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Includes bottles, food packaging, paper, plastic

Restored & Protected Environment

  • Made from materials that are substantially better for the environment than comparable ones OR with a process that saves a significant amount of water, heating or electricity
  • Products made in an efficient manner but from materials such as PVC, vinyl, non-recycled gold or silver, are not allowed for companies evaluated under this standard.
  • If using plastic, material must be eligible for the lowest common- denominator municipal recycling program and language included in how to recycle
  • Packaging must be either returnable for disposal, recyclable, reusable or compostable
  • Use of a green office or facility, including resource reuse and maximum use of post-consumer recycled resources as well as maximum water and energy efficiency
  • Ensure that all the packaging materials is itself 100% recyclable (preferred)

Social & Economic Justice

  • Written code of conduct and plan for enforcement if company does not own and direct their manufacturing
  • Code of conduct includes at minimum prohibitions on child labor, forced labor including forced overtime, unsafe working conditions and gender and ethnic discrimination
  • Local sourcing of components or supplies wherever possible