OUR PACKAGING

We're design nerds who jumped at the idea of creating bespoke packaging for Algae. After developing our first ideas we realized branded packaging is less likely to be re-used by our customers. We've left our packaging intentionally bare in hopes it will be re-used many times before being disposed of.

(1) We purchase our boxes from EcoEnclose. They are 100% recycled, and can be reused, composted, or recycled at the end of their life. We had custom sizes made in order to use as little material as possible when packing your items.

(2) Our stuffing is either 100% recycled craft paper from EcoEnclose, or re-used paper from our vendors. It can all be re-used, composted, or recycled.

(3) Your items may be wrapped in our favorite blue tissue paper. It is 100% recycled, and can be re-used, composted, or recycled.

(4) Our tape is plastic free! We use EcoEnclose's kraft paper tape with a water activated corn starch adhesive.

(5) Your items may be tied with either a hemp or jute twine. Both are biodegradable and can be thrown in your compost pile!

(6) Your shipment will include a thank you note with any special instruction for you products written on paper embedded with wildflower seeds. The paper is made from post-consumer materials and can be ripped into pieces and planted in soil to grow. Any cut-offs from making these cards are planted and grown at our Algae Goods office.

OUR PACKAGING
WHAT IS HOLISTIC SUSTAINABILITY? Background

WHAT IS HOLISTIC SUSTAINABILITY?

There are many sides to sustainability - environmental impact, treatment of workers and the local community, material choice, energy consumption during manufacturing, and carbon footprint of supply chains to name a few. We are building our company with the belief that it's not good enough to only care about one aspect.

OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Some of our vendors have carbon neutral shipping already integrated in their business model. We currently ship with USPS, which does not offer carbon neutrality as an option.

To ensure our accountability, we have been tracking mileage for every shipment received and set. We use this mileage to calculate the carbon footprint of our shipping, and will purchase offsets at the end of the year.

Algae Goods will eventually grow into a brick and mortar storefront and community space. We are taking our time finding a location that offers accessibility for cyclists and public transit, and has the option of being powered with alternative energy such as solar.

In the meantime, we offer local pick-up to those in the Santa Cruz area. Just use the code 'LocalsOnly' at check out and we'll contact you to arrange location and time.

OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Some of our vendors have carbon neutral shipping already integrated in their business model. We currently ship with USPS, which does not offer carbon neutrality as an option.

To ensure our accountability, we have been tracking mileage for every shipment received and set. We use this mileage to calculate the carbon footprint of our shipping, and will purchase offsets at the end of the year.

Algae Goods will eventually grow into a brick and mortar storefront and community space. We are taking our time finding a location that offers accessibility for cyclists and public transit, and has the option of being powered with alternative energy such as solar.

In the meantime, we offer local pick-up to those in the Santa Cruz area. Just use the code 'LocalsOnly' at check out and we'll contact you to arrange location and time.