Eutree is a boutique lumber supplier and sawmill revolutionizing the way flooring and hardwood products are sourced, processed and supplied. Their timber isn't logged out of forests. Instead, they help urban tree services divert beautiful hardwood specimens from becoming waste. That's why they call their products "Forest Free" (to qualify as Forest Free a tree must have been removed for a reason other than its lumber).
A core belief of the company is that being ecologically minded should not be complicated, difficult, or expensive for anyone. By embracing new ideas, systems and partnerships, true sustainability can become less of a fad and more of an inherent way of life. At the same time, they're fulfilling a market need for sustainably produced hardwood flooring and other products, at an affordable price. And, the local sourcing fulfills a common goal of green-building certification programs like LEED and EarthCraft.
As part of their Root-to-Fruit program, Eutree’s use of lumber sourced from urban sites is creating an opportunity for dialogue with architects and builders about the critical role of materials in sustainable design projects. Because optimizing the usefulness and economy of materials is a primary component of sustainable design, each locally sourced tree is selected for a specific purpose. This selection criteria is a core value of Eutree’s that allows for intentional design of a product that goes into a home or building.
Ultimately, the long term goal for Eutree is to scale, salvaging more urban trees to reduce the demand to harvest timber from forests. This prize will enable Eutree to continue to expand on that goal by installing log collection containers at their local tree service partner locations; thereby increasing the number of logs diverted from landfills and retrieval of Forest Free timber in a more efficient and cost effective manner for local tree services.
Nature’s Magic is an Athens, Ohio-based, woman-owned small business. They develop plant-based, non-toxic cleaning products as a holistic alternative to conventional cleaners. It first began as a residential and commercial cleaning business in 2008. Founder, Danielle Young wanted to provide a truly green cleaning service, but quickly realized a gap in the natural cleaner market, so she set out to make her own.
After extensive research and product testing, Young chose mostly organic ingredients found in nature such as pure organic essential oils. “Pure essential oils not only contain health, wellness, and aromatherapy benefits, they are also powerful cleaning agents,” states Young. The combination of ingredients chosen ensures the products are safe for all people including those living with compromised immunity, children, pets, and the earth.
Young tested her full line of products while cleaning a variety of surfaces, and made changes to them accordingly so they not only worked great, they also left behind amazing aromas. After receiving rave reviews, Young decided to focus on product development and founded Nature’s Magic in 2013. As an environmentally and socially conscious community, Athens has proved to be ideal in launching Nature’s Magic products. The community support encouraged Young to expand sales outside of people’s homes and into local businesses, schools, and on to retail shelves.
“The Athens community realizes that our everyday decisions impact the lives of our neighboring ecosystems,” says Young. “I believe this is one of the reasons local businesses have taken to using our products in their stores, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as in their homes.” Nature’s Magic agrees, and in turn collaborates with and sources their ingredients and packaging locally whenever possible.
Nature’s Magic is also committed to limiting their impact on natural systems in their manufacturing. They mix their chemical-free cleaners out of their office at the Ohio University Innovation Center in Athens, Ohio. Making products in small batches keeps their manufacturing footprint small. This influenced the decision to create and sell concentrates. “Our concentrates are a terrific way for folks to do their part in helping to preserve the Earth. This way people can reuse their spray bottles, while safely sanitizing their homes,” Young states.
Nature’s Magic would be honored to receive this award. The funds would be put to good use helping expand business operations beyond its footprint in rural Appalachia ensuring products can have a greater impact on communities throughout Ohio and beyond. “It is our obligation to help the planet,” says Young. “I am really happy to do my part.”
Here at Shepherd's Dream we believe in the nearly forgotten model of well-made products intended to last. Rather than contribute to a culture of planned obsolescence and disposable products, we strive to revitalize the ancient tradition of quality and sustainability. As pioneers in the North American natural mattress industry we have been spearheading the movement towards handcrafting synthetic-free and non-toxic bedding since the early 1980's. It is our lifework that you may sleep your natural best!
