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Green Business | The Green Beagle - Part 2

The Green Office

It may not be a Staples or Office Max but your one stop green office supply shop is right here! The Green Officeis so serious about being green they even amended their articles of incorporation to included sustainable practices. That is definitely some serious green business! I always say it that it is our duty as respectable greenies to patronize green businesses and if  The Green Officeis willing to offer us this great opportunity to make our offices even greener we should take advantage. You can purchase supplies, paper, ink & toner, break room amenities, furniture and janitorial supplies all in one place. Also $50 free shipping! I hope to see The Green Officebe a contender to the likes of Staples and Office Max that offer some green alternatives to stay in the loop but have no where near the green assortment that The Green Office offers.

TheGreenOffice.com - Green products. Great prices.

TheGreenOffice.com – Green Products, Great Prices!

TheGreenOffice.com Story:
We were established in 2005 by founder and CEO Alex Szabo, a former sustainability consultant and educator who had experienced first-hand the need for a single source of environmentally and socially responsible office products and services. Mr. Szabo’s vision was of a workplace run exclusively on green products and driven by sustainable practice. Every day, we empower consumers to align values with action by providing easy and affordable access to office greeing essentials. In every sphere of operation we strive to model sustainable business by maximizing the social, ecological, and financial performance of our company – what is known as the triple-bottom-line.

A History of Firsts:
Our goal is to challenge industry and workplaces alike to do it greener. In our relatively short history we have taken leadership positions on a variety of workplace sustainability matters, including:

•The first company to offer a full selection of dark green, green, and conventional products under one virtual roof
•The first company to label and rank a 34,000+ product catalog by greenness
•The first one-stop-solution to remove all items containing PVC / vinyl
•The first company to develop a comprehensive Office Footprint Calculator™
•A member of the first cohort of certified San Francisco Bay Area Green Businesses
•One of the first (if not the first) California corporation to amend its articles of incorporation to include sustainability principles
•A Founding member of B Corporation

TheGreenOffice.com - Green products. Great prices.

Earth Divas

Earth Divas

I always love featuring green businesses to bring their name out there and in hopes that people choose to do business with a company that has our global ideals in mind. Many times these companies are small and home bases but if we as a global green community choose to only do business with small sustainable companies we can hopefully push out the big “green fakers” out. Earth Divas is one of these smaller companies that keeps sustainability and recycled materials in their sights. Earth Divasoffers a variety of items that are handmade by women and fairly traded for women. I am loving the concept that more and more businesses are helping women around the world gain their independence. Support Earth Divasby purchasing one of their adorable bags or hats! Don’t forget to peruse their jewelry too!!

A little about Earth Divas:

What the Future Holds
Our product name is changing from Hemp Sisters to Earth Divas. This transition should be complete sometime next year. Some product will still have Hemp Sister name on it until the transition is complete. We’re changing our name so only items with the Earth Divas name will be handmade, natural fiber, fair trade items. We currently have some items with the Hemp Sisters name that are made in the US and elsewhere and are not fair trade.

Earth Divas products are handmade, natural fiber, fair trade accessories made by women for women from around the world. We currently have items from Nepal and are adding jewelry from Columbia and hemp bags from Thailand. We hope that by next year we can offer products from several other countries.

Our natural fiber, handmade accessories from Kathmandu, Nepal are made by working women’s co-ops and small woman-owned cottage industry producers. We work directly with the people that make these items. We help them source supplies like zippers, rings and buckles, and provide feedback on designs and offer suggestions to improve quality. We work directly with and pay the people that make the items, we don’t work through a middleman, which is fairly common. My wife is from India, and each year for the last four years she and I have spent about a month in India, and I have spent a couple of weeks in Nepal working on new designs and trying to figure out better ways to make the core items that we will always have, like wallets, backpacks, hats and coin purses.

