sustainable, the business must meet all three criteria. Many companies tout themselves as sustainable but fundamentally engage in commerce that ignores the the three pilars (monsanto). When I look at a company I try to determine if they are using this model of decision making. The easiest way to separate… Read more »
6 years 15 days ago

I think green business means small business. How can you expect a large company to take such care with packaging and its implications if it’s larger than this?

Brava on thoughtful packaging!

6 years 16 days ago
I think that for a business to be green they must meet great environental stardards in ALL fields possible. (Not only green products but green shipping or organic cotton grown in USA rather than China for example). They must show that they care and that they make efforts. They must listen to their consumers’ opinion to improve themselves. i tend to know that there is greenwashing when all I see is big slogans with no meet behind. Like today I saw a “green” Neoprene who is supposedly 25% greener that normal Neoprene… Hey why would I buy something made out… Read more »
6 years 16 days ago

Laura, Thank you sooooo much for answering my question about fair trade practices. I look forward to buying from you soon (:

Erik Cooke
6 years 16 days ago
Thanks for taking the time to highlight businesses that are doing the right things. Green businesses are those that aren’t treating the earth and their customers in a zero-sum manner. Truly green businesses also educate customers and a broader public, and that push their competitors to do things more sustainably. Taking the time to cultivate a loyal following that agrees with you and keeps you accountable to sustainability. Not “creating” needs, like pop-tarts or go-gurt. Not relying on one-off interactions, but building relationships where both the producer and user consider themselves in a chain of interactions. What I look for… Read more »
Anni Green
6 years 16 days ago

I think the first thing is to buy from companies that are not in the league of corporate giants.I look for smaller labels with more personalized details on their packaging and adds.I always look for a simple,uncomplicated list of ingredients and simple non-wasteful packaging.Sometimes if I have question I will check the policies and history of the company online and read consumer reviews.
It is obvious that Laura’s sheets and towels etc,are made and packaged with love.No corporation would add such sweet details to the packaging as she does!
.Corporate products have nothing to tell you because there is nothing there;empty!

6 years 17 days ago
To me, organic should be bond to fair. Unfortunately it’s not. This does work with most old organic companies and labels.. (got some insight through personal relations), but I don’t trust that with ‘supermarket-organic’ or major companies like Henkel or Nestlé. There’s a big discussion going on around here: ‘real’ organic vs. ‘supermarket’ organic. The EU-organic label has way lower requirements than the ‘old labels’. To me, the EU-label doesn’t require ‘true’ organic in many ways (like, food only has to be 95% organic – and I’m not talking salt or the likes) Funny, some organic foodstore-chains do sell them… Read more »
Elizabeth B
6 years 17 days ago

“Green business” means not catering to the basest instincts in CONSUMERS for single-use bullshit products, but rather inspiring CITIZENS to want your product because it satisfies a real need in a responsible way.

Yeah, and then I woke up. But I can dream, right?

As for judging whether a company is greenwashing, I Google them, read what folks have to say about them, look at certifcations and ingredients, and make the best call I can. EWG is helpful here; so is the Good Guide.

6 years 17 days ago
I think the best definition I’ve heard for living green was by the 16yo founder (he was 12 when he actually founded the group) Kids vs. Global Warming. To him (and me) it means “to live as if the future matters.” My future, my kids’ futures, the futures of future generations, the earth’s future. This has really struck with me. It’s the most simplistic yet effective definition I’ve heard. I think it also applies to defining what a green business is. While there are different shades of green, does a business behave as if the future matters? If so, they’re… Read more »
6 years 17 days ago
I choose to use products from companies like Seventh Generation instead of Clorox Green Works. Simply b/c I believe SG truely cares about our environment, and Clorox just wants the business. Clorox still offers all the other products they’ve always made. They aren’t a green company, they made Green Works b/c “green” is suddenly so popular, and they didn’t want to loose customers. Green Business, to me, is a company that strives to achieve the least amount of waste. A company that promotes and practices recycling. A company that cares about making products that are safe for the environment, our… Read more »
Amy R
6 years 17 days ago

I think it can be frustrating and overwhelming to find companies that are truly green. I look for companies that use minimum packaging, products with a minimum plastic and pesticide use, and treat their employees well.

