Our Sustainable Commitment
We are VERY passionate about the environment at TillyRuth. I'm sure you've heard it all before, but when we say we are friends of the environment, this beautiful planet, and the awe inspiring creatures that live on it, WE MEAN IT!
We do everything with the environment in mind from sourcing sustainable ingredients and suppliers (i.e. - if a suppliers' only fault is that they ship with styrofoam peanuts and can't change that - they are out) to shipping your order with Net Zero Carbon emissions and planting 3 trees with EVERY SINGLE order. We are way more concerned with actually BEING sustainable than CONVINCING you that we are.
We do everything we can to not only be eco-friendly, but to make a positive impact on the environment. This isn't a trend; this is how TillyRuth works because this is how it SHOULD work. This planet deserves the best. WE deserve the best!
Eco Friendly Packaging:
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Naturally biodegradable, compostable, SFI-certified (sustainably forested) , and fully recyclable bubble wrap alternative
Naturally biodegradable, 100% recycled content, 95% post-consumer waste, and fully recyclable package padding
Naturally biodegradable, compostable, 100% recycled content, 20% post-consumer waste, and fully recyclable tissue paper
Naturally biodegradable, 100% recycled content, 95% post-consumer waste, and fully recyclable shipping boxes
Recyclable packaging tape with renewable biodegradable plant-derived adhesive & backing
Fully recyclable zero waste shipping labels (labels themselves AND backing) made from 100% recycled materials (liner) and 100% post-consumer waste (label)
Carbon Neutral Shipping:
Each year 165 billion packages are sent across the United States alone. And, each one of those packages has an impact on the environment. In addition to a heap of packaging waste, pounds of CO2 are emitted into the atmosphere with every delivery. It’s a huge problem.
Increased carbon dioxide (and equivalent)—CO2e—levels are a significant and harmful contributor to climate change. Most people don't consider the environmental impact of their online shopping deliveries—just clickety-click and, like magic, it's on your doorstep. But the logistics involved generate a huge amount of CO2—over 10% of global CO2e emissions are from transport and logistics.
Being carbon neutral means that your net release of CO2e into the atmosphere is zero.
Basically, whatever CO2e you emit is canceled out by a process known as 'offsetting'—that is, supporting projects that
reduce emissions, like regenerating precious forest, replacing old equipment with more efficient technology, or even
training communities in beekeeping!
We account for the CO2 released for every package sent with Sendle, the company we use for shipping. To offset that
carbon footprint, Sendle invests via their partner, South Pole, in projects that account for that carbon by conserving and
replanting forests and other vital ecosystems.
We guarantee that all shipments from TillyRuth are 100% carbon neutral.
*We have been working on shipping TillyRuth internationally but will not do so until we can guarntee that all shipments REMAIN carbon neutral.
3 Trees Planted:
We more than understand the importance of not harming the environment or not adding to the detrimental environmental issues at hand, but we want to do MORE than just "not harm the planet". We want to BENEFIT the earth! We want to add to its wonder and give back in any way we can.
So we have chosen to plant not 1, but 3 Trees With Every Order!
We have partnered with One Tree Planted to plant 3 trees with every purchase wherever they are most currently needed in the world and have planted in over 9 countries/continents so far including: Indonesia, Costa Rica, Australia, England, Mexico, Africa, Amazon Rainforest, British Columbia, and the United States.
But why trees?
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.
Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
Here are the six pillars that explain why trees are vital:
Trees help to clean the air we breathe. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks, offset carbon and reducing the effects of climate change.
Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the soil. This process prevents harmful waterslide erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Association, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000 litres of water every year.
A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Depending on the kind of food and shelter they need, different forest animals require different types of habitat. Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.
- Young, Open Forests: These forests occur as a result of fires or logging. Shrubs, grasses, and young trees attract animals like black bears, the American goldfinch, and bluebirds in North America.
- Middle-Aged Forests: In middle-aged forests, taller trees begin to outgrow weaker trees and vegetation. An open canopy allows for the growth of ground vegetation prefered by animals like salamanders, elk, and tree frogs.
- Older Forests: With large trees, a complex canopy, and a highly developed understory of vegetation, old forests provide habitat for an array of animals, including bats, squirrels, and many birds.
From arborists to loggers and researchers, the job opportunities provided by the forestry industry are endless. We don’t just rely on trees for work, though. Sustainable tree farming provides timber to build homes and shelters, and wood to burn for cooking and heating. Food-producing trees provide fruit, nuts, berries, and leaves for consumption by both humans and animals, and pack a powerful nutritional punch.
Did you know that hospital patients with rooms overlooking trees recover faster than those without the same view? It’s impossible to ignore that feeling of elation you get while walking through a calm, quiet forest. Trees help reduce stress and anxiety, and allow us to reconnect with nature. In addition, shade provided by tree coverage helps protect our skin from the ever-increasing harshness of the sun.
Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into their trunks, branches, and leaves — and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 8° Celsius. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities — a number expected to increase to 66% by the year 2050 — pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat. Fortunately, a mature tree can absorb an average of 22lbs of carbon dioxide per year, making cities a healthier, safer place to live.