So friends, global warming. That’s our ice breaker. See, not only environmentalists but lame-joke-makers too! Things are looking pretty bleak for our world but we’re determined to try and #unstuffit with you.
01 Sustainable materials
02 Ethical labor
03 Product centre
07 Continuous improvement
We make stuff. And we educate. But we’re not perfect. It’s unlikely we will be. We do however try our utmost best in running our little company as sustainably as possible (we believe every business should) and we’re constantly looking toward the future and ways we can consistently be better and do more.
Below is an overview on the focus areas of our sustainability strategy. We encourage other businesses to also think about these things so please use the links and reach out if you’d like to chat!
We get to do this all because of Thank you for being here with us and doing it together.
Sustainable products & materials
We are extremely selective of our materials and work diligently to create truly eco-friendly products wherever possible. All businesses have a responsibility to limit their damage on the world as much as they can.
We use 100% pure hemp through a local sustainable farm, use rescued linens and cottons (generally pre-consumer waste), develop from sustainable coconut wood and are careful in the products we create. We craft items that are useful and are conscious to not create anything more.
100% Pure Hemp
All our hemp products are made from 100% pure hemp from a rural farm with a low environmental impact.
No virgin cotton
Our cottons and linens are pre-consumer waste from local industry or other businesses.
Using our scraps
We use our scrap fabric in numerous ways to use it all up so there is no waste left.
Each of our product pages include an icon set of the sustainable characteristics of that item.
We believe businesses should be fair for everyone involved. Workspaces should be safe, happy and flexible. We’re not rigid in how we work and know everyone is more productive and fulfilled when they get to use their skills and manage their own lives. We feel the same about ourselves! In the past we have worked in international development and with not-for-profits so have experience in this area. We believe everyone has the right to a happy, clean workspace where they can feel good and are satisfied with their working days. We don’t believe in long hours and all our workers, no matter where they reside, are treated fairly and ethically.
We believe workers shouldn’t be around toxic substances and working with dangerous chemicals so we don’t have any of that. We also keep filling the place up with plants! We work to make our centre a happy, positive, clean & organized space. In Cambodia, plastic burning is a major issue so we have eliminated that at the centre as much as humanly possible. We keep the soft plastics to create eco-bricks (and also help nearby schools do the same), we have a water station with plenty of water for workers, their kids and all the classes we support and a no plastic-bottle policy. Workers go home for 2 hours during the day for lunch at home we provides rest and ensures less waste is created from food.
Collateral & Packaging
All our packaging is plastic free. Our kit boxes are made in a sustainable printing warehouse and they are totally recyclable. Our tissue paper is FSC certified with vegetable inks. Our cushioning for products is 100% post-consumer shredded paper waste. Our product packages are 100% recycled card. Cylinders are recyclable. Our thank you cards are made entirely from recycled cotton t-shirts from fashion industry waste. We use paper tape for anything that needs extra closing (and we use it minimally). We don’t send in satchels. Our labels are compostable and our notes are printed on 100% recycled brown paper. We’ve thought a lot about this. You can read on each component of our packaging using the button below.
Together with you our impacts go much further than just providing sustainable products and education. We consistently work for (and toward) these things:
- Providing environmental education & research.
- Helping one another significantly lower our environmental footprint.
- Creating fair, positive and enjoyable jobs with happy workplaces in a sustainable manner.
- Supporting local communities, providing workshops, implementing solutions and supporting skills and training for kids and adults.
We love supporting creatives and organizations doing amazing things for our world. We also feature great small businesses around the world working on the environment, new research, studies and product innovations on our social channels (come check it out on Instagram).
Not just a boring term confined to the corporate world! We strive to always do better and know we have a number of areas we can improve. We are currently looking at some partnerships with some major environment companies. We are looking into offsetting our carbon accurately so we are a net-zero company and working to have this calculated and implemented by the end of the year. We also know a a few of the components of our material can be better and are actively looking at sourcing these (see our fabrics page).
What can you do?
In your own life, reduce your footprint as much as possible! As a business check out these resources as a place to start, or expand on your practises.
01. Offset your carbon. Reduce everything you can first, then offset the rest. We’re current working on ours! Offsetting can get complex but it’s usually cheaper than you think. Carbon offset projects should be verifiable, enforceable, permanent, additional and monitored. Look at the Gold Standard, Carbon Fund, Conservation Org and Terra Pass.
02. Join 1% for the planet. Commit to donating a portion of your revenue to the environment each year.
03. Team up with local, effective organizations near you to create local impact.
04. Check on your workers and factory conditions and environmental impact. If you don’t fund or own your production centres, audit them with a third party regularly.
05. Know your materials impact. Check out the impact your products have by using the Higgs Product Tool.
06. Powering your place with renewables (or go with a factory does this). You can also consider other ways to capture energy to reuse within your cycle.
07. Use your scraps. Nearly every product business that makes stuff, creates waste. Can you utilize it? Donate it? Sell it to other businesses who find value in it?
08. Switch to a paperless office or use recycled paper only where necessary.
09. Swap out your office supplies with eco-products. A good place to start is toilet paper (we recommend Who Gives a Crap) and your kitchen (grab plastic-free sponges and cleaning clothes and ensure there are utensils, plates, cups and a recycled jar area for staff). We’d love to talk to you about your business and how we can help you with this (either in transitioning, environment education workshops or providing a consistent supply of our products to meet your needs). Email us!
10. Always keep asking, how can this be better? How can we delight our workers, our customers and our world?