As best told in the words of our Honest team, here were some of the highlights from the day:
Even Honest employees learned a thing or two about gardening!
About The Garden School Foundation: The Garden School Foundation (GSF) is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program of education through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms. Turning asphalt into ecosystems, they teach standards-based lessons and cooking classes in the garden classroom and provide educators the tools they need to make school gardens thrive. 24th street Elementary School is the prototype for this program and GSF is currently working to expand this approach to other underserved schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.
As we settle into 2014, we wanted to pause to reflect on what you, our amazing members, helped us accomplish in 2013. We are honored to be a part of your family and without you we would not have been able to accomplish what we did last year. Thanks for joining us in our mission to help all families everywhere. Together, we truly can make it better!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, “Have a Heart” was our office’s social goodness theme last week. We aimed to create ways for every employee to show their love and gratitude. From assembling care packages for deployed American troops for Operation Gratitude to giving blood for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to hosting a registry drive for the Be The Match bone marrow registry, we wanted to make sure that we could share as much Honest love as possible!
Our friends at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles joined us in our Honest parking lot to host a blood drive for the kids receiving treatment at CHLA. The Honest team spent the day giving back by donating blood for the kids who need it most.
Love Sent: 35 Units of Blood = 70 Children Helped at CHLA
We joined Be the Match to help add our Honest team to the 10.5 million selfless volunteers who are currently on the Match Registry to provide life-saving bone marrow to someone in need. Because nearly 70% of patients do not have a donor match within their own family, it is up to strangers to step in and save a life. With just a simple cheek swab in the office, 22 employees added their name to this extremely important list.
Love Sent: 22 Employees Committed to Being the Match
Each Honest employee stopped by our care package station to create a Valentine’s kit of Honest goodies to send to our heroes in uniform. Complete with a handwritten valentine, each package included an Honest sunscreen, organic lip balm trio, hand sanitizer, and several packs of our travel-size wipes. We are humbled by the dedication of our service men and women and hope that these packs will bring them a moment of delight while they are away from home!
Love Sent: 140 Care Packages for 140 Deployed Members of the Military
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Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart while also showing some love to planet earth.
According to the National Retail Federation, total consumer spending for Valentine’s Day this year is expected to reach $17.3 billion. In addition, the Greeting Card Association reports that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card-giving holiday behind Christmas, with an average of 145 million cards purchased, and that doesn’t include classroom valentines. That’s a lot of paper waste!
So to spread the love this Valentine’s Day—to your significant other, your family, your friends, and our planet, go for some eco-friendly options when celebrating.
We love scouring the web for eco-friendly baby products, gift ideas, and now Valentine’s Day staples like wine and chocolates. It’s getting easier to easier to find retailers who are going green, making organic products, and caring about sustainability. Check out these eco-friendly Valentine’s Day finds and our tips to have a love-filled earth-friendly holiday!
Enjoy wine from vineyards that have “green” practices. Wine made with organic grapes on land that is sustainably certified creates a delicious vino that doesn’t hurt our planet.
Frey Vineyards: This winery in northern California produces all organic wines with no sulfites added.
Ponzi Wines: All 120 acres of this Oregon vineyard and winery are LIVE Certified Sustainable.
Frog’s Leap: All grapes are grown organically at this winery in Rutherford, California.
Coturri Winery: The grapes used for Coturri wines have not been sprayed or treated with pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.
Quintessa: This vineyard in Napa Valley is managed using sustainable and organic practices.
Nunu Chocolates: This chocolate maker gets their cacao beans from a family-run sustainable farm in Colombia.
John & Kira’s: These chocolates highlight ingredients from small family producers and urban gardens, and are big proponents of sourcing locally.
Vosges Haut-Chocolate: Created by chocolatier Katrina Markoff, this company’s most recent “green” endeavor was creating a platinum LEED-certified green manufacturing and chocolate lifestyle house in Chicago. Vosges Haut-Chocolate also uses packaging made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials and is committed to sustainable practices.
Theo: Since 2006, this Seattle chocolate maker has been committed to making eco-friendly chocolate. Theo chocolate is organic, fair trade, and made using the most sustainable practices possible.
Make your Valentine’s Day greener with these eco tips:
Do you have any favorite eco-friendly wine or chocolate brands you typically buy? Tell us about them in the comments.
Thank you for joining us in our campaign to B the Change! Together with you, and with nearly 900 other B Corps from across the world, we are creating a better way to do business. The “B” stands for benefit, which represents a new breed of businesses that harness their power and resources for public good. This designation signals we are committed to making a profound social difference, safeguarding people and the planet, and meeting higher standards of transparency, performance, and accountability. We are creating a global movement to celebrate and reward people who are using business as a force for good!
Since our certification in June of 2012, we have been honored to join a community of like-minded businesses and consumers who look to (and lean on) each other to make a lasting difference in this world. Together we are measuring our impact on communities, employees, and the environment and are holding each other accountable for the goals that we set. We are integrating our mission and values into our work and we understand that profits are not the only measure of success.
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