Sustainability & Ethical Standards

Aside from bringing beauty into your life, our number one priority is to live the values that we preach. That means that when we create unique products to enhance your life, we make sure they are made in the most earth-conscious way available to us. We are always researching ways that we can do better because we know that there is always room for improvement. At this moment in our development, the ultimate practices that we strive for are not yet available to us, but that doesn’t stop us from looking, learning and dreaming.

Here’s what we’re currently doing to make our business as Earth and human-friendly as possible:

Natural and Recycled Fibers

  • When it comes to products made with textiles like apparel or reusable bags, we make it a priority to use sustainably sourced natural fibers like organic/recycled cotton and merino wool. 
  • You can be sure that any synthetic material is made from recycled materials being given a second life through Planet Joy.

    Eco-friendly packaging

    • With very few exceptions, all Planet Joy orders will be delivered to you in recycled packaging with zero plastic. We are working hard to eliminate those exceptions.

    Art prints on sustainably harvested wood

    • Our beautiful designs are printed on sustainably harvested birch in a facility powered 100% by the sun!
    • For each order, our printing partner donates $1 to the Farmer’s Footprint, a documentary series and grassroots movement dedicated to restoring the health of the soil in the U.S. Click here to learn more.

      Carbon offsets with EcoCart

      • We’re partnering with EcoCart to empower the Planet Joy community to make their orders completely carbon neutral.
      • EcoCart connects us with carbon offset projects that are carefully vetted, ethically proven, and scientifically verified according to the world’s major carbon standards. Over 90% of each dollar put toward this cause goes directly to sustainability projects that plant trees, build wind farms, and more.
      • We calculate how much is needed to offset each order (from production to shipping) on an individual basis.
      • Currently all carbon offsets will be going to a Mangrove restoration project in Myanmar. Click here to learn more. 
      • For more information about carbon offsetting check out our FAQ page!

      *It should be noted that carbon offsets are not the ultimate solution for climate change. They are a supplement to the other efforts we are making to reduce the amount of carbon we are responsible for emitting in the first place. Carefully vetted carbon offset programs are a great way for humanity to buy time as we work to revitalize our ecosystems and reduce our emissions, but they are just one piece of the puzzle.

        Ethical Standards

        • We only work with organizations that care about the planet and treat their people with dignity and respect. This means all throughout our supply chain, people are paid living wages and have safe working environments.

        If you've made it this far, it's clear that you care about doing business in a way that promotes a healthy planet, so maybe you'll ponder this idea with us...

        What does it really mean for something to be “sustainable”? The first definition of the word as recorded by the Merriam Webster dictionary is to be “capable of being sustained,” which makes it sound like the goal of a sustainable business is to simply survive. The second definition digs a little deeper and gets a bit closer to the heart of the matter; it indicates that living sustainably aims to not deplete resources or permanently damage them. 

        When we look at it from this perspective, it makes us wonder, shouldn’t bringing less harm to our one home just be the standard? Not depleting resources shouldn’t be a special achievement that gets a gold star, it should be standard practice, the bare minimum. In a healthy state, nature is regenerative; in that case, simply being sustainable would be fine. However, because humanity has used and abused our planet for so long, using methods that were far from sustainable, that is not our current reality. Now, it is of the utmost importance to find ways to support our Mother Earth in her recovery rather than just doing a little less damage than our predecessors. Our parents taught us to leave a place better than we found it, so shouldn’t this apply to our home planet too? 

        It is commonly recognized that a sustainable business is better for the planet than one that does not use this label. It is for this reason that we use the word “sustainable.” Although it doesn’t fully capture our goals and values, it is currently the most recognizable way to indicate that we are thinking of the health of our Mother Earth when it comes to the way we operate. However, we tread carefully with the use of this word because our ultimate goal is to do better than simply survive. Our ultimate goal is to be a part of the creation of a new way of life and doing business that enables us and the natural world to thrive.