We are a nearly waste free company with a small carbon foot print, but we do ship packages, travel to shows, and accept supplies shipped to us. As part of our mission to tread as lightly as we can on our earth we have chosen to balance this carbon use by contributing to an effective local land trust, Shirley Heinze. They work hard to educate and have a personal and intrinsic knowledge of local land resources-using monies wisely with little management costs.
Here is some additional information on the Shirley Heinze Land Trust: The Shirley Heinze Land Trust, a non-profit organization, was endowed in 1981 as a charitable trust to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes region. The Heinze Land Trust acquires and preserves natural lands in the southern Lake Michigan watershed. Current holdings cover the entire range of habitat communities, including:
- Sand dunes and interdunal ponds in Miller (Lake County)
- Globally rare dune-and-swale habitat in Hammond and Gary (Lake County)
- Wet woodlands, stepped fen, and tallgrass prairie in the Hobart Marsh area
- Sand prairie, yellow-birch fen, and oak savanna in Porter County
- Boreal flatwoods and wetlands in LaPorte County
Five Heinze Trust properties - Cressmoor Prairie in Hobart, Seidner Dune and Swale in Hammond John Merle Coulter Preserve in Portage, and Barker Woods and Ambler Flatwoods in Michigan City - are dedicated state nature preserves.
Their goals are to:
- Protect endangered habitats through acquisition and restoration of environmentally significant properties
- Promote environmental awareness through community outreach programs and publications
- Advance the goals of clean air and water for Northwest Indiana