Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

People & Planet Award for Green Businesses
Choose three businesses to win a $5,000 prize.

Green America is proud to introduce the ten finalists for this summer's People & Planet Awards. Finalists are expected to shine in their commitment to both social and environmental responsibility, and to offer innovative recycled products to their customers. Each name below links to a full business bio explaining the company’s sustainability commitment. Please cast your votes for your three favorites by 5PM EDT on Friday, August 28.

Only three votes per person, please. Good luck to all of the finalists*, and thanks for your commitment to people and the planet!

Vote for Three Businesses
(Listed in alphabetical order. Click on a business to learn more about its green commitment.
Check the boxes at left and click "Submit Votes" below to cast your votes.)


Recycled Paper Recycled Paper Printing »
Boston, MA

Recycled Paper Printing has been a pioneer in the recycled paper market for 32 years, and they continue to print on all recycled paper, using vegetable-based inks and wind-energy to minimize waste.

RocknSocksRocknSocks »
San Rafael, CA

RocknSocks is the first and only US-made sock company to use pre-consumer regenerated cotton blend yarns exclusively in the manufacture of an eco-friendly sock line.


TemperpackTemperpack »
Washington, DC

Temperpack makes insulation for food packaging from 100-percent recycled jute plant fiber derived from burlap sacks used to transport coffee and cocoa beans.


TerracycleTerracycle »
Trenton, NJ

Terracycle runs free recycling programs for consumers for waste streams typically considered non-recyclable, like drink pouches, toothbrushes, makeup containers, and coffee capsules.

WeisenbachWeisenbach Recycled Products »
Columbus, OH

Weisenbach Recycled Products is a family-owned small business and creative force in the manufacture and distribution of products made from recycled materials.  


Bag the HabitBag the Habit »
Jersey City, NJ

Bag the Habit makes reusable shopping solutions to replace paper and plastic bags using 100% recycled fabrics (from plastic bottles and other manufacturing scraps).

Eco Artware »
Washington, DC provides elegant and durable gifts, handmade from recycled, natural and non-animal materials by independent artists.


Lurlur Apparel »
Cincinnati, OH

lur® is women’s fashion made from 100% recycled materials -- around half pre-consumer cotton scraps and half post-consumer plastic bottles recycled into polyester fiber.

Mr. Ellie Pooh »Ellie Pooh
Millersburg, PA

Mr. Ellie Pooh produces and sells 100-percent recycled paper products made from 50-percent fiber from elephant dung and 50-percent post-consumer paper.


Recyclebank Recyclebank »
New York, NY

Since 2004, Recyclebank has boosted recycling rates in more than 300 communities, grown to over 4 million members and helped launch new recycling programs across America.



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*Nominations for the award are made by the public and vetted by our panel of judges. Our judges’ top 10 recommendations move to a final voting round by the public to determine the three winners. Our judges: Katie Galloway and Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Jenny Burns, Honest Tea; Deven Clemens, Clif Bar; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Erlene Howard, Collective Resource; Tess O’Brien, Clean PowerPerks; Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Andrew Korfhage and Fran Teplitz, Green America.

Congratulations to all our People & Planet participants. Visit our honor-roll of past winners and finalists »