Badger's Environmental Initiatives
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 B-Corporation to help assess and improve our business practices, so that we are always 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
The New Badger Mines
- An independent evaluation of our new facility shows that it meets the LEED Silver standard for environmental building design.
- 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-flooringing, 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.
- We are a 'Green Rate' customer with our electricity supplier (PSNH), meaning that they buy and retire Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 25% of our total monthly energy use.
- 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, which offers significant power savings over personal computers.
- We are using phone and interenet based trainings to reduce air travel of our employees.
Paper and Supplies
- In the office, we ask people to think before printing e-mails and other files. We even 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.
- 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 Dean's Beans coffees.
- All of the water in the Badger Mines is filtered - so there's no need for water coolers.
- 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 plans to start collecting rainwater with a guttering system for the gardens and low volume irrigation.
- Badger's manufacturing processes use minimal water and do not create any toxic waste that could get into the local water system.
Reuse and Recycling
- We always 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.
- Any 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 89% post consumer recycled 'tin plated steel', the same material as soup cans. 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 are clay coated and made from 100% recycled newspaper.
- We changed our packing material from plastic bubble wrap to paper packing material, which is recyclable and biodegradable.
- 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. We are currently working to replace plastic packaging with recycled metal and other alternatives.
- Our sunscreen tubes are >50% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content, as well as BPA- and Phthalate-free.