Soap For Goodness Sake

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 Soap For Goodness Sake and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 04/21/2008

Seal Valid Until: 10/25/2013

Soap For Goodness Sake 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 employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.

  • Offer health Insurance or assurance of coverage to employees and their families.

  • Educating Employees, Customers & Vendors
  • Include a sub-page on your website for green advocacy, education, information and resources links.

  • Assist at least one other business in learning about sustainability and encourage them to join Green America's Green Business Network.

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

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • Identify country(ies) of origin and/or manufacture of your core products on the website.

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

  • Select office space in a LEED certified building or in a space with a clear track record of green building improvements. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • 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 natural pest management practices or minimize the use of toxic pesticide chemicals in indoor spaces. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • 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'.)

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

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

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

  • Avoid using the following ingredients in your products: pthalates, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and synthetic fragrances.

  • Use only natural or unscented essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances in your core products.

  • Use only minerals as active ingredients in sunscreen and avoid the use of nanoparticles.

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

  • Use ground shipping rather than air whenever possible.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Establish a paper recycling program for newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs.

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

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

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

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

  • Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.

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

  • Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.

  • Donate old and unused merchandise and equipment to a local charity or non-profit organization.

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

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

  • Ensure that product packaging is operationally recyclable, biodegradable, or responsibly disposable.

  • Use the most recyclable plastic available (lowest number inside the triangular recycling symbol), if using plastic packaging.

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

  • Design or use product(s) that accept standard refills and/or have readily available refills.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Saving Energy & Using Renewable Energy Sources
  • Set computers and monitors to enter automatic standby or sleep mode after 20-30 minutes of inactivity.

  • Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC or A/C system.

  • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment and appliances, an indicator of more energy efficient equipment.

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

  • Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways.

  • Change your HVAC or A/C filters every month or as required by the filter and HVAC or A/C manufacturer.

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

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

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

  • Use ceiling fans and cross ventilation in place of air conditioning when possible.

  • Upgrade your building roof to increase efficiency using reflective materials, lighter paint, or a green roof.  (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Add insulation and a timer to your hot water heater, or use a tankless water heater. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

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

  • Switch to green power from your utility.

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

  • Use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, like high efficiency toilets (HETs) and urinals (HEUs) to minimize water use.

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

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

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

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

  • Supporting Your Community
  • Bank with a community development bank or credit union.

  • Taking Care of Animals
  • Conduct no animal testing.

  • Minimize the use of animal ingredients in your products, or ensure that animal-based ingredients or components were responsibly produced.

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • Source materials grown without using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • 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.

  • Remove any materials in your products for which there are material scarcity concerns.

  • Operating With Transparency
  • Implement processes and policies to support active participation of workers in management (i.e. Board of Directors, Executive teams, etc.).

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

  • Implement profit-sharing plans with staff.

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

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.