Reducing our environmental footprint is our top priority: whatever we do, we always have the planet and people's health in mind.
Fillgood is a certified California Green Business.
We believe that the climate crisis is one of the biggest emergencies humanity is facing, and we want to do everything we can as a business, as individuals, and as community members to try to fight it.
Products sourced with the planet and you in mind.
First, we choose to work with companies that align with our values. The products we selected are cruelty free, non toxic, most are vegan and organic, made from ingredients and materials we can stand behind. Second, we ask our suppliers to ship us their products without plastic and to bundle our orders-- the little plastic that we do receive in our shipments is reused.
All of our products come in compostable, reusable, or recyclable packaging, and always plastic-free. Any containers you don’t have a use for, such as metal tins or glass jars, can be returned to us to be cleaned and reused.
We are going a step further by working with companies that will help us close the loop, meaning we want to support businesses that will refill the empty containers that their products came to us in. If we can't return our bulk containers, they are reused by us (all our 1 gallon jugs used to contain Dr Bronner's castile soaps) or donated to community members to be repurposed.
We believe in planning for the long run, which is why we offer products that will last a lifetime. Items like stainless steel razors, metal straws, and stainless steel containers can be cleaned and reused forever.
Our Sustainable Brick & Mortar Store
In August 2020 we opened a front store in Berkeley. We put a lot of efforts into making it as sustainable as possible:
- We used zero VOC paints for the walls and the floor, zero VOC varnishes for our shelvings
- We purchased second hand furnitures only, and reused what we already had: Urban Ore and Craigslist were our favorite places to shop!
- The only new fixtures in the store are our custom made shelvings: made fully from local pine wood, FSC certified and non treated.
- Our store runs on 100% renewable electricity and doesn't have natural gas. We just signed up to the "Renewable 100" service plan from East Bay Community Energy to get 100% California wind and solar power.
- Our appliances are Energy Star certified and the remaining non LED light bulbs will soon be replaced.
Orders shipped and delivered with as small of an impact as possible.
Your orders will arrive in reusable bags filled with nothing but your products (and sometimes reused paper to keep your soaps safe!).
Reducing deliveries carbon footprint is essential:
- We group orders so we only deliver to each area once a week or every other week
- We encourage you to bundle your purchases: you save money and help us keep our carbon footprint low
- When we start delivering in a new area, we offer pickup locations to reduce the amount we’re driving.
- When we deliver your orders, we map out the most efficient route possible to bring your products to you in our electric and hybrid vehicles.
We ship out all orders in reused boxes and keep your stuff safe with reused paper packing materials, or 100% recycled and recyclable paper envelopes. The tape we use to seal our boxes is also plastic-free.
After optimizing our process as much as we can, the last step is to offset our carbon emissions from deliveries. We chose to purchase our Verified Carbon Offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation. These funds support carbon reduction projects.
We also made donations to SeaTree.org a non-profit that provides funding to protect, sustain, and regenerate vulnerable ocean ecosystems. This includes restoring kelp forests, planting mangrove trees, seagrass, and preserving coral reefs.
We believe in community.
Our job is not just to sell sustainable products, but provide resources for people to reduce their waste and engage with the community. Our founder Stephanie is a co-admin of the Facebook group Zero Waste San Francisco as well as a member of the Plastic Reduction Working Group, a Berkeley/ Albany group that meets once a month to discuss ways to raise awareness about plastic pollution and climate change.
We love to get engaged in the community through things like our partnership with the Berkeley Ecology Center and with Schoolcare, a local non profit that provides funds to Albany public schools.
We post fun and educational blogs on our website to help our community learn more about sustainability and waste reduction.
We’re a small business, and we love to get to know our customers. Come into our store, ask questions, chat with us on Facebook, & share tips-- the best way to make change happen is to keep inspiring each other!