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By Molly Lavik

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The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBC) is a non-profit organization which provides professional networking, mentoring, and educational forums to sustainable business professionals in Southern California. The organization's goal is to help members improve their operating efficiencies, profit margins, and staff productivity as they reduce the ecological impact of their products and services. It's an honor to serve a very committed and dedicated board of directors. Check back here to see the latest blog post by Molly Lavik. Thank you!

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Posted on February 19, 2016
And the SBC Giving Tree Award Goes To...!

Award season is upon us including at the Sustainable Business Council! It is with great excitement that I write about the SBC Industry Achievement Awards known as the #SBCAwards! This year we are honoring two incredible people from the Naturual Products industry. Before I announce who the honorees are a bit about the awards.

The 5th Annual #SBAwards will be taking place on Tuesday, April 19th to coincide with Earth Day Week! This year hundreds of Southern California based companies and the sustainably focused humanitarians that run them will be competing for the SBC Giving Tree Award Trophies!

SBC Giving Tree Award
SBC Giving Tree Trophy
is a Ming Aralia in a
solid Bamboo planter.

The awards reception and ceremony salutes and spotlights Southern California companies working daily to create sustainably focused products and services that reduce ecological impact.

This year's honorees are both from two prominent companies in the natural products industry. The honorees that will be making opening remarks at the 5th Annual #SBCAwards are:

David Bronner                Rose  Marcario

David Bronner               Rose Marcario
CEO                                President & CEO
Dr. Bronner's                 Patagonia, Inc.


One of the most sought-after judged awards is known as SBC's Sustainable Seedling Small Business Award and will be presented this year by:

Brian MacMahon 
Brian Mac Mahon
Expert DOJO

Last year all aspects of the natural products industry were covered in the applications for the seedling awards. Those interested in competing for one of the 2016 #SBCAwards can fill out applications by visiting:

More details about this year's #SBCAwards are available HERE.

December 4, 2015
#PlantBasedBiz on the Rise!

The Natural Products Industry is alive and well in Southern California! Yesterday the Sustainable Business Council hosted one of the most memorable events of my life titled, "SBC's #PlantBasedBiz." The evening was headlined by some of the greatest icons in the Natural Products industry that included to mention a few:

musician, activist

Rich Roll
Rich Roll
Rich Roll Podcast on iTunes
The Plantpower Way is now available everywhere
Finding Ultra is the name of my first book

Bob Goldberg
Bob Goldberg
CEO and founder
Follow Your Heart

And others. You can read all about this inspirational event that substantiates how the plant-based businesses are a significant part of the Natural Products industry by visiting HERE.

Last Year Look Back Feature!
SBC Blog Post:
From Zero-waste to Up on a Sustainable Roof!
March 4, 2015

It's hard to believe that the SBC has been creating sustainable business focused educational programs for over a decade. I became involved with this incredible non-profit a few months after it's inception and this has led to some of the most exciting moments of my career. Each month I'm going to focus on a business that is paving the way in sustainability. This month we feature Earth Friendly Products and the legendary sustainable business practices they have implemented. We had the honor of having an exclusive, "behind-the-scenes" tour and talk with this environmentally focused company at their Garden Grove location. 

As part of the SBC Membership we offer a special mentor program where on a regular basis we mentor sustainable businesses with a particular business challenge they have or a new product or service they wish to share with their peers. We were hosted by the extremely talented environmental humanitarian:

 Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh I Vice President of Sustainability and Education

Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh

Vice President of Sustainability and Education

Earth Friendly Products

This special tour and talk attended by the SBC members started off with an on-site business overview of
Earth Friendly Products Zero-Waste Program

SBC Member Mentor Session Attendees                    SBC Member Mentor Session

We learned a great deal about sustainable business practices that included the following:

Earth Friendly Products is the leader in the development and production of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies for household and commercial use with over 150 products manufactured, distributed, and sold in the USA, Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. All Earth Friendly Products are created with only replenishable and sustainable plant-based ingredients that are safe for people, pets, and the planet. The company proudly adheres to its strict "Freedom Code", a list of harmful and toxic ingredients that are not found in any its products. Earth Friendly Products has proudly received the 2010 GEELA Award for Sustainable Business Practices, 2009 Green Patriot and the Champion level recognition from the US EPA through the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program's Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative.

You can learn more about what Earth Friendly Products is doing for the environment by visiting 

Here are some photos from the remarkable tour and talk! Several of the members commented that this was the best SBC Member Mentor Session they had ever attended. We made outstanding business connections, learned insightful sustainable business practices and had fun at the same time!

Sustainable Business Council Tour and Talk           Nadereh and Patricia   
 Earth Friendly Products Rooftap Solar Panels  Mr. Van Vlahakis

I hope you can join us for the next tour and talk coming up in April! Details will be announced shortly. In the meantime please consider apply for this years SBC Industry Achievement Awards. To apply: