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Sustainability Highlights 2020

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Sustainability Highlights 2020

From looking at how we design and produce products to how we pack and ship them, we worked to improve our environmental impact in 2020. Thank you for all your support as we strive to become a greener partner. 

2020 Highlights

Reduced plastic

This year we discontinued the practice of individually sleeving each product in petroleum-based plastic. Our commitment to renewable energy sources means continually auditing our operations to convert as many as possible to best sustainable practices.

Compostable Mailers

This year we switched to 100% compostable mailers for many domestic shipments. These mailers are made from a combination of PBAT, a bio-based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials such as regular field corn and wheat straw. They completely break down in 180 days in domestic compost conditions, leaving no harmful residues behind!

Encouraging reuse while supporting reforestation

One of our favorite things is the tissue liners we use to pack most bulk  shipments. Printed with a design that suggests many ways you can reuse the shipping box, these liners are made by a company that planted 17,337 trees in 22 locations this year, namely in Australia and the Pacific Northwest, in response to the wildfires experienced there. We pick our partners carefully! 

More thoughtful design

Our family factory is an active partner in bringing new products to market. By evaluating resources, workflow, and demands on energy and supplies, they were able to further reduce waste and help us achieve a leaner (and greener!) energy profile.

Less Air Freight

We moved from air freight to ocean freight for most shipments this year, reducing our carbon footprint. CO2 emissions from ocean freight are minuscule compared with air freight. One ocean freighter may carry thousands of containers in a single voyage, where planes carry far fewer goods with each flight. 

With your help we're able to continue our commitment to being an eco-friendly company in 2021.