Laura Tanzer

How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling? (500 character max.)

Low energy use (LED lighting, minimal HVAC settings)
Reuse of all materials, from fabrics to paper. EX: fabric scraps are used for scarves, totes and other interesting accessories. Unusable scraps go to schools for art projects. Waste stream is minimized to about 1 grocery bag every 2 weeks.
EX: pattern paper is reused and recycled.
Recycle toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes.
Cloth hand towels in restroom.
We bring our lunches almost every day = minimal waste from takeout.

How does the company engage and inform employees and consumers about sustainability? (500 character max.)

Ha Ha! Employees are informed of the rules of 3Rs before they are hired. They have to understand the ethos before they come on board!
We hold sustainable living forums every month that are open to all in the community. We participate in other community events as well. Laura writes about sustainability on her blog.

How does the company you are nominating give back to the community? (500 character max.)

When asked for stuff for fundraisers we almost always say yes (we only say no if the fundraiser raises our doubts about its own legitimacy…)

What else would you like us to know about this company? (1,000 character max.)

Our Atelier was painted with no VOC paints. We use only water and Bon Ami to clean our restroom and windows and floors. No toxics allowed in this clean and natural environment.
We use only natural fiber fabrics in our products. That includes cotton threads – which are becoming very very hard to find!
We make everything right here = local jobs.

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