We put an almost excessive amount of effort into determining the most eco-friendly options for the materials we use in our products. We try to source everything from as close to home as we can, but that isn't always possible. When working with overseas producers, we try to obtain as much of the materials' stories to ensure everything is ethical.
Catnip is a very low maintenance crop - it tolerates poor soil and doesn't require much water. The plant is also a favorite amongst pollinators, especially bees.
Our catnip is sourced a couple hours south of us in Rainier, Washington. The catnip we use is a very potent mixture of the leaves and flowers of the plant. When the intact flowers are smashed by your kitty, they release a blast of essential catnip oil. Cats keep coming back to our toys, because the flower count is very high, so it takes a long time to crush them all.
Cork is an inherently sustainable resource; it is both renewable and biodegradable. Cork bark harvesting is an environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is cut down nor damaged. The cork oak is a slow growing tree that can live for 200 years, which allows it, on average, to be stripped 16 times during its lifetime. Cork oak trees in Portugal (where our wine corks are sourced) help offset 10 million tons of carbon annually. Cork forests rank among the most biodiverse zones in the Mediterranean and Europe. They are home to a staggering 135 plant species and 42 bird species, many of which are endangered or critically endangered. We struggled to find a supplier of organic cork; if you know someone, please connect with us! Source: 100% Cork
Organic cotton can be grown using 91% less water than its non-organic counterpart. Seeing as 80% of organic cotton crops are rainfed, not irrigated, farmers are also able to produce these plants without drawing heavily on local water resources. Organic cotton, which is grown without these harmful chemicals, can reduce water pollution by up to 98%. Reducing runoff from pesticides protects both the ecosystems and people that depend on the local water supply. The toxic chemicals used in traditional cotton farming pose a massive health risk to farmers around the world. There is a link between consistent inhalation and consumption of these chemicals and cancer, neurological diseases, and reproductive complications. By purchasing items made of organic cotton, consumers are helping protect the health of cotton farmers worldwide. Source: Eco Stylist
Hemp is not marijuana. "Hemp" refers to the industrial use of the stalk and seed. "Cannabis", or "marijuana", refer to the smoking of the flowers. Intoxication requires high levels of THC, something hemp is nearly absent of. Hemp is a weed, so it grows prolifically with little water and no pesticides. It takes up relatively little space, produces more pulp per acre than trees, and is biodegradable. Additionally, hemp crops return nutrients to the soil and absorb carbon dioxide. When compared to cotton, soy, and corn, “Hemp is a more sustainable, organic and regenerative agricultural crop, and most everything that you can make [with those other crops] can be made with hemp – with way less impact on the Earth." Currently, our hemp is sourced from China; however, our supplier is aiming to transition to domestically grown crops, as the USA slowly comes to its senses regarding the massive benefits of hemp cultivation. Sources: Vote Hemp, Forbes
Our damask woven labels are 50% to 100% recycled polyester (depending on thread color). The yarn is OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 Certified (certificate number 17.0.11717) and the labels are made in Vietnam.
ORGANIC COTTON & rPET THREAD
We currently use two types of thread in our products: organic cotton and recycled polyester. We started out with the latter, but are trying to eliminate as much plastic from our production line as possible (even if it is recycled).
The 100% organic cotton thread is, GOTS certified, and the fiber is grown and spun in India.
The 100% recycled polyester (rPET) thread is made in Germany and is sourced from recycled plastic bottles; one bottle makes about one meter of thread.
Our dedication to eco-friendliness extends all the way from the origins of our products to their delivery at your doorstep.
The heavy-duty envelopes we ship our smaller products in are 100% recycled (70% post-consumer waste) and made in the USA. The mailers are fully recyclable and naturally biodegradable. Furthermore, the small amount of printing on them is done with an algae-based ink.
In our effort to reduce unnecessary waste, we have eliminated individualized packaging and labeling for all of our products. Instead, each order is accompanied with a card giving general information about our company and products and how the recipient can learn more. These cards are made with 100% recycled content (100% post-consumer waste), are fully recyclable, and naturally biodegradable. Additionally, they are FSC certified, Green Seal certified, processed without chlorine, and made with 100% wind power in the USA.
RECYCLABLE SHIPPING LABELS
Given our parameters, we did the best we could with our shipping labels. While the labels themselves are not made up of any recycled content, they are fully recyclable. The liners (the sheet the labels come adhered to), on the other hand, are both made with 100% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. Also, everything is chlorine free, BPA free, and made in North America.