A business uses a ton of stuff. To manage our impact, we adopted Environmentally Preferred Purchasing policies across all our operations for things like office and cleaning supplies, shipping materials, and manufacturing equipment. We prioritize products with recycled-content, and opt for solutions that are recyclable or biodegradable.
Paper & pens
Americans trash 105 billion pens per year, most of them made of plastic. We purchase 100% recycled-content paper and pens made from recycled tires.
Non-toxic, biodegradeable cleaning products
We source reclaimed or reused furniture and dishware.
We offer organic snacks in the kitchen.
Our packaging is plastic-free and made from 100% recycled paper products and compostable bio-based films. Plus our tape and hangers use bio-based, non-toxic adhesives. Our garment bags are made from 30% recycled plastic and always get reused. It’s the best we could find, but we want it to be better. If anybody wants to work with us to develop even more magical packaging solutions, let’s chat.
The vegetable bag that your cute clothes came in is 100% compostable. That basically means it’ll disintegrate and completely return to the Earth just like organic waste, leaving no toxic chemicals behind. Kind of like an apple core except not edible. It’s home compostable so you can toss it into the yard trimmings bin or compost it yourself. If you live near a Ref store, the easiest thing you can do is just drop your bags off with us. We’ll do all the hard work for you.
Service & community
We think it’s pretty cool when you have a positive impact on your community so we offer incentives for our employees to lend a hand to their community. Some causes are best served simply by donating some cash money, so we do that too when it makes sense.
We provide our staff with one paid day off per month to volunteer. We offer company-wide service days several times a year, and regularly highlight volunteer opportunities to make giving back a little more doable. This year, we organized a beach clean-up at Playa Del Rey and spent a day volunteering with Kiss the Ground, a non-profit organization that focuses on regenerative agriculture.
We celebrate staff birthdays by donating to TreePeople, an organization that supports urban forests in LA by planting a tree in their name.
We also give back through sustainability-focused collaborations like our Earth Day sweatshirts whose sales went to support TreePeople, and our No Red Carpet Needed Collection of which 25% of the revenue went to support sustainable education at the MUSE School, CA. In 2017, we created Action Tees—for each tee purchased, we donated $30 to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or EDF.