Green America, a national nonprofit 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 and Planet Award.
The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, was given to three of the 10 businesses from across the country that were nominated. In addition to Peapods, Glee Gum of Providence, R.I., and Green Beginning Community Preschool of Los Angeles 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 at 2290 Como Ave.
Millie Adelsheim, the founder and co-owner of Peapods, said they were “incredibly honored” to receive the award.
“Our goal at Peapods has always been twofold: 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 e-commerce sites do not. Today, we are thankful to our community for helping us achieve this award.
Adelsheim says they plan to use the award money to invest in more energy-efficient light fixtures and improve their selection of sustainably made toys for the upcoming holiday season.
You can find out more about the store at www.peapods.com.