Environmental sustainability is one of the founding principles of Seattle Good Business Network’s mission. We work to support regional businesses, state and local government, and local communities get access to technical assistance through EnviroStars and circular economy initiatives designed to strengthen Seattle’s transition from a linear, extractive economy to a more regenerative one through waste prevention, reuse, and repair strategies.
We pursue our work through interagency collaboration to develop programming, resources, technical assistance, and events that:
Educate our communities on how to buy locally, reduce their consumption and waste production, and more!
Raise awareness of businesses that employ innovative sustainability business models, practices, and products.
Provide accessible and affordable resources to local businesses, particularly low-income, BIPOC, and women-owned, to help meet their sustainability goals.
Convene industry stakeholders and business leaders to explore industry challenges and solutions to sustainability goals.
PreCycle Innovation Challenge 2022
The PreCycle Innovation Challenge 2022 is a pitch competition for the best business product, service, or idea that addresses first and foremost, waste reduction, then waste solutions for materials generated in Washington state. This program is hosted by Seattle Good Business Network and Zero Waste WA, with partial funding from the WA State Department of Ecology.
This competition is open to Pacific Northwest businesses, individuals, and student teams seeking to advance Washington’s circular, regenerative, and just economy. Teams will participate and compete in two tracks: startup businesses and university-level. The 5-week program includes technical and business development workshops, mentoring, and coaching and culminates in a day-long virtual event. Learn more and apply or get involved here!
Circular Innovation Challenge 2021
June 23 2021 | Seattle Good Business Network is excited to announce the inaugural Circular Innovation Challenge 2021: a virtual pitch competition awarding the best manufactured product idea using ‘waste’ or recycled materials with a $10,000 cash prize, mentorship, and access to investors.
See what you missed from the live event here!
Learn more and apply or register here!
EnviroStars Roundtable: Earth Month Edition
April 2021 | In partnership with EnviroStars, Seattle Good Business Network is hosting our first dedicated roundtable to hear from EnviroStars-Registered businesses and help businesses prepare for impact storytelling during Earth Month through custom media features.
December 2020 | In partnership with EnviroStars, Seattle Good Business Network hosted the third annual EnviroStars Workshop/Application Party as a first-ever virtual edition. Small businesses were offered free, industry-specific resources and benefits offered through EnviroStars. Attendees were also able to complete their application/registration with EnviroStars and receive exclusive benefits including, but not limited to: 1:1 consulting, custom social media features reaching over 80K people, and more. Stay tuned for our next application party in early 2021!
November 2019 | Seattle Good Business Network presented the very first, Sustainabooze event, convening approximately 70 WA-based brewers, distillers, cidermakers, vintners, and industry-advocates who were keen to learn about pivotal environmental challenges and solutions in the industry. The event brought a panel of industry innovators from Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Lantern Brewing, Seattle Cider/Two Beers Brewery/Sound Craft Seltzer, Welcome Road Winery, and Westland Distillery, and was moderated by Brandon Archuleta, a corporate and commercial attorney from Lane Powell. The panel discussion was followed by five, deep-dive, topical breakout sessions co-moderated by panelists and subject-matter experts, to explore unique challenges, applicable solutions, and resources. Thank you to Lane Powell, Umpqua Bank, Impact Hub Seattle, Gnocchi Bar, and all of our drink partners of the event!
Second-Annual EnviroStars Application Party
September 2019 | Seattle Good Business Network partnered with EnviroStars to bring Seattle-based businesses a re-made EnviroStars program for businesses to save money and the planet for a healthier environment and community for all. Attendees were able to walk away with ready-to-use tools and resources, learn from experts from each Line of Business to address needs and challenges, get recognized by the program and SGBN, and enter to win a special feature through EnviroStars! Couldn’t make it to the event, or haven’t checked out the new and improved EnviroStars program, free for all WA-state businesses? Find out more here!
Sustainable Packaging Coalition Impact 2019 | Circular Economy
April 2019 | Seattle Good Business Network partnered with SPC for their Impact 2019 conference in Seattle, where over 500 partners from across the nation and world came together to learn about new initiatives, tools, and ideas around how the packaging world can slowly transition to a more circular model. Seattle Made members participated by hosting a classic tour through Pike Place, and by spreading awareness of their upcycled products at the event, showing how small businesses can lead the conversation around circular business models.
Sustainable Packaging 101: Food and Beverage Edition
February 2019 | Seattle Made partnered with Modern Species, a sustainable branding and package design agency, to help inform local businesses on upstream decisions (like ethical sourcing, materials, and manufacturing), the use-case considerations (like performance, lifespan, and cost), and the downstream consequences (like consumer behavior, disposal, and recovery) of food service containers and retail food packaging. This event sparked many conversations and helped shed light on some of the challenges and solutions to reducing waste through conscious business choices.
Holiday Pop Up Market | Upcycler's Edition
November 2018 | Seattle Made partners with Blanton Turner to host a Nov/Dec holiday pop up at the Broadway Market to promote sustainable Seattle Made businesses, and the diversion of materials from the waste stream, during a season of over 25% increase in waste production in the US (source). Seattle Recreative actively engages market-goers to wrap gifts, and build tree ornaments from once-discarded, upcycled materials.
The State of Textile Recycling, Reuse, and Repair | WRED Event
Seattle Made & EnviroStars
Summer Pop-Up & EnviroStars Application Party
September 2018 | In partnership with EnviroStars, Seattle Good Business Network brought together Seattle Made members to raise awareness of sustainable Seattle Made businesses, and provide free access to tools and resources to help businesses take their sustainable business practices to the next level. Hosted at Hotel Theodore.