Spoonflower strives to ensure that our fabrics are good for you and good for the earth. From our low-waste digital print process and organic fabric options to paper options certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), we seek to provide products made safely and sustainably. While the textile is industry is rife with sustainability problems, see how Spoonflower has worked hard to reverse this direction.
With a new year fast approaching, you may have a few resolutions in mind to help kickstart a fresh, happy and healthy lifestyle. At Spoonflower, one of our goals every year is to make a conscious effort to reduce our footprint on Mother Earth. From composting in the office to using non-toxic inks to bring your custom designs to life, each year brings new opportunities to go green. If you’re looking for an easy way to join our efforts, today’s reusable tote bag tutorial featuring our Organic Sweet Pea Gauze™ from Spoonflower team member Gina will put you on the path to environmental responsibility. Not to mention you’ll have a stylish accessory to boot!
Gina: So, my dad has a farm. He grows a ton of seasonal fruits and veggies and anytime I visit him I return home with bags bursting with winter kale, summer blackberries, and even the occasional pumpkin. It’s the best. However, the plastic bags he packs it in are kind of the worst. [Read more…] about How to Make a Reusable Tote Bag in Under 1 Hour!
Earlier this week we shared the different ways Earth Day is celebrated throughout the year at the Spoonflower HQ. Whether we’re composting our lunches, tending to the employee garden, or diverting more than 2,000 pounds of waste from the landfill to our compost, we’ve embraced the importance of protecting our mother earth. Now it’s your turn!
Show us how you’re celebrating Earth Day :
- Snap a pic of your Spoonflower Eco Canvas project and tag your Instagram photo with @spoonflower and hashtag #SpoonflowerEarthDay2017 by 10 a.m EDT April 24th.
- For every Instagram photo shared with our Earth Day hashtag, we’ll donate $1 to Recycle Across America.
- One lucky person will win 2 yards of Eco Canvas featuring their favorite Marketplace design
On April 22, 1970, there was an uprising of more than 20 million Americans who stood up to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in impressive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been individually fighting against oil spills, pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, water insecurity, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
“For Earth Day 2017, communities must take the lead promoting Environmental and Climate Literacy. Now more than ever in recent history, people around the world are hungry to engage in public policy. It is up to all of us to use this unprecedented opportunity to build the change we need.”
Today we’re excited to introduce you to Jennifer, who works primarily in our Operations department, but also plays the important role of heading up our Sustainability Committee here at Spoonflower, where she’s coordinated recycling & compost programs, charitable sewing events, volunteer opportunities, among many other great initiatives. Get to know more about Jennifer below!
The first thing I want you to know about me is: I’m from Cleveland Ohio! [Read more…] about 12 Questions for Sustainability Coordinator, Jennifer
Right now at Spoonflower Headquarters, spring has sprung. Everywhere you look a new flower is blooming and trees are filling back up with leaves we’ll need for shade once our steamy North Carolina summer hits. Everything is fresh and beautiful and it reminds us in the most magnanimous way why we have dedicated ourselves to protecting our environment and being a sustainable company.
This month we’re bringing back our free Digital Download series, with designs that celebrate sustainability and our beloved planet Earth for Earth Month. Abigail Halpin of the Spoonflower Marketplace stops by to share some lovely watercolor designs, free to download!
How does it work? Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download the high-res version of all three of these designs. Once you’ve downloaded, you can edit the designs using the graphics software of your choice, then upload them right to your Spoonflower account to purchase on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. Alter them to match your home décor, change the scale, or whatever you fancy. Please respect the artist’s copyright– these designs are meant for personal use only!
In April of 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal and left many homeless. Across the world in Durham, NC, Spoonflower’s own Anitha Kothandaraman wanted to do something to help. Anitha came up with the idea that the employees of Spoonflower could use its resources of remnant fabric and energetic, creative employees to sew blankets for Nepal. Just like that, Spoonflower’s Blankets for Good program was born.
Meredith, Spoonflower’s Community Outreach organizer, sews a RARE Bear to be given to a child living with a rare disease.
If you know a little something about the team over here at Spoonflower, then you probably know we sure do love a good furniture DIY project! We especially love a project that gives a piece of furniture once considered prime-for-the-dumpster a new life with a little tender loving DIY care! Today on the blog, we’re showcasing five of our favorite furniture upcycling projects from around the web.
Barb Blair, author of Furniture Makes the Room and Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More could easily be considered the “Queen of Refurbishing” in our eyes. Whether she’s using Spoonflower wallpaper to turn a drab dresser into the dresser of your dreams, or working her magic with a bucket of milk paint, Barb has taken upcycling to the next level.
When choosing a new sewing project or simply packing your lunch for work, do you ever stop and think about the impact you’re making on the environment? Spoonflower strives to ensure that our fabrics are good for you and good for the earth, and over the past year, we put lots of new efforts into making our workplace event more sustainable. With January coming to an end, we look back on what we've accomplished through our employee-led sustainability committee as we look forward to advancing our mission to lessen our environmental impact in the new year.
Blankets for Good
Earlier this year, Spoonflower team member Meredith showcased one of Spoonflower’s newest employee crafted initiatives: Blankets for Good. This quarterly employee sew-in uses returned marketplace fabric (don't worry, we will never use your private fabrics!) to make blankets for those in need. In 2015, we sewed over 70 blankets, preventing over 140 yards of remnant fabric going to a landfill. That’s enough to cover almost half of the eiffel tower!