In Nepal, the hemp fabric that we use is from the remote Western Region of Nepal. It grows wild in the lower Himalayan Mountain regions. It is not cultivated or farmed as in all other countries. The villagers in this remote area cut the hemp down by hand and soften the hemp in water. Other larger processing countries use chemicals and softeners to get a consistent, smooth, refined finish. Nepali hemp is a bit rougher and uneven and has some color variations. The stalk of the hemp plant is then brushed into a wool like material and then spun by hand into a strand of twine. The twine is then woven by hand on a pit loom into a piece of fabric that is 1 meter by 3 meters long. The fabric is carted down the mountains on foot and to the nearest road where it is brought into Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, the craftswomen buy the fabric and make the unique and beautiful creations that we offer.

Our recycled silk items are of the highest possible quality because they are 100% silk. The silk is from the waste cuttings in India where silk sari’s are made. Most other recycled silk items contain other man-made fibers like nylon, which is soft, but not natural. Like the recycled silk items, the felted wool items are made by a working women’s co-op. The ladies we work with create the designs and make the items for us. The wool is imported from New Zealand

Earth Divas Fair Trade Natural Fiber

Green Toys Inc.

Green Toys Inc.

Green Toys Inc.

I have written a few posts about Green Toys Inc. products like Green Toys Recycling Truck, Green Toys Tool Set, Green Toys Indoor Gardening Kit, Green Toys BPA-Free Feeding Spoon, & Green Toys Cookware and Dining Setto list a few. I love the packaging and design of these products. They are fun and colorful but more importantly environmentally conscious and made here in the USA! Green Toys Inc. makes sure to minimize packaging where ever they can. As per their site “All Green Toys products are packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and are 100% recyclable.” As a consumer this is so important to me. I can’t tell you how many times I buy something and when I open it there is more trash than product. That is just wasteful and makes me rethink purchasing from there again. Green Toys Inc. has their products tested by nationally recognized third-party labs here in the USA to make sure they are fit and up to par with regulations and container no external coatings so lead poisoning is a non-issue.

Toys may always be necessary but they don’t have to be harmful.  Children are a precious resource and it is our responsibility as adults to teach them at a young age how important it is to be responsible to our environment.  We can do this by making conscious purchases.  Companies like Green Toys Inc. takes their responsibilities seriously and so should we.

About Green Toys Inc:
Made in California, USA Less Transportation, Less Energy
All Green Toys products are 100% made in the USA. To be more specific, they are produced in California, a state known for strict toy safety and environmental laws. It’s cool to buy USA, but also think about this: transportation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses. We all know driving less is good for mother nature, but did you ever think about how many miles a toy logs before it ends up in your local store?
Our toys are truly local creations. Every step in the process, from milk container recycling to toy production to final assembly, occurs in California. Our raw materials and toys aren’t shipped from overseas, which saves a lot of energy and reduces greenhouse gasses. It also guarantees your toys won’t get seasick before they get to your home!

Toner Green

TonerGreen - Eco Friendly Remanufactured Toner Cartridges

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If you are fortunate enough to work in a place where your co-workers and bosses appreciate your attempts at eco-efficiency TonerGreen LLC  is a company worth looking into. Toners are a very expensive part of office expenses so why not try to decrease the costs by purchasing remanufactured toners. TonerGreen LLC alone has helped redirect more than 300 tons of waste from landfills.
TonerGreen LLCcarries the major printer, copier and fax machine brands of toner & ink cartridges to purchase your remanufactured toners while offering a rebate discount system to return your empty cartridges to them. TonerGreen LLCeven offers eco-friendly ink brands to do your printing! Your purchases come with 2 year warranties if you are disatisfied with their products.

A little more info about TonerGreen LLC (from their website):

Company Snapshot
TonerGreen LLCaims to be the internet leader in providing environmentally responsible recycling solutions.  TonerGreen LLCwas founded in April 2009 under the name TonerforEarth.com. Propelled by the founders’ vision to provide a variety of value-added eco-friendly products under one location, the internet store TonerGreen LLCwas created. Since its inception, TonerGreen.com has been envisioned to be a major source of specialty products that contribute to energy conservation, sustainability, and environmental responsibility.

