A few of the many reasons to buy with Viv include our:
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By pooling the purchasing power across all of our members, we’re able to get each of our members access to big volume based discounts that they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise. We’ve run the numbers against the competition and on average Viv members are saving 30-40% versus other retailers & wholesalers of green supplies.
We offer a wide selection of compostable food packaging from the greenest supplier on the planet. We also make sure that we “fill” a category– for instance, when it comes to food service ware and packaging, we offer 7 sizes of compostable bowls (e.g., a typical big-box retailer offers 1).
We have seen a lot of green products that really fall short.
I recently walked into a Berkeley cafe where the hot-top coffee lid started to melt & droop after going on a fresh cup of coffee. Ouch. What coffee drinker would want to use that?
- Arul, Viv Co-Founder
We make sure our products have high durability/effectiveness and that green for your business doesn’t mean reduced quality. It’s easy for a supplier to have a green option, but it’s completely another issue whether a customer wants to keep buying it.
More and more stuff is flooding the marketplace claiming to be green. Plenty of it is not. Part of our work is validating products & services offered. We screen the products & services that our suppliers offer. One big reason we’ve partnered with suppliers like World Centric is the amount of research they had done into the sustainability of their green suites. No one is perfect, but we want to set a high standard.
Even the best can get greenwashed. Whole Foods was notified by Golden Gate Disposal in SF that their compostable cutlery was not actually compostable. We had a report on the polypropylene in that product line a few months before then. While we don’t promise to always know ahead of the news, we do our very best to stay ahead of the game. In this case, it is important to us that clients are up-to-date and moreover get on top of suppliers before things get prickly. We have also seen our national suppliers be pro-active about such eco-issues, which is a big plus in our book.