Builds 3-D-printed homes using a proprietary concrete.
ICON's 3-D-printing technology allows for the construction of homes at a price significantly below conventional approaches--facilitating large-scale, new build housing solutions for communities in need. In March, ICON completed the first 3-D-printed homes for the unhoused at Community First! Village in Austin, in partnership with homeless outreach nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The project will eventually be home to 480 formerly homeless individuals. The company is also building 50 homes in Tabasco, Mexico, for local families living in extreme poverty.
Distributor and installer of commercial glazing, windows, and doors.
Recently, Double O relocated its office to the most economically challenged area in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the goal of creating local jobs and revitalizing the neighborhood through various construction initiatives. The company partners with nonprofit organizations, including Bethany Christian Services, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, and Habitat for Humanity, in order to improve local housing quality. After first halting operations early in the pandemic, Double O got back to work, helping businesses deemed essential. As of early May, all of the company’s 34 employees were rehired, plus several new staffers.
Makes socially responsible socks and other clothing items.
Knowing that socks are the most requested item in shelters, e-tailer Bombas has long donated them and other garments to the unhoused with each customer purchase. During the pandemic, Bombas leveraged relationships with other like-minded companies to spearhead donations of 300 sheets, 430,000 bars of soap, and 10,000 individually wrapped snacks. It also donated 50,000 pairs of supportive socks to doctors and nurses at nearly 200 hospitals nationwide and volunteered critically needed items, including over 113,500 pairs of socks and T-shirts, to the Food Bank of New York City, the Doctors Without Borders mobile shower program, the Department of Homeless Services, NYC’s Jacob Javits Center, and the USNS Comfort. This year, the company also made five $50,000 donations to organizations working to combat racial injustice.
Bombas is an e-commerce apparel company, focused on making the most comfortable socks in the history of feet while helping those in need. After discovering socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, Bombas established the brand’s mission to donate a pair of socks for every pair sold. To date Bombas has donated more than five million pairs across the US. Each Bombas sock is constructed using the company’s proprietary Sock Tech, comprised of several substantial improvements to the comfort, performance, and design of the traditional sock.
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Makes carbon-neutral footwear.
A self-imposed carbon tax in 2019 funded the company’s transition this year to 100 percent carbon neutrality through third-party certified offsets. Allbirds footwear and apparel all carry a Carbon Footprint label. In May, the company announced a partnership with Adidas to develop the world's lowest carbon performance shoe and to hasten the transformation of the footwear supply chain, from material choices to manufacturing facilities and transportation methods. In line with its concern for the climate crisis and racial equity, Allbirds proclaimed Earth Day and Juneteenth company holidays in 2020.
A direct-to-consumer home goods brand.
In a year when a record number of people ate meals at home, reliably non-toxic cookware became all the more beneficial. After launching in November 2019 with a 150,000 waitlist, Caraway's timing could not have been better. The company's first product, a ceramic-coated cookware set, is made of recyclable aluminum and stainless steel and is 100 percent free of harmful toxins. It also releases 60 percent less carbon dioxide compared with traditional nonstick coatings.