6 years 17 days ago

I think there are too many companies claiming to be “green” because it is a buzz word right now. I think if a company willing lists their ingredients and shipping methods they are worth a try. I looked at the website and when I am in need of new linens, I will come back.

6 years 17 days ago
This is a follow-up to my earlier post: I just found some SIGG bottles in our kitchen cabinet today (ones that my husband got as promotional items), and I think it’s a great example of what I look for from a green company. When I was doing research into alternatives to plastic bottle, SIGG came up as a common suggestion, but they wouldn’t reveal what the lining of their bottles was made from. That didn’t make me feel comfortable, so I ruled out the SIGG bottles. Recently it’s come to light that their bottle liner contained BPA even though they… Read more »
6 years 17 days ago

Its hard these days – but I look for companies that focus on non-plastic or at least recyclable packaging, quality ingredients or components, and a commitment their employees and to donating portions of their profits to worthy causes.

6 years 17 days ago

I don’t want the towels, but I will say that I will buy from a small cottage maker who has no certifications before a big corporation that claims to be green any day. I learned from my food coop that “unsprayed” is a code word at their store for back yard produce. So I buy that before the certified organic stuff at Ralphs that was grown in a big monoculture with tractors and immigrant labor, packed in boxes, stored in refrigerators and shipped in a truck.

6 years 17 days ago
Many companies say they are green. However, I am always suspicious. When I bought my house at the end of last year, I made a commitment to myself to try not to buy any new items and products that were sustainable and green. I am the person in the store on my phone checking out details about a company before I buy. Every purchase is important, from TP to towels to my frying pan. Most of the stuff I buy is at 2nd hand stores or estate sales. However, when I need a new product. I look for the product… Read more »
6 years 17 days ago
When I am looking for green products/companies, I tend to do my research online first. I look for companies who are able to articulate why they are making the choices that they are making (even if they can’t yet be as green as they’d like), and why they feel their product is better than conventional ones. I read through the websites, especially the FAQs pages. Often, I learn something new. I am looking for a company that demonstrates that they’ve given thought to and done their reserach about what green options are available to them. I figure that if they… Read more »
6 years 17 days ago
Hmm, that makes me want to run home and check the package of “organic” sheets I just bought from Target to see if they’re GOTS certified. To me, a green business has to take environmental and human health into account in all steps of their process–from the raw materials they use, to their energy use, to the building they’re housed in and, yes, their packaging. There’s a grocery store near us that’s the first LEED certified one in New England–it has a green roof, a no-mow lawn (which had a pesticides applied label when they first put it in), motion-activated… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
I think a green business is one that buys/sells/trades locally; or one that creates something that has a net positive effect on the “environment” – there’s so many ways to measure this net effect… and that’s where a lot of greenwashing comes in, in my opinion. Like a previous poster, I’m suspicious of anyone who uses “green” in their name, or makes outlandish claims about their ‘green-ness’. I go with my gut… focus on local sources, and try to buy as little “disposable” crap as I can. I look for the same from companies claiming to be “green”.
6 years 18 days ago

Green business means almost obsessive consciousness about where every little bit of everything comes from through every step of the game.

6 years 18 days ago
Green Business: Any business that explores the options available to them and attempts to make the best choice they can for the environment and our health. Kudos to those businesses who look at the options available to them and decides to find a new way around any issues that can be better. How Do I Tell If A Business Is Greenwashing: Research, reviews, feedback. I listen, I read, I think. Sometimes it is a maddening journey because I think I am getting somewhere and end up right back at square one. While the idea of greenwashing angers me, I think… Read more »
Amy Y
6 years 18 days ago

I am so excited that you shared Dream Green Organics with us… I am going to bookmark the site so I have it the next time I’m needing to purchase green textiles.

I have a really hard time distinguishing between the green washing and truly green companies. I try to go with my gut based on prior experience and where food is concerned I read every ingredient to make sure they aren’t misleading with false advertising. On non~food products, however, I just have a hard time telling what is truly green or not.

