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The Patchwork Bear

Business Information
Name of Organization: 
The Patchwork Bear- recycled, remade, remembered.
Organization Type: 
Business Description: 
We upcycle favorite clothes into custom memory bears, quilts and tote bags
Contact Person: 
Jennifer Cura
Business Location: 
The Patchwork Bear
162 Nassau St #210
08540 Princeton , NJ
United States
40° 21' 2.7792" N, 74° 39' 24.3468" W
(609) 285-2591
Renewal Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2024
Management and Leadership
Identify Sustainability Leader
Description of Action: 
Our entire company and everyone who works here is part of our sustainability team since this is the heart of what we do: recycle clothes into something new and sentimental.
Provide Environmentally Preferable Products Services
Description of Action: 
We help keep out some of the 21 billion pounds of clothing sent to landfills annually by turning favorite clothes into beautifully crafted memory bears, quilts and bags.
Waste Reduction
Description of Action: 
We have optimized pattern layouts to reduce the amount of fabric waste (we use stabilizing fabric in addition to clothes to make products).
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Waste Reuse
Description of Action: 
We reuse boxes to send out our finished products rather than purchase new boxes.
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Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
We recycle any unused cardboard, bottles and paper products used in the studio
Energy Efficiency
Description of Action: 
We have switched much of our lighting to LED lights.
Employee Commute
Description of Action: 
We have located our business in a pedestrian friendly town, walking distance from where our designers drop off their kids at school. They can walk to work and back to school to pick kids up at the end of the day.
Support the Well-Being of Your Employees
Description of Action: 
We provide a family-friendly, specifically mom-friendly work environment by being flexible with work hours, summer schedules and bringing kids to work when needed.
Adopt a Cause or Project in your Community
Description of Action: 
We have collaborated with Sustainable Princeton to develop and sell reusable market and produce bags at the local farmers market. (Ongoing) We also donate time and products by holding a bear making workshop with Good Grief, an organization that supports kids who suffer the loss of a family member. (one workshop, future ones pending) We donate time and products to SHUPP, Stand Up To Hunger Princeton which tackles food insufficiency in the greater Princeton NJ area (ongoing) We donate bear gift kits to The Luca John Foundation annually to raise funds for funeral expenses for infants. (ongoing)
Finished Application: 
Member Since: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020