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We are thrilled to say that 2013 is off to an extremely busy and productive start. It seems that 1% for the Planet membership is on a lot of companies’ to-do lists this year. There’s a tremendous amount of interest and a really interesting and diverse group of potential new members. Two recent additions to our ever-growing list of businesses include Diablo Burger and The Coffee Camper.
Diablo Burger is a local food based burger joint in Flagstaff, AZ (and opening in Tucson, AZ in March of 2013). Our motto is “All About Local,” and our aim is to connect community to ecology through gastronomy — which really is just a fancy word for cheeseburger. We serve 100% local, grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free open-range beef from the two ranches that founded the Diablo Trust, a landscape-scale collaborative conservation group dedicated to 426,000 acres in Northern Arizona. The Diablo Trust is an approved 1% for the Planet partner, and our participation in the 1% for the Planet program both formalizes our support of the Trust’s long-term conservation work and legitimizes our foundational commitment to local environmental sustainability efforts. We are very proud to be a small part of the incredible 1% for the Planet network.
Between Diablo Burger’s highly respectable philanthropic work in their local community and their amazing menu of quality foods, you can see why this place is so popular. What’s better than a delicious cheeseburger and helping the planet at the same time. 1% for the Planet is so excited to see this business grow and encourage all of our Arizona fans to try this place out asap!
The Coffee Camper is one of the most original and fun-loving businesses to contact 1% for the Planet in some time. In describing their business, the owners say “we have lovingly restored our 1976 Citroen HY Van and converted her into a mobile coffee cafe, serving up premium quality coffee and freshly baked cakes. You’ll find us at music festivals, sporting events and any other social occasion where the demand for caffeine is strong! For us our greatest experiences have always involved nature, so we feel a responsibility to protect and preserve the natural environment in our commercial activities as well as our daily life. By joining 1% we feel that we are establishing a set of core principles for our new business as well as contributing and helping to make a difference to the issues that we feel passionate about.”
At about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, we would love to see The Coffee Camper pull up right outside the 1% office. Not only does this business provide customers with delicious treats to help break up the day, but with every transaction they will be giving back to important environmental causes.
For the first time in almost two years Vermont has been blanketed with snow that measures more than just an inch or two. Right down to the valley floors, the sidewalks are slushy and there’s icicles dangling from the eaves. Locals and visitors alike have been enjoying fresh powder turns in the mountains and everything once again feels right with the world. What a great way to close out an amazing 2012 and to usher in a 2013 that is filled with nothing but potential. Along with a New Year comes a rush of new member businesses joining the 1% for the Planet network. On January 1st, Tarola Properties, Teak Me Home, and Teneo Media all became official members of the 1% family!
Tarola Properties, located in Tucson, Arizona specializes in renovating and leasing unique and historic properties to University of Arizona students and faculty.
The good people at Tarola spend a great deal of free-time surfing, hiking, biking and fly-fishing. This close relationship with nature encouraged them to do their part in helping to preserve the environment.
By letting their college student tenants know that a portion of their rent is going to support environmental causes, Tarola Properties hopes to instill the idea that we all need to be stewards of the land.
Ready to hit the ground running in the New Year, Taroloa Properties already has plans in place to support the non-profits: Heal the Ocean, The Madison River Foundation, and Sky Island Alliance. We at 1% for the Planet are impressed with the plan this company has in place and we’re excited to help convey this amazing story!
Based in Emeryville, California, Teak Me Home strives to provide its customers with the highest quality handmade reclaimed Teak furniture at wholesale prices.
At Teak Me Home, “we believe that sustainability and corporate responsibility are good for business and essential for the world. Making a difference comes not only by using eco-friendly materials, but we also proudly donate 1% of our total sales to Conservation International to protect forests and help stop climate change.”
When structures constructed out of virgin Teak wood come to the end of their working life and are torn down, beautifully seasoned and air dried reclaimed wood is rediscovered and is ready to be recycled into something new and useful.
