Greener for Polar Bears
Polar Bear Garage Sale donates 30% of profits to support the preservation of polar bears in the wild. Our blog advocates for polar bears and reports the latest news from science on the pressing threats to polar bear survival. Beyond this, PBGS seeks--for the sake of polar bears and everybody else--in the daily operation of our business, to help the planet heal. We are focused on green materials, green processes, and green products. Our mission is commerce in pursuit of a healthier planet.
Why hemp? Many of the leashes and collars sold for our pets are made of nylon, a synthetic polymer derived from petroleum. Hemp, in contrast, is a natural fiber, a sustainable crop--a greener choice for you and your excellent dog. Hemp, like organic cotton, is grown without adding toxic chemicals to our air, soil, or water. Less poison is better for polar bears and everybody else, better for the earth.
Our No-Tech Robots for Polar Bears are one-of-a-kind assemblages constructed almost exclusively from cast off materials, spent parts, the remains of devices obsolete or beyond repair. These engaging and distinctive little personalities add retro-future flair to your desktop, hold a memo for you--and redirect technological and industrial debris--otherwise destined for landfills already choking with waste--into useful new life. No-Tech Robots for Polar Bears literally embody the goals of reclaiming, repurposing and reinventing to reduce our burgeoning accumulation of waste--and they look good doing it.
Our hang tags are printed for us by Greenerprinter on uncoated paper, 100% recycled stock, 100% post-consumer use--because our planet, to keep breathing, needs its trees. Only climate change represents a greater threat than toxic pollution to polar bear survival--and trees, absorbing the greenhouse gas CO2 while pouring out oxygen, are warriors against climate change.
Our packaging, supplied by EcoEnclose, is as green as it gets.
- Our shipping cartons are made of 100% recycled material: 95% post-consumer content and 5% post-industrial.
- We keep fill material to the minimum necessary to protect your purchase; when we do use fill, it’s (US-made) expandable paper GreenWrap.
- The poly mailer bags we use for our t-shirts are the only ones on the market made of 100% recycled material, combining post-consumer and post-industrial content. They’re designed for re-use, with a second adhesive strip to enable resealing--and they’re fully recyclable.
- We use biodegradable packing tape.
Global warming and toxic pollution--the two greatest threats to the survival of polar bears--are the unintended consequences of human action. Intentional human action can help the planet heal. We can carry on greener.
For a more detailed version of this page, specifying sources for all facts, see Greener for Polar Bears Extended Play.