Big Green Earth Store
Location(s): 934 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Social Media: http://www.twitter.com/biggreenearth
No. of employees: 4-7 (friends and college students involved with environmental programs)
Ownership: Tony Fisher, Owner (and local resident) and silent partner
Motto: "You Don't Have To Be a Superhero To Save the Planet."
Coolest Feature: "Everything."
Suppliers: Made By Humans, BlueQ, Voltaic Systems, Eartha's Handbags (private label), local artisans and crafters, Sun & Earth, Klean Kanteen, Mioculture.
Philosophy: "To provide a one-stop shop for eco-friendly products that help reduce our customer's carbon footprint. To educate others about environmental issues."
Fundraising Opportunities: Yes. Discounts for groups looking to raise money.
Most Popular Item(s): Klean Kanteens (wide-mouthed, stainless steel water bottles),
Favorite Non-Profits Organizations: PSPCA, PAWS, Australian Cattle Dog Rescue.
What's Next: "Expand into other cities throughout the U.S. with corporate-owned stores. Offer franshise opportunities in the U.S. to other like-minded individuals."
How Did Idea of BGES Begin: "When I was looking for an eco-friendly gift for a friend and realized that I could only purchase the gift online. There was no brick and mortar store offering only eco-friendly products. We were the first to invoke a green only approach to a gift/personal care/housewares store."
BGES in 5 Years: 5-corporate owned stores (Denver, CO; Portland, OR; New York, NY; and an additional 10 franchises throughout the U.S.)
Family Friendly: Families can purchase back-to-school supplies;
I am jealous that I didn't think of the REFILL Station idea ;-) It's brilliant! Consumers are able to bring their empty bottles of laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, etc. to the store and REFILL the containers with natural Sun & Earth cleaners and detergents. So, not only are you doing the planet good by re-using the bottle but you are saving a little money because it costs less to package the products this way.
BGES does many things right in addition to promoting eco-friendly products. Tony hires people who are very interested in environmental sustainability. The owners support great causes like PSPCA and PAWS. BGES hosts local events promoting eco-smart decision-making. If you are ever in Philadelphia, you must stop by BGES!
We wish Tony & his team much success in the future.
Eej gives BGES a thumbs up for competitive pricing, variety of eco-smart products, and ecoolness.
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