Summerdog Farm and Mercantile promotes and practices sustainability. By restoring and selling vintage items, we avoid the environmental costs of new manufacturing. When we do sell new items, we seek out craftspeople and manufacturing methods that create long-lasting products using environmentally responsible approaches. We avoid plastic because of the damage plastic causes to marine life. We look for ways to minimize our carbon footprint because of the contribution of carbon dioxide to climate change.

The specific practices we have committed to in our retail operations include:

  • using sustainably sourced materials
  • avoiding plastic and petroleum products
  • using organic ingredients where possible
  • using recyclable and biodegradable packaging
  • using local vendors as much as possible

Eliminating plastic entirely is hard! It’s everywhere: there are plastic polymers in the water-based paints that we use, in the threads used to strengthen our paper tape, in pens, in computers, in scissors. In some cases, petroleum products may not be that bad. We use a biodegradable mailer that is petroleum-based, which claims to release only water, carbon dioxide and biomass into the environment as it decomposes.

Summerdog Farm (our family farm) has even bigger challenges with respect to plastic waste. Our 10-year old greenhouse is covered in clear plastic, and there are tool and machine parts, handles, old feeders, and so on that are made of the stuff. We choose alternatives and recycle where we can, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

We are still learning the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint and plastic waste. If you have ideas, we would love to hear from you on instagram @summerdogfarm or email us at!