Long-time proponents of trying to make the world a better place, CAPERS follows a product philosophy that puts the environment first. With Earth Day, April 22, fast approaching, and many organizations marking April as Earth Awareness Month, we wanted to share what green means to us and how it benefits you, our customers.
Recycled…metals in our jewelry, plastic in our handbags, fill in our sofas and select glassware throughout our store.
Repurposed…furniture such as Vintage Chinese pieces that have been remodeled for more functionality in a modern setting or our case goods built from reclaimed wood.
Pre-cycled…quality furniture fabricated using sustainable practices and classic construction techniques—frames are guaranteed for life or as-long-as you own the piece. So, you only buy once, unlike with lower-cost items that need to be replaced often.
Materials that Matter…we love linen in lieu of cotton as it uses fewer cycles of water—try Belgian linen as an upholstery choice, Darzzi linen throws or table linens. We recommend replacing polyester or man-made fibers with natural, ultra-absorbent and long-staple fibers. They’re more breathable and compostable, unlike manmade ones which have microscopic fibers that can get into our water system with each wash. Natural fibers such as linen might require a little more work, but they’re definitely worth it in the long-run.
Locally Made…could be within our neighborhood, the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, or even proudly made in the U.S., depending on what it is. But we try to keep our product selection as local as possible, because we believe boosting our neighbors’ businesses is environmentally and socially the right thing to do. Plus, it’s fun to showcase jewelers such as Alizah Olivas, artists such as Amy Stone, ceramicists such as Nicole Pepper, children’s artwork, hooded bath towels and clothing by Stacy Sterling, or specialty foods such as Dolcetta Artisan Sweets—all made right here in West Seattle. We think there’s a misconception that shopping online reduces your footprint, but consider the cross-country shipping and trickle-down effect that causes. Shopping local for locally made goods truly enables you to go green.
Responsibly Harvested Woods…such as our upholstered goods from Cisco and Lee—frames of couches and chairs—as well as other manufacturers of our case goods, utilize Forest Stewardship Counsel Woods. Plus, with our custom orders you can upgrade to parapure feather latex cushioning, natural hemp webbing, organic muslin, organic cotton and wool batting, organic upholstery covers, water-based stains and glues and non-formaldehyde.
Reusable Bags and Totes…our French market bags are made using an age-old tradition of palm leaf weaving and finished with leather, perfect for Seattle Farmer’s Market finds each Sunday, a day at Alki Beach, or groceries.
When we started CAPERS more than 30 years ago, hardly any eco-friendly products were available to us, so there wasn’t a lot we could offer our customers or even talk about. As you can see above that’s greatly changed. Now being ecologically kind is just so much more mainstream or the norm and that’s exciting. It’s heartening to watch people become more environmentally conscientious. And we’re glad we can offer our neighbors quality goods, locally made with going green in mind.
- Alizah Olivas Jewelry
- Amy Stone – Looking Inward
- Nicole Pepper Ceramics
- Hooded Animal Towels by Stacey Sterling
- Seda Sofa by Cisco Brothers
- French Market Totes
- Darzzi Linen Throws