A project mirroring #HumansofNewYork for Seattle Made Members - with a sustainability lens
The 2020-2021 Seattle Made Youth Board is very excited to announce our inaugural news series, “Humans of Seattle Made,” an imitation of “Humans of New York.” The goal of this project is to document and collect the portraits and stories of the people and businesses that represent Seattle Made, with a focus on businesses who are taking intentional steps towards reducing their environmental impact for their community and the environment. Watch out for our monthly to bi-monthly publications on both our Instagram page (@_seattlemade ) and on our website. If you are a Seattle Made business looking to share your sustainability story and being featured in this series, please contact Linda Yan, Seattle Made Youth Board member, at gro.doogelttaes@draobhtuoy. Once again, thank you for support to the Seattle Made community, we cannot wait to take you along on this exciting new journey.
Seven Coffee Roasters
“Seven Coffee Roasters is a neighborhood market and coffee shop that was started in 2006 by Sean Lee in Seattle’s historic Ravenna neighborhood. We carry a variety of small batch hand-roasted coffee beans from around the world as well as a wide selection of goods from fellow local small businesses, including Salmonberry Goods (@salmonberrygoods ). We are also Seattle’s very first Zero Waste cafe, meaning that we divert over 95 percent of our waste from landfills. A big part of our success comes from our partnership with the Little Mug Library, which offers a free lending service for mugs, cups, and thermos for customers who may have forgotten to bring their own reusable vessel. If a customer does opt for a disposable, but compostable cup, the additional dime that we charge for it goes towards our environmental fund which will be donated to environmental initiatives. Since going zero waste, we will actually be saving $475 per year on garbage collection costs. Currently, we are working on transitioning to an all-bulk sales system for our coffee beans and re-evaluating some of our market item’s packaging to reduce waste from packaging.”
In Seattle, caffeine is in the air —- and now in the mail. Specializing in Birchbox-like monthly coffee subscriptions, Bean Box seeks to bring their customers “better mornings, delivered fresh” no matter where they live. From chocolatey local blends like the Theo blend to exotic fruity roasts all the way from Ecuador, Bean Box has beans for every coffee lover. But, the operations of this whimsical company are far more than what meets the eye. Their partner coffee roaster companies are all carefully chosen based on their environmental and ethical practices. Furthermore, almost all partners regularly visit with and establish long-term, direct trading partnerships with the actual farms from whom they source coffee, eliminating the need for a middle man. And one final bonus: they offer options for locally-made artisan chocolates and biscotti in their subscription boxes as well! The Seattle Made Youth Board is honored to be able to continue to highlight the Seattle Made members that are still working to take sustainable practices and design to the next level during these times of adversity.
Looking at the designs adorning the athleisure garments of Nube, it would be quite easy to mistake them for masterpieces of art, but that might be because they really are. Partnering with artists and designers around the world, the designs by Nube truly are gorgeous. The company began with the belief that beautiful, comfortable clothing can in fact coexist with being eco-friendly. Today, all of their products are made with reclaimed materials, mainly water bottles, that have been converted into recycled polyester and then lovingly colored with non-toxic, low-impact, lead-free dyes in clothing studios on the West Coast. And the commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop there— all of Nube’s shipping materials are plastic-free and 100 percent recycled and recyclable. When asked what they are currently working on, they told us that at the moment, they are designing new clothes patterns that would be able to utilize the fabric scraps of local artists and fashion students for their new “fabric scrap project. The Seattle Made Youth Board is honored to be able to continue to highlight the Seattle Made members that are still working to take sustainable practices and design to the next level during these times of adversity.
Sometimes, when giving someone a card, you just want to send a simple message, whether it be “I like you and naps.” or “I miss you like I miss Obama.” No extra flowers, birds, or decision fatigue-inducing graphics. Just some bold, red text on a blank, white background. The cards, as well as the more recent addition of tote bags and baby onesies, at Sad Shop do exactly this or, as designer and owner Katie Davis puts it, helps weirdos say “I love you.” Although the cards themselves are simple, the method of making them is actually quite revolutionary, as the cards and their packaging are almost 100 percent recycled and recyclable. They are also printed locally right here in Seattle on environmentally responsible machines that produce almost zero-waste. When asked what their next steps are, Davis told us excitedly that they are about to shift from using partially recycled plastic card packaging to totally compostable packaging made from wood pulp. You can find these sassy prints in many bookshops all around town, many of which have online stores, including the Elliot Bay Book Company and Phinney Books, as well as on the Sad Shop online store. The Seattle Made Youth Board is honored to be able to continue to highlight the Seattle Made members that are still working to take sustainable practices and design to the next level during these times of adversity.