Sustainable Business

Local businesses are essential to Seattle's vibrant local economy. It is our collective responsibility to protect our city's natural environment and resources by reducing our impact in every way possible!
Seattle Made works to help our members be as sustainable as possible.

Programs and Resources

Sustainable: business practices, commuter options, packaging, website options, impact assessments, and more!

Why join EnviroStars?

Save up to 20-30% on your waste bills and reduce landfill waste by adopting or revamping your recycle/compost/trash systems! With EnviroStars, you’ll receive free signage and bins to help set up an efficient system!

Save up to 20-30% in precious water use and utility bills by replacing inefficient equipment. EnviroStars offers unparalleled rebate programs that help you do this at little to no cost!

Prevent polluted and hazardous chemicals from running rampant! Learn how to save $5-10K in pollution clean ups by getting a free spill kit and plan! Schedule a free site visit and get one. 

Seattle Made offers you a gift card to Broadcast Coffee Roasters as soon as you sign up for a site visit, and we’ll feature you on our social media platforms! Once you become an EnviroStars member, you’ll even make it to our website!

Once you’re an EnviroStars member, you’ll reach the EnviroStars Partner, Leader, or Champion levels, and receive promotional materials and opportunities from  window clings to digital advertisements, and news media features! Sign up for a free consultation now to get started!

See what our members have said about the program at the bottom!

Where Do I Start?

Sign up here to schedule a free site visit to find out what you can be doing, big or small, to make your business more sustainable and save money!  We’ve partnered with EnviroStars to help our local businesses take the next steps to going greener. Site visits are short and harmless (under 30 minutes!) where a consultant checks out your space, makes recommendations, and can even get you started on becoming an EnviroStars member with benefits!to

EnviroStars is a free, one-stop hub for Washington businesses to get information, help, and recognition for actions that protect their workplace, the community, and the planet. Through EnviroStars, Seattle Made members are offered free technical assistance to find easy and quick ways to ‘green’ their business. Whether your business is just starting to explore green practices, or you’re looking to take it to the next level, EnviroStars meets your business where it is today. By signing up for a free site visit, our members receive exclusive access to a network of other green businesses, free promotions, and recognition throughout our social media platforms. (See bottom of page for a few examples of what EnviroStars can help you with.)

Plug your URL into the Ecograder tool at no cost to check out how green your website is! Learn more about how you can adopt a more sustainable web design and make a positive impact. 

What If...

Fear not! EnviroStars is still for you and offers free consultations! Sign up for a free consultation here!

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Who is Commute seattle?

Commute Seattle is a nonprofit Transportation Management Association that provides free services and technical assistance to help businesses develop commuter benefits program to support the use of sustainable commuting habits.

Did you know...

Commuting is the number one producer of carbon emissions for businesses?   Luckily in Seattle, employees have eco-friendly commuting options, and businesses can support these choices by offering commuter benefits

Commute Seattle has a team of transportation specialists experienced in helping businesses start commuter benefit programs, and can provide a roadmap to flexible, affordable commuting options. 

Get cheaper public transit!

If you’d like to set up a free consultation, please contact Nick Abel at nicka@commuteseattle.com or 206-613-3233.

Join ASBC

ASBC believes in the power of business to build a better world. ASBC’s mission is to empower and mobilize business leaders to advocate for market and policy change in support of a triple bottom line, sustainable economy. Join ASBC to build a sustainable economy and receive a 20% discount on your first year’s membership. Use the promo code SGB100. Get exclusive benefits starting at: 

  • 10+ exclusive webinars every year
  • Access to online skills training workshops
  • In-person events in numerous states
  • Share your news and events in our monthly Policy Update
  • Discounted pass to the Annual Sustainable Business Summit
  • Certificate of membership & license to use ASBC branding

What about my website?

  • One google search uses as much energy as turning on a 60w light bulb for 17 seconds.
  • The average website could be responsible for emitting up to 4,700Ib of carbon emissions each year.
  • The internet accounts for about 10% of global energy consumption.

What does your website’s carbon footprint look like? Find out now on Ecograder for free! Learn how you can reduce your website’s carbon footprint. 

More resources: packaging, waste, and impact reduction.

Futamura: Baked goods, chocolate, coffee, tea, fresh produce, and home options!

Bee’s Wrap: plastic wrap alternative

Mightynest: bees wrap (plastic wrap alt.), and more!

TekPak Solutions: omnidegradable – products that don’t degrade on the shelf!

Biomass Packaging: Products include: bags, office & shipping supplies, cleaning & janitorial supplies, food & table service, and custom printed items!

FoodBiz Supply: Literally everything!

Evergreen Packaging: Cartons, paperboard, paper, and they also offer equipment & parts services!

Clearbags

EcoProducts: Also everything!

Naturbag: garbage/commercial

BioBags: garbage/commercial

Girlie Press (Ask about their Conservation Cover paper that uses 100% recycled content!)

Sunshine POS: receipts and more!

POS Supply: receipts and more!

ArMetallizing: Metallized labels (packaging options too!)

Online Labels

Lightning Labels

EcoEnclose: Mailers, boxes, tape, bags, packing tissue, and more! (They even give free samples!)

AllPak Container: boxes, palettes, and more!

Trojan Litho: Packaging

Email Sustainability Program Manager to suggest other options, or let them know about what you use! 

King County’s Solid Waste Division let’s you search and find out where to dispose of any material! 

Check out Seattle Public Utilities’ resource on how to handle FOG, which installations to use, and how to get help! 

Upgrade outdated equipment and technology to increase efficiency, lower utility bills, and save the environment by signing up for a free consultation!

What our members love about EnviroStars

"As an organic tea manufacturer, sustainability, conservation, and waste reduction are core principles for Choice Organic Teas. Envirostars has helped us to identify areas where we have already succeeded in reducing our environmental impact as well as enlightened us to city programs and grants to help us further our goals of waste reduction and energy conservation. It’s so important that businesses evaluate their impact on the environment and having Envirostars as a free resource for Seattle businesses is invaluable."

"When I started my business, I did not realize how supportive of a community we have in Seattle. EnviroStars is a big part of pulling that together and connecting business owners to one another. As we all strive to be as environmentally and socially responsible as we can with our businesses, there are always challenges and this group has been a great space and forum for increasing my ability to embed sustainable growth into my business model." 

 "It gives a great checklist and good best practices and ideas that a maturing company would want to do, to move towards being more sustainable. You don’t have to invent everything yourself, you don’t have to think of everything and then there’s the support to help get those things in place, and the rewards are great." 

What envirostars helps you do...for free

  • Setting up or expanding recycling and compost programs.
  • Understanding Seattle’s food service packaging, plastic bag, recycling, and food waste ordinances and requirements.
  • Identifying, implementing, and documenting waste reduction strategies.
  • Helping to identify and replace inefficient equipment or fixtures that waste water, energy, and money.
  • Getting available rebates for qualifying equipment.
  • Adopting efficient and proper equipment maintenance practices.
  • Training staff how to prevent and manage pollution spills.
  • Educating employees and customers with educational signage.
  • ... and much more!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Green Business Program Manager, Nico McGuire via email or by calling (206) 629-2346, Ext. 4.

The EnviroStars program is brought to you locally, by Seattle Public Utilities.

Our Founding and Sustaining Partners