Green Star Business Members
Bhakti, a certified B corporation, began with the vision for sharing the flavors of India and the message of devotion through social action. With that, Bhakti incorporates conscious practices into every aspect of their business from zero waste principles in their manufacturing facility to sustainable packaging of their products. In addition, Bhakti uses exclusively non-GMO verified ingredients and their products – a line of mouthwatering chai drinks – are all Fair Trade certified.
As a new Green Star Business member, Bhakti hopes to reduce the packaging from suppliers and/or make sure any necessary packaging is recyclable or reusable. The staff also hopes to find a secondary beneficial use for the pulp extractions that are created during the brewing process. Perhaps most importantly, Bhakti and would like to make sure that all employees are educated and trained on what goes where to minimalize landfill waste and maximize responsible waste sorting habits.
Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) is living up to their mission to provide quality, affordable housing, inspire vibrant communities, and create the opportunity for change in people’s lives. This locally owned and operated company provides housing to approximately 2000 residents on 30 different sites across the City of Boulder, but that's not all. As a result of their aggressive targets to reduce energy, water use, and waste at their properties, BHP has emerged as a national leader in sustainability within affordable housing. Their goal is to become the first net-zero housing authority in the nation.
BHP has partnered with many local organizations in pursuit of resource conversation and their partnership with Eco-Cycle's Green Star Business Program is no exception. Through their membership in this new program, BHP aims to embed sustainability in the fabric of their operations at their headquarters in north Boulder. From creating incentives for staff to bike to work to setting guidelines for a Purchasing & Procurement Policy which will favor environmentally friendly products, BHP will take their efforts to the next level which is what the Green Star Business Program is all about!
A certified B Corporation, DOJO4 has partnered with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Business Program in order to further understand and mitigate their environmental impact. Their team commutes by bike, foot, or electric vehicle around 90% of the time, and they are working towards zero waste in their downtown Boulder office. DOJO4 also promotes ecological business practices in the tech industry by advocating for a clean-powered internet and eco-friendly websites.
This phenomenal company is a community-based, global-scale software agency that catalyzes positive transformation in the world by handcrafting exemplary technology and design. Their mission is to connect rigorous minds with meaningful work and cultivate purposeful projects, relationships and environments. DOJO4 is changing the way business is done by remaking business culture, prioritizing people, practice, purpose and place. You can follow their elegantly subversive antics at dojo4.com/blog.
Ocean First is a sustainability leader in the dive industry, co-founding the Dive Center Standard eco-certification and starting both an online marine science curriculum and a non-profit that focuses on protecting our oceans. This locally-owned, 35-person organization is also the first dive shop to offer carbon neutral dive travel and sources 100 percent vegetarian food and compostable tableware for their zero waste company events.
As a company who has done nearly all they can in-house, Ocean First is partnering with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Business team to take their positive sustainability impacts outside Boulder County. Plans to make systematic change in its field include: implementing strict supplier guidelines that address use of recycled content and developing end of life take-back programs. The company also developed a wetsuit reclamation program and desires to expand that to supply dive shops and residents in developing countries with clothing, snorkel, and SCUBA gear.
Stay tuned for news about our newest member, Organic India!
Pellman’s Automotive, a full service automotive repair shop located in Boulder, is passionate about the environment and minimizing their impact on it, employing sustainable approaches to business whenever possible. With a 194 panel solar array on the roof, they produce more electricity than they use. Pellman’s recycles everything they can from the typical cans, bottles and paper to the industry specific motor oil, antifreeze and tires. In addition, they partner with environmentally friendly companies and offer their customers’ tips on how to keep their car more energy efficient. While being “green” is becoming more popular now, Pellman’s has been focused on the environment since they opened 20 years ago in 1995.
Pellman’s is looking to expand their community leadership and “green” attitude. As a Green Star Business member, they would also like to find ways of minimizing their energy usage and finding a recyclable outlet for empty motor oil containers. Pellman’s is already a Silver member of the CO Environmental Leadership Program, a voluntary program recognizing Colorado entities that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations and reach towards the goal of Sustainability. By being a Green Star Business, Pellman’s Automotive is hoping to move up to Gold status. We are excited to help them get there!
Stay tuned for news about our newest member, Premier Members Credit Union!