The Eco Factor
Being a "green" and sustainable business is more than just paper recycling, car pooling and water conservation. Those things matter too, however, it also includes fostering business relationships with like-minded vendors and manufacturers; sustainable ingredient sourcing, product packaging; fair labor practices, social and economic responsibility.
Our practice is to produce safe skin, body and hair care and wellness products products that have minimal negative impact ecologically and socially. We use recyclable plastic and glass; pay fair and living wages to our employees; print brochures and other informational materials locally and on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks.
some of the steps we take to be responsible consumers and provide our
customers with high quality skin care products: We use fair trade
coffee, cocoa powder, shea butter; certified organic ingredients
whenever possible; we reuse shipping packaging and boxes; print all
marketing material locally and on 100% recycled paper and/or post
consumer waste using vegetable-based inks and running our day to day
operations we continue to find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Green America - SMB Essentials is a member of the Green Business Leadership Forum. Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses.
Gold certified Green Businesses are those showing leadership in their industry, that embed social responsibility into the DNA of their company.
Green America certifies businesses that are:
SMB Essentials has been a member since 2004.
Leaping Bunny - The leaping bunny logo certifies
that our products and all of our ingredients are not tested on animals.
The CCIC, Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics Leaping Bunny
Program administers a cruelty-free standard and internationally
recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal
care and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the
best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of
product development by the company, its laboratories or suppliers.
Toyota Green Initiative - From 2012-2015 CEO and founder, Lake Louise was an active coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI). The Toyota Green Initiative is an environmental stewardship platform designed to empower people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. TGI is a collective based alliance of diverse voices including Eco-conscious national thought leaders, influences and celebrities. The TGI Coalition serves as the judges for the TGI Green Campus Contest, travels the country with the TGI mobile tour conducting Green Lectures on HBCU campuses and provides thought leadership on counsel for the program. Through Toyota Green Initiative’s eco-conscious articles, videos, campus events, and mentoring efforts, we will move forward together towards a greener tomorrow.