Happy Earth Day, friends! Here at Hazel Village, we always endeavor to do as the animals would do. We work hard to make sure that our small business has a positive impact on the world, and a big way to achieve this is by prioritizing sustainability. Let us tell you a little bit about it! 🌱
Last year, we made the change to 100% recyclable packaging. All our orders are shipped in recycled or low-impact boxes & envelopes, and secured with water-activated paper packing tape. The custom artwork on our packing tape is even printed using algae ink, which is a wonderful sustainable alternative to traditional black carbon ink.
Our packaging is also plastic-free! Dolls and animals are wrapped in cloth bandanas, and smaller items are wrapped in recycled tissue paper or muslin bags.
Customers often tell us that they regularly reuse our printed bandanas to wrap gifts, or give them a second life by way of crafty projects. Here's a beautiful dolly quilt, made by Shannon from a bunch of old HV bandanas!
We source organic and/or recycled fabrics whenever possible. All of our dolls and animals are made from organic cotton fleece. Recently we made these three dolly graphic tees from 50% recycled cotton and 50% new organic cotton. Aren't they lovely?
We minimize waste in all our production. We're always taking stock of whatever extra materials we may have, and thinking up creative ways to use them for new pieces. In January we released a full collection dedicated to this scrappy goal. You can read more about the making of the Patchwork Collection in this interview with our design intern Sara!
We source botanically dyed textiles whenever we can. For example, the red and yellow articles of clothing shown below were made in Peru and dyed by the Shipibo-Conibo people who live along the Ucayali river in the Amazon basin east of the Andes. They specialize in textiles, especially dyeing fibers using the bark of local trees - in this case, mahogany and mango trees.
We provide Doll & Animal Hospital services for preserving well-loved friends. Our hope is that these toys will be played with and loved for many many years, and never end up in a landfill.
Above all, we source all our products with care for the Earth and the worker. When you shop with us, you're supporting our supply chain that empowers talented artisans around the world with dignified, skilled work and fair wages. You can read Our Story to learn more about these partnerships and our commitment to ethical production.
Thank you for reading, friends! Please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or just want to say hi. As the animals would say, "Industry and good cheer, every day and every year!" ♥️