Tread Lightly on the Earth with these Sustainable Brands

KIMBERTONAt KWF, 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 Cafe in raised beds; and building the shelving in our stores from reclaimed wood. In honor of Earth Month, 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.

Seventh Generation

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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 dishwashing 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, ingredient disclosure and label overviews, and a comprehensive report of the company’s goals for 2020. 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.” – seventhgeneration.com

Enjoy price cuts on of Seventh Generation paper towels, toilet paper varieties, dish liquid, fabric softener, stain remover and facial tissues this month at KWF!

Derma e

Derma e® goes above and beyond to ensure that their skincare products are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. Their commitment to the environment shows in their practices:

Picture1“2014 marks the seventh year derma e® has been manufacturing with wind power, reducing the company’s environmental footprint by matching 100% of conventional electricity use with clean, renewable energy. This renewable energy purchase supports derma e® in their continuing effort to completely offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”  – dermae.com

In addition to reducing their carbon footprint through wind power, Derma e®  formulates its products without animal byproducts or GM (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.

Enjoy a special three day sale on the entire Dermae line this month at KWF!

One Village Coffee Souderton, Pa – 27.7 miles

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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 biodegradable coffee bags. We think this statement sums up One Village’s green initiatives in grower communities and the local community perfectly:

“From the beginning, we have been a Fair Trade and USDA organically certified company. As a Fair Trade certified company, communities of growers are ethically compensated and cared for. We, as the One Village community, take it a step farther with our annual campaign to give $1 from the sale of our Artist Blend coffee to build bee colonies in the COMSA co-op in Honduras. We are also certified organic to make sure that our growing practices support the health of our farmers, the earth, and you. Just as importantly, our 12 oz. coffee bags are biodegradable and can be composted – going back into the ground from where the coffee came.” – Onevillagecoffee.com

Kimberton Hills Biodynamic Tea, Kimberton, Pa – 11.5 miles

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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.

Learn more about these wonderful herbal tea blends here.

Peace Tree Farm, Kintersville, Pa – 44.3 miles

In 1983, Lloyd and Candy Traven started their endIMG_1659eavors at  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. Check out this month’s local story on Peace Tree Farm to learn more about how they use an intelligent watering system and unique pest and disease controls to maintain sustainable greenhouses.

This spring you’ll find Peace Tree Farm’s One Earth Edibles collection of herbs and vegetables, along with a unique line of Garden Geek plants in our stores. Availability will vary by location.

Organic Mechanics Soil Company Modena, Pa – 5.3 miles

At the Organic Mechanics production facility, located in OrganicMechanicSeedStartingBlend2012Modena, 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. We’ve got to hand it to Organic Mechanics – they have been making high-quality soil down to a science, and they’ve mastered the art of giving back to the earth in the process.

View our April flyer for a special coupon on Organic Mechanics soil!