Indy Plush

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 Indy Plush and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 10/22/2012

Seal Valid Until: 10/22/2013

Indy Plush has completed the following initiatives:

  • Building an Equitable, Supportive & Inclusive Workplace
  • Develop and enforce clear procedures for working with dangerous machinery.

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

  • Offer a buying club or discounts for employees.

  • Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.

  • Provide formal support to your staff and workers for dealing with work-related stress.

  • 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.).

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • Update supplier info regularly to keep track of potential problem areas in your 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
  • 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'.)

  • 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'.)

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

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

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

  • Use non-toxic water or plant-based (no or low VOC) paints, finishes, varnishes, lacquers, and shellacs on products.

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

  • Ensure your green cleaning company or housekeeping staff cleans your office using green cleaning practices.

  • 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'.)

  • Minimizing Transportation Impacts
  • 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.

  • Encourage creative scheduling and telecommuting possibilities for your employees.

  • Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible.

  • Required Actions
  • 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').

  • 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.

  • Bronze: After completing the GreenGain assessment, analyze your current sustainability performance and develop a plan that prioritizes initiatives based on your results.

  • Silver: Install the display source code for your Green America Seal of Approval on your website.

  • Silver: Complete at least three initiatives in the "Supporting Your Community" category below.

  • 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: Recommend environmentally preferable products and services to all of your clients (If you are a product-based business, please click 'Complete').

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bronze: Develop a social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business and post it on your website.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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).

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

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

  • 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.).

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Set computers and monitors to enter automatic standby or sleep mode after 20-30 minutes of inactivity.

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

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

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

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

  • 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).

  • Install low-flow aerators on faucets and showerheads or sensor controls that turn faucets on and off automatically.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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
  • Bank with a community development bank or credit union.

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

  • 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.

  • For infants and toddlers, design products that are unbreakable, washable, free of sharp edges, and too large to swallow.

  • Offer toys that encourage cooperative play.

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • Use paints and varnishes that are non-toxic and low or no VOC.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Implement profit-sharing plans with staff.

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.