Hemptopia Apparel, Inc.

has been certified by the Green America’s Green Business Network as an environmentally and socially responsible business. This business has reached the Bronze 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 Hemptopia Apparel, Inc. and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 12/31/1969

Seal Valid Until: 05/24/2014

Hemptopia Apparel, Inc. has completed the following initiatives:

  • Building an Equitable, Supportive & Inclusive Workplace
  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Offer a buying club or discounts for employees.

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

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

  • Offer eligible employees a retirement savings program.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • 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.

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

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

  • Reducing Emissions & Exposure To Toxins
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.).

  • Comply with the Oeko-Tex standard to minimize potentially harmful chemicals in your textiles.

  • Use natural or low-impact fiber-reactive dyes in core products.

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

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

  • Ensure textile processors and dye houses have waste water treatment systems in place at production facility.

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

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

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

  • Use clean or low-emission company vehicles (including hybrid or electric), and schedule regular maintenance.

  • 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.

  • Required Actions
  • 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: 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: 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.

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

  • 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)

  • 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: Take a leadership role in an organization that continually works to improve the environment or social responsibility nationally or in your area.

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

  • Conserving Resources, Recycling & Minimizing Waste
  • 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.

  • Complete a solid-waste assessment to help identify and quantify the items in your business' waste stream.

  • Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.

  • Upcycle waste or materials that can't be easily recycled.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Conduct a lifecycle analysis of your core products to map the impacts from sourcing of raw materials to ultimate disposal.

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

  • 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).

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

  • 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.

  • Use recycled or reclaimed fiber, such as from thrift or second-hand stores.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Work with core suppliers who have obtained a fair labor certification(s) for their operations (i.e. SA8000, GOTS, FLO).

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

  • Contact your local utility to conduct a commercial energy assessment (oftentimes offered free) to pinpoint specific areas of energy efficiency.

  • 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.

  • Apply window film to reduce excess solar heat in the building.

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

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

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

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

  • 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'.)

  • Hire an Energy Services Company (ESCO).

  • Saving Water
  • 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'.)

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

  • Supporting Responsible Industry Practices
  • Identify each supplier of your core products on your Website.

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

  • Actively participate in advocacy or lobbying work to raise awareness around environmental and/or social issues.

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

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

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

  • Supporting Your Community
  • 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).

  • Become an annual sponsor of an event promoting sustainability and social justice in your area.

  • Become an active member of an organization that continually works to improve the environment and social justice, nationally or in your region.

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

  • Actively recruit from underserved or special needs communities.

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

  • Taking Care of Animals
  • Switch to organic grains for your livestock.

  • Graze livestock on pastures or ensure they are grass fed.

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

  • Serving Customer & Client Needs
  • Represent diversity in body types and offer full spectrum of sizes for your clothing.

  • Include instructions for disposal of packaging or information on how to recycle.

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

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • If your materials or products qualify as organic but are not certified, clearly articulate your organic practices and any affordability and accessibility concerns around certification to your customers.

  • Maximize the percentage of USDA certified organic ingredients in your products.

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

  • Source materials grown without using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • Use renewable fibers, such as hemp, linen, or bamboo, when organic fabrics are not available.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.