From the first sketch to the final product, Teak Me Home works directly with the artisans who build the furniture, eliminating the middleman and saving the customer from unnecessary mark-ups. These relationships allow the company to bring consumers the perfect combination of quality materials, craftsmanship, design, and price.
Teak Me Home’s business model helps to highlight the potential opportunities that stem from a sustainable mission. Not only are these products beautiful and affordably priced, but by repurposing the materials, Teak Me Home is finding a second life for items that would otherwise be discarded. We thank everyone at Teak Me Home for becoming part of the network!
Also joining on the first of the year was Teneo Media of Raleigh, North Carolina. Teneo Media is a digital marketing, commerce, and engagement firm that helps clients forge stronger relationships with their end-users. “Our passion is delivering outstanding service and innovative thinking that challenge the status quo. We craft solutions blending style and substance to create compelling user experiences. Our team comes to work each day looking to turn that opportunity into reality.”
Teneo Media firmly believes that preserving and nurturing environmental resources is an absolute imperative. At a time when commerce and industry represents a threat to these very resources, Teneo Media believes in fostering coexistence between progress and conservation. “We are proud to join 1% For The Planet and its like-minded members in this all-important mission.”
1% for the Planet is just as proud and excited to add you to our ever-growing list of amazing partners! We wish you all a very happy and successful New Year.
Last week we hosted a Special Edition Power Plant event celebrating the incredible growth in the 1% for the Planet family north of the border.
By the Numbers:
In just a year we’ve added 23 new members, who will donate an additional $700,000 to environmental causes this year alone. That brings us to more than $5M in giving to date from our Canadian partners. Boom. There’s a lot to be excited about.
In the last 12 months we’ve welcomed wonderful new member companies to the network, including Frogbox, Nature’s Path, and Salt Spring Coffee. They were joined at Power Plant by stalwart members Ascenta, MEC, Saul Good and Sunwolf and nonprofit partners like CPAWS, LOCO BC and West Coast Environmental Law.
The evening featured presentations from movers and shakers in the Canadian sustainability world who highlighted ways that business can be a part of the solution to pressing environmental challenges in Canada.
The night was chock full of great conversation, connections and good times; we left inspired by the Canadian team, knowing this is a group that will create enormous positive change for the planet.
Thanks to all who made it possible, keep up the great work, and we’ll see you in town again soon!
And if you couldn’t make it, check out our speakers in action at these links!
Imagine your ideal weeklong trip by bicycle.
Five days of torrential rain—with temperatures in the 60s—combined with a leaky tent that soaks you on night one, and just two pairs of sopping chammy to get you through… I doubt any of those components would make it on to your list of perfect conditions.
Nonetheless, after pushing for a week through malevolent storms, sopping roads and long, grinding hills, 1% for the Planet member Victoria Vox made it from Eureka to San Francisco undaunted last October. In fact, she recently said of her first Climate Ride “the sum was greater than its parts, and I can’t wait to be a part of that sum again!”
And she was true to her word.
Congratulations to Victoria, who got back on the bike and completed her SECOND Climate Ride, this time under more seasonable skies but with the same goals: to spread awareness about the climate crisis facing our planet, and to offer proactive solutions. If 100+ people can ride their bikes (in work clothes no less!) over 300 miles, there is real hope for the future.
The 1% for the Planet crew couldn’t be more proud of Victoria and all the other Climate Riders who made the journey from New York to DC last week.
We’re looking forward to sharing a post-ride report from Victoria, so stay tuned.
In the meantime I want to take this opportunity to welcome the companies who were motivated to make real change as well—using their businesses as the engines of positive change—but passed on the soaked chammy (and I’m not blaming them).
Congratulations and thank you to the following newly-minted member of 1% for the Planet!
