As you know, our Heart of Seattle Awards are underway and now that the top finalists of each category have been chosen, it's time for them to tell YOU why they should get this prestigious recognition. All of the groups have some pretty solid cases, so we've selected some of the best quotes from each finalist and they will be viewable and accessible on blog posts for the next two months. After reading the quotes, vote for the business that you think should be chosen for the Heart of Seattle award in each category. Here are the finalists in the locally made group:
Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream
"[Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream] provide[s] exceptional benefits to the moon crew to ensure they are taken care of and are healthy and happy and advocate for worker's rights along with serving delicious homemade ice cream. They pride themselves on working closely with local farms producing fresh, organic, sustainable ingredients and pack and serve customers in fully compostable products. They give back 1% of profits or 10% of sales (whichever is greater) to neighborhood food banks, Seattle Public Schools, Arts organizations, the Girls Scouts of Western WA and local nonprofits dedicated to fighting for equity in our city. They donate product as they can to food banks and community organizations, including through repackaging ingredients such as spices, rice, oats and beans. Each shop is fully powered by wind power via offsets."
"For more than a decade, they have been lovingly creating some of the most beautiful handmade furniture available using only natural, non- toxic and organic-certified materials, sourced locally whenever possible. 90% of the materials they use are organic-certified (GOLS-certified organic and Carbon-neutralized Dunlop latex, GOTS-certified organic wools and fabrics, FSC-certified wood, USDA organic-certified cotton batting, and Greenguard-certified adhesives). This is ensures that criteria of environmental preservation, fair treatment of workers and end consumer's health and safety are met. They are pursuing a Declare label from ILFI (International Living Future Institute)."
"indi chocolate works with cacao farmers and cooperatives around the world. They directly source their cacao, so that cacao farmers can afford to live and to improve their way of life, by sending their kids to school and being able to feed and house their families. The money that cacao farming brings them prevents deforestation in the rain forest and other industries that are harmful to the land and the people living on it by providing a sustainable crop for farmers, instead of selling their land for timber, oil and other natural resources. They pay above fair trade pricing whenever possible for their organically grown, rare varietal cacao. They choose to support farmers that use bio diverse methods of farming that protect bird species, increase biodiversity of hardwood trees, medicinal plants and plants that can be consumed by the farmers and that can be sold in the local markets. This method of inter-cropping protects the land from being stripped of it's nutrients."
Sea Witch Botanicals
"Sea Witch Botanicals aims to keep the waterways clean of toxic chemicals by providing all-natural home and body products and increasing awareness of our daily impact on the environment. They started the company with a dream to make a difference; to promote consumer education of home and body products so that we can all make an informed decision to choose sustainable, natural products that focus on social and environmental well-being. They have made a lot of huge changes over a short few years, including using fair trade butters and oils, supporting green energy initiative at work and at home, supporting charities, and reducing the plastic in their products by utilizing glass and tin."
"Theo Chocolate is a bean to bar chocolate maker in Seattle - the first fair trade and organic bean to bar maker in North America. They engage in extensive surveying for all of our suppliers and require organic certification and fair trade certification, which both have stringent environmental standards. They also conduct site visits for ingredients that have high risk of environmental degradation."
Now that you've heard why each business believes they deserve their category's award, you are given the daunting task of voting for which of these 5 fantastic businesses should win.