6 years 18 days ago

Running a green business requires thinking about the impact you will have at all stages of production and consumption, and striving to reduce or eliminate harm at each stage. Dream Green Organics definitely seems to be on the right track.

6 years 18 days ago
One way I’ve ‘gone green’ is by having my part-time housekeeper 1) hang laundry on a clothesline; 2) clean with vinegar & baking soda; show her pictures of the Pacific Plastic Garbage Dump when she brings up the subject of grandchildren; keep her updated on my efforts to buy organic & ‘other than plastic.’ It feels a fine line between telling her of my efforts & not annoying her by making her job harder. I expected resistance from her when I asked her to hang my laundry rather than use a dryer. For example, yesterday she said it wasn’t sunny,… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
I don’t need a set of towels, but I like the question and her company seems like a good one, I wish them luck! But to me, a green company is one where I can look the owner in the eye. They’re not afraid to answer my questions, which they do so honestly despite whether they think I will like the answers or not. Green is local, personal, and trying really hard to do the right thing. Green is honest. Because if I can’t get the vendor down the street to think about what happens to the packaging they send… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago

I am fairly new to looking for green businesses. One thing that I appreciate is consistency. For example, with health food products, I find it ironic that many organic foods are wrapped in plastic or come in plastic containers. Seems a bit inconsistent to me.

Jana @ The Summer House
6 years 18 days ago

Thanks-I’d love to win :)

surviving and thriving on pennies
6 years 18 days ago

Green to me means a few different things. I first try to find a local business/farmer. Then the product and how green it truly is. Last but not least is there any plastic involved. If I can get 3 out of 3 its a good green company.
I would love to replace my ugly Walmart (yes you read it correctly. Small town with only one store and my only option.) hand towels with a green earth friendly set. Would love to win this set!

6 years 18 days ago

Purchasing green means translating the marketing hype to find out what green really stands for with the company in question. Sometimes what seems to be a good solution, upon further investigation reveals that that may not necessarily be the case. As with most things, one must always do their homework.

I really appreciated the info about the difference between organic and certified organic. It would explain why sometimes when purchasing organic clothing I have a reaction, because the piece is treated with some type of sizing. I will now know what to look for. Thanks!!

6 years 18 days ago
I totally agree with your point about making certain that what you buy is certified organic – sometimes, under certain conditions. But sometimes not. For example, our farm has been organic from the moment we moved in. That’s now only four months (!!), but from four months ago until the day I die (because I never intend to leave) this place will be organic. However, we can’t afford to get certified. It costs several hundred dollars a year, which we don’t have. A lot of smallholders are in the same position as us. They can’t afford certification either. So when… Read more »
Kelly Harris
6 years 18 days ago

A green business to me is one who avoids extra packaging, uses local labor and materials, uses sustainable materials and is ethical.

6 years 18 days ago
Green Business to me is no environmental impact (no plastic, no pollution, no chemicals) and fair trade, fair wages, fair labor practices, and good quality products. . .something I will use for a long, long time. I would much rather pay extra for a good quality product that has a positive impact on the environment and on the people that produce it. When possible, I also like to purchase local. However, while this is getting easier to do with food (locally grown), it is rarely possible for green/fair trade non-food products. Beth, thanks for bringing these kinds of products to… Read more »
L.M. Banik
6 years 18 days ago

“Green Business’ means that a company is ethically and environmentally concerned, and this concern is reflected in their business practices. It means that every step of their process serves to make little or no negative impact on the planet.Green businesses can also serve as examples to other non-green companies, to show them that it can be done!