Presently, TonerGreen’sprimary product line includes U.S.-made premium remanufactured toner cartridges and remanufactured inkjet cartridges. We take pride in the superior performance of our products compared to the average compatible or remanufactured cartridges found on the internet. Our products are not just ordinary recycled toner or recycled cartridges. Recycling is but just a small part of the extensive remanufacturing process that our product undergoes at our in-house facility. Quality is strictly imposed every step of the remanufacturing process until our products are either picked up by customers or shipped to their address.

Core Values
Value-added products and services.
TonerGreen LLCintends to help you make eco friendly choices for your home or office with the confidence that you are making a smart and responsible decision: a) Cost reduction opportunities – our goal is to sell the best products at fair prices, b) Waste elimination opportunities – return your used ink and toner cartridges for recycling credit, c) Reliability and compliance – our ink and toner cartridges are built without violating technical and trademark patents from registered owners. We are proud to say that our remanufactured cartridges are Made in the US. We have in-house technical experts to assist you in obtaining optimum output from your remanufactured ink and toner cartridge.

Relentless commitment to quality
We prioritize quality and customer satisfaction over low-cost and cutbacks. At TonerGreen LLC, excellence dictates every movement in our organization – from our streamlined logistics and distribution processes for efficient fulfillment, to world-class online and offline customer service. We delight in happy, satisfied, and loyal clients. Moreover, we stand by our products – we provide a 2 year warranty on all our remanufactured ink and toner cartridges.

Social responsibility
TonerGreen LLCgives back to the planet by supporting non-profit organizations that are dedicated to eco-friendly causes. When you buy your ink and toners from TonerGreen LLC, 1% of your purchase is donated to EarthShare, an organization dedicated to connecting people to environmental nonprofits through workplace giving, volunteer opportunities, and environmental education.

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TerraCycle is Even Cooler Than I Thought!

TerraCycle

TerraCycle

I have heard of Terracycle before and even written about some of their products. What I didn’t know is how absolutely cool this company is. I was at work and someone brought in Rainbow Chip Cookies and immediately I noticed the Terracycle logo.  Terracycle has a Brigade network which allows you to recycle everything from food wrappers to computers to health and beauty packaging! The best incentive for you less than green individuals is the proceeds are donated to a charity or school of your choice.
TerraCycle was started by a 20 year old Princeton freshman who decided to start reusing empty bottles to ship his organic fertilizer and is now a major up & recycling business that collects from different countries around the world. Anyone of us could be the next Tom Szaky!

About TerraCycle:
TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating national recycling systems for the previously non-recyclable. The process starts by offering collection programs (many of them free) to collect your waste and then convert the collected waste into a wide range of products and materials. With over 14 million people collecting waste in 11 countries together we have diverted billions of pieces of waste that are either upcycled or recycled into over 1,500 various products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market. Our hope is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating collection and solution systems for anything that today ends up in our trash.
Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle began by producing organic fertilizer, packaging liquid worm poop in used soda bottles. Since then TerraCycle has grown into one of the fastest growing green companies in the world.

You can start your own Brigade and start earning money towards your charity right here:
http://www.terracycle.net/how-terracycle-works

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Two Leaves & A Bud

Two Leaves & A Bud

Two Leaves & A Bud

I found this tea company the other day when I was in search of new exciting tea. I drink about 6-8 cups of organic green tea a day and have been doing so for so long sometimes I just want a kick of new flavor. Two Leaves & A Bud makes a variety of organic teas. They have cute accessories, sampler packs and packaging but what I like most is that the creator of  Two Leaves & A Bud” goes there” as they put it. Richard Rosenfeld visited the actual tea gardens to see which ones would be up to par for the teas he was looking to create. Richard actually visits the tea gardener’s and speaks growers. He gardens with them and even picks and chooses which gardens he will do business according to their organ-icity of their tea bushes. Two Leaves & A Bud only uses tea that has been grown organically from the seed. Also Two Leaves is a certified Fair Trade business. They help the growers get paid and are treated properly. They are also one of the founding members of TRUST Organic Small Farmers Initiative.

