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Stepping into the world of green products and services can be an adventure, a bit like landing in an unknown country with a new language, a new way of thinking, and no travel guide. Knowing that feeling, we've done the research, explored the industry standards, and created WorkingWonders™ green guide to help you map your journey to healthier living. All of our products are carefully selected and identified according to WorkingWonders' eight green values for creating clean spaces. Each of our product descriptions will help you make informed decisions and quickly pick the eco-standards that mean the most to you.
Every one of our product descriptions includes icons that identify the ways that product qualifies as green by our standards. Each icon is linked to one of WorkingWonders™ eight goals for greening. We list a series of strategies for achieving that goal, as well as examples of methods that various companies have used.
Beyond being an online source for environmentally and socially responsible home products, WorkingWonders™ advocates for its project to build an ultimate green department store shopping destination.
This product contains a large proportion of recycled and/or bio-based material which reduces or eliminates hazardous gaseous, liquid or solid waste.
This product does one or more of the following:
Earth Weave Carpet Mills produces 100% natural wool carpet and area rugs that are 100% biodegradable, reducing solid waste by decomposing like trees, brush, and grass clippings.
This product uses recycled, rapidly renewable, or certified sustainable materials, and/or reduces material usage overall, and/or increasing product durability and lifespan.
West Paw fills its Heyday Dog Bed with recycled IntelliLoft fill – made from recycled plastic bottles. Since starting, this maker has given new life to over 15 million plastic bottles.
This product uses natural or minimally processed, non-hazardous materials that do not release pollutants or ozone-depleting gases, and/or removes indoor pollutants, and/or blocks the introduction, development or spread of contaminants.
For example, the Austin Air purifiers are leading-edge technology for improving indoor air quality.
This product reduces the energy and water required for a building’s functionality and the occupants’ needs.
For example, the Evolve ShowerStart eliminates what is termed "behavioral waste" by saving gallons of shower water and energy used from the time it's turned on until it's warm enough.
This company reduces the impact of production by using recycled/recyclable, non-hazardous materials, and/or reducing or eliminating solid, liquid or gaseous waste, and/or reducing or eliminating worker exposure to hazardous materials.
For example, Coyuchi takes expert care to ensure that everything with their label is produced to fulfill third-party certifications set by the USDA National Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), and the International Labor Organization(ILO), Textile Exchange, and or Fair Trade USA.
This company uses sustainable packing material, and/or uses minimal packaging, and/or minimizes total energy used in transportation, and/or uses renewable fuel sources.
For example, Riverside Designs ships its recycled and recyclable glassware using renewable resource packaging materials which are easily recyclable and biodegradable.
This company protects the safety, health, and well-being of its workers, consumers, and community, while providing fair compensation to all workers, and/or taking responsibility for the environmental, social and health impacts of its operations.
For example, the artisans who produce Eangee Home Designs home décor and lighting are paid a living wage, provided quality housing, have access to continuing education, and work under dignified and safe conditions.
The location where this product is extracted, processed and manufactured may make it eligible for being used in a project seeking USGBC LEED certification (as a nationally recognized green building or interior). Alternatively, it may represent a country or community which you would like to support.
For example, Maple Corner Woodworks has been making its sustainably-harvested, quality walnut, maple, and cherry wood furniture in the United States since 1982.
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