WASHINGTON, D.C. — October 16, 2018 — Green America’s People & Planet Award today recognized two exemplary small businesses that also are committed to bettering the environment and society. “Green Home” was the theme for this round of the semiannual award, and the winners were Eutree of Villa Rica, GA, and Nature’s Magic of Athens, OH. Each received a $5000 prize.
“Green America is thrilled to honor companies offering eco-friendly products for the home,” said Fran Teplitz, Green America’s executive co-director. “These businesses are unique because they are creatively meeting the demands of American consumers, and they are responding to those demands with new alternatives needed to protect people and the planet.”
The winning companies:
- Eutree (Villa Rica, GA). Eutree is a boutique lumber supplier that is revolutionizing the way flooring and hardwood products are sourced and processed. Instead of logging timber from forests, Eutree works with urban tree services to salvage beautiful hardwood specimens that would otherwise become waste.
- Nature’s Magic (Athens, OH). Nature’s Magic offers plant-based, non-toxic cleaning products as a holistic alternative to conventional household cleaners. The combination of ingredients ensures the products are safe for all people, including those living with compromised immunity, children and pets, and the Earth.
“This prize will enable Eutree to increase the number of logs diverted from landfills,” Said Sims Acuff, president of Eutree. “Being able to provide this service to our tree service partners contributes to Eutree’s long-term goal to reduce the demand for harvested timber from forests, while providing sustainably sourced Forest Free hardwood products to consumers and businesses at an affordable price.”
“At Nature’s Magic, we create plant-based, non-toxic cleaning products that are sustainably made, cruelty-free, work effectively, and as a bonus—smell so good you will want to clean,” said Danielle Young, founder and owner of Nature’s Magic. “As a very small, woman-owned business that began with a simple yet passionate idea, I encourage others who are inspired to take the leap.”
The theme for the next round of Green America’s award winners will be announced in Spring 2019.
The People & Planet Award recognizes innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The winners were selected by the public during a month-long online voting period.
The businesses that the public vote on are determined by public nominations and an expert panel of judges: Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Impact Capital; Tess O’Brien, Clean Power Perks, Erlene Howard, Collective Resource, Inc., Dale Luckwitz, Happsy.com; Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Andrew Korfhage, Beth Porter, and Fran Teplitz of Green America.
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