6 years 18 days ago
For me, green business is about doing the least harm while still offering products that will help people. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what the real green business are, but if you look past the marketing to the details, especially the stuff they don’t expect people to notice, then you can usually tell. For example, there’s a local ice cream shop that uses reusable sample spoons. It’s just one of the many small things they do (in addition to serving fantastic vegan ice cream and baked goods) and it’s not something you’d see in an ad, but it shows me… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
A green business to me is one that can and is willing to explain to their customers where and how they get their raw materials, what is in their products/how they are made, and why and how they send those items to market. And if they can’t or aren’t doing something 100% green (which is extremely difficult to be that literal. If nothing else transporting the goods will ding you) why and if they are trying to change it for the better. I’m not so stuck on demanding third party certifications because sometimes they are an expensive mark up on… Read more »
Reenie Rogers
6 years 18 days ago
Hi, and thanks for keeping the green momentum going! A true green company cannot hide its light under a bushel! They love their product, their service, their staff, their customers. A green company aims for sustainability, and expresses their ‘ecological intelligence’ (see Daniel Goleman’s book of same title). Using their ecological intelligence, a green company creates a business with product or services that have low or no negative impacts through all phases on (1) the geosphere (environment including water, air, soil), (2) the biosphere (life forms including humans, mammals, birds, fish, fowl etc.), and (3) sociosphere (treatment of workers, pay,… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago

I forgot to add, thank you for asking about this, it is a very important question to ask when deciding whether or not to purchase products from a company.
Many thanks, Laura

6 years 18 days ago
Since someone had a question as to whether or not the Dream Green Organics items are fair trade, I have posted this response to let you know that all of the Dream Green Organics products are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. In order to be GOTS certified, suppliers have numerous criteria that must be met, including ethical, fair, safe, etc treatment of the workers. I have pasted into this comment (see below) a section from the GOTS document that addresses the social standards. Go to for all of the information and the complete text of the GOTS certification… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago

I actually have no idea what “green business” means anymore. At one point, I truly thought that a green business would be one with the best intentions towards our environment and our bodies. Now, i almost assume that any mainstream consumer product is angling is in the green-washing game on some level. I just hope that i’m able to research ahead of time and avoid spur of the moment non-researched purchases. That or I try to buy from small businesses, where I can speak with the owner/manufacture of the product directly.

6 years 18 days ago

A green business to me is one that strives to bring the best all natural/organic products to their customers with the least impact on the earth. They don’t try and hide behind their ‘green name’ and sell me more than I want or need, and they listen to their customers. They are always evolving and are active in the community by buying local and involving their customers.

6 years 18 days ago

I look for businesses that don’t use excess packaging when mailing merchandise, and doesn’t offer plastic bags in the store. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen many stores in Winnipeg yet that don’t offer plastic bags. At least more and more of them are charging for them now!

I also look for businesses that don’t just say “we’re green!” but instead give specific things they are doing to conserve resources and reduce pollution.

Sarah S
6 years 18 days ago

I want to see a company going 100%, especially when it comes to my kid. When I was buying him a sippy cup, I chose Kleen Kanteen over SIGG, even though SIGG was easier for me to get. SIGG was saying that there was probably nothing wrong with their plastic lining, but Kleen Kanteen was like, look, no plastic at all, so no need to worry.

6 years 18 days ago
Wow, those would go great in my new eco-friendly, as sustainable as I can make it, bathroom renovation. Finding “green businesses” in Akron, OH is not so easy. I’m finding that I have to take the lead in terms of what I want for my bathroom and then find contractors who are willing to work with materials and products they’ve never used before. To find the actual products, I’ve had to go online and put in mega amounts of search time. I have a hunch that most of the products I end up ordering will NOT be shipped in a… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
What does green business mean to me? It is run by thoughtful people who “walk the walk” in their personal lives, not just in their advertising. On a website, I always read “About Us” to see what a company’s mission is, and what being “green” means to the them. I look to see if they are interested in their customers beyond what they can sell them—do they give back to the community in some way, such as participating in or organizing or sponsoring events or promotions that help raise the consciousness of their customers? Or offering information that will educate… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago

I just discovered your site, and I love it!

To me, a green business must, at it’s heart, be authentic.

When green becomes a marketing ploy to sell more unnecessary crap to clutter up the planet, it breaks my heart. I love that you focused on Dream Green Organics packaging. It kills me to see products touted as “green” but packaged in 3lbs of unnecssary plastic packaging.

Hope I win the towels!!

