Thanks to our friends, partners and fans, we made a substantial impact in 2017. Making and upcycling products from excess materials, we conserved natural resources and offset our impact on the environment.
By creating products from quality materials that already exists, we avoided having to create virgin materials. 2,300,517 gallons of water were saved by upcycling. We also kept 2,530 lbs of quality materials from being incinerated or ending up in landfills.
Excess / deadstock in India, in the process of being upcycled into event t-shirts for our friends at Cycle Oregon
A cotton t-shirt takes over 400 gallons of water to produce from raw materials... Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone in the US chose one upcycled product?
According to the US Census Bureau, the current population of the US is 327,093,382. If all of us chose one upcycled tee over a virgin cotton tee, we would save a staggering 130,837,352,800 gallons of water!
2017 marked another milestone for us; with your help, we further reduced our carbon footprint and the impact of shopping online with a new program in partnership with our friends at BEF.
Pioneers in this new program, we began offering the option to contribute towards the purchase of carbon offsets to reduce the impact of shipping goods. (four other companies have followed in our footsteps to join the Checkout Checkbox program!)
Thanks to contributions by 94 of our customers, 12 carbon offset purchases were purchased, removing 26,000 pounds of carbon!
This year, we chose to focus on cow poop offsets! That's right, we are now discussing cow pies.
B6 Dairy Farm BioFactory Project, Gooding, Idaho
In addition to conserving resources, jobs were created here in Portland. We invested in domestic manufacturing this year to take on more projects utilizing post-consumer excess, and while we have had some hiccups along the way, (they are close to being caught up with backorders, thank you all for your patience!) we’re poised to make even larger strides in 2018.
Here's to a fantastic 2018!