Designed for Possibility
How do we define sustainability? In order to run a truly sustainable business, we believe that we have to put our money, actions, and habits where our mouths are. Like our business itself, sustainability is not static; it’s always evolving and expanding in definition and meaning. We believe this ethos must permeate the fabric of any modern business. Isa also writes about her own advocacy and ethos in a regular column of Chronicle of Philanthropy. Explore more here. With this in mind, we have created *3* tenets that underlie our sustainability practices.
We make products that last. We produce heirloom goods that are versatile, endless, and thoughtful.
We are a women-led business that prioritizes working with other women-led businesses. We partner with manufacturers, printers, and sewers that are local or women-led.
We understand that achieving “sustainability” is a process and has no end date. Our sustainability model will expand with our business and we recognize that we must form new objectives to challenge our business’ sustainability practices. We have a lot of work to do and we are looking forward to finding ways to lessen our environmental footprint.
- We use the full width of our fabric during production. All scraps are saved instead of discarded and used to create more products, such as cocktail napkins.
- Whenever possible, we use local manufacturing. Most of our assembly occurs in Colorado, and we make it a point to invest in our state and local businesses.
- Our limited editions and smaller production runs produce less waste.
- We design our goods with versatility in mind. Many of our products are reversible and multi-season, wrapped into a design with a variety of uses and styles.
- Our paper goods are made with post-consumer waste or forest certified paper.
- We recognize that textiles and manufacturing are complex, established businesses and we are committed to learning about the industry and evolving with it.
- We are changing our packaging to better incorporate compostable materials.
- Our scarf boxes are recyclable and designed with a small clasp magnet to be reusable.
In Our Office
- We have a small team here in the studio, so all office supplies are reusable. We use ceramic mugs from local artists for our daily coffees!
- We reuse scrap paper, paintings, and packaging from orders in our own packaging process.
- A big component of Isa’s creative life is gardening. In order to enrich her soil and cut down on waste going to landfills, we compost everything that we can. Cardboard, food scraps, coffee grounds- you name it, we bury it.
- We use green cleaning products. All our detergents, soaps, and sponges are biodegradable and phosphate-free, containing only plant-based ingredients.
Conservation International – We’ve partnered with CI on their mangrove restoration project, run entirely by women, on Chira Island. This community, which lies just off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the Gulf of Nicoya, relies on mangrove forests for fishing. These incredible trees are leading carbon captors. With each sale of our Core Collection of Italian silk scarves, we plant a mangrove on Chira Island. To read more about mangroves and this partnership with CI, continue to our mangrove blog post and Conservation International’s website.
Ventana Wildlife Society
We’ve linked arms with the California-based Ventana Wildlife Society and their Big Sur Condor Sanctuary. Their Sanctuary recently burned in the Dolan Fire, so we raised funds to help them rebuild it by donating specially designed Condor notebooks to their fall auction. We then hosted our own auction of the original California Condor watercolor, which sold for its full price. To help rebuild their sanctuary–and learn more about condors and their condor rehabilitation program–please visit the Ventana Wildlife Society website.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
We wanted to be a part of the fabric of our high alpine community, so we partnered with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) to fuse our designs with their advocacy. Click here to learn more about ACES.
Living wages/safe conditions
We believe that an important part of sustainability is providing a living wage and safe conditions for workers involved throughout the process. Our goal is to make sure all points of production from our studio to the factory floor are in sync and that all workers will be paid a living wage by 2030. As soon as the pandemic wanes, we will travel to our factories to engage directly with production.
Strengthening our commitment to “green” production
As we grow, we will continue to adopt more waste and energy-efficient production processes.