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letter to our vendors


We know you care as much about environmental issues as we do. That's why you make ecologically superior products! But of course, being green includes the packaging as well as the product. If you have already established green packaging procedures, we (and your customers) appreciate it, and encourage you to share any innovations you develop or discover.

If this is an issue that you've yet to address, we invite you to join Green Home in our commitment to promote responsible, sustainable packaging, some of which is outlined below:

The Issue:
In the United States, as well as most other developed nations, packaging accounts for as much as one third of our non-industrial, solid waste stream. Many countries have laws that require manufacturers to take back packaging or pay for recycling but this is not the case in the U.S. Therefore, a lot of the packaging still ends up in our solid waste landfills.

Our Position:
In assessing a product's greenness, Green Home considers both product and packaging, as it's all part of what lands on our customer's doorstep. We look, for example, at the manufacturing, use and disposal options of packaging. For additional guidance, we look the Federal EPA Initiative called Extended Product Responsibility (EPR).

Our Request:
We ask our vendors to use packaging that meets any or all of the following criteria.

  • Eliminates toxic ingredients
  • Uses less material
  • Makes it more reusable
  • Uses more recycled content
  • Makes it more readily recyclable

We recognize that there may be a higher cost doing things this way. We have done some research in this area and are standing by to help you make a change. Specifically, there is a packaging option that Green Home recommends:

EcoFoam™ packing "peanuts" made from cornstarch expanded with water. It has soft resilient properties similar to polystyrene and is completely compostable, biodegradable and water- soluble. For more information visit www.nationalstarch.com.

If you have questions about eco-friendly packaging, please contact us at 877-282-6400 / 415-282-6400 or at info@greenhome.com.

Thank you for your help in creating a healthier place to live!


The Green Home Team

Green first what matters most. Your trusted online source for green products since 1999
Green Home is the original online ecostore, based in San Francisco, California, in the heart of both the environmental and cleantech industries. Since 1999 Greenhome.com has played its part as one of the most comprehensive online resources for greening your home and greening your business. Our company is on a mission to green the world, one person (and one business) at a time. While all of our products are eco-friendly, we are especially passionate about compostable plates, cups, bowls, cutlery & utensils, take out containers and bags.  If more businesses and individuals switched from disposable to compostable we could make a real impact on the world!

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