Au Naturale Cosmetics, BathAndBidet.Com, Bubble Cafés, Dark Heartfelt Software, Fast Fastener LLC, George Soules Photography, Irikonji Dive Gear, Ourea Ltd (www.DragonsBackRace.com and www.GreatLakeland3Day.com), Primewalk, sfdental, The Green Playroom (our first business in ND!), The Outbound Collective, Urban Research, Van Eck Enterprises, INC, and VitaCoffee (our SECOND business in ND!).
Welcome to all, and keep tuned for more in-depth info on these businesses.
1% for the Planet & Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust Announce Partnership To Increase Environmental Philanthropy in New EnglandPosted on June 6th, 2012 by barbara
June 6, 2012 | Waitsfield, VT
Founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia and Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that donate at least 1% of revenue to organizations focused in sustainability. The Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust and 1% for the Planet share an interest in the long-term preservation of New England’s unique environmental resources and are working to put the power of business to work for the planet.
With the support of the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, 1% for the Planet is dedicating a team, led by Barbara Friedsam, the organization’s New England Network Director, to expand business support for the environment initiatives in the region, such as preserving and enhancing New England’s large forests.
1% for the Planet’s global network includes 1450 member companies and 2800 approved non-profit partners. New England is home to over 80 member companies including The Skinny Pancake and Spindrift Soda and over 200 approved non-profit partners such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, Conservation Law Foundation and Clean Air-Cool Planet.
“In an effort to push the envelope of our social-environmental mission, … we are proud to make the commitment to join 1% for the Planet,” said Skinny Pancake co-founder/owner Benjy Adler. “We’ll donate 1% of our sales to grassroots environmental non-profits, with a focus on local food and farm-advocacy groups like NOFA-VT (North Eastern Farming Association of Vermont) and Intervale.”
To date, 1% member companies have donated nearly $1 million to New England non-profit organizations working on land conservation, climate change, water resource protection, renewable energy development, and environmental education. 1% members donate directly to approved non-profits allowing them to remain closely connected to the issues they care about.
1% for the Planet will continue to help businesses work for their communities, both locally and on a larger scale.
The new initiative will include heightening awareness in the business community about key environmental issues and targeted investment opportunities. Ultimately, this will enable collaboration between businesses and non-profits that generate long-term environmental and business benefits. Individuals can help by supporting 1% for the Planet member companies in their strategic giving choices and participating with our local partner NGOs. Please follow 1% for the Planet online for updates on regional developments.
“New England is fertile ground for both business and individual participation in the sustainability movement,” said Barbara Friedsam, New England Network Director at 1%. “We know New Englanders care about how business gets done. When businesses align their purpose with their consumers’ concerns, we can collectively increase the triple bottom line.”
That increased bottom line means making giving easier, which in turn results in happier communities and a healthier ecosystem.
“1% for the Planet applauds those businesses committed to donating 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes and welcomes inclusion of more members to the network. The work New England environmental organizations do to protect the unique resources in this region is critical, and 1% member companies can play a unique role in supporting their work. We are excited about the opportunity to grow our network in New England in collaboration with the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust” said Friedsam.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is an alliance of business financially committed to creating a healthy planet. In 2011, the 1% network donated an estimated $22 million to sustainability initiatives. Despite the challenging economic backdrop, over the last three years we have grown by more than one new member company a day. As a network, 1% is a leading funder of environmental work globally, making reinvestment in the environment a necessary tenet of doing business.
About the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust
The Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, a New England Philanthropy, funds projects in New England in the areas of health, education and the environment. In its environmental grant making, the Trust is focused on large-scale habitat conservation. For more information on the Trust, please refer to www.jbcoxtrust.org.
For more information, please contact:
Barbara Friedsam | New England Network Director
email@example.com | (802) 496-5408
Hey 1% Members and Nonprofits! Looking for a way to get your name out there in a creative and sustainable way?
In today’s crowded business market & social media whirlwind, it can be very difficult for a new business to get their name out in a creative & noticeable way. Add to that the desire to do so in an earth-friendly and sustainable manner, the challenge doubles. Eco-minded business owners may feel their options are very limited..
