kigo footwear, LLC

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 kigo footwear, LLC and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 07/01/2013

Seal Valid Until: 06/30/2014

kigo footwear, LLC 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.).

  • Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.

  • Offer a buying club or discounts for employees.

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • Identify whether your supply chain is free of forced/trafficked/slave/child labor.

  • Reducing Emissions & Exposure To Toxins
  • 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.

  • 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.).

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

  • Conserving Resources, Recycling & Minimizing Waste
  • Eliminate paper towels, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the breakroom or kitchen. Use re-usable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead.

  • 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.

  • Establish a paper recycling program for newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs.

  • 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.

  • Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.

  • Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.

  • 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).

  • Design the product so as not to become obsolete (to the extent this can be anticipated).

  • 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.).

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

  • 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.).

  • 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 phantom vampire power loads by installing after hour timers on non-essential electrical appliances or using smart power strips.

  • 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'.)

  • 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'.)

  • 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'.)

  • Install a smart irrigation controller that uses weather data to irrigate appropriately. (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.

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

  • Taking Care of Animals
  • 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
  • Source materials grown without using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • 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.).

  • 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.