Baby Eco Trends, Llc

has been certified by the Green America’s Green Business Network as an environmentally and socially responsible business. This business has reached the Gold tier by adopting principles and practices that demonstrate a strong commitment to conserving the environment and supporting social justice.

The Green America’s Green Business Network is proud to recognize their contribution to creating and growing a green economy by supporting the needs of their customers, workers, the environment, and the community. We appreciate your continued support of Baby Eco Trends, Llc and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 06/15/2010

Seal Valid Until: 06/15/2013

Baby Eco Trends, Llc has completed the following initiatives:

This business was screened by Green America’s Green Business Network prior to October, 2011.

  • Building an Equitable, Supportive & Inclusive Workplace
  • Offer health Insurance or assurance of coverage to employees and their families.

  • Institute grievance procedures to provide staff members with a process for addressing concerns or disagreements related to the violation of company policies.

  • Offer eligible employees paid sick days.

  • Offer eligible employees paid vacation days.

  • Pay living wages per community standard for your direct employees. 

  • Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.

  • Provide formal support to your staff and workers for dealing with work-related stress.

  • Make an explicit effort through your hiring process to attract a diverse pool of job applicants (i.e. religion, race, sexual and gender identity, etc.).

  • Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from supervisors.

  • Offer eligible employees a retirement savings program.

  • Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from peers and subordinates. 

  • Educating Employees, Customers & Vendors
  • Assist at least one other business in learning about sustainability and encourage them to join Green America's Green Business Network.

  • Include clear descriptions on packaging describing age-appropriateness of toys.

  • Include a statement on your website describing your business's environmental standards, goals, and objectives.

  • Include a statement on your website describing your business's social standards, goals, and objectives.

  • Educate your staff about differences in cultural values and norms for business operations in other regions or countries.

  • Include a sub-page on your website for green advocacy, education, information and resources links.

  • Provide training for employees on your business's social and environmental policies.

  • Include a sustainability curriculum that raises awareness about general issues and personal choices and as part of your ongoing employee training program.

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • Make unannounced, at least annual, visits to your key production facilities and conduct offsite interviews with workers.

  • Update supplier info regularly to keep track of potential problem areas in your supply chain.

  • Identify country(ies) of origin and/or manufacture of your core products on the website.

  • Establish in-country personnel and/or independent third-party dedicated to monitoring labor practices for key production facilities.

  • Actively support the cultural traditions of local communities in which your business operates along your supply chain (ex. offers regional and religious holidays off, and food that respects diets of workers).

  • Identify whether your supply chain is free of forced/trafficked/slave/child labor.

  • Reducing Emissions & Exposure To Toxins
  • Use natural or low-impact fiber-reactive dyes in core products.

  • Install a filtered water tap at your sink or a water cooler for drinking water, instead of purchasing bottled water. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products for daily use in the workplace, such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner.

  • Use non-toxic finishes and adhesives in your core products, including varnishes, surface coverings, paints, glues, etc.

  • Avoid using formaldehyde in finishing treatments (i.e. water-proofing, flame retardants, anti-wrinkle).

  • Use organic fabrics, not just organic fibers (i.e. organic fibers that are processed using minimal chemicals).

  • Use non-toxic water or plant-based (no or low VOC) paints, finishes, varnishes, lacquers, and shellacs on products.

  • Inspect equipment regularly for leaks or broken parts, and repair promptly.

  • Use washable electrostatic filters in HVAC units.

  • If power-washing or cleaning windows, driveways, or company vehicles onsite, use non-toxic cleaners to ensure only rain goes down storm drains.

  • Use air-filtering plants throughout the office to improve indoor air quality.

  • Use natural odor elimination methods, i.e. ventilating with open windows, air filters, carbon odor eliminators.

  • Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn't require drycleaning, and encourage employees to switch to non-toxic dry cleaners. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Minimizing Transportation Impacts
  • Create incentives to encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation.

  • Source your ingredients/components locally or within 150 miles from your operation.

  • Arrange for a single delivery, or try to group shipments of several items at once from your vendors.

  • Encourage creative scheduling and telecommuting possibilities for your employees.

  • Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible.

  • Required Actions
  • Bronze: Create personal goals to help champion green initiatives throughout your company, or designate a green leader or Green Team for your business.

  • Gold: Describe your biggest new opportunity around social and environmental sustainability and how you plan to implement it.

  • Gold: List the date your business first opened (must be in operation at least six months to earn Gold status).

  • Gold: Implement policies that encourage employee job flexibility and work life balance. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a plan to build stronger work life balance.

  • Gold: Develop environmental criteria for the sourcing of materials, products, and/or vendors and describe them on your website.(For service-based businesses,apply criteria to office supplies and other materials used in the workplace)

  • Conserving Resources, Recycling & Minimizing Waste
  • Establish a paper recycling program for newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs.

  • Implement a minimal packaging policy, based on industry best practices.

  • Reduce incoming junk mail by removing your business' name from national direct marketing databases.

  • Reduce outgoing mail by updating the contact information on your business's mailing lists regularly.

  • Use recycled or re-used boxes, bags, and general packaging for office mailings, shipping, marketing, and promotions.

  • Place bins at print and copy stations to store unused printouts for scratch, draft paper, etc.

  • Eliminate paper towels, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the breakroom or kitchen. Use re-usable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead.

  • Maximize the percentage of reclaimed or recycled wood in your product.

  • Ensure that your core products are recyclable, biodegradable, or responsibly disposable.

  • Eliminate use of virgin plastic, polystyrene, or any other petrochemical-based packaging for your products.

  • Maximize the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in packaging for your products.

  • If using plastics, design parts and use plastics that are easily recoverable in recycling streams.

