In 2019, Martket became one of the first companies in the promotional products industry and one of the first 2000 business members worldwide, to join 1% for the Planet, committing to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. 1% for the Planet certifies our giving and carefully vets the environmental organizations that are eligible to receive our funding. Started by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet members around the world have collectively donated more than $225 million to environmental nonprofits to date.
After consulting with our team, we joined 1% for the Planet because we wanted to formalize our commitment to giving back and supporting environmental solutions through our everyday actions. 1% of sales is a significant commitment, but we all believe that it is an essential component of doing business the right way. We are in a product-centric industry and care deeply about the footprint left behind by tangible marketing products. It was essential for us to be able to communicate our commitment clearly and thoughtfully to our clients and work with clients who share our core values. As a trusted partner, this commitment includes environmental responsibility in our sourcing and focusing on products made from recycled materials, as well as products that are reusable alternatives to single-use items.
Look for the 1% for the Planet logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.