All of our letterhead and envelopes are manufactured
from recycled wood or fiber. 30% recycled post-consumer content.
And they are certified with the Forest Stewardship Council.
Our gift wrap boxes are composed of 100% recycled
content. 80% is post-consumer, and 50% of that is loose waste collected
through curbside recycling. The last 20% is pre-consumer industrial
trimmings. They are also 100% recyclable. And our
tissue is 100% post-industrial fiber & GreenWay™ certified.
Our shopping bags are 100% recycled, 95% post-consumer
and 5% pre-consumer industrial waste. They are made in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
following EPA guidelines.
Every box that is delivered to us via a shipping
company is re-used in shipping items back out, or it's recycled
in our cardboard-only dumpster.
Every packing peanut that arrives is re-used
one of two ways: several of our local artists pick them up for re-use
in their studios OR we deliver them to our local UPS store for them
Every sheet of bubble wrap is re-used in
Our store is lit with compact fluorescent
bulbs; 72 in the ceiling and 50+ in lamps.
The ceiling bulbs are from GE and put out 1100 lumens
for only 23 watts. We place a date on them with a Sharpie when we
install them, and we've had bulbs last 5 years!!
The light bulbs in our table lamps are 60-watt-equivalent
bulbs, but they pull only 11 to 13 watts in actual usage.
Our compact fluorescent bulbs and aluminum foil are driven to the
local recycling center when the bin gets full.
Our glass is trekked by foot up to the Ripple Glass recycling bin
in our back alley.
Our paperboard, paper, and steel & aluminum
cans are stored in bins in the basement, and then they're
sent to curbside recycling.
Our scrap paper is walked across the street
to the recycling bin at an elementary school. The school makes money
based upon the weight of the bin.
All of this pales in comparison to the green
artists we represent who "re-purpose" items in their art.
Artists we represent use a variety of items in their handcrafted
art: plastic shopping bags, game pieces, reclaimed furniture, reclaimed
wood, vintage metal containers, broken pottery, broken glass, vintage
beads, vintage watch pieces, etc.
At stuff parties, we use "Greenware".
Greenware drinking cups and lids are made from annually renewable
corn that's grown in the USA. The bonus? They biodegrade completely.
We top it all off by using forks and spoons
made from potato starch to pop delicious party foods
into your body! The utensils are fully biodegradable
in 6 months. We partner with Hoop Dog Studios, local artists that
we represent, and in 6 months they are dirt again - in their organic
gardens in mid-town Kansas City.
Being "green" at
STUFF is full color . . . and full time.
pursue green stuff
As humans, we make choices that affect our planet every day. If
you can read, watch TV, or listen to the radio, it has
been made painfully clear what our Earth faces.
and I have not only made being green a part of our business
world - we've made it a part of who we are. When we
travel for business, we have been known to bring recyclable
items home in our luggage rather that leave them in hotel
rooms where they wouldn't find their proper home in a
recycle bin. (Several years ago, I was not happy with the
recycling options in a small town in Colorado while on
vacation with my family, and we packed several boxes
of recyclable glass, plastic, alumimun and paper in our
hybrid car and brought it back to Kansas City with us.)
Pursuing good stuff for our planet includes making some basic decisions:
shopping at a locally owned store, not a national chain;
shopping as much as you can at a local farmer's market
instead of buying trucked-in produce at the grocery
store; eating produce when it's in season, not when
the craving occurs; purchasing organic local milk as much
as possible, not just for special occasions.
We've learned that all of these choices make a difference in us
as humans - on both the cellular level and the philosophical
level. Little changes are easy to make, and we've found
them easier to swallow and afford than big changes!
We've made being green part of our lifestyle, and it is a prevalent
part of our culture - not only who we are, but what our
business stands for. As we pursue good stuff daily, we
look for items and causes that fulfill our responsibility
as citizens of Mother Earth. Rest assured, we are pursuing
good stuff for our planet as we develop and design items
for our brand. To pursue good stuff once is to take the
first step toward doing so always.