“We want to take care of our employees and the earth because without either of them we wouldn't have a business.”
What matters most to us:
Phunkshun Wear is Certifiably Green by the City of Denver, achieved Silver Level in the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program, we incentivize our employees for taking alternative means of transportation (carpooling, cycling, public transit), we provide a Denver EcoPass at no charge to all employees, we provide health dental and vision insurance to all employees at no charge to them, all full time employees receive 10 PTO days per year, we support the Protect our Winters foundation, a big partner of the High Fives Foundation (provides empowerment grants, educational series, and operates a healing center for mountain sports athletes that have experienced life altering injuries), and work with the SOS foundation (introduces at-risk youth to snowboarding and provides mentorship) as well. We use fabric made from recycled plastic bottles to make all our products, all fabric is milled in the USA, we manufacture the products in-house ourselves, our facility is 100% wind powered and features all LED lighting.
What we learned:
Mostly it reinforced that what we are currently doing is the right thing. Most everything listed above we did on our own volition because it's important to the owners of the company and myself. We want to take care of our employees and the earth because without either of them we wouldn't have a business.
What we did as a result:
We're constantly looking to improve our practices, with our without best of colorado (no offense). It’s important that companies improve their practices not just for free marketing, but because it’s actually important to them.