I am personally applaud the businesses listed below. Each supports our efforts to be more sustainable, in its particular profitable way. Each is in the business of creating Handprints. Most are featured in the upcoming book, Healing Our Planet. Contact Jon Biemer for more information.
Fossil Free Indices – These folks provide “carbon-responsible research and investing.” They host the Carbon Underground 200, the companies to avoid if you are divesting from Fossil fuels. www.fossilfreeindexes.com
Value Village – This is where you can get great deals on used household goods. Each store of this national organization partners with a local non-profit. In the Portland, OR area it is ARC, helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 330+ Value Villages in the U.S., Canada and Australia annually divert 650 million pounds (295 million kilograms) of goods from the waste stream. www.valuevillage.com
YouCaring – “Compassionate crowdfunding” with no fees beyond what Visa charges. Donors can and do give extra to support their service. A certified B Corporation too! (Yes, there are other crowd funding platforms.) www.youcaring.com
Patagonia – You love the outdoor clothing. You love founder Yvon Chinaurd’s climbing story. You love how they pay attention to their supply chain. You love the fact that Patagonia gives to every cause imaginable. http://www.patagonia.com
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BUSINESSES
New Seasons Market – Besides being friendly, carrying organics and giving 10 percent of their net income to non-profits in the communities they serve, New Seasons is a Benefit Corporation. www.newseasonsmarket.com
Portland Eco-laundry – The washing machines in this laundry need less water, use less detergent, and wring clothes better at the end of the cycle. This means shorter drying times. They give any clothes you leave behind to charity. 2601 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR.
Ted’s Tool Shed – If you want a quality used tool, go to Teds. You can also buy new tools too. Besides, taking care of things at home makes you more sustainable. 8819 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR.