Conscious Consumer Campaign: CLICK HERE

TRANSPARENCY

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

What does R2R do?

R2R is focused on changing the culture of consumption by educating our community on ways to consume consciously. As a 501(c)(3) we are able to accomplish this in many ways. R2R supports brands that make a difference in protecting the earth and all those that inhabit it! We provide our community with products, solutions, and knowledge that are totally sustainable and ethical. We offer collaboration, communication, and community education on our current linear production system. Through these changes, we believe we can eventually transform the current culture of consumption into a closed loop, circular economy. 

We have a long term goal as a non-profit to create off the grid, closed loop communities that will serve as a circular model for others around them. This is an evolving mission as we discover new and innovative solutions. Our founder, Ashleigh Morgan, often discusses the idea that everything can be something and a solution is always out there.

Staying connected and fully transparent is crucial in fostering conscious consumption. Please don't hesitate to reach out through our contact page with any questions. 

We want to stress that every portion of your dollar counts here at Recycle2Riches. Our marketing team is working on sponsorship levels and we now have a pie chart to show you what percentage of your dollar is going where. The sponsorship levels will be published by quarter four this year (2021).

For now, thank you for any donations or support from all of us at R2R.

If you would like to donate: CLICK HERE

Packaging & Shipping:

Everything to do with an R2R product is 100% recycled. Our tags, cards, and even labels are recycled. Everything to do with our branding is handmade and customized. If it is shipped from R2R head quarters, we ship through Sendle.com with Boox.eco boxes. 

Through these communities we are able to stay carbon neutral. We are working right now on becoming net zero as well. 

Recycle2Riches Shipping Policy:

What is Dropship and why does R2R use it?

With most of the products we host on our site, a Dropship System is in place with the makers and creators. In a dropship system, the customer purchases the products on our website and we email the order directly to the maker to be fulfilled. Thus, in such instances, we cannot 100% guarantee zero waste packaging with our dropship system products. However, prior to hosting any maker or brand, our research team verifies that each one is in line with our sustainable values. To learn more about our dropship collaborations, feel free to browse through our Community page. 

What’s up with my shipment after I order?

R2R orders that are shipped from HQ are done through Sendle and shipped in a reusable BOOX shipping box. Through these communities we are able to stay carbon neutral and work towards net zero. If it is not an R2R product it is shipped out directly from the maker. This is our dropship system that we set up with amazing sustainable + ethical brands. Dropship also reduces R2R’s carbon footprint by having the maker ship directly from their headquarters to the consumer.  Find out more about our drop ship system through our transdapricy page. Recycle2Riches is constantly searching for new ways to reduce our carbon emissions and give back to our planet.

Each order should be delivered within two to three weeks from when you order and fulfilled within 3 days. Most everything is made to order, custom and handmade products. This means patients are a virtue, we take pride in not being fast production and we stand for quality not quantity. This requires time so please bear with us on shipping and receiving team fraims. 

Lost package?

Please reach out to hello@recycle2riches.com for lost packages and shipping delays. If you have an order number you can always track your package through the confirmation email from us. Or you can reach out with your order number and we will gladly track the order and get back.. If you have given us the wrong shipping address we do not cover lost packages. However if it is Recycle2Riches or one of our dropship brands fault, we will cover the price of the exchange. Unfortunately we can not give returns for an issue like this, only exchanges and replacements. Once your package is delivered to USPS with the correct shipping address you provided it is their responsibility to deliver it to you on time and safely. For custom shipping or a return label please email us or reach out through the contact page.

When is a good time to order on R2R?

The first Friday of every month we launch a new brand, this is the best time to order on Recycle2Riches. This time is perfect because we would send the order fulfilment request to the maker right away. These makers are ready to fulfill orders ASAP for their launch on R2R. Plus it’s really amazing to be able to support these small business owners on launch day! Hint, do it before 4pm PST and you can get it sooner rather than later. 

What is this going to cost me?

We work with amazing organizations that are reducing our carbon admission. Through these companies, Sendle and Boox, we have been able to provide free shipping for our USA customers. 

How do I send my Boox Box back to keep it in the loop?

Step One: Open up Boox and see your R2R items inside, remember we work with a dropship system so you may have more items coming in the mail directly from the makers. Once you have drooled over the items inside, take a look at the bottom of your Boox box. Here you will find the return label. 

Step Two: Fold your boox up into an envelope by following the pre-set lines and seals of the Boox.

Step Three: When you are ready to head to the post office, use the prepaid shipping label you found earlier and place this on your now Boox folded envelope. BOOM you're ready to drop the Boox off at any USPS post office or drop off locations. 

Step For: Once the Boox box is delivered to their headquarters in San Francisco, it gets cleaned up and sent back out into the shipping rotation. Boox is designed to be shipped, returned, then reused over and over again. This means no more breaking down boxes for your customers, and a cleaner environment for everyone. Boox also reduces your environmental impact by 75% compared to single-use packaging. It's science, people ;)

Still have questions head to their website for more information: Boox.eco 

How does R2R’s DropShip System work?

With most of the products we host on our site, a Dropship System is in place with the makers and creators. In a dropship system, the customer purchases the products on our website and we email the order directly to the maker to be fulfilled. Thus, in such instances, we cannot 100% guarantee zero waste packaging with our dropship system products. However, prior to hosting any maker or brand, our research team verifies that each one is in line with our sustainable values. To learn more about our dropship collaborations, feel free to browse through our Community page

Our organization is constantly growing and learning new ways to transform the current culture of consumption. As we continue to grow and learn we will be adding to our marketplace.

