Every business has a choice in how they operate and the impact they have on our planet.  I choose to work with the most eco friendly materials I can find and make sustainable swaps as they become available. 

I choose suppliers carefully and research them thoroughly to ensure ethical and fair working conditions are being met all the way down the supply chain.   

Putting the planet before profit is not the easy path, it is the only path we have left.   

Laterzees designs are printed on Organic Cotton, Hemp or Linen/cotton canvas by North American companies using eco friendly, non-toxic inks. 

Printing fabrics as needed reduces waste and prevents unused textiles from ending up in landfills.

Organic and recycled cotton, hemp, cork, cellulose and repurposed fabrics are also utilized.  I use cotton interfacing instead of polyester as a stabilizer and U.S cotton batting for insulation and stuffing.

Metal Zippers

I use both metal and plastic zippers because that is all that is available at the moment.  Both have their pros and cons, but I lean towards metal because it lasts longer and can be repurposed at the end of a products’ life cycle.      

Eco friendly tags

Hang-tags are 100% recycled paper and tied with a hemp string.

Sustainability Padded Mailers

All boxes, mailers, tissue paper and shipping labels are made from 100% post consumer recycled materials from US suppliers.

Eco friendly Labels

Woven labels are made with yarn spun from recycled plastic bottles.

The textile industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. 60+ million tons of textiles are thrown away every year and the inks and dyes used to create those textiles pollute freshwater supplies globally.  Manufacturing fabric requires a massive amount of water, from growing to making to printing/dying. 

Plant based textiles, like the ones used in Laterzees products, grown organically and responsibly require only a fraction of the water and land, no herbicides or fertilizers and they don’t deplete the soil of nutrients.     

One reason organic fabrics are more expensive is because of the extra steps involved in the manufacturing and growing process.