Bee's Wrap, the product, started with a question: Could we find a better way to store food, without the waste and without the plastic?
The solution we discovered is as beautiful as it is simple. Bee’s Wrap makes washable, reusable — and ultimately, fully biodegradable — food storage wraps, handcrafted in Vermont from just four natural ingredients: GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.
Wrap cheese, half a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, and fruits and vegetables. Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your next adventure.
Bee's Wrap, the company, poses another question: Can we find a better way to build a business?
Our mission is to use our work, and the best manufacturing practices, to support our planet and better the lives of our employees, families, and local and global communities. We are vested in the values and environment we pass along to future generations.
Accordingly, sustainability is at the heart of all of our choices. We carefully evaluate each ingredient we work with and the materials we use in our production process. All of our product scraps and “seconds” (product containing small flaws) are either donated to the community to be used as natural, long-burning fire starters or given away to schools and organizations around the country who are striving to be more sustainable. Our packaging is made from 100% plastic-free and recycled materials, and our products are compostable once they reach the end of their useful life.
We believe business has the opportunity and obligation to do good in the world.
Which is why we prioritize corporate giving, with a focus on projects that support healthy bee populations, cleaner waterways, and education in sustainable practices to protect our earth.
Bee’s Wrap is available in over 3000 stores across the US and is distributed to over 40 countries. We are a woman-owned and -operated, Green America-certified company, as well as a proud B Corp, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
Together, we believe we can stem the tide on plastic pollution and do better for our earth.
bioDOGradable Bags is a US brand of USDA certified bio-based, 100% natural and chemical-free, non-PLA/non-PE compostable bags which has been leading the way in innovative sustainable material technology in efforts to aid in the movement on reducing single-use plastic bag pollution. With products made in the USA by its parent company; beyond GREEN, LLC., bioDOGradable has been able to provide consumers with quality-controlled pet waste bags and dispensers along with its cutting edge composters to aid in environmental and social goals and needs. bioDOGradable’s mission is to prevent the single-use plastic pollution by providing products which are an alternative to plastics while reducing the current global single-use plastic pollution by working with non-profits to help fund plastic pollution clean-up movements.
The bioDOGradable Difference: Made with natural, renewable material and packaged in recycled material, bioDOGradable’s patented vegetable blend promotes minimized pollution and supports sustainable development goals. This allows bioDOGradable’s organic material to naturally breakdown in the environment and serve as food to be consumed by micro-organisms, supporting a circular lifecycle which works in harmony with the environment. In a market flooded with “green-washed” plastics, bioDOGradable is the trusted alternative backed by certifications from various organizations supporting their claims. bioDOGradable is more than just a product, it is a movement focused on educating consumers on the effects that single-use plastics have on the environment, in hopes of a future without eco-destructive products.
Vote for ECOlunchbox & Give A Boost to Plastic-Free Living Alliance
A carpenter needs a hammer. A plumber, a wrench. A plastic-free warrior needs tools for plastic-free living! Here comes ECOlunchboxes to empower lunch eaters everywhere to save the day!
Please vote for eco mom company ECOlunchbox and our plastic-free mission! If we win, we are contributing the $5,000 in prize money offered by Green America to a plastic-free coalition of brands.
ECOlunchbox sells an innovative line of 100% plastic-free food containers to empower people of all ages to reduce their dependence on plastics for health and environmental reasons. Join us in celebrating lunch in plastic-free, eco-licious style with our line of stainless steel and silicone food containers.
Founded by an environmentalist in California who loves her kids and the planet, this small, family owned company has been gradually scaling since its inception, building out its product line and growing its planet impact. We don’t have investors.
If we win the top votes in this Green America challenge, we will dedicate our $5,000 to helping to launch an educational and sales initiative, ReThink Collaborative focused on plastic-free products. The world needs plastic-free products and many of the companies bringing these cutting-edge, eco-friendly solutions to market are, like ECOlunchbox, self funded and privately owned.
ReThink was born out the contagious passion of 3 Eco Entreneurs; ECOlunchbox, Singersustainability and ecopiggy to shift consumer behavior away from single use plastic. So we’re linking together as mission-based companies and brands to get these products to market as a collection displayed with inspirational and educational signage sharing about the harms of plastic and the joys of reducing use and disposal of this petroleum-based product.
It’s a big challenge to get buyers to bring on new products, even if they’re exceptional like our ECOlunchboxes. We need to make it easy and convenient for eco-friendly buyers in natural grocery stores and beyond to say yes to ECOlunchbox products and a tightly curated list of exceptional brands we’re partnering with, like Pura Stainless, Eco-Bags, Simply Straws, and Etee!
We think banding together will speed our products to shelf and into the hands of consumers who are seeking solutions to reduce their dependence on plastics. We’re calling ourselves the ReThink Collaborative!
Don't forget to vote for ECOlunchbox!
