CastleWare

has been certified by the Green America’s Green Business Network as an environmentally and socially responsible business. This business has reached the Bronze tier by adopting principles and practices that demonstrate a strong commitment to conserving the environment and supporting social justice.

The Green America’s Green Business Network is proud to recognize their contribution to creating and growing a green economy by supporting the needs of their customers, workers, the environment, and the community. We appreciate your continued support of CastleWare and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

Member Since: 06/20/2013

Seal Valid Until: 06/20/2014

CastleWare has completed the following initiatives:

  • Building an Equitable, Supportive & Inclusive Workplace
  • Make an explicit effort through your hiring process to attract a diverse pool of job applicants (i.e. religion, race, sexual and gender identity, etc.).

  • Develop and enforce clear procedures for working with dangerous machinery.

  • Conduct regular safety inspections to ensure appropriate air ventilation, lighting, and safety for workers (including yourself).

  • Provide formal support to your staff and workers for dealing with work-related stress.

  • Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance.

  • Pay living wages per community standard for your direct employees. 

  • Offer eligible employees paid vacation days.

  • Offer eligible employees paid sick days.

  • Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from peers and subordinates. 

  • Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from supervisors.

  • Offer a buying club or discounts for employees.

  • Institute grievance procedures to provide staff members with a process for addressing concerns or disagreements related to the violation of company policies.

  • Engage office teams to lead specific issues or projects within the office (i.e. event planning, health and wellness, space allocation, etc.).

  • Educating Employees, Customers & Vendors
  • Include a sustainability curriculum that raises awareness about general issues and personal choices and as part of your ongoing employee training program.

  • Ensuring a Fair & Responsible Supply Chain
  • Actively support the cultural traditions of local communities in which your business operates along your supply chain (ex. offers regional and religious holidays off, and food that respects diets of workers).

  • Update supplier info regularly to keep track of potential problem areas in your supply chain.

  • Reducing Emissions & Exposure To Toxins
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products for daily use in the workplace, such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner.

  • Select office space in a LEED certified building or in a space with a clear track record of green building improvements. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Install a filtered water tap at your sink or a water cooler for drinking water, instead of purchasing bottled water. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Use natural pest management practices or minimize the use of toxic pesticide chemicals in indoor spaces. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn't require drycleaning, and encourage employees to switch to non-toxic dry cleaners. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Use natural odor elimination methods, i.e. ventilating with open windows, air filters, carbon odor eliminators.

  • Ensure that workers are not exposed to toxins in the production process for your products (e.g. from dyes, paints, cleaners, etc.).

  • Comply with the Oeko-Tex standard to minimize potentially harmful chemicals in your textiles.

  • Use natural or low-impact fiber-reactive dyes in core products.

  • Use organic fabrics, not just organic fibers (i.e. organic fibers that are processed using minimal chemicals).

  • Avoid using formaldehyde in finishing treatments (i.e. water-proofing, flame retardants, anti-wrinkle).

  • Ensure textile processors and dye houses have waste water treatment systems in place at production facility.

  • Minimizing Transportation Impacts
  • Arrange for a single delivery, or try to group shipments of several items at once from your vendors.

  • Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible.

  • Encourage creative scheduling and telecommuting possibilities for your employees.

  • Use ground shipping rather than air whenever possible.

  • Required Actions
  • Bronze: After completing the GreenGain assessment, analyze your current sustainability performance and develop a plan that prioritizes initiatives based on your results.

  • Bronze: Create personal goals to help champion green initiatives throughout your company, or designate a green leader or Green Team for your business.

  • Bronze: Based on your specific industry, describe to us the major area of social and environmental impact (pick one for each) of your business and how you're currently addressing it.

  • Bronze: Establish a process to receive regular advice/mentoring on how to improve your business performance. For a business that hires employees or uses interns/volunteers, establish a process for providing clear feedback on performance.

  • Bronze: Develop a social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business and post it on your website.

  • Bronze: Create and publish a clear return/refund/cancellation process for products and/or service contracts for customers/clients.

