has been certified by the Green America’s Green Business Network as an environmentally and socially responsible business. This business has reached the Silver 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 P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.
Member Since: 12/31/1969
Seal Valid Until: 06/26/2015
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.).
Provide formal support to your staff and workers for dealing with work-related stress.
Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.
Pay living wages per community standard for your direct employees.
Offer eligible employees paid vacation days.
Offer eligible employees paid sick days.
Offer health Insurance or assurance of coverage to employees and their families.
Conduct regular safety inspections to ensure appropriate air ventilation, lighting, and safety for workers (including yourself).
Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from peers and subordinates.
Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from supervisors.
Engage office teams to lead specific issues or projects within the office (i.e. event planning, health and wellness, space allocation, etc.).
Include a statement on your website describing your business's environmental standards, goals, and objectives.
Provide training for employees on your business's social and environmental policies.
Include a sub-page on your website for green advocacy, education, information and resources links.
Educate your staff about differences in cultural values and norms for business operations in other regions or countries.
Include a statement on your website describing your business's social standards, goals, and objectives.
Assist at least one other business in learning about sustainability and encourage them to join Green America's Green Business Network.
Identify country(ies) of origin and/or manufacture of your core products on the website.
Develop a comprehensive labor plan to minimize the risk of worker mistreatment throughout supply chain.
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).
Make unannounced, at least annual, visits to your key production facilities and conduct offsite interviews with workers.
Establish in-country personnel and/or independent third-party dedicated to monitoring labor practices for key production facilities.
Update supplier info regularly to keep track of potential problem areas in your supply chain.
Identify whether your supply chain is free of forced/trafficked/slave/child labor.
Use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting paint on walls and ceilings in workspace.
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products for daily use in the workplace, such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner.
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.
If power-washing or cleaning windows, driveways, or company vehicles onsite, use non-toxic cleaners to ensure only rain goes down storm drains.
Use washable electrostatic filters in HVAC units.
Ensure your green cleaning company or housekeeping staff cleans your office using green cleaning practices.
Ensure that workers are not exposed to toxins in the production process for your products (e.g. from dyes, paints, cleaners, etc.).
Use non-toxic finishes and adhesives in your core products, including varnishes, surface coverings, paints, glues, etc.
Use non-toxic water or plant-based (no or low VOC) paints, finishes, varnishes, lacquers, and shellacs on products.
Create incentives to encourage employee carpools, public transportation, or bicycling as a means of transportation.
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible.
Encourage creative scheduling and telecommuting possibilities for your employees.
Use ground shipping rather than air whenever possible.
Arrange for a single delivery, or try to group shipments of several items at once from your vendors.
Bronze: Based on your specific industry, describe to us the major area of social and environmental impact (pick one for each) of your business and how you're currently addressing it.
Bronze: Establish a process to receive regular advice/mentoring on how to improve your business performance. For a business that hires employees or uses interns/volunteers, establish a process for providing clear feedback on performance.
Bronze: After completing the GreenGain assessment, analyze your current sustainability performance and develop a plan that prioritizes initiatives based on your results.
Bronze: Create personal goals to help champion green initiatives throughout your company, or designate a green leader or Green Team for your business.
Bronze: Develop a social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business and post it on your website.
Bronze: Create and publish a clear return/refund/cancellation process for products and/or service contracts for customers/clients.
Silver: Identify any major environmental sourcing concerns in your supply chain and address at least one with a clear action plan. (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').
Silver: Recommend environmentally preferable products and services to all of your clients (If you are a product-based business, please click 'Complete').
Silver: Establish practices to support the development and training of your employees and/or interns/volunteers. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a yearly plan for professional growth and development.
Silver: Complete at least three initiatives in the "Supporting Your Community" category below.
Silver: Install the display source code for your Green America Seal of Approval on your website.
Silver: Identify any potential labor concerns in your workplace (service business) or supply chain (product company) and address at least one with a clear action plan.
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.
Use printers that have a duplexing (two-sided copying and printing) function, and print/copy double sided when possible.
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.
Set up an office supply re-use center and encourage materials sharing (I.e. rechargeable batteries, scrap paper, markers, etc.).
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.
Use reusable or compostable catering supplies for business meetings and events (i.e. digital handouts, re-usable dishware and linens, or biodegradable flatware).
Recycle unwanted equipment and electronics, such as computer monitors, hard drives, cell phones, PDAs, toner cartridges.
Implement a minimal packaging policy, based on industry best practices.
Maximize the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in packaging for your products.
Ensure that product packaging is operationally recyclable, biodegradable, or responsibly disposable.
Use recycled materials or biodegradable packing peanuts for fill in packages.
If using plastics, design parts and use plastics that are easily recoverable in recycling streams.
Design the product so as not to become obsolete (to the extent this can be anticipated).
Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.
Formulate an office purchasing policy to prioritize the purchase of used or recycled office equipment and furniture.
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.
Eliminate use of virgin plastic, polystyrene, or any other petrochemical-based packaging for your products.
Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.
Upcycle waste or materials that can't be easily recycled.
Regularly update your customers about your business' efforts to become more environmentally and socially responsible (i.e. through company newsletters, press releases, tweets, etc.).
Work with core suppliers who have obtained a fair labor certification(s) for their operations (i.e. SA8000, GOTS, FLO).
Share verification successes/challenges in monitoring your supply chain with your consumers.
Have an accurate and complete ingredient and/or species list on product labels and website.
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.
Use your lighting more efficiently with daylight dimmers and/or task lighting.
Test irrigation systems to ensure proper orientation (avoiding pavement) and water schedule.
Obtain an assessment of your building's water use to identify specific water conservation ideas. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Plant native, region-friendly plants to reduce irrigation and minimize the impact on the local habitat.
Use water-conserving cleaning methods when possible (i.e. sweeping instead of mopping and hosing).
Regularly review your marketing and promotional materials to ensure there is no use of negative stereotypes.
Regularly educate yourself on the progress of responsible environmental and social practices in your industry.
Donate a fixed portion of your profits to a social or environmental cause.
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).
Develop a policy outlining your commitments for partnering with or giving back to local communities.
Minimize the use of animal ingredients in your products, or ensure that animal-based ingredients or components were responsibly produced.
Include instructions for disposal of packaging or information on how to recycle.
Develop criteria for sourcing virgin wood that includes clear chain of custody and Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC).
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.
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.