February 11, 2019 2 Comments
Committed to conserving resources and preventing pollution, Ridge Merino becomes the first business in Mammoth Lakes, California to achieve the certification
Ridge Merino announced today it is the first company in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. to achieve a Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Network.
California Green Businesses enforce practices that help to cut down on cost savings in water, energy, and waste for businesses to make a lasting, sustainable change. By taking part in fighting climate change, Green Businesses not only work toward saving both business and environmental resources but also strive to improve employee wellness and productivity by using less toxic products.
“The California Green Business Network leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to create a vibrant green economy,” said Lia Webb, coordinator of the Eastern Sierra Green Business with High Sierra Energy Foundation. “We congratulate Ridge for showing such leadership in this program: through employee engagement, recommending other green businesses to the program and doing business with other green businesses, Ridge has served as a terrific Ambassador for the program.”
According to California Green Business Network, a recent survey suggests that demand for green products appears to be increasing: 27 percent of respondents said they are more likely to buy a sustainable product and/or service than five years ago.
“As a Certified Green Business, Ridge is dedicated to sustainability and taking action to prevent pollution within our facilities and daily operations,” said Ridge Founder Jeff Russell. “We are proud to achieve this certification which not only ensures the best working conditions for our team but also holds us to a higher standard to operate as a responsible business overall.”
Ridge joins a vast network of more than 3,000 innovative Green Business Certified companies in California, including REI, Whole Foods and Clif Bar & Company.
About Ridge Merino
Based in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Ridge develops merino wool apparel that performs as well in daily life as it does in the wildest outdoor conditions. Committed to operating in a responsible and ethical manner, all of Ridge Merino’s wool is sustainably sourced from select sheep farmers in Australia and New Zealand. The company strives to use all-natural, renewable and biodegradable fabric and materials whenever possible. As a partner of 1% For the Planet, Ridge donates a portion of every sale to environmental nonprofits.
About California Green Business Network
The California Green Business Program is a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California. It is part of the Green Business National Engagement Network which is comprised of more than 13,000 businesses in eight states. Funded by grassroots contributions from local government and utility partners to make it accessible to small to medium-sized businesses in California, certified green businesses exceed all environmental regulations and implement specific practices to reduce pollution, save water and energy, and protect human health.
March 05, 2019
“California Green Businesses enforce practices…” While I applaud Merino Ridge’s moral and ethical actions in addressing planetary protection, I’m antipathetic to any organization, governmental or non-governmental, that “…enforces…” business practices that are otherwise legal.
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March 12, 2019
We appreciate your feedback Eugene. Our Green Business Programs do go beyond compliance. We verify compliance but the bulk of our work is helping businesses meet a pretty significant checklist of items that are beyond compliance and are sector-specific. We verify that the green business standards are met and we reward for beyond compliance. Thanks for holding all sustainable recognition programs to that standard.