Badger's Environmental Initiatives

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Here at Badger we make healthy products to help people and environmental responsibility is one of our core principles. We use mostly USDA Certified Organic ingredients in our products and we believe this support of sustainable organic agriculture helps to protect the environment, produces higher quality raw ingredients and helps to protect the farmers and their families from the dangers associated with chemical farming. When you add fair-trade into the equation, you are also helping to protect the economic welfare of our farmers and their families.

In 2011, Badger became a certified B-Corp to help assess and improve our business practices, in support of doing what's right for people and planet. We're constantly looking for ways to improve the way we do things, from ordering paper to packing our shipping boxes. You can read more about Badger and B Corp here.

Our Ingredients and Products

  • We are a USDA Certified Organic company and most of our products contain 100% Certified Organic ingredients. Organic ingredients means healthy air, healthy water, healthy earth, and healthy people. Our ingredients are ecologically harvested, wild-crafted, and/or fairly traded.
  • Our ingredients are 100% natural. By this we mean that they come directly from nature and are not chemically processed or extracted. Our only exceptions are the minerals in our tints and sunscreens, which are processed for purity and safety. Read more about our ingredient standards.
  • We consistently evaluate the sustainability of all ingredients and we regularly review each of our suppliers' practices. We use Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter and other ethically sourced ingredients whenever possible.


Sustainable Aspects of our Manufacturing Facility

  • We had an independent construction consultant evaluate our building using a LEED check list and in their opinion our building would be the equivalent of the LEED Silver rating.
  • The site where our building now stands was an old sand pit. We are in the process of making the land healthy and beautiful again.
  • The building makes extensive use of wood with much of it coming from local and regional sources.
  • Our building is highly insulated; we also employed a "thermal break" in wall and roof systems for energy efficiency.
  • The building is insulated with dense-packed cellulose derived from recycled newspaper and fireproofed with the inert mineral, boric acid.
  • We were very careful to use non-toxic materials throughout the building including the paints, joint compound, floor and wood-trim finishes, counter tops and cabinets. The floors for instance are finished with a product called "Poly-Whey" which is derived from milk whey!
  • We used natural linoleum for the lab and bathroom floors.
  • The lab and kitchen counter tops are PaperStone™, made from recycled paper and petroleum- free resin.
  • We've installed many skylights, so we can use natural day-lighting whenever possible.
  • The first floor concrete is simply colored with iron oxide and hardened with the non-toxic Ashford Process which makes the floor dense, dust-free, and easy to clean and maintain.
  • We used shiplap boards for the second floor sub-flooring, and then decided to sand and finish it. It makes for a simple, inexpensive, rustic and naturally beautiful mill floor.
  • We built the office cubbies on-site from Homesote (compressed recycled newspaper) and pine from a local mill. The desks are local pine, joined and sanded at the mill.

Energy

  • We purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from a fellow B Corp for all electricity not already derived from renewables.
  • We use energy efficient compact fluorescent CF light bulbs to reduce unnecessary energy use.
  • We have switched our computer system over to having a thin-client terminal at each desk, wherever possible, which offers significant power savings over personal computers.
  • We are using phone and internet based trainings to reduce air travel of our employees.
The Badger Building

The Badger Mines

Paper and Supplies

  • In the office, we ask people to think before printing e-mails and other files. We often use both sides of our paper.
  • We use 100% post-consumer, non-chlorine bleached paper for our office and catalogs. Our catalogs and marketing materials are printed on Forest Stewardship Council Certified 100% recycled papers whenever possible.
  • All of our cleaning supplies are biodegradable and our toilet paper and paper towels are made from post-consumer waste in a chlorine-free process.
  • We drink Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffees from Prime Roast a local coffee roaster.

Water Conservation

  • All toilets and showers in our new facility are low-flow.
  • Water efficient landscaping - no potable use water used in landscaping.
  • The Badger gardens have been mulched to a higher extent to reduce water requirements.
  • Badger's manufacturing processes does not create any toxic waste that could get into the local water system.

Reuse and Recycling

  • Whenever possible, we find a use for the plastic bags, cardboard boxes, glass containers and packaging materials that our supplies come in. Even the Styrofoam peanuts we receive get reused!
  • Our employees use non-disposable glasses, mugs and plates for lunch and drinks every day.
  • Most material that we can't reuse or give away gets recycled, including damaged tins, glass and metal containers, cardboard boxes unfit for reuse, and all of our office paper waste.
  • We compost food waste to be used around the gardens of the facility.
  • Every desk has a recycling container, and there are larger containers located in the dining room for plastic, cans, and glass.

Packaging and Shipping

  • We ship UPS carbon neutral! Learn more here: ups.com/carbonneutral.
  • Our famous tins are made from 25-60% post-consumer recycled tin plated steel. We hope you will find a way to reuse your empty tins (to store buttons, safety pins, etc.), otherwise they are 100% recyclable.
  • Our recyclable in-store display boxes and much of our packaging is made from 98% post-consumer recycled fibers.
  • We use paper packing material, which is recyclable and biodegradable rather than plastic packing material.
  • We have many different sized shipping boxes so that we can always find the best fit (to not ship excess box space, extra packing materials or extra weight) and we reuse cardboard boxes we've received to ship our products when possible.
  • We continuously seek more environmentally friendly packaging materials and shipping methods.
  • Our sunscreen tubes contain post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, and are BPA- and Phthalate-free.

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