But they are not. 1% is proud to welcome Green Peak Promotions to our family of members. Green Peak Promotions is a woman owned business (soon to be WBENC certified) that focuses on creative and sustainable promotional products. They offer clients a combination of extensive industry knowledge, trusted international manufacturing and supplier relationships, and exceptional branding creativity.
The goal at Green Peak is to have the most comprehensive selection of sustainable promotional items available domestically and to offer low minimum, quick production, custom manufacturing overseas. This allows them to offer sustainable products on a custom basis that aren’t available in the US. Their overseas partners assist to produce products made from a wide selection of recycled materials including PET, ABS plastic, polypropylene, zinc, silicone, polyester and PVC. To offset their carbon footprint on the earth they will also be working with TerraPass to offer 100% carbon balanced shipping.
They offer a wide array of promotional products, ranging from apparel to candy, recycled and biodegradable products, while promoting sustainability from order placement to shipment.
Welcome to Green Peak Promotions! We are so excited and happy to have you in our ever-expanding 1% network!
The reasons businesses join 1% for the Planet are almost as diverse as the companies themselves, but Russ at World Shamanic Yoga Institute summed up his motivations particularly well:
The World Shamanic Yoga Institute is proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet. We have been working to foster health and well being at the individual, social and environmental levels for years and when we saw how well thought out the 1% program was, it was an “ah-ha!” moment.
We cannot possibly expect that government will take care of all the environmental issues our planet faces. Economic activity is a fact, and that economic activity MUST be tied to environmental programming if we are to hope for a tomorrow with healthy ecosystems for humanity and the other species on our planet.
1% helps make this a reality by channeling a percentage of gross economic activity back to well-conceived and vetted environmental programming. We look forward to doing our part by supporting organizations like Amazon Conservation Association.
We hope that in the future, 1% or more for the environment will be a standard and not an exception. We all share this beautiful planet. Let’s be intelligent citizens!
I haven’t heard it said better than that—and it’s in the spirit of that “ah-ha” moment that we welcome bemed Cosmetiques, BeOSport, Caudalie, Damang Media Group, Fabled Frog Soap, Koru Swimwear, Lucas J Cellars, Nature’s Flowers Ever and Ever brand, Nature’s Path Foods EnviroKidz brand, Organic Return, Organic Tree Juice Bar, Sans & Sans Serif, Sleep Soundly, TRUFIT, UniLuv Marketing and World Shamanic Yoga Institute to 1% for the Planet!
Thank you for using your businesses to create a better world for all of us.
Watching the promo video for Owen’s book got me thinking about tough, personal questions. I like to think I’m a fairly environmentally conscious person—I buy local, organic food when I can, ride my bike to the office more often than not and turn out the CFL’s whenever I leave a room.
Still, as Owen bluntly points out, there are glaring contradictions in the way I live. My passion for backcountry skiing and mountain biking has me driving Libby, my aging Volvo manwagon, around the northeast most weekends. I’ve forgotten my reusable shopping bags at home more times than I’d like to admit. In a week’s time I’m flying to Alaska in search of the snow that has eluded Vermont this winter.
Breaking news: it takes a lot of bike rides to the office to offset a flight to Alaska.
As much as I hate to admit it, Owen is right. Many of the innovations we think of as greening our lifestyles actually lead to increased resource use in the long run, as efficiency allows greater consumption. Damn, it’s depressing.
So how do we shake the funk?
The only answer, as I see it, is advocating for the kind of change that co-opts everyone as part of the solution, from the darkest green consumer to the most mainstream American. What better way to do just that than for businesses–who provide for almost all of our needs–to be the solution?
Companies that join 1% for the Planet are the leading edge of a paradigm shift. So pick up a copy of The Conundrum, and join me in welcoming the following businesses who have decided to be the solution: