Gaiam, Inc., is a leading lifestyle company focusing on natural health, renewable energy, personal development and the environment
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Gaiam launched the world’s first carbon-neutral product shipping program in 2006. Partnering with The Conservation Fund, we created our Go ZeroSM program to involve our millions of customers in climate-change action and build awareness about the impact of carbon dioxide emissions.
We have offset our corporate carbon footprint by purchasing nearly 1,500 trees through Go Zero to offset the CO2 impact of our operations at our headquarters and distribution center.
Gaiam sources our 30% post-consumer waste paper from a sustainable forest managed by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC©). PEFC is the world’s largest nongovernmental organization that promotes sustainably managed forests. Like FSC, PEFC ensures we’re using the highest-quality paper at the lowest possible environmental cost. Catalogs are 100% recyclable anywhere magazines are accepted for recycling. By using nonvirgin fibers in our catalogs, we’ve saved nearly 50,000 trees and 9 million pounds of greenhouse gases.
The number of catalogs our customers receive is based on past purchasing activity. We encourage customers to request limiting the number of catalogs we send them and to shop our web site, where all products are featured, allowing customers to stop receiving catalogs entirely.
We use 100% recyclable and biodegradable eco-conscious packaging for all media. Designed to make the smallest environmental footprint possible, the lightweight, tough and resilient packaging is made from 100% post-consumer waste and is printed with soy-based ink.
Through our majority ownership of expedition company Natural Habitat Adventures, Gaiam provides individual and group eco-travel. Natural Habitat carries Gaiam’s mission, partnering with World Wildlife Fund to educate travelers on the importance of protecting and preserving the awe-inspiring wildlife and wild lands.
Gaiam is committed to zero-waste standards at our corporate office, adding composting collection to an already robust recycling program that includes materials not collected in most businesses, such as paperboard and yogurt containers. We reuse shipping containers and use biodegradable packing at our distribution center, and provide opportunity for employees to join off-site stream cleanups and Habitat for Humanity projects.
We have continued as a major supporter of the nonprofit Solar Living Institute, a green living and renewable energy learning mecca that hosts 200,000 visitors a year. In 2006 we sponsored an SLI Earth Day for Kids field trip for 50 inner-city fifth graders, and in 2007 we sponsored approximately 250 students.