Hazelnut Kids Natural Toys

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 Hazelnut Kids Natural Toys and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 03/26/2008

Seal Valid Until: 06/14/2013

Hazelnut Kids Natural Toys 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
  • Engage office teams to lead specific issues or projects within the office (i.e. event planning, health and wellness, space allocation, etc.).

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

  • Offer a buying club or discounts for employees.

  • Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.

  • 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 peers and subordinates. 

  • Offer a scholarship program or subsidies to support employee continuing education.

  • Educating Employees, Customers & Vendors
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting paint on walls and ceilings in workspace.

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

  • 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'.)

  • 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'.)

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

  • 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.

  • Designate car pool and hybrid parking spaces that are in preferred areas of your parking lot.

  • Required Actions
  • Bronze: Create and publish a clear return/refund/cancellation process for products and/or service contracts for customers/clients.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.

  • Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • 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.

  • 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.).

  • 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.).

  • 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.

  • Hire an Energy Services Company (ESCO).

  • 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'.)

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

  • Replace inefficient or broken windows with double pane, low-E, energy efficient windows.

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

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Offer your office space as a meeting or events location to a community organization.

  • Actively recruit from underserved or special needs communities.

  • 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.

  • Offer toys that encourage cooperative play.

  • Ensure that your products meet CPSIA guidelines.

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • Use Fair Trade or organic coffee, tea, and sugar in the office.

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

  • Implement profit-sharing plans with staff.

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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.