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Eco Initatives

 

Energy Conservation and Recycling

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. At Shamans Market we are always looking for ways to reduce our use of resources and reuse and recycle at every step of the way.

Through our participation in GreenCurrents Renewable Energy program, ShamansMarket electric power is 100% sourced from Earth friendly, renewable Wind and Biomass power generation.

We reuse or recycle our cardboard, paper and packaging materials.  Very little goes to waste. Much of the material is reused in our packaging and shipping and much of what is not is recycled. 

When purchasing supplies we are conscience of finding recycled or recyclable materials be it for our office and warehouse use or for packaging materials.

 

Packaging & Shipping 

Whenever possible we use recycled or recyclable products for the products we package and ship.  From plant based cello bags for some of our sage and incense products to peanuts that are biodegradable we constantly have an eye out for making our products and packaging earth friendly. 

In shipping our products to you here are some of the ways we keep our shipping eco-friendly:

Use appropriate sized recyclable or recycled cardboard boxes and 100% recycled padded paper envelopes

Purchase 100% recycled/recycleable kraft paper for package void fill

Use Geami’s GreenWrap instead of bubble packaging and foam peanuts. Its benefits:

100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable

Easy for you  to recycle in curbside recycling bins

Made with raw materials from sustainably managed forests & producers

Wrap our products in tissue paper instead of plastic when possible

Print packing slips on at least 50% recycled paper

Purchase only 100% plant based compostable peanuts

Reuse: Paper, boxes and peanuts that we receive product in.  This sometimes means you may receive petroleum based packaging.  Although we never purchase it we do reuse it.  So if you get petroleum based peanuts or bubble wrap you recycle it.  Hint: UPS Stores will take your peanuts for you.  Find my recycling options at:  at www.earth911.com .

 

Carbon Offset Shipping 

ShamansMarket has teamed up with The Heart of the Healer and Camino Verde, non-profit organizations working to preserve the Peruvian Amazon. We are offering our customers the opportunity to offset greenhouse gases produced in shipping your order. Your $2 contribution will go to planting and maintaining endangered jungle hardwood trees that absorb carbon dioxide while protecting biodiversity and to preserving virgin rainforest .

The process of collecting carbon in forests, soils, geological formations and other carbon "sinks" is called carbon sequestration. Native trees and forests help fight climate change as part of their natural processes. As they grow, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into oxygen.

The Heart of the Healer Foundation (THOTH) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization focused on preserving indigenous cultures and restoring our earth. Through its Rainforest Sanctuary Initiative THOTH is at work in one of the most bio-diverse habitats on earth: The Madre de Dios region of the Amazon Rain Forest in Peru. Through purchase and long term government leases THOTH’s goal is to have over 15,000 acres of Rainforest under conservation by the end of 2009. As part of this program, THOTH is completing a large transaction along the Rio Las Piedras River of Peru’s southeastern Amazon rainforest. By becoming stewards of this land THOTH seeks to prevents further rainforest degradation from illegal logging, farming, mining and poaching. THOTH will also operate a biodiversity station for those seeking scientific scholarship and a deeper appreciation of this critically threatened habitat.

For more information on The Heart of the Healer and the great things they are doing, please visit: www.heartofthehealer.org

Camino Verde (“the green path”) is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization whose work is based in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. It is the primary mission of Camino Verde to plant trees and encourage others to do the same. Their programs and presence in several small communities in the Tambopata River basin have focused on promoting the planting and preservation of trees as a source of sustainable income and economic empowerment to small scale subsistence farmers. Migratory agriculture is the number one cause of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. It is their vision to reduce the impact of human populations on wild forests through the improved economic opportunities provided by long-term perennial reforestation and agroforestry.

In the past three years Camino Verde has made great advances in the creation of a viable example of the tree-based agriculture systems they promote. The result is their “living seed bank” with over 150 species of endangered and productive trees, shrubs, and native vegetables planted to date. Meanwhile, they have taken our work out into the community, planting 700 trees on the land of 10 farmers in one community in early 2009. Other projects include the construction of infrastructure to support a local indigenous healer’s important community healthcare practice and active research into low-budget options for reforestation of degraded cattle pasture lands that were once lush jungle.

Institutionally, Camino Verde is committed to the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and ethical usage of funds. It is their firm practice to direct all donations to their reforestation work and to strictly avoid administrative costs. Their paid staff of two Peruvians and one American, working hands-on planting trees in Peru, are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers in the United States.

For more information on Camino Verde and the great things they are doing, please visit: www.caminoverdeperu.org 

 

Eco Friendly Products 

Many of the products we sell are eco- friendly.  You can easily see spot these items by the green eco-friendly icon on the product page.  What does eco-friendly mean?  Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment.  This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. You can engage in eco-friendly habits or practices by being more conscious of how you use resources.

Product Qualifications

Making a truly eco-friendly product keeps both environmental and human safety in mind. At a minimum, the product is non-toxic. Other eco-friendly attributes include the use of sustainably grown or raised ingredients, produced in ways that do not deplete the ecosystem. Organic ingredients or materials are grown without toxic pesticides or herbicides. Products with "made from recycled materials" contain glass, wood, metal or plastic reclaimed from waste products and made into something new. Biodegradable products break down through natural decomposition, which is less taxing on landfills and the ecosystem as a whole.

 

Green America Certified 

Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses. Shamans Market is proud to be one of these companies.

They connect people to entrepreneurs building sustainable enterprises from the ground up and Main Street businesses that serve their communities.

Green America certifies businesses that are:

  • Actively using their business as a tool for positive social change;
  • Operating a "values-driven" enterprise according to principles of social justice AND environmental sustainability;
  • Environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their operations and facilities;
  • Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment; and
  • Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business.