  • Silver: Identify any major environmental sourcing concerns in your supply chain and address at least one with a clear action plan. (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').

  • Silver: Recommend environmentally preferable products and services to all of your clients (If you are a product-based business, please click 'Complete').

  • Silver: Establish practices to support the development and training of your employees and/or interns/volunteers. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a yearly plan for professional growth and development.

  • Silver: Complete at least three initiatives in the "Supporting Your Community" category below.

  • Silver: Install the display source code for your Green America Seal of Approval on your website.

  • Gold: Describe your biggest new opportunity around social and environmental sustainability and how you plan to implement it.

  • Gold: Develop environmental criteria for the sourcing of materials, products, and/or vendors and describe them on your website.(For service-based businesses,apply criteria to office supplies and other materials used in the workplace)

  • Gold: Develop a fair labor Code of Conduct and require written consent from your core suppliers (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').

  • Gold: Implement policies that encourage employee job flexibility and work life balance. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a plan to build stronger work life balance.

  • Gold: List the date your business first opened (must be in operation at least six months to earn Gold status).

  • Conserving Resources, Recycling & Minimizing Waste
  • Eliminate paper towels, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates and utensils in the breakroom or kitchen. Use re-usable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead.

  • Place bins at print and copy stations to store unused printouts for scratch, draft paper, etc.

  • Use recycled or re-used boxes, bags, and general packaging for office mailings, shipping, marketing, and promotions.

  • Reduce outgoing mail by updating the contact information on your business's mailing lists regularly.

  • Reduce incoming junk mail by removing your business' name from national direct marketing databases.

  • Enroll in a waste exchange program where your waste can become another business's resource.

  • Establish a paper recycling program for newspaper, office paper, direct mail, white and colored paper, cardboard, envelopes, magazines, and catalogs.

  • Use printers that have a duplexing (two-sided copying and printing) function, and print/copy double sided when possible.

  • Establish a recycling program that includes glass, plastic, and aluminum.

  • Eliminate unnecessary paper forms for administrative functions and use electronic forms when possible (ie. digital faxes, electronic receipts, digital pay stubs).

  • Establish a paperless billing program for your vendors or clients.

  • Responsibly dispose of hazardous items, such as CFL/fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, paint, and electronic waste.

  • Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.

  • Upcycle waste or materials that can't be easily recycled.

  • Set up an office supply re-use center and encourage materials sharing (I.e. rechargeable batteries, scrap paper, markers, etc.).

  • Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.

  • Recycle unwanted equipment and electronics, such as computer monitors, hard drives, cell phones, PDAs, toner cartridges.

  • Donate old and unused merchandise and equipment to a local charity or non-profit organization.

  • Maximize the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in packaging for your products.

  • Implement a minimal packaging policy, based on industry best practices.

  • Ensure that your core products are recyclable, biodegradable, or responsibly disposable.

  • Conduct a lifecycle analysis of your core products to map the impacts from sourcing of raw materials to ultimate disposal.

  • Ensure that product packaging is operationally recyclable, biodegradable, or responsibly disposable.

  • Minimize the use of fabrics which are blends of natural and synthetic fibers (i.e. cotton and polyester) or blends of two or more synthetic fabrics (i.e. polyester and acrylic).

  • Use the most recyclable plastic available (lowest number inside the triangular recycling symbol), if using plastic packaging.

  • Design the product so as not to become obsolete (to the extent this can be anticipated).

  • Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Formulate an office purchasing policy to prioritize the purchase of used or recycled office equipment and furniture.

  • Use recycled or reclaimed fiber, such as from thrift or second-hand stores.

  • Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Purchase folders, envelopes, notepads and other office paper products made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.

  • Reduce the amount of paper used in marketing materials by eliminating envelopes, using fold and mail, providing information electronically, etc.

  • Tracking Performance & Progress
  • Regularly update your customers about your business' efforts to become more environmentally and socially responsible (i.e. through company newsletters, press releases, tweets, etc.).

  • Share verification successes/challenges in monitoring your supply chain with your consumers.

