You are more than a customer. We are more than a "stuff" seller. Our planet is more than the surface we exist on.
So in addition to the efforts we're making in our personal lives, here's how we're prioritizing sustainability in our business right now:
> Our Quarterly Shops are beneficial for you as the card sender, but they're also beneficial for the planet. Purchasing many cards that ship together at one time is an eco-conscious alternative to making many individual trips to the store or placing several orders that ship separately online.
> Cards Don't Matter's signature collection is printed on 100% recycled and recyclable stock.
> We package each card in a clear compostable or recyclable sleeve* to protect it during transit.
> Starting in Spring 2022, we'll also begin stocking cards printed and packaged by other designers. Our goal is for a majority of these cards to be recyclable and packaged in either recyclable or compostable sleeves.
> We also order inventory in bulk to reduce fuel spent on delivery.
* Like many businesses, we've experienced pandemic-related supply shortages. As a result, we're currently alternating between compostable and recyclable clear card sleeves, as each option fluctuates in availability. You'll receive a note inside your order indicating which sleeves have been included with your cards.
> Orders are packaged in boxes and flat mailers that are 100% recyclable and made from 95% post-consumer waste. The tissue paper used to wrap each order is also 100% recyclable.
> When you checkout with Shop Pay, you'll automatically offset the environmental impact of the delivery related to your online purchase. Through their tree-planting initiative, Shop Pay has planted more than 2.5 million trees to date.
In addition, to reduce our overall footprint even further, we do not ship outside of the United States. We encourage international card lovers to use the Cards Don't Matter Quarterly Shop model to shop for many cards at once from their favorite local shops!
> Our Oasis Boxes are hand-built just 2.5 hours away from our office. They are lined with organic cotton canvas, the hardwood for each lid is sustainably sourced, and we package and ship each one using 100% recycled boxes and paper filler. Our organizers are built to last and our hope is that they'll even be passed down to a future generation of handwritten lovers!
We're not here to sell cards at any cost. And we recognize that a strained environment disproportionately affects the most vulnerable communities.
So we're committed to leveraging our many privileges for change.
Along with that commitment, we...
> are regularly paying and learning from BIPOC educators, authors, and business coaches.
> work to design inclusive products.
> have taken the Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge.
> donate 1% of our revenue and, with each purchase, make it easy for our customers to contribute to organizations that support the most marginalized people. (Currently donating to: The Loveland Foundation)
> are actively working to build an equitable, anti-racist organization. This is on-going work and learning and we always welcome feedback on our blind spots and areas where we can make Cards Don't Matter even better in the future.
To us, moving the needle in all of these areas together creates an environment for real sustainability.