REMEMBER THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

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REQUIRED: Over 50% Locally Grown + Harvested within 1,000km of Manufacturing facility.

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Promotes the use of locally available and abundant materials. This includes all non-consumable items and packaging. Can be calculated by weight, volume or item count. Materials which are completely recycled, upcycled or rapidly renewable (e.g. hemp, jute, bamboo) are exempt.

 

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REQUIRED: Over 50% Recycled or Upcycled.

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Promotes the use of recycled items and re-used items diverts tons of waste from landfill. This includes all non-consumable items and packaging. Can be calculated by weight, volume or item count. Materials which are completely harvested within 1,000km are exempt.

 

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REQUIRED: No harmful chemicals listed below.

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Banned materials include styrofoam, MSG, and many other whacky chemicals listed below. We even ban palm oil and coconut oil in most instances as we want to promote the use of local oils and sustainable farming. Products and packaging must not contain any of the below, unless they are naturally occurring in trace amounts. Recycled meals and plastics are exempt:

  • Aluminum,
  • Arsenic,
  • Aspartame,
  • BPA,
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene),
  • Brominated Oils,
  • Cadmium,
  • Caramel Coloring,
  • CFCs/HCFCs,
  • Chromium,
  • Coconut Oil,
  • Copper,
  • Chlorinated Paraffins,
  • Coal tar dyes,
  • Fluoride,
  • Glucose or Fructose Syrup,
  • DEA or DEA compounds,
  • Dibutyl Phthalate,
  • Halons,
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives,
  • Hexacalent,
  • HFR,
  • Long PFC,
  • Lead,
  • Mercury,
  • MSG,
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil,
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,
  • Palm Oil,
  • Parabens,
  • Polyurethane,
  • Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate,
  • PAHs,
  • PBDE,
  • Petroleum By-products used as additives,
  • Polyethylene Glycol Compounds,
  • Phenol,
  • Phthalate,
  • Polystyrene,
  • Potassium Benzoate,
  • Potassium Bromate,
  • PU,
  • PVC or other chlorinated plastics,
  • Retinyl Palmitate,
  • Short PFCs,
  • Siloxanes,
  • Sodium Benzoate,
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES),
  • Sodium Nitrate,
  • Sodium Phosphate,
  • Styrofoam,
  • Sulfur Dioxide,
  • Synthetic fragrances, dyes or colors,
  • Triclosan,
  • Urea Formaldehyde,
  • Any other products identified as mutagens, or reproductive/developmental neurotoxicants in within Canada or the United States.

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REQUIRED: Compostable, Refillable or Single-Recycling-Stream Packaging.

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Packaging must be entirely compostable or recyclable in one stream. Refillable packaging is exempt.

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OPTIONAL: Show where your stuff comes from and where you can buy it in-person.

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Check our example listing to see how we can imbed your map in your listing. Just send us the Google My Maps link.

OPTIONAL: Eco-Local Green Commitment Labels  

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These are bespoke sustainability labels created by us to capture aspects of sustainability which are often missed throughout the supply chain. Each type of product (e.g. produce, electronics, beauty products, etc.) has a badge that represents three sustainability promises. Learn more at the bottom of the page.

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Green Commitment #1:  Re-use or recycle 100% of all by-products of manufacturing. Allow no chemicals to enter environmental air or water networks.

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Green Commitment #2: Implement packaging re-use programs and collect or re-fill used containers from consumers in-store.

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Green Commitment #3: Use no artificial colors or dyes.

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Electronics

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Green Commitment #1: Collect e-waste from consumers and ensure 100% of materials are recycled or reused within 5,000 km of the collection location.

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Green Commitment #2: New products are designed to be upgraded instead of replaced by future technology. Obsolete parts must be collected or repurchased from consumers and 100% of materials must be recycled or reused within 5,000 km of the collection location.

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Green Commitment #3: Purchase certified carbon off-sets for 100% of the embodied energy of the product.

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Farming (General)

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Green Commitment #1: Track waste diversion and divert or re-use >80% of waste from landfill and local water supplies.

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Green Commitment #2: Participate in a Stewardship Index Program  to track Habitat/Bio-diversity as well as Energy, Water, Nitrogen, Soil Organic Matter and Phosphorous use.

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Green Commitment #3: Provide content which addresses your approach to the intent and practices of the Land Stewardship Centre (resources are available by topic):

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Caring for the system as a whole – …building up biological fertility in the soil, incorporating an understanding of the ecological cycles on the landscape (water, energy, nutrients) and how land-use practices can either benefit, be in harmony or negatively impact these cycles and other land-users, flora and fauna.

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Conserving resources – Maximizing efficiency and striving to reduce the consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources; long-term optimization versus short-term maximization of production.

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Maintaining and enhancing stability in nature – Sustaining and encouraging natural biological diversity and complexity; maintaining natural areas and functions on the land (i.e. wildlife habitat conservation).

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Applying cultural values – Caring for the health of the land for future generations and long-term economic stability; the link between civilization (urbanization) and the land-base and ecosystems that are vital to survival; the intrinsic value and right to exist of all life on Earth.

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Farming Produce

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Green Commitment #1: Use 100% organic and low energy density fertilizers (e.g. worm castings, local compost, manures).

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Green Commitment #2: Provide publicly available soil management reports and maintain soil quality through crop rotations, polyculture, local compost or other low-impact restorative techniques. Apply sustainable farming techniques such as cover crops, high tunnels and other season extension techniques, small ruminants and pastured poultry to increase productivity of land. (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Resources)

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Green Commitment #3: Use electronically powered equipment in lieu of combustion where possible. Track equipment run-time hours and replace combustion powered equipment with electric or manual equipment by 5% per year until a net reduction of 50% is achieved.

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Farming Animals

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Green Commitment #1: Do not raise livestock on land which contributes to deforestation or has been deforested in the last 20 years.

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Green Commitment #2: Have programs in place to appropriately manage and divert all animal waste from local water systems.

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Green Commitment #3: Specify low-impact and low-embodied energy animal feeds, track feed-conversion-ratio and apply strategies to optimize efficiencies

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Manufacturing

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Green Commitment #1: Divert 100% of manufacturing waste from landfill. Re-use a minimum of 50% of all waste generated.

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Green Commitment #2: Product is 100% comprised of materials which can be harvested in 5 years or less and are 100% extracted and manufactured within 1,000 km.

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Green Commitment #3: Product materials have a net-negative carbon footprint from cradle to gate without the use of renewable energy credits.

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Restaurants

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Green Commitment #1: Implement a 100% compostable waste stream for all container and food packaging items. This includes working with suppliers to provide alternate packaging materials.

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Green Commitment #2: Use re-usable plates, cutlery, etc. for dine-in customers.

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Green Commitment #3: Implement policies to reduce food packaging waste by 10% of volume per month until a net reduction of 50% has been made.

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