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 the futon shop and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.
Member Since: 06/19/2012
Seal Valid Until: 06/19/2013
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. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Pay living wages per community standard for your direct employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer eligible employees paid vacation days. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer eligible employees paid sick days. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer health Insurance or assurance of coverage to employees and their families. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Conduct regular safety inspections to ensure appropriate air ventilation, lighting, and safety for workers (including yourself).
Develop and enforce clear procedures for working with dangerous machinery.
Offer a scholarship program or subsidies to support employee continuing education. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from peers and subordinates. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from supervisors. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer a buying club or discounts for employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Institute grievance procedures to provide staff members with a process for addressing concerns or disagreements related to the violation of company policies. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Engage office teams to lead specific issues or projects within the office (i.e. event planning, health and wellness, space allocation, etc.). (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer eligible employees a retirement savings program. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Include a statement on your website describing your business's environmental standards, goals, and objectives.
Include a sustainability curriculum that raises awareness about general issues and personal choices and as part of your ongoing employee training program. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Provide training for employees on your business's social and environmental policies. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Include a sub-page on your website for green advocacy, education, information and resources links.
Include a statement on your website describing your business's social standards, goals, and objectives.
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.
Update supplier info regularly to keep track of potential problem areas in your supply chain.
Elminate wood sourcing from areas where illegal logging is rampant.
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.
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.
Choose composite woods that are made with non-toxic adhesives or resins; avoid urea formaldehyde.
Use untreated wood or non-toxic wood treatments in your products; avoid pressure-treated wood.
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. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Designate car pool and hybrid parking spaces that are in preferred areas of your parking lot. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
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. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Use ground shipping rather than air whenever possible.
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.
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: 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: Develop a fair labor Code of Conduct and require written consent from your core suppliers (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').
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).
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.
Maximize the percentage of products certified by Green Seal.
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.
Enroll in a waste exchange program where your waste can become another business's resource.
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.
Responsibly dispose of hazardous items, such as CFL/fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, paint, and electronic waste.
Develop a paper stewardship and reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign.
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.
Conduct a lifecycle analysis of your core products to map the impacts from sourcing of raw materials to ultimate disposal.
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 the most recyclable plastic available (lowest number inside the triangular recycling symbol), if using plastic packaging.
Maximize the percentage of reclaimed or recycled wood in your product.
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.
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.
Regularly update your customers about your business' efforts to become more environmentally and socially responsible (i.e. through company newsletters, press releases, tweets, etc.).
Submit to third-party audits of social and/or environmental performance and share the conclusions with the public.
Work with core suppliers who have obtained a fair labor certification(s) for their operations (i.e. SA8000, GOTS, FLO).
Publish an annual external report highlighting your performance on mission-related activities, including targets, results, and comparisons from previous year.
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.
Identify the forest management practices employed by the forest management companies of the wood you source.
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.
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.
Install light switch occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present.
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. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Use your lighting more efficiently with daylight dimmers and/or task lighting.
Use ceiling fans and cross ventilation in place of air conditioning when possible.
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'.)
Purchase renewable energy credits to off-set your business' energy consumption.
Switch to green power from your utility.
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'.)
Install low-flow aerators on faucets and showerheads or sensor controls that turn faucets on and off automatically.
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.
Regularly review your marketing and promotional materials to ensure there is no use of negative stereotypes.
Identify each supplier of your core products on your Website.
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.
Donate a fixed portion of your profits to a social or environmental cause.
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.
Actively recruit from underserved or special needs communities. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Bank with a community development bank or credit union.
Offer your office space as a meeting or events location to a community organization. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Include instructions for disposal of packaging or information on how to recycle.
Provide an industry-leading performance guarantee/warranty for your product or service.
Use Fair Trade or organic coffee, tea, and sugar in the office.
Use renewable fibers, such as hemp, linen, or bamboo, when organic fabrics are not available.
Develop criteria for sourcing virgin wood that includes clear chain of custody and Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC).
Maximize the percentage of wood components certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Identify and eliminate any petroleum-based products, or items with petrochemical derivatives additives that your business uses or offers.
Determine a defined ratio between your business's lowest and highest paid employee. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement processes and policies to support active participation of workers in management (i.e. Board of Directors, Executive teams, etc.). (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Clearly disclose to all staff members any internal policies, practices or code of ethics that impact employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement profit-sharing plans with staff. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement a democratic voting process or consensus approach for key business decisions. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
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.