At humangear, we believe in giving back to our community — be that through product donations, volunteering time, or designing sustainable products. We’ve also committed to giving at least 2% of our net income to charities, micro-lending organizations, and other philanthropic, humanitarian, and environmental causes. You can check out humangear’s involvement with the international micro-lending organization Kiva here: humangear’s Kiva team.
At least three times a year, our office volunteers at a bay area non-profit organization. In the past, we've sorted canned goods and fresh fruit for the SF and Marin Food Bank, sponsored and served lunch at Larkin Street Youth Center, cleared and cleaned trails for the Golden Gate National Park Volunteer Program, planted trees with Friends of the Urban Forest, helped Glide serve a free lunch, picked up and disposed of needles with San Francisco's Homeless Youth Alliance, and weeded and sowed seeds with Alemany Farm. We've also donated products for local, relevant events like the San Bruno Mountain Watch's Annual Pancake Breakfast. Watch's programs preserve and protect the native ecosystems on San Bruno Mountain.
We've thought a lot about our social responsibility to the planet. We've twice toured the facilities of San Francisco's standard-setting recycling and waste management provider, Recology, to ensure that we're doing everything in our office and with our product packaging to contribute to a sustainable ecosystem (you'll notice that all of our product packaging contains a reminder that the packaging can be recycled). We signed the Don't Feed the Landfills pledge, and our office has solar panels, which allow us to send power back to the grid.
And naturally we’re thinking about sustainability when we design products, too. We try to make things that replace disposables and that are useful and enjoyable enough to spend a premium on and bother carrying around. We know it can be easy to grab a free plastic utensil at the counter, but we think if we can make a tool that’s easier to use, more comfortable to hold, and more gorgeous than any other utensil you’ve ever seen, there’s a better chance people will make the effort to carry one around.
Go humankindness go!