We are *this close* to warmer weather. For those of us who thought winter was going to last forever, I’m pleased to inform you that it’s officially spring. As we near those sweet summer months made for beach trips, park hangs, and floating down a river on a tube, let these B corp certified companies inspire you to enjoy the season with a lens of sustainability.
Dust off those lawn chairs and ice down that coffee, here are five earth-friendly companies to enjoy this spring.
You don’t have to be a New Englander to appreciate the crisp taste of Allagash’s Belgian-inspired brews. This Portland Maine-based brewery does it all; from the cocktail-inspired From Maine, With Love to this saison-style ale brewed with turmeric. It’s the brewery’s sustainability practices that makes Allagash such a springtime catch; committed to cutting water from the brewing process, keeping 99% of their waste out of the landfills.
Allagash is also a proud member of Crafted For All — a consulting firm fostering inclusive spaces and experiences in the craft beverage world.
Badger Balm is a family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company that began as a remedy for cracked hands back in 1995. Now — more than 100 products and 80 employees later — Badger Balm is a staple for anyone wanting anything from sun protection to mustache wax. From charitable giving to employee benefits and environmentalism, Badger Balm was built on a foundation of “kindness, compassion, and environmental stewardship.”
Sustainability looks good through the lens of Bird Eyewear. By sourcing materials like renewable cork, recycled aluminium, and bio-based acetate to build their stylish sunnies, Bird’s obsession with quality and sustainability make their eyewear a springtime essential. For every pair of frames you buy, Bird donates to the Share Your Sun partnership with SolarAid, which distributes solar light in places like Zambia and Malawi where fossil fuel burning lamps are the norm.
Manufactured by veterans in a low-waste facility in New York, TIDAL is here to save the world, one flip flop at a time. As the first American footwear manufacturer to receive B Corp certification, TIDAL has set the standard in leveraging a domestic supply chain to create what may just be some of the comfiest flip flops you’ll ever wear.
Each and every sole that comes out from TIDAL is made from a proprietary, USDA Biopreferred, material called Renewafoam that’s literally 60% air. So, when TIDAL says wearing their flip flops are like walking on a cloud, you can take that to heart.
Nothing screams springtime like an afternoon hammock hangout. Throw a cold beer or iced coffee in there and you’re officially in Cloud 9 territory. Kammok’s strong, durable, water-resistant hammocks are made for roughin’ it in the wilderness, promising climbing-grade suspension that can support you and a friend. Provided your combined weight doesn’t exceed 5,000 pounds, of course. Kammok’s pledge to the planet starts with sustainability; committed to eco-friendly materials and practices whenever possible to balance profit with purpose.
By Jeremy Glass, May 6, 2021