  • Have an accurate and complete ingredient and/or species list on product labels and website.

  • Clearly label which of your products and ingredients are organic, on website and product packaging.

  • Work with core suppliers who have obtained a fair labor certification(s) for their operations (i.e. SA8000, GOTS, FLO).

  • Saving Energy & Using Renewable Energy Sources
  • Set computers and monitors to enter automatic standby or sleep mode after 20-30 minutes of inactivity.

  • Contact your local utility to conduct a commercial energy assessment (oftentimes offered free) to pinpoint specific areas of energy efficiency.

  • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment and appliances, an indicator of more energy efficient equipment.

  • Install light switch occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present.

  • Design your office with day lighting in mind (i.e., take significant advantage of natural light with sky windows, skylights, etc.).

  • Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways.

  • Replace older light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS), light emitting diodes (LEDS), and other more energy efficient light bulbs as they burn out.

  • Develop an energy conservation policy or program that encourages employees to support energy conservation.

  • Use your lighting more efficiently with daylight dimmers and/or task lighting.

  • Reduce phantom vampire power loads by installing after hour timers on non-essential electrical appliances or using smart power strips.

  • Use ceiling fans and cross ventilation in place of air conditioning when possible.

  • Upgrade your building roof to increase efficiency using reflective materials, lighter paint, or a green roof.  (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Add insulation and a timer to your hot water heater, or use a tankless water heater. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Hire an Energy Services Company (ESCO).

  • Saving Water
  • Obtain an assessment of your building's water use to identify specific water conservation ideas. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Install a smart irrigation controller that uses weather data to irrigate appropriately. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)

  • Install low-flow aerators on faucets and showerheads or sensor controls that turn faucets on and off automatically.

  • Plant native, region-friendly plants to reduce irrigation and minimize the impact on the local habitat.

  • Use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, like high efficiency toilets (HETs) and urinals (HEUs) to minimize water use.

  • Use water-conserving cleaning methods when possible (i.e. sweeping instead of mopping and hosing).

  • Supporting Responsible Industry Practices
  • Identify each supplier of your core products on your Website.

  • Regularly review your marketing and promotional materials to ensure there is no use of negative stereotypes.

  • Actively participate in advocacy or lobbying work to raise awareness around environmental and/or social issues.

  • Offer products containing fabrics that are certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

  • Regularly educate yourself on the progress of responsible environmental and social practices in your industry.

  • Ensure farmers and growers use responsible environmental land management practices for fibers found in your product (particularly conventional cotton, bamboo, lyocell).

  • Purchase supplies and/or materials from green-certified or Green America certified companies.

  • Supporting Your Community
  • Donate a fixed portion of your profits to a social or environmental cause.

  • Reserve a certain number of hours per year for employees to volunteer on local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day).

  • Actively recruit from underserved or special needs communities.

  • Bank with a community development bank or credit union.

  • Serving Customer & Client Needs
  • Represent diversity in body types and offer full spectrum of sizes for your clothing.

  • Provide an industry-leading performance guarantee/warranty for your product or service.

  • Using Organic & Renewable Materials
  • Maximize the percentage of USDA certified organic ingredients in your products.

  • Demonstrate that product(s) is produced free from artifical pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers (made from chemicals or treated sludge) .

  • Source materials grown without using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • Identify and eliminate any petroleum-based products, or items with petrochemical derivatives additives that your business uses or offers.

  • Remove any materials in your products for which there are material scarcity concerns.

  • Operating With Transparency
  • Clearly disclose to all staff members any internal policies, practices or code of ethics that impact employees.

  • Determine a defined ratio between your business's lowest and highest paid employee.

  • Implement a democratic voting process or consensus approach for key business decisions.

Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982 (formerly "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009). Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green America's Green Business Network™ is the first, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. The Green Business Network serves to connect, market, and grow the green marketplace. The Green America Seal of Approval recognizes businesses that meet Green America’s rigorous certification standards and display a deep commitment to consumers, communities, workers, and the planet.