Keeping Our Kingdom Green
Environmental and social awareness is our company’s culture
Preserving our natural world and keeping our kingdom healthy and sustainable is key to us at Peaceable Kingdom. In every aspect of our business we strive to make respectful, conscious, well-intended decisions. This includes the materials we use to produce our products, the printers we choose to work with, the choices we make to conserve, reduce and recycle in our offices and with our customers. After all, our offices are located in Berkeley, California, one of the more eco-forward cities in the U.S!
This culture of awareness is nothing new for us as a company. We have not jumped on a “green” bandwagon. Our commitment to reducing our footprint is deep and real and goes back to the beginnings of our company more than 25 years ago.
Since 1983 our cards and envelopes have been printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks. More recently we have moved to 100% post-consumer paper for many of our cards and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified paper for many others. For a variety of economic and quality reasons we print much of our inventory overseas. There too we print our cards on FSC-certified or recycled paper with vegetable-based inks. Whenever possible we use recycled boards in our sticker and game products, as well as printing our reusable stickers on a phthalate-free vinyl with soy-based inks, and using PETE recyclable plastic. We make every effort to keep packaging to a minimum without sacrificing the integrity of the design or the quality and durability of the product.
We work with only a small number of the most environmentally- and socially-conscious printers overseas who share our philosophy on environmental preservation and fair worker practices; printers who have received and maintained the ISO 9001 and ISO14001 accreditations for quality and performance standards, the SA 8000 for global social accountability standards, and who are accredited with the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody Certificate (FSC COC). We know our printers personally, have worked with them both on-site in their plants and in our offices, have even had them to our houses for dinner, and trust that they are our partners in producing quality products in ways that are responsible to the health of their workers and our planet.
Our Daily Pledge
Our commitment to the environment does not stop with our products. Every day at Peaceable Kingdom we are making choices that have a positive effect on our world. We order our office supplies from Give Something Back, a local office supply store that donates a portion of its profits to non-profit organizations. We reuse our cartons in shipping to our customers. Last year alone we saved over 54,000 cartons by reuse. Every desk has a paper and can recycle bucket that is filled to the brim by week’s end and every employee uses his or her own cotton hand towel in our restroom rather than disposable paper towels. We hibernate our computers, turn off our lights, and turn down the thermostat every night. A culture of awareness is easy to build once you start doing it.
The future, as they say, is in our hands. We consider this every day in everything we do so that our children and their future may be as healthy, as peaceable, as our kingdom today.