bulk mixed paper clips
bulk mixed paper clips
Since 2013, the lowly paper clip has been our muse: if we could figure out a scalable & profitable way to manage, package, market & sell these tiny things (so common that few people even notice them on sidewalks—much less anywhere else), we’d have cracked a key barrier to mainstreaming reuse, and could iterate our solutions to offer literally any other tiny thing that capitalist society has deemed not worth the time of tending...
Except they *are* worth tending: with 11 billion paperclips purchased each year by Americans, at a manufacturing footprint of more than 5500 tons of CO2-e, they’re the perfect placeholder tor so many other things that are being needlessly manufactured right now at high costs to our physical health & psychological well-being.
Understanding the manufacturing impact of paperclips was our first step on the journey to quantifying the positive environmental impacts of choosing the most sustainable goods possible (the ones that already exist), and we’re proud to offer them to you as part of our Ethical Office assortment.
The manual labor associated with offering this and other small products by size and type is significant. As we are able to expand our assortment more affordably based on items that come in pre-sorted by size, we will do so. Meanwhile, join us in tending these tiny bits of embodied energy & matter.
Note: 2 ounces of paper clips represents roughly 60-90 clips, depending on size and manufacturing weight. Clips will be a mix of newer and vintage. Packaging will be 100% secondhand.
ShippingThe Fine Print
• 100% secondhand packaging
• intentionally slow in-house service levels
• ground shipping only
This is climate-competent commerce, and we talk a bit more about each of these strategies on our 'official' shipping policy page:
Proactive Satisfaction + RefundsRefund policy
We have adopted a 'generally generous' approach to fulfilling many of our product listings, as sending a wee bit extra can avoid costly errors & 'fix it' shipments (besides, we find most folks appreciate the occasional freebie).
That said, if you would prefer to avoid the extras, we will gladly rightsize or downsize your order on request (product price would remain the same because more labor + less product = wash). If you prefer this option, please include a detailed order note to specify the quantity you wish to recieve (i.e. 'please send precise count of 7 for XYZ product').
As a rule, we discourage returns - but we also don't abide crappy customer experiences. To initiate issue resolution in the event that we miss the boat with your order (gaps happen!), head to our refund policy page (linked here - and at the bottom of any page) to get started.
'This is a phenomenal shop! Every little detail screams "love, care, quality, reduce, repurpose, reuse, upcycle!" Cannot recommend highly enough! I was blown away! My favorite new shop of 2022!'
-Kimberly, Long Beach CA
because the most sustainable goods possible are the ones that already exist.