At Kimberton Whole Foods, we make an effort to tread lightly on the earth by choosing to use energy efficient equipment, solar panels and rain barrels; going paperless whenever possible and using a paper retriever; planting fresh herbs and veggies for our Kimberton Café in raised beds; and building the shelving in our stores from reclaimed wood. In honor of Earth Day, we’re showing our support for brands and local producers that make earth-friendly practices a priority, bringing us closer to a safer, cleaner and more sustainable planet. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite eco-friendly brands and products.
Peace Tree Farm, Kintersville, Pa – 44.3 miles
In 1983, Lloyd and Candy Traven started Peace Tree Farm by adopting sustainable practices for growing and selling herbs and traditional garden center plants. Today, the business is still family owned, including their son, Alex, who manages the complex and complicated world of biological controls. While the business has always been conscious of the environment, they began a transition to organic practices in the early 90’s and became certified organic in 2009. Real our local story to learn more about how they use an intelligent watering system and unique pest and disease controls to maintain sustainable greenhouses.
This spring we’re offering Peace Tree Farm’s herbs and vegetables transplants for pre-order, online and in-store!
One Village Coffee Souderton, Pa – 27.7 miles
One Village Coffee is passionate about creating sustainable communities by working directly with growers living in villages in Africa and South America to grow and harvest fair trade coffee. To continue their stewardship and dedication to sustainability, this local coffee producer recently started packaging their beans in compostable coffee bags.
One Village Coffee is one of the founding B Corporation certified companies in the country – in fact, they are one of the first 50 members to ever be certified, and were the first coffee roaster to achieve this status. As they describe on the B Corporation website, “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” Or, to put it simply, they use the power of their business to support social and environmental health.
Kimberton Hills Biodynamic Tea, Kimberton, Pa – 11.5 miles
If coffee isn’t for you, there are a variety of environmentally-friendly tea varieties to choose from. There’s something special about enjoying herbs that come from your back yard, which is why some of our favorite teas come from the Secret Garden. This tea is made locally at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, using a variety of herbs that are harvested from their garden. Best of all, the herb garden is biodynamic and provides residents at Camphill Village with an opportunity to learn about sustainable gardening through hands-on experience.
Organic Mechanics Soil Company Modena, Pa – 5.3 miles
At the Organic Mechanics production facility, located in Modena, PA, the company’s commitment to running a sustainable business goes beyond soil production. In addition to creating 100% organic peat-free soil using locally-sourced ingredients, Organic Mechanics has adopted earth-friendly practices that range from using bio-diesel delivery trucks and manufacturing equipment, to utilizing recycled materials to make shipments. They’ve mastered the art of producing high-quality soil while giving back to the earth in the process.
As a leading household brand, Seventh Generation takes environmental protection seriously. Inspired by the Great Law of the Iroquois, the company’s name perpetuates its mission: to create a consumer revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations. From dish-washing liquid to diapers, Seventh Generation has worked to create a line of plant-based products that are free of toxic chemicals, making them safe for your family and the earth.
Seventh Generation remains transparent about every step of the manufacturing and sourcing processes for their products. Their website features annual sustainability reports and ingredient disclosures. To take their initiatives a step further, the company also started the Seventh Generation Foundation, which provides “grants to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that promote and improve environmental conservation, the sustainable use of natural resources, human health and social welfare.”
Find even more eco-friendly cleaning brands in our Safe Spring Cleaning Guide!
Derma e® goes above and beyond to ensure that their skincare products are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. Since 2008, they have been manufacturing with wind power, a clean, renewable energy. It’s part of their continued effort to completely offset carbon dioxide emissions.
Derma e® formulates its products without animal byproducts or genetically modified ingredients. Each step of the manufacturing process takes environmental impact into consideration. Their products are made with organic ingredients whenever possible, sourced from farms that practice sustainable agriculture, packaged with recyclable components, and never tested on animals.
What are your favorite eco-friendly brands? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!