How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
We are wholly committed to Carbonfund's mission of "reduce what you can, offset what you can't". The ice caps aren't kind of melting; climate change is real, and we absolutely stand behind taking immediate action. We know that even our small company leaves a footprint for which we are responsible. To start, we swapped all the light bulbs in our studio and warehouse for LEDs, all three of our full-time warehouse staff carpool together, and the Portland studio is attached to Geoff and Kristen's house, so there's no commuting needed.
At our Portland studio, we use 100% green power, but we don't have a green power option at our warehouse, so we partnered with Carbonfund! Using their online calculators, we estimated the impact from our energy use, paper use, shipping to us, shipping to you, company travel, plus employee commuting - and for 2016 we offset 100% of our calculated 36 tonne carbon footprint, plus an additional 10 tonnes for good measure.
For 2017 we have already made a contribution to offset our estimated carbon footprint, and have committed to making this contribution annually.
Fun Fact: Our average shipment weighs 2.62 lbs and travels 1000 miles, which works out to about 6 oz of CO2 to offset! We offset every mile of shipping for each and every shipment we make.
- For our notebooks, we were adamant that the paper be fountain-pen friendly, and feel nice to write on, but we were also unwilling to use virgin pulp. Luckily, we've got a great partnership with our manufacturer, and through this we were able to secure a high-quality, 100% recycled, FSC-certified paper in both 80 gsm and 100gsm paper weights.
- In order to be protected on shelves and in shipping, our art prints, screen printed notebooks, and greeting cards all need to be packed in transparent sleeves. Usually these sleeves are clear plastic that ends up piling up in landfills, and we really didn't like that option. After a good bit of searching, we found a compostable plastic option made from plants! Instead of sitting around forever and ever, the sleeves we use compost in 15 weeks at a commercial composting facility.
- Our greeting cards are completely made in the USA and are printed on FSC certified card stock with a 100% recycled paper envelope. It makes our costs a bit higher, but we don't pass those costs on to our customers, we just consider it a cost of doing responsible business.
- Our tote bags are manufactured using 100% recycled cotton canvas. Recycled cotton comes from the scrap material that would normally be discarded, but instead is carded and spun into new threads that can then become our totes!
- We offer organic options on all our baby bodysuits and most of our adult tops. The price tag is a little higher, but the impact on the environment is a lot gentler. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or other toxic chemicals that run off into the water supply and disrupt the local ecosystem. It takes about 1/3 lb of pesticides to grow enough cotton for one conventional cotton t-shirt! All of our clothing is printed here in Oregon using eco-friendly water-based inks.
- All our gift wrap options are 100% compostable, and the paper bags we use to wrap our notebooks are completely recycled paper that is screen printed by hand in Oregon.
Eco-Friendly Shipping Materials
- Our paper mailers are 100% recycled, 97% PCW chipboard, 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
- The plastic poly-mailers we use are made from 100% recycled post consumer & post industrial material that is 100% recyclable.
- We use recyclable paper tape, recycled paper void fill and biodegradable packing peanuts.
- We pack our glassware in recyclable paper boxes with corrugated cardboard padding.
We're not perfect, but we're constantly working to find better solutions. We buy a lot of our shipping supplies from the cool people at EcoEnclose. Check 'em out! They do good things for the earth.