All of our eco-conscious efforts blend planet-friendliness and financial value, to utilize the best combination of responsible and affordable. We would love to hear your tips and ideas to further improve our green story.
We are converting to all compostable and biodegradable packaging. We will continue to use up our remaining #4 recyclable packages (usually accepted where recyclable plastic grocery bags are collected – check your local area). Our new plastic storage bags are made with revolutionary d2w technology – which essentially biodegrades like nature’s waste. It’s all very science-y and you can learn more HERE. Meanwhile, our new outer packaging is exclusively cardboard or compostable mailers. The compostable mailers break down fully in home compost in 180 days.
Your order is always shipped in the smallest package possible, eliminating the use of unnecessary padding. If needed, wooden items are cushioned with paper wadding (no foam or plastic). And we never do split shipments. Multiple orders to the same address are always packaged together. These practices not only reduce waste but also reduce costs!
We adhere to recommended temperature levels to best utilize energy. Machines are always off when not in use and we’ve adopted daylighting instead of artificial lights most hours of the day. Much like you strive to maintain an energy efficient home to reduce energy waste and save money, we use those same practices in our business. And with our business inside our home, we’re tending to only one space.
We fabric shop in person with a local jobber (a group who purchases excess fabric from mills and wholesales them in small quantities). These fabrics come from mills and factories all over the southeast. This allows us to hand-select top quality (otherwise unwanted) fabrics in small quantities at discount prices, with no overseas shipments. A win-win-win for us, you, and the environment.
To always get the most out of our materials, we excel at efficient fabric usage and wood cutting. This is thanks to both special training in production layout and plain old common sense. For instance, why force a napkin to finish 18” when 17.5” utilizes the exact width of the fabric – resulting in literally zero waste. In case of small sized scraps, those leftovers are upcycled (or crafted into other products).
Using scraps to make new items is now commonly referred to as Upcycling. Remnant is an old industry term for scrap. Whether wood, fabric, or trim, larger companies simply discard these remnants as trash. But the flexibility and ingenuity of our small business allows us to transform these remnants into whole lines of products. Currently these include: Dry Erse Place Cards & Ornaments, Drawstring & Gift Bags, XS Tree Skirts, Jar Toppers, and 8x8 Dish Totes.
With the handful of cotton scraps and wood chips that are too small to upcycle, we add them to our household compost. This compost then feeds our family garden.
For our home and yours, we createreusable items to help us all reduce waste in daily life. Cloth napkins, wooden dry erase boards, and drawstring gift bags all eliminate the need for single use versions of those items. Plus – we intend for our products to last. They are durable and don’t need to be replaced frequently like lesser quality versions would.
Of course, we use wooden dry erase for all our planning, reminders, and to-do lists to avoid wasteful paper usage. When we do need to print documents or packing slips, we use only recycled paper.