All of the brands or products featured on R2R have been rigorously tested and researched to confirm that each phase of the product’s lifecycle is sustainable and ethical. Most of our products are vegan. But, what does all of this mean? This means that our research and development team are working around the clock asking the tough questions, looking for the true signs and relying on our vision. We are doing the conscious consumer background checks. If you are doing what you can to transition to a non-toxic, Zero waste lifestyle, you know how hard it can be to put your faith in a brand.

All of the brands and products featured on R2R have been rigorously tested and researched to confirm that each phase of the product’s life cycle maintains our values of sustainability. Our research and development team works around the clock to ask the right questions so that you don’t have to.

We ask questions like:

  1. How did you start your brand?
  2. Are you totally obsessed with these products yourself?
  3. Are you or your factories fair trade certified? If not, are you making strides to become fair trade certified?
  4. Do you have plans on becoming a Certified B Corporation, if you’re not already? “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.”
  5. In what ways are your products sustainable and ethical? Do you use GOTS certified products?(GOTS = certified organic cotton)
  6. Where is your shipping and branding products from?
  7. Is your shipping products recycled, reusable, biodegradable or compostable?
  8. How many employees do you have and do you pay them minimum wage or above? 
  9. Are the materials you use safe and efficiently biodegradable, as well as accurately labeled? 
  10. What are your production house conditions? Could we visit or take a tour? Have you been there yourself?
  11. What is overconsumption in your eyes? Do you feel like your company feeds into overconsumption?
  12. What is the end of your products life, how does it go back into the earth?
  13. Are there any particular things we should know about this product or the company? Like care for the product or a particular detail of your brand you would like us to share.

We also make a point to converse with the owners on a personal level. Our research team needs to love the owner and their vision. It's all about the passion behind the product, ethics behind the company and, ultimately, the sustainability of the product for the consumer. We want to make your dollar count with every purchase. 

Recycle2Riches takes a small profit from each of the brands we host and it all cycles right back into pushing our mission forward. 

Definitions defined by our CEO, Ashleigh Morgan:

Sustainability: Transforming your life to become a conscious consumer. Sustainability means a personal day to day effort to make sure your waste doesn't just sit in a landfill. Sustainability is caring about your planet, humans, and animals. When you think before consuming; When you replace paper towels with a kitchen rag; When you purchase bamboo items instead of wasting trees and feeding into deforestation; When you look past yourself... that is the definition of sustainability. We choose sustainability in an effort to save our planet and make it thrive so we can all live healthy lives.

Overconsumption: Producing, making, and consuming more than we need. Overconsumption can best be seen through the fashion industry. We have enough fabric in the world that we can stop producing new units all together, but instead, the fast fashion industry produces more fabric and pumps out billions of units a year. They produce so much that almost every single fashion brand has dead stock. Overconsumption means consuming more than is absolutely necessary.

Dead stock: Dead stock are units that were produced or created that can no longer be sold. Nordstrom Rack is a great example of how much dead stock is present in the fashion industry. That fashion brand, one of many examples,  runs on overconsumption and overproduction. 

Zero waste: Too many people throw this saying around. I’ll have you know it is very difficult to produce zero waste on this earth. There are extremists that practically do have zero waste footprint on this earth! That takes a lot of growth and discipline. It is a lifestyle similar to becoming vegan or vegetarian. Zero waste is simply not throwing anything in the landfill. It is turning everything into something!

Ethical: Being ethical is usually indicated when a company is “fair trade certified” or a “certified B corporation.” These are key certificates or badges, if you will, that suggest ethical working conditions. Being ethical means that you pay your workers fair wages, the working conditions are clean and healthy, and everything produced is handcrafted.  

Biodegradable: The Google definition reads: “(of a substance or object) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms”. This definition leaves out that the decomposition process of biodegradable items is longer than compostable items. Unfortunately, even products with biodegradable labels do breakdown in a more harmful manner, leaving chemicals or other damaging substances in the soil. Anything that is biodegradable needs a certain condition to brake down properly. It can take over 100 years for a biodegradable product to fully brake down. The best products to buy are ones that are compostable. 

Compostable: An item that is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil. This typically occurs in about 90 days. Most compostable items can be composted in an at home composting bin. 

Closed loop: Keeping everything in the loop. We live in a linear production system and our goals in the sustainable world is to bring about a closed loop production system. Nothing made or produced that can't be reused and kept in the loop. Including everyone and everything in our production process. What is the being and end of every product and how can it give back to mother earth? 

Linear economy: Make (produce), Use (consume), Dispose (landfills) 

Circular economy: google defies a circular economy as the opposite of a linear one. The concept is to keep resources in use for as long as possible, get the most out of all products, then recover and regenerate products or materials at the end of the product life cycle. 

More definitions will be added as I learn more and grow in this field of sustainability. 

Ask away... Please email us with product, shipping, sustainability, or any other questions you may have. Our customer service team is more than happy to answer your questions! We want you to know about our products and our brand. The team is eager to answer questions and give you all of the information you need about the products you’re purchasing!

Hello@recycle2riches.com

You can also book a sustainable consultation with our President, Ashleigh M Dawson through her Calendly account.