Sustainability and Indigo Tangerine's New Vision for Our Products
In January 2017, our founder and owner, Rachel Bode Tucker, wrote out this vision statement for Indigo Tangerine:
Indigo Tangerine is a cottage-based industry dedicated to providing affordable products that are sourced as responsibly as possible. We actively look for opportunities to utilize and develop the talents and skill sets of artisans, tradespeople, and companies, both locally and abroad, that exhibit socially responsible work practices benefitting their local economies and environments in sustainable ways.
This was not a marketing ploy for her; it was a call to arms and she committed herself to seeing it through. The following timeline shows the progress Indigo Tangerine has made towards reaching those goals:
January 2017: We started printing our products with environmentally processes. We use water-based inks that produce minimal waste (no hazmat masks necessary!) and hardly any carbon footprint.
November 2017: All our burlap bags and pillows are supplied exclusively for Indigo Tangerine from a certified fair trade manufacturer in India. Our canvas pillows are also 100% certified organic!
January 2018: Our signs are 100% handmade in the U.S.A.
March 2018: We introduced 100% certified fair trade and organic tea towels.
Keeping it Local
While we source our products primarily from overseas, we still do all our printing right here in our quaint little workshop nestled in the woods outside of Chattanooga, TN. This allows us not only to employ people locally, it also allows us to create highly-customized products with great attention to detail one product at a time. From one-letter monograms, to last name pillows with specific wedding dates, we can get it right for you every time. And if we don’t? We will fix it and make it right! That’s what being small and local allows us to do!