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Burke Mercantile Green Business Network

As of March 2023, Burke has been Re-certified as a California Green Business implementing practices to prevent pollution, reduce waste, conserve energy, save water, and operate more sustainably by exceeding regulatory requirements. 

Energy & Water Efficiency:

- We have installed a faucet aerator in our bathroom sink to help reduce unnecessary water use, and we also use a dual flush toilet system for the same purpose. 

-We have installed light occupancy sensors, and use energy efficient LED lightbulbs throughout the store for maximized energy efficiency. 

-We use an Ecotank refillable ink printer and 100% recycled printer paper.

-We have UV tint applied to our windows to help reflect heat from sunlight, and a ceiling fan installed to help circulate air flow and use less central heating and air conditioning. 

Store Supplies & Operations:

-We have designated trash and recycling bins in store and outside of building to appropriately recycle. 

-Our Tissue paper comes from No Issue Co which offers paper that is FSC certified, and printed with soy based inks on acid-free paper. The FSC or Forest Stewardship Council certifies that the paper products that make up our printed tissue paper are sourced from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly and sustainably. With each order, a tree is planted in our home state of California. We also use home compostable mailers from their company for some of our online shipments as opposed to plastic/poly mailers. 

-Our other shipping supplies include recycled paper mailers, recyclable corrugated cardboard, and compostable, renewable, and EcoEnclose plant-derived cellulose packing tape. Any bubble wrap, air bubble, packing peanuts, or packing paper is 100% reused and recycled from our inventory shipments we receive. By re-using these, we've never had to buy any new packing material. We encourage our customers to re-use them when possible as well.

-Our shopping bags are 40% post-consumer, 60% post-industrial paper, are 100% reusable, recyclable, and compostable. Our shipping boxes and shopping bags are also sourced locally in Orange County to reduce the carbon shipping footprint. 

-Our shipping labels are made from 100% recycled paper. 

-Our business cards are printed on 100% recycled cotton paper from fashion industry waste.

-We use natural and non-toxic cleaning products, reusable towels, and 100% bamboo or recycled paper toilet paper. 

Shop Small, Shop Smart

We are teaming up with some of our sustainable shop neighbors this holiday season to encourage you to support local, and reward you for shopping smart! Shop with us in person this December, share on Instagram, and get rewarded with 10% off!

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Make a purchase at one of these businesses
  2. Share a story on Instagram of your purchase
  3. Tag @eastvillageartsdistrict and #shopsmart in your Instagram story
  4. Show your story and purchase receipt at any of the other businesses to redeem 10% off your purchase that day! 

Offer valid through December 31st, in store only at Burke Mercantile, 6th And Detroit, Wax N Blush, BYO Long Beach, and Ethikli. Shop smart this holiday season and always in the East Village Arts District! 💚