Z-Life Certification

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"I own a business and I recognize that my customers are trying to reduce their throw away waste from cups, plates, to go containers, cutlery, straws, napkins, and more.  That is why I want my business to be Z-Life certified.  It takes the guesswork out of conveying to my customers that I want to help them refuse convenience trash."  Ali

 

What is Z-Life certification?

Z-Life certified businesses meet high standards of supporting customers as they embrace a zero waste life.  They

  • accept customer reusables
  • they problem solve barriers in their own business to refusing single use plastic
  • they understand that Zoetica customers do not want to be heaped with throw away items at check out. 

In exchange they are promoted by Zoetica and we refer customers to their establishments.

Z-Life certification is a $75 yearly membership program at one of a four-tiered rating system of Peak, Apex, Pinnacle, Zenith.  Each certified vendor is provided with web graphics, sustainably printed window decals, and a web listing on Zoetica's website.

LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION

ZENITH

  • Vendor is independently committed a zero waste and sustainable company practice.
  • Vendor does not provide any single use plastic and convenience trash items in the routine course of business.  (This includes to-go cups, food containers, soup bowls, straws, cutlery, napkins, shopping bags, plastic serving bags, and packaged foods.)  
  • Vendor allows customers to fill their own reusables from "for-here" plates and cups, or will fill their vessels for them upon request.  
  • Straws are not available for beverages unless they are reusable stainless steel.  
  • Plastic retail packaged and bagged items are not available.  It is possible for customers to purchase unpackaged foods and beverages. 
  • Vendor has a vibrant commitment to composting, recycling of aluminum, glass, plastic film, sourcing from local organic farmers, reducing throw away items, and
  • Vendor is committed to eliminating physical contact between plastic and food.   
  • A reusable water bottle or water cup filling station is provided on site.  Water is not provided in plastic cups.
  • Vendor posts a Z-Life decal on their door or register to alert customer to their Zenith status.

PINNACLE

  • Vendor is independently committed a zero waste company practice.
  • Vendor does not provide any single use plastic and convenience trash items in the routine course of business.  (This includes to-go cups, food containers, soup bowls, straws, cutlery, napkins, shopping bags, plastic serving bags, and packaged foods.)  
  • Vendor allows customers to fill their own reusables from "for-here" plates and cups, or will fill their vessels for them upon request.  
  • Straws are not available for beverages unless they are reusable stainless steel.  
  • Plastic retail packaged and bagged items are available in 100% recycled plastic and paper packaging.  
  • It is also possible for customers to purchase unpackaged foods and beverages using their own containers. 
  • A reusable water bottle or water cup filling station is provided on site.  Water is not provided in plastic cups.
  • Vendor posts a Z-Life decal on their door or register to alert customer to their Zenith status.

APEX

  • This vendor provides single-use packaging, containers and items, but the packaging is limited to only biodegradable or compostable single-use items to customers in the routine course of business. (This includes to-go cups, food containers, soup bowls, straws, cutlery, shopping bags, plastic serving bags.) 
  • All packaged foods are served in 100% recycled plastic that is recyclable.  It is possible for customers to purchase foods that are not packaged but packaged foods are available.
  • Disposable straws are standardly used and are compostable/biodegradable.  
  • Vendor allows customers to fill their own reusables and/or will fill their vessels for them upon request.
  • Vendor posts a Z-Life decal on their door or register to alert customer to their Apex status.

PEAK

  • This vendor provides single-use packaging, containers and items that are not biodegradable or compostable.  (This includes to-go cups, food containers, soup bowls, straws, cutlery, shopping bags, plastic serving bags.) 
  • This vendor may also sell packaged foods are served in plastic that is recyclable but not made from recycled plastic.  
  • Disposable straws are standardly used.
  • However, this vendor WILL allow customers to use their reusable containers, vessels and bags.  
  • Vendor posts a Z-Life decal on their door or register to alert customer to their Peak status.