Store Product Policy

The Ecology Center Store carries a unique selection of products that are carefully vetted to fulfill our mission: to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future. Below is a list of considerations that we bear in mind when selecting which products to offer.

We consider whether a particular product is:

  • good for the environment or better than conventional alternatives
  • made from sustainable, organically grown, or recycled materials
  • affordable and durable
  • reusable, repairable, biodegradable, or compostable
  • compatible with sustainable practices or resource conservation
  • reflective of multicultural values
  • produced locally

We generally avoid products that are:

  • packaged in non-reusable, non-recyclable or excessive packaging
  • made from substances that are harmful to the environment, the end user, or the workers who produce it
  • disposable, if there is a good reusable alternative
  • made from plastic or other products that are derived from petroleum
  • made from genetically modified crops

We favor vendors who share our values. We consider the following:

  • Does the vendor make an effort to minimize waste in the production, transportation and marketing of its products?
  • Does the vendor engage in fair labor and fair trade practices?
  • Does the vendor contribute to environmental or socially conscious causes?
  • Is the vendor engaged in any dishonorable behavior?

If you are a vendor of a product that aligns with the Ecology Center Store mission and product policy, contact our Store Manager to discuss the potential of the Ecology Center carrying your product.