P.S. Need reasons to ditch your plastic? ECOlunchbox offers on its Website a Lunch Waste Study to get you thinking about the dollars and cents of saving money by ditching disposables and switching to reusables. If saving money is cool to you, but you’re really into combating global warming, then the company’s Planet Impact Study is just for you. Check out this analysis showing that ECOlunchbox’s user community is averting the use of 10s of millions of plastic trash every year and creating a positive CO2e impact. Or maybe you’re new to the plastics issue and want to read about why this material is toxic for people and planet?
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Khala Cloths are not your average reusable food wraps. Handcrafted in Boulder, Colorado, by co-founders Tamar and Asa McKee, our Cloths are made to honor your food and the planet in ways plastic food storage cannot. Khala Cloths help folks eliminate single-use plastic from the kitchen to the campsite and all points in-between. They also prolong the life of food by 5-7 days, critically helping to reduce food waste, too. Khala Cloths are the first reusable food wraps made in the U.S.A. that come in both beeswax and vegan wax versions. They are also the only U.S.A.-made wraps available in organic hemp-cotton fabric. We source these materials as locally, organically, and ethically as possible – reusing, recycling, and composting materials in the production process before anything is even considered for the landfill.
Adding to our uniqueness and sense of responsibility, Khala Cloths are the first reusable food wrap printed with original designs that not just symbolize our company’s intrinsic commitment to the environment, but tell the story of our ardent dedication to leaving the planet better than we found it. For example, in 2019 we have joined our “Windows into the Still-Wild” print line with celebrating the Centennial Year of the National Parks Conservation Association (with whom we are 1% for the Planet member partners). Based on original, hand painted artwork by co-founder and CEO, Tamar McKee, this print line features animals painted as though their bodies are windows into their wildlife habitats – like a bear who roams mountains and rivers in the spring.
With this distinctiveness, versatility, and vision, Khala Cloths speak to many markets and demographics that - while concerned about plastic pollution and food waste - might not otherwise see themselves using reusable food wraps. This Green America prize will enable us to further reach into poised markets. We believe our exclusivity as a company is our inclusivity – everyone should feel like they can take everyday, extraordinary steps to reduce plastic in their lives! Also with this prize, we will not only be able to further develop our acclaimed wax wraps, but produce additional plastic-replacement product lines. For example, we are poised to launch the only U.S.A.-made Cloth bags for bulk food and produce purchasing. Like our reusuable food wraps, Khala Cloth Bags are as beautiful as they are functional: intentionally made to help people forego plastic food packaging, but this time at the point of purchase.
Plastic pollution is not new to any one of us – it’s devastating effects on the planet are all around. Plastic pollution from developed countries are impacting our oceans and ending up in some of the poorest communities in the world. There will be many years of critical cleanup to move forward into a healthier future – and recycling simply does not work to reduce the amount of plastic in the world. Hospitals in the U.S. produce more than 4.67 million tons of waste each year with an estimated one million tons attributed to plastic packaging and products.
We founded NewGen Surgical in 2012 out of a growing concern for the environment; the realization that climate change, air pollution, toxins, resource depletion and waste issues profoundly impact human and planetary health. Like this year’s theme, Providing Alternatives to Plastics, NewGen Surgical’s founding mission is to reduce single-use disposable plastic in the supply chain and waste stream of healthcare. Our company can have a major impact reducing plastic pollution at the source.
There is a known connection between the health of the patient and the negative environmental impacts of delivering care. By rethinking, redesigning and reimaging single-use plastic disposable surgical products used every day, NewGen Surgical works upstream in the design process to reduce plastic and plastic-related additives with sustainable feedstock and still deliver clinical performance.
There is no away when it comes to plastic. Every piece of plastic matters and can be replaced with a more sustainable option. Changing one product at one healthcare system with a biodegradable option can lead to a significant cumulative impact – year after year. NewGen Surgical products are made with upcycled plant-based feedstock. The agriculture pulp fiber from a sugarcane harvest creates new products for better environmental value. Upcycling results in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions - and in this case - reduces contributions from plastic production and disposal.
Plastic pollution permeates and destroys our most precious ecosystems and the foundations of healthy communities. Social responsibility means being absolutely committed and working for a healthy climate for all. Reducing carbon emissions associated with plastic production and plastic waste will be beneficial to all.
NewGen Surgical has committed to eliminating 500 tons of plastic waste and reducing Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emissions by 1,000 metric tons CO2e from healthcare supply chains by 2022 through our Small Change, Big Impact Environmentally Preferred Purchasing program.
Green America's People and Planet Award is celebrating businesses.
Learn about past winners: Past People and Planet Award winners.
The businesses below represent the best of the best of our nominees; two winners will receive a $5,000 prize to support their business's green mission. In addition to helping Green Americans, each finalist must also represent strong social and environmental leadership in order to win.
During the voting period, please vote for your TWO favorite businesses, and help us grow the green economy by awarding them with a prize.