All our products are made by hand in our Northern California workshops. Our expert team of skilled crafters take great care to ensure that each product is made with the highest standards and purest intentions. All our raw materials are carefully measured and checked at every stage of the process to ensure consistency and quality. Our production team strives to demonstrate the proper use of materials, production techniques, and lifestyle principles with a commitment to sustainable industry practices. Rather than factory made, our pledge to fine craftsmanship ensures that your all-natural bedding is deeply rooted in an ancient tradition that values lasting quality versus planned obsolescence.
Our company values a commitment to our local community, economy, and environment. As pioneers in the American natural mattress and bedding industry, we have worked hard to revitalize a sustainable domestic wool source. We take pride in representing the critical link between the local wool growers and our valued customers who enjoy the benefits of wool. The humbling responsibility towards locally handcrafted products not only supports our delicate economy in Northern California, it also benefits our global ecology and future generations.
If we are lucky enough to win this contest, we will use the winnings to fund an energy efficiency upgrade to our production area lighting systems. We would be able to reduce our energy consumption by close to 70%!
Who is Urban Roots? More than just Lawn Care, Landscaping, Custodial Maintenance and Snow Removal.
Founders Jimmie and Tiffany Williams created Urban Roots, Inc., formerly known as Just Us Lawn Care, Inc., through their 10 years of Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Snow Removal expertise. They grew from being an in-home business with two clients to having an offsite office where they service over 80 buildings and many individual accounts. They truly know the importance of professionalism, perseverance, quality service, effective communication and structure. Jimmie and Tiffany have a genuine and heart felt love for people. They continue to give back to their community in many ways.
Giving Back: Jimmie and Tiffany have provided hope to struggling families in showing them that it is possible to create jobs for themselves. They volunteer at Dunn Technology Academy, and on Earth Day created a beautification project where they showed students how to plant and design the landscape of their school. They truly believe in showing mercy and compassion to all people who are striving to improve their life in a positive manner.
They consistently work to be an eco-friendly and fuel efficient business and to lower their carbon footprint and hopefully inspire other business to do the same. They also are working on a re-entry training program for former offenders. They would like to provide field training as well as teach and cultivate managerial skills and provide entrepreneurship courses.
Vermont Natural Coatings produces durable interior and exterior wood finishes that contain no Red List ingredients and meet the strictest standards for safety. Beginning as a collaboration among farmers, furniture makers and scientists at the University of Vermont, PolyWhey® is a patented formula that uses whey protein, a byproduct of cheese making, to replace toxic binders and dryers typically found in wood finish. The result is a naturally durable, safe and easy-to-use finish that has established the highest performance and environmental standards.
Since the first can of PolyWhey Floor Finish was sold in 2007, it has provided nearly 37 million square feet of coverage in tens of thousands of homes across the US and Canada. This means that thousands of homes, families and contractors have been spared from the exposure of carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxins that are commonly used in conventional wood finishes. It also means that up to 24 tons of VOCs have been kept out of the atmosphere over other finishes, and nearly 45 tons of whey has been reclaimed into our Floor Finish alone.
Vermont Natural Coatings holds the conviction that the choices we make about materials used in our homes, schools and workplaces should include consideration for health and the environment. We’re committed to developing products that use sustainable ingredients and continue to innovate new products that are safe for people, pets and the environment.
If we are selected for the People & Planet award, we plan on using the prize in order to offer an improved online shopping experience. We have customers reaching out to us who want to use safe, carcinogen free products but have options locally. We hope to make improvements to our online store to better serve our customers anywhere in the US and Canada in their efforts to protect their homes with our safe, easy-to-use products.
Green America's People and Planet Award is celebrating businesses. The five 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.
Please vote for your TWO favorite businesses, and help us grow the green economy by awarding them with a prize.