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Monthly Newsletter
March 2022
EnviroStars is Washington’s green business resource. 

Access environmental assistance, gain recognition and connect
with other business leaders.
Meet EnviroStars Business: Tacoma Aroma Flavor

Meet Kris Hay, owner of EnviroStars recognized business Tacoma Aroma Flavor. Kris likes to describe herself as a compiler of cookbooks and guidebooks on the Tacoma food scene. Kris is a firm believer in a farm-to-table approach as an important way for people to eat. 

Tacoma Aroma: Savor the Flavor is a cookbook and dining guide that features the recipes of talented local chefs and mixologists, highlights Tacoma and neighboring South Sound communities, and donates 25.3% of the profits to nonprofit organizations in the 253 area code!

At the Tacoma Aroma Flavor headquarters, most of the meals are made from scratch using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients that have been produced ethically and sustainably. Tacoma Aroma Flavor uses the acronym FLOSS (Fresh Local Organic Seasonal Sustainable) to remember the intentional choices that it makes to support fresh, local, seasonal food systems. Tacoma Aroma Flavor is all about maintaining the same standards of eating whether cooking in or dining out. They highlight small local restaurants and bars whose chefs and bartenders share their ideals.

Tacoma Aroma Flavor is a great example of a business that takes a unique approach to celebrate the local food culture and invest in the sustainable local businesses in Tacoma and neighboring South Sound communities.

Check out their next round of community recipe testing and support a fellow EnviroStars business!

Photo by Genevieve Denise.
From left to right, Kris Hay, founder of Tacoma Aroma Savor, Blanca Rodriguez Owner and Chef of local restaurant Pimienta Bistro and Chef Dennis Espinoza. Pimienta Bistro is known for its fusion of European cuisine with Latin American flare. Visit Pimienta Bistro where the boundaries between NE Tacoma and Federal Way blur. 

What is an EnviroStars Featured Business?

Every month, the EnviroStars team features a recognized EnviroStars small business owner. We highlight sustainable business practices, share tips for success, and learn how the EnviroStars program has benefited businesses! 
The latest business support resources to consider.
Celebrating Women's History Month

In commemoration of Women's History Month, EnviroStars celebrates women's contributions to history, culture, environment, and society in the U.S.

Did you know you can support women-owned EnviroStars businesses in WA like Two Big Blondes Plus Size Consignment through our new Green Biz Tracker filter? If you’re a Woman-owned, BIPOC-owned, Veteran-owned, or LGBTQIA+ -owned business, head on over to your EnviroStars application, “My Company Profile”, and check off these boxes OR fill out this short form and we will update your profile for you. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Free Communication Consulting Available

Do you want to improve your reach and effectiveness of communications to customers? Your business may be eligible for free assistance through the University of Washington Communication Leadership Consulting program.

Communication Leadership Consulting is offering pro-bono communication consulting to businesses and non-profits to help ensure that your business can survive the pandemic and can thrive afterward. Learn more and request a consultation here
Submit Your Recycle Madness Bracket

This March, Seattle Public Utilities live-streaming recycling-themed show, #AskEvelynLive, will be ranking the most maddening items to #recycle in Seattle. Submit your #SeattleRecycleMadness bracket by March 9th to win SPU swag like reusable bags, bins stickers, and more! See the At Your Service blog for more details.
How to Handle Paint

Got pints of paint sitting in your storage and building up dust? Good news - your leftover paint can be remixed into recycled paint and repurposed in ways you cannot imagine! To prevent hazardous waste spillage, contact a specialist to recycle your paint or find your nearest drop-off site using PaintCare’s site locator at
Celebrating World Water Day on March 22, 2022

World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance focused on highlighting the significance of freshwater, coordinated by UN-Water and UN-Water partners. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water globally.

Share how your business is protecting water in the Puget Sound and beyond and be sure to include #WorldWaterDay in your posts.
Make the Most of Your EnviroStars Recognition by using the EnviroStars logo 

Customers enjoy learning more about the local businesses they support, which in turn strengthens those connections. How can you share your sustainability story and solidify relationships with your customers?

It may be helpful to think about where customers spend time lingering at your business to determine what posters, postcards, brochures, or other materials can you offer to communicate your EnviroStars status and conservation efforts? For instance, a hair salon may display a mirror cling, an auto garage may add an EnviroStars logo and blurb on each service receipt, and a dental office may print a poster to place on the ceiling above exam chairs.

Read on for more ways to show off the EnviroStars logo and share your sustainability story with customers.
Display Your Window Cling and Certificate

Display your EnviroStars Window Cling near eye-level on a door or window at the entrance to your business.

Frame and hang your EnviroStars certificate in a prominent location where customers are likely to linger. For instance, you could hang it behind the cash register, in the waiting room, or near a refillable water bottle station. 

Need a replacement window cling or recognition certificate? Please email

Share Your EnviroStars Status Online

Include your EnviroStars recognition on consumer rating websites. Customers searching for nearby businesses on sites such as Google, Yelp, and Trip Advisor, will benefit from knowing your EniviroStars status. 

Share your sustainability store on social media. Click here for pre-made social posts that you can publish today!
Use the EnviroStars Logo to Tell Your Sustainability Story
  • Share your EnviroStars recognition on the about section of your website
  • Publish a press release or blog post announcing your EnviroStars recognition
  • Add the EnviroStars logo to your business cards, invoices, and proposals
  • Add the EnviroStars logo to your email signature
  • Add the EnviroStars logo and a brief description on printed and digital menus
  • Use the EnviroStars logo in advertisements, on packaging materials, and customer swag
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