6 years 18 days ago

“What suffered to make this material?” is primarily my criteria for the green-ness of a business. Whether it’s trees, animals, or people, the answer should be -solely- that which it was made of. Did bugs die because they ate this cilantro? Does this notebook come from the forests of indigenous people? These things shouldn’t -HAVE- to be thought about, because it is absurd that there is formaldehyde in sex lube, and maybe we shouldn’t have to worry about the things that are wrong. Green means guilt-free, and Luna-approved.

6 years 18 days ago

I love “Green” companies, but yes I like them third party certified, like Patagonia. All of there cotton is organic, has been since 1996, way ahead of the curve, but they don’t make everything (: so there needs o be lots more green businesses.

I have been looking for new towels actually, I want them organic but I also want them to be fair trade, do you know who makes the materials you use? Are they paid a fair wage for there area? that is very important to me.

6 years 18 days ago
Well lets just say that is anyone is gonna put a green label on their business, it should mean that they use the least amount of packaging as possible, buy locally and organically, have explinations about why they do what they do, how important it is. The enviroment should always come first in a green company, and especially that their waste is not thrust into the ocean and taken care of as enviromentally cound as possible. No dyes, hormones, or pesticides, less plastic… I could really go on and on but these are the key things I think a green… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago

When looking for green, I do look for certification information. It is frustrating though how hard it is to find a wide variety of products that are truly green. I’m on the reuse bandwagon also, which explains my relationship with the Goodwill. I’m also slowly working on changing my lifestyle and hence my impact. It’s all a work in progress – it just seems all too slow sometimes!

6 years 18 days ago

Laura, Thanks for your contributions in making people like me think they are not quite so crazy–it seems like individuals like yourself are few and far between, and quite honestly I do not think it is possible to get a truth–just have to trust your gut–I am still working that out. Thanks again, gabby

6 years 18 days ago
What a green business means to me: A business that goes above and beyond to be environmentally conscious… realizing that little things make a big difference… and being actively involved in giving back to the community (whether local or global). Recently, I went to a business that has obviously put a lot of thought into what it means to be a “green” business: On Friday, my husband and I went to Surfhouse Cafe and Shop in Carolina Beach, NC. This is what they’re about: Two guys open a shop & cafe dedicated to creating an experience for guests built… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
To me, green business means they aren’t using the ‘green’ label as a marketing technique. The advertise the benefits of what they sell (organic, no pesticides, no chemicals, no triclosan, etc) without saying “now in GREEN variety!” Something is better than nothing, and the chain brands coming out with organics is great, but it doesn’t change where things come from. A green business is not afraid to show customers where all of their products come from, and, in my opinion, would openly state where they come from. Companies and businesses try to take consciousness away from the consumer, a green… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
Green is the beginning of my criteria. I try very hard to only add to my life things that are second hand/repaired/freecycled, or that are investments in my values for local/sustainable/ethical businesses. I try to close the emotional gap that the global market makes. If someone got murdered making my coffee – well, I have to ask myself, would I have murdered him for this cup? (on a bad day, maybe…) If a child was exposed to pesticides growing the fruit or cotton I am consuming, I have to ask myself, would I expose my own child to pesticides for… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago

i like green company , but try to go only with really proven green company as so many just use green name to sell more without respect for the environment. the real greenies are the ones to anything against the earth .

Myra Henderson
6 years 18 days ago
Green business means that a company has placed the environment first over profit. They care how their products and distribution impact the earth and humans. They provide necessary goods to people and not just products in order to sell things. I have just begun looking at companies and how they care or don’t care about the environment. I will search a company on the web and email them with questions. I recently placed an order with a company and was surprised at all the plastic packaging. I emailed them about but have yet to hear back from them. If they… Read more »
6 years 18 days ago
I must admit I’m sort of suspicious of companies that have “green” in their name. I figure they must be jumping on the green bandwagon. But if I were looking for a “green” company I would look for one that avoids extra packaging, employed people locally, bought their raw materials locally where possible. I am just becoming interested in the environment, so it’s kind of new to me. Very interesting. I must tell you that I am a daycare provider and there is a “green” certification I can earn, after which I can put the “green seal of approval” on… Read more »