On the top of our product pages near the price of an item, you will find tiny green circles with different symbols inside of them. These icons represent our eco-categories. Some of the icons should be fairly recognizable. For example, most people are familiar with the recycling symbol. However, some of our categories' icons may not be as immediately recognizable. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the icons below to help guide your buying.
RECYCLED: Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to prevent waste of
potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw
materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution/water pollution by reducing the need for conventional waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.Item may be 100% recycled or contain recycled content. Read product description for more details.
MADE IN THE USA: As more and
more US industries move their manufacturing facilities to overseas
locations, finding products "Made in the USA" becomes increasingly
difficult. Buying products made right here in our own country help keep
desperately needed jobs within our borders and helps ensure that your
product was manufactured in accordance with US laws. Look for this
symbol on most of our products and know that your purchase is
supporting the USA.
MADE IN MINNESOTA: Oh yaaa, sure you betcha! Made right here in our home state of Minnesota... land of 10,000 lakes, hotdish, and bunch of hard workin' talented Norwegians. (Along with a bunch of other great folk!) If you're a Minnesotan, buying locally means your supporting your local economy and keeping tax dollars right here in the state!
ORGANIC/CONTAINS ORGANIC: According to Organic.org, organic means the plant life in question was grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. When you see this icon on one of our product pages, it may mean "100% organic" OR that the item "utilizes organic ingredients." Make sure to read the product details to find out which one applies.
VEGAN/ANIMAL FRIENDLY: The vegan lifestyle is all about eliminating the exploitation of animals. Vegans generally eat a plant-based
diet, with nothing coming from animals - no meat, milk, eggs or honey,
for example. Vegans also avoid materials like wool, leather, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose. When you see this icon, it means we want to highlight the "vegan-ness" of the particular product.
NATURAL: "Natural" is admittedly one of those eco-terms that gets tossed around loosely. There are, for example, natural things that are bad for you - like arsenic or lead. In the context of our website, "Natural" means utilizing (wholly or in part) inert and safe materials like wood, stone, grass, etc. It also can imply a lack of materials or finishes that are man made or synthetic.
SAVES ENERGY: This is an easy one. When you see this icon, it means that by utilizing the product, it will help you save energy or provide an alternative to plugging something into the grid - such as solar or wind power! It could also refer to a tool that might draw awareness to the amount of energy you consume or refer to the manufacturer's policies on reducing energy usage. Please read the product description for more information.
SAVES WATER: Another easy one. When you see this icon, it means that when you utilize the product, it will help you save water, cut down on your water usage, or bring a heightened awareness to your water usage. It may also refer to the manufacturer's policies on reducing water usage. Please read the product description for more information.
SUSTAINABLE: Sustainability is widely defined and applied in many facets of our lives, but generally represents our ability
to use our planet's resources in harmony with nature to meet our present needs without jeopardizing the integrity of our environment or
the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This may reflect the manufacturing process, the product itself, the usage of the product, or the end results of using the product.
RECLAIMED: Generally refers to the act of utilizing a resource that was discarded or had little value in its previous state. Quite often, an artist or manufacturer will identify a waste stream and utilize it (or Up-Cycle it) into something of greater use and value.
FAIR TRADE: is an organized social movement and market based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability.
The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as
well as social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on
exports from developing countries to developed countries.
NON-TOXIC: means that what is in or on that particular product does
not cause harm to humans as regulated by the FDA. In other words, you could (most likely) stick it in your mouth, rub it on your skin, inhale it, and you'll be just fine.
VINTAGE: Vintage items are typically defined as 100 years old or less. The great vintage items we choose to carry are well designed, sturdily built, and since they aren't new, are considered a sustainable choice. We especially like modern, retro, and Danish mid-century products for your home.
REDUCES WASTE: One of the three Rs! The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at
1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the
world's people generate 40% of the world's waste. We are always on the lookout for products that help reduce waste.