This means that the brand produces its products right here in the USA. Buying products made domestically is great because it means that their production cycle leaves a smaller carbon footprint. The more local you buy, the smaller the footprint.
Our Sustainability Timeline
Back in September of 2019, we launched sustainability goals for our business. (click here to see our goals)
Below is our current status updates for each of the five goals we've set for ourselves.
After 3 years of working with vendors, doing the research, and implementing the findings, we are proud to say that this goal has been completed! You can read more about what Biodegradable Glitter is HERE: https://bowfishstudios.com/sustainability/
One of the first steps in completing this goal is to remove the natural gas line to our property so that our energy source is solely electric. This year we made some strides in completing that task by removing 10 radiators and replacing them with a centralized heating and air system. We have four radiators left that will be updated with an electric boiler, which will allow us to remove our gas line from our property. Estimated completion date of gas line removal, October 2022.
As of 2020, we stocked 148 brands. By March of 2021, we had cut 25 that were non-sustainable, added 18 new brands, and brought our sustainable-brand count up to 52! Each year we will continue to replace non-sustainably focused brands with those that are. Our goal is to get to 100% sustainable brands by 2023.
As we work to make these changes, becoming a certified sustainable business will most likely be the last thing that we accomplish, as it will be the cumulation of what we've been working to achieve. Estimated completion date, September 2024.
This is a continuous and ever-growing goal we've set for ourselves. Since launching our sustainability goals, we've supported and have hosted a #FridaysForFuture event, implemented a carbon offset option at checkout, and have started an Environmental Club in our town. Recently, we launched the Bowfish Community Compost and plan on educating our customers about how to limit waste production by being more conscious consumers.