  • Minimize the use of fabrics which are blends of natural and synthetic fibers (i.e. cotton and polyester) or blends of two or more synthetic fabrics (i.e. polyester and acrylic).

  • Eliminate all styrofoam in operations, including packaging or serviceware.

  • Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.

  • Formulate an office purchasing policy to prioritize the purchase of used or recycled office equipment and furniture.

  • Purchase folders, envelopes, notepads and other office paper products made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Reduce the amount of paper used in marketing materials by eliminating envelopes, using fold and mail, providing information electronically, etc.

  • Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Recycle unwanted equipment and electronics, such as computer monitors, hard drives, cell phones, PDAs, toner cartridges.

  • Use reusable or compostable catering supplies for business meetings and events (i.e. digital handouts, re-usable dishware and linens, or biodegradable flatware).

  • Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.

  • Set up an office supply re-use center and encourage materials sharing (I.e. rechargeable batteries, scrap paper, markers, etc.).

  • Develop a paper stewardship and reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign.

  • Responsibly dispose of hazardous items, such as CFL/fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, paint, and electronic waste.

  • Establish a paperless billing program for your vendors or clients.

  • Eliminate unnecessary paper forms for administrative functions and use electronic forms when possible (ie. digital faxes, electronic receipts, digital pay stubs).

  • Establish a recycling program that includes glass, plastic, and aluminum.

  • Use printers that have a duplexing (two-sided copying and printing) function, and print/copy double sided when possible.

  • Tracking Performance & Progress
  • Clearly label which of your products and ingredients are fair trade on website and product packaging.

  • Regularly update your customers about your business' efforts to become more environmentally and socially responsible (i.e. through company newsletters, press releases, tweets, etc.).

  • Have an accurate and complete ingredient and/or species list on product labels and website.

  • Share verification successes/challenges in monitoring your supply chain with your consumers.

  • Clearly label which of your products and ingredients are organic, on website and product packaging.

  • Saving Energy & Using Renewable Energy Sources
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment and appliances, an indicator of more energy efficient equipment.

  • Set computers and monitors to enter automatic standby or sleep mode after 20-30 minutes of inactivity.

  • Implement on-site renewable energy production (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) at your office or facility.

  • Reduce phantom vampire power loads by installing after hour timers on non-essential electrical appliances or using smart power strips.

  • Use your lighting more efficiently with daylight dimmers and/or task lighting.

  • Develop an energy conservation policy or program that encourages employees to support energy conservation.

  • Switch to green power from your utility.

  • Replace older light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS), light emitting diodes (LEDS), and other more energy efficient light bulbs as they burn out.

  • Design your office with day lighting in mind (i.e., take significant advantage of natural light with sky windows, skylights, etc.).

  • Saving Water
  • Set up a greywater system to reuse sink water in toilet systems or outdoor irrigation.

  • Use water-conserving cleaning methods when possible (i.e. sweeping instead of mopping and hosing).

  • Plant native, region-friendly plants to reduce irrigation and minimize the impact on the local habitat.

  • Install low-flow aerators on faucets and showerheads or sensor controls that turn faucets on and off automatically.

  • Supporting Responsible Industry Practices
  • Prohibit the use of plastics containing phthalates, bisphenol a (bpa) or pvc.

  • Design and sell products that do not imitate or glorify violent behavior.

  • Ensure farmers and growers use responsible environmental land management practices for fibers found in your product (particularly conventional cotton, bamboo, lyocell).

  • Offer products containing fabrics that are certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

  • Identify each supplier of your core products on your Website.

  • Purchase supplies and/or materials from green-certified or Green America certified companies.

  • Regularly educate yourself on the progress of responsible environmental and social practices in your industry.

  • Regularly review your marketing and promotional materials to ensure there is no use of negative stereotypes.

  • Supporting Your Community
  • Donate a fixed portion of your profits to a social or environmental cause.

  • Bank with a community development bank or credit union.

  • Actively recruit from underserved or special needs communities.

  • Develop a policy outlining your commitments for partnering with or giving back to local communities.

  • Reserve a certain number of hours per year for employees to volunteer on local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day).

  • Serving Customer & Client Needs
  • Include instructions for disposal of packaging or information on how to recycle.

  • Offer non gender-specific toys, such as stuffed animals, modeling clay, and building blocks.

  • For infants and toddlers, design products that are unbreakable, washable, free of sharp edges, and too large to swallow.

  • Offer toys that encourage cooperative play.

  • Ensure that your products meet CPSIA guidelines.

  • Provide an industry-leading performance guarantee/warranty for your product or service.

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • Develop criteria for sourcing virgin wood that includes clear chain of custody and Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC).

  • Use paints and varnishes that are non-toxic and low or no VOC.

  • Demonstrate that product(s) is produced free from artifical pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers (made from chemicals or treated sludge) .

  • Maximize the percentage of wood components certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

  • Use Fair Trade or organic coffee, tea, and sugar in the office.

  • Identify and eliminate any petroleum-based products, or items with petrochemical derivatives additives that your business uses or offers.

  • Operating With Transparency
  • Implement a democratic voting process or consensus approach for key business decisions.

  • Clearly disclose to all staff members any internal policies, practices or code of ethics that impact employees.

  • Determine a defined ratio between your business's lowest and highest paid employee.

  • Implement profit-sharing plans with staff.

Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982 (formerly "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009). Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green America's Green Business Network™ is the first, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. The Green Business Network serves to connect, market, and grow the green marketplace. The Green America Seal of Approval recognizes businesses that meet Green America’s rigorous certification standards and display a deep commitment to consumers, communities, workers, and the planet.