Trust Organic Small Farmers is an alliance of small farmer-organizations, dedicated wholesalers, retailers and nonprofit-institutions from around the world, that have committed to three big common goals:
*Make the World Fairer and healthier.
*Improve perspectives of disadvantaged small farmer-families.
*Increase the market-success of premium organic products

Not to shabby for an organic tea company is it? Have you ever tried Two Leaves & A Bud tea before?  If so let us know! We love to hear feed back!


Starting Green

Starting Green

Starting Green

Green is apparently where its at in business these days. People are more prone to purchase from Green companies. However not all of them are green and many hide behind buzz words and half-assed practices you can learn more about sustainably run companies. You can start your own or learn how to implement these essential practices into your current career. New ideas and innovations keep businesses running. In a boss’ eyes anything that can save money and keep good quality is a plus. The more know the more you can one up other companies. Learning how to make greener decisions can help you point out other businesses and areas where green is lacking and maybe pick up the slack and get a leg up on the competition.
Starting Green: An Ecopreneur’s Toolkit for Starting a Green Business from Business Plan to Profits details for you from beginning to end how to get green and stay that way. Starting Green illustrates how to make better profits by going green and staying sustainable.

Product Description:

Starting Green: An Ecopreneur’s Toolkit for Starting a Green Business from Business Plan to Profits
Green entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Glenn Croston outlines green business essentials and helps you uncover eco-friendly opportunities, build a sustainable business plan, and gain the competitive advantage in today’s environmentally mindful market.

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Holiday Office Gifts

During the holiday seasons there are a few different holiday’s people celebrate and at work you might need to do a Secret Santa of sorts so here are some inexpensive gifts to give to your co-workers or even friends!

Agate Ornaments
Agate Ornaments
are beautiful and perfect to decorate anyone’s home! They don’t have to be hung on a tree or even hung at all! These shimmering ornaments catch and hold the light as if illuminated from within.

Tea Forte’sMixology Set is a beautiful and inexpensive gift anyone who loves to host events or someone who likes to be the bartender! Become a master mixologist at home and create naturally infused exotic cocktails. It’s fresh, it’s fun, it’s creative and entertaining!

Juice Beauty Organics to Travel Kit is another inexpensive gift that anyone could appreciate! This all organic travel set comes with all of the essentials anyone would need to just throw in their bag and be off!

Sushi Natural Beeswax Candles boxed set of 6These super cute beeswax candles are a great little gift for a guy or girl, especially if they are fans of sushi!


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Eco-Friendly Office Chair

Eco-Friendly Office Chair

Eco-Friendly Office Chair

I don’t know how many of you sit in an office all day but I know I do and I always wonder what other choices of seating we could have that might be better than what we are currently sitting on. I know the cushy faux leather or cloth monstrosities always look uber comfy but maybe we could do better than that. After all after a short amount of time these chairs get worn and thrown out to go where? In a landfill? I wonder how long it would take to break down considering they are mostly metal and man-made materials? Where do these large clunky chairs go when they are old and worn?
To answer my queries I found a sort of solution! HON – 7800 Series High-Back Executive Chair is made from 36% recycled content.  HON also makes a simpler less comfy looking chair that is 64% recycled content! Now that you know maybe you could talk your boss into purchasing alternatives now!

Product Description:
*Scientific Certification System’s Sustainable Choice. 36% Total Recycled Content
*Wave-formed seat cushion distributes weight across a broader surface area.
*Lumbar support applies consistent, gentle pressure to the lower back, encouraging a proper curve.
*Upholstery contains stain-resistant protection to maintain a clean appearance.
*Casters supplied with this chair are not suitable for all floor types.

October’s Green Business Pick

Wooden Stapler

Wooden Stapler

I found this while looking for some random craft stuff and I couldn’t resisit posting this! This wooden stapler isn’t any great big new idea but it is cute! I like how simple the stapler is and better yet how you can decorate it any way you choose! You can leave it plain or make it your own! When you are finished with it you can totally recycle it! What this stapler doesn’t have is FSC certification or even tell you what kind of wood it is. If the product had a little more description I would say it would be a necessity to every greenie however until I find where it’s made and what it is made from I will have to keep searching for a more eco friendly product. If you have seen any please let me know! I would love to write about it!