Engage Green & the Angel of Green
Luxury is durability? Durability as Luxury. Five years ago our 'Angel of Green', Leonor Mendoza, asked why wasn't there an option for sustainable upscale and everyday goods that are part of our on-the-go lifestyle? She then, as our Angel of Green, did something no other company had done - she designed products that were the same or better quality than what was being offered by established brand names - yet, she designed these products with what would normally be considered waste... recycling paper and plastic bottles into durable, fashionable goods - thereby proving that beauty arises from imagination about what could be, not what is, turning waste into luxury.
She doesn't waste waste. Her efforts have turned what would have been hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles or pieces of paper from perhaps dying a slow death in a landfill to giving them a new purpose, and therefore, a new life as a durable luxury good.
This extreme upcycling that she believed was possible changed what consumers thought about the beauty and durability of repurposing recyclable material.
Can a company actually teach other companies to become better, by leading by example? Engage Green can... through the efforts of Leonor Mendoza, founder, she has proven that an artist without formal business school training can make a business that has a positive global impact. Engage Green is able to lead by example because of your support - each time you give the gift of Engage Green you proactively vote with confidence and display that there's always a better way to manufacture and produce goods without chemicals or harmful effects to the environment.
Our logo . . . A Penguin riding on the back of a Chicken. Both are concerned about losing their environment -- they are friends who work together as a team on a project that engages us in sustainability. At the end of the day . . ."THEY DON'T WANT TO BE ROOMMATES LIVING IN HOT MIAMI"!
Engage Green was born in 2007 in Brooklyn and has been recognized in trade publications and the mainstream press - along with museums, the New York Public Library, and other non-profits and companies who buy Engage Green products to give as premium corporate gifts to employees and clients. European buyers appreciate the craftsmanship of Engage Green products, a durable luxury.
Our products are extensions of art, we believe in good design, and we believe that consumer choices effectively 'vote' on acceptable corporate behavior.
If we live in a consumer society, then all our decisions to consume have consequences, and we believe in helpful positive consequences.
Engage Green believes in quality - durable luxury, made to last, made to perform well in all weather conditions.
If we create and consume without imagination, we may consume expensive junk, rather than durable quality.
We believe that using sustainable materials and recycling are effective ways to conserve our resources, minimize waste and protect the environment.We turn consumerism into something positive by engaging what we call [The Green Cycle] – choosing the right material, creating a functional design and engaging environmentally conscious consumers.
We believe in Team Work, both Local and Global, the Engage Green project currently joins forces with the USA and Taiwan to produce our designs made under legal, safe and fair working conditions that are sweatshop free. We work with companies whose people share our values of integrity and environmentalism. They have a long history of quality management. We work together on a consistent basis and we are on site during each production cycle.
Engage Green is known for its unique fashionable designs made out of Recycled Plastic [PET], Recycled Paper and Sustainable materials like Organic Cotton, Hemp and Cork.
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the Green America Business Seal of Approval. The seal is presented to businesses that go beyond product and service quality to set the highest standards in environmental sustainability and social justice, and work to solve, rather than create, environmental and social problems.
“We are over the top excited to earn this coveted Seal of Approval, It’s one of the most respected and recognized symbols in the green marketplace and a powerful way to set Engage Green apart as a leader in its field,” Leonor Mendoza, founder.
We aim to create beautiful, functional and fashionable designs that our customers will be proud to use and happy to own.
We commit to the Earth and to Future Generations by creating design elements that respond to our environmental crisis in a meaningful way. We strive to “Live Green”.
Leonor Mendoza, founder and artist, inspires her team, which consists of people from around the world, including the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Iran, to stand united in their strong beliefs about environmentalism. She is an award winning artist whose work is part of the Art Museum of the Americas permanent collection in Washington DC. Her sculptures, also made from recycled materials, have been featured in shows around the world. Dozens of private collectors have commissioned her pieces. Born in Venezuela, Ms. Mendoza currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. leonormendoza.com
Press mentions and corporate & non-profit support:
Fashion Walk/Magic (2008)
CNN Español (interview, Christmas 2010)
Every day with Rachael Ray Magazine (2009)
Redbook Magazine (2008)
Conexiones (airplane magazine)
People Magazine (2009)
Sundance Film Festival (2012)
New York Public Library (2009)
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Art Institute of Chicago
The Nature Conservancy
Por Los Caminos Verdes
Apparel Guide Atlanta (2008)
Time Out website (2011)
NY Post blog (inauguration gift bag, 2009)
Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo, Coney Island Aquarium)
... And many others - thank you for the cable TV/press mentions or buying as a corporate gift buyer.
We support charities and non-profit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, American Red Cross, The Children of Chernobyl (Children at Heart), New Jersey Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Clarke School of New York, The Little Red Schoolhouse, NYU Stern Social Enterprise Association (SEA), United Way of Greater Duluth, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Fred's Team (NYC Marathon), Niagara Regional Athletics, Safe House Foundation Fundraiser, High Heels and Helping Hearts, Power of the Purse, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us.