GREEN BUSINESS PRACTICES
As a small company striving to be a force for environmental good in the world, we take our commitment to sustainability seriously. We have done (and will continue to do) a lot of research on the best green business practices we can employ to reduce our impact on our beautiful planet and produce minimal waste. If we are going to talk the talk about using our company as a platform to promote the Earth’s preservation, then we also need to walk the walk.
Eco-Friendly Shipping Materials
We purchase the majority of our shipping materials from an awesome company called EcoEnclose. They are bringing innovation and eco-solutions to shipping supplies by developing packaging made with as much recycled content as humanly possible, and that can be easily recycled into new packaging in its next life. Definitely check them out!
As an eco-conscious company that was looking for responsible packaging options that would keep our environmental impact as low as possible, but still provide the high quality needed to get our products to our customers in pristine condition - what more could we ask for? Recycled packaging requires much less resources and energy than virgin packaging, and gives new life to materials that would otherwise be wasting away in the landfill.
Here are the green deets on the shipping materials we use:
Print sleeves: made from 100% post-industrial polyethylene, recyclable, archival-friendly, made in the USA.
Corrugated backing pads: made from 100% post-consumer and post-industrial content, absolutely NO virgin fiber content, fully recyclable and biodegradable, made in the USA.
12.75” x15” rigid mailers: constructed from 100% recycled, 90% post-consumer paperboard, fully recyclable and biodegradable, made in the USA.
13” x 18” rigid mailers: 100% recycled, 97% post-consumer, fully recyclable, made in the USA.
Shipping labels: constructed from 100% post-consumer content paper, recyclable, Processed Chlorine Free (PCF), made in the USA.
Kraft packing tape: features a renewable and 100% biodegradable plant-derived adhesive & backing, recyclable, made in the USA.
Eco-Friendly Printing Materials
We do our digital printing right here in Portland, OR with Rhino Digital Printing, a locally owned and operated small business and eco-friendly print shop. As a digital printer they create much less waste than traditional offset printers with every job they produce. In addition, they are always striving as a company to be green and keep their carbon footprint small, purchasing all their power from PGE with the 100% renewable green power option.
We digitally print on Mohawk Everyday Digital Uncoated Smooth 100# paper which is FSC® Certified, Green-e Certified, Acid Free (archival), ECF and made with wind power.
Get to know the Eco-Friendly terminologyPost-consumer waste
Waste that people have actually used and recycled instead of discarding to landfills. Post-consumer waste could be any paper product: milk cartons, books, junk mail, magazines, and more.
Waste that is diverted during the manufacturing process. Also called “pre-consumer” waste because it has not seen the light of day or ever reached a consumer as finished product. It is essentially manufacturing scrap that can be recycled and reused.
Guarantees the product comes from a well–managed forest and has been harvested in a responsible manner. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a nonprofit organization that encourages the responsible management of the world’s forests and sets standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable way.
Green-e is a program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions which offers certification and verification of renewable energy products (RECs). Our paper manufacturer, Mohawk, purchases Green-e certified renewable energy to match 100% of their manufacturing and headquarters electricity consumption.
A renewable source of energy that does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions, and because wind turbines use less than 5% of the land where they are sited, they minimize habitat destruction, help preserve open space, and allow for multiple uses of the land such as agricultural farming.
Processed Chlorine Free (PCF)
Post-consumer recycled fiber pulps and papers that were processed without the use of any additional chlorine or chlorine compounds.PCF paper production can also reduce water, energy and virgin fiber usage.
Elemental Chlorine Free - refers to virgin fiber pulps or papers which have been bleached without the use of elemental chlorine gas, thus preventing the formation of dioxins.