The following are our promises to you, our children, society and the natural environment. If you would like to talk to us about any of these promises or have suggestions for other promises we should be making, please contact us.
1. There is no such thing as a brown thumb. We are committed to bringing you low-maintenance designs that come with clear caring instructions. We want your magical bit of green to live as long as possible with you.
2. We use organic supplies when possible. Our soils and coconut coir are always organic, but it is hard to find organically grown plants of the kinds we use (we are working on organically growing our own). When we do have organic plants in our creations, you will see that indicated in our product descriptions.
3. Charitable giving is important to us. This may mean donating our time to lead community workshops, donating terrariums for charity fundraisers or donating money to causes we care about. We are interested in horticultural therapy and environmental education, so we try to work these into our work, too.
4. We are committed to low-impact operations, which means that we conserve water, practice energy efficiency, recycle and reduce waste; for example,
- We reuse shipping materials that we collect from our own mail or that of friends and family, local post offices and local businesses. Do not be surprised if your Greenovia Crafts design comes in an Amazon.com box.
- If you order DIY terrarium-making packs from us or we host a party or workshop, you will find that our supplies are biodegradable (including the aprons, sticks and scoops). We reuse any leftover supplies whenever possible.
5. We sustainably source our living (or formally living) materials:
- Sea fans are sourced only from responsible harvesters who abide by the law and never take more than the environment can handle. Oftentimes, the fans we use have been recovered from areas scheduled for dredging.
- We use only farmed or rescued moss - never wild-gathered mosses, which we believe should be left in the wild. We do not encourage harvesting moss from public lands.
- We never use wild marimo, only farmed. Marimo rarely occur in the wild so we want to make sure to keep them there for future generations to enjoy. From the outside, farmed (aka hand-rolled) marimo look just like wild marimo. To tell them apart, you would have to cut one in half to see the difference in plant thread arrangement.
- Most of our sea shells, sand dollars, starfish, sea urchins and related materials are second-hand, manmade (usually ceramic), hand collected by us or our trusted network, or purchased from responsible sellers.
6. We try as best we can to responsibly source our non-living materials:
- The charcoal and clay that we use are all natural with no additives, and sourced from family-owned businesses.
- When possible, we use gravel and rocks left over from construction, recovered second-hand or surface-gathered locally.
- All crushed glass and 'sea' glass that we use is machine-tumbled recycled glass or recovered second-hand. If real sea glass is included in the design, it is noted in the description.
- Most of our figurines are PVC-based, either phthalate-free plastic or polymer clay. In some cases you may find resin, wood or pewter figurines. We try to source these second-hand or local artisan-made, or make our own, but this is not always possible. Unless damaged, please do not throw away your figurines; instead, give away, donate or ask us to buy back.
7. We try to minimize the impact of our containers, which are all reusable:
- Most are glass. Glass is recyclable, but many curbside recycling programs will not accept vase glass. If you find you need to dispose of your container, please call your local recycling center, give it to a friend, donate it or even contact us to see if we can buy it back from you.
- Some of our designs feature containers that are upcycled, local artisan-made, second-life or made of recycled glass. We make sure to tell you this in the product descriptions.