(September 12, 2014, Washington, D.C) Green America, a national non-profit that promotes sustainable business practices, named St. Paul's Peapods Natural Toys & Baby Care store as one of three winners of the Summer 2014 People & Planet Award.
The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, was given to three out of ten businesses across the country who were nominated. In addition to Peapods, Glee Gum of Providence, Rhode Island, and Green Beginning Community Preschool of Los Angeles, California were also named as winners.
Peapods, which is celebrating 15 years in business this month, offers wood toys, cloth diapers, baby carriers, and other green goods for kids at its store on Como Avenue.
Millie Adelsheim, the founder and co-owner of Peapods, said "We're incredibly honored to receive Green America's People & Planet Award. As long-time supporters of Green America, we greatly appreciate their commitment to promoting sustainable businesses.
"Our goal at Peapods has always been two-fold: to offer the safest and greenest goods and to build community in our city. We believe that a locally-owned store benefits a neighborhood in dozens of ways that chain stores or ecommerce sites do not. Today, we are thankful to our community for helping us achieve this award.
"We will be using this award to invest in more energy-efficient light fixtures and to improve our selection of sustainably made toys for the coming Holiday season.
"While most of our products are also available on our website, peapods.com, we strongly encourage folks across the country to seek out local toy and baby stores in their own neighborhoods. Your local merchants deserve your support!"