Our Environmental Policies
Since 1990, Gilden Tree has imported terra-cotta products, traditionally made in the Indian Subcontinent. Women make our terra-cotta tools very simply of clay
which is hand formed, sun‑dried, and fired in a kiln, so they never
wear out. It's a process that has remained virtually unchanged for
centuries, and it still works.
Many of our cotton products are made of unbleached,
undyed chemical-free cotton, and our white fabrics are peroxide
bleached, which is much gentler on the environment. We are proud to
have been among the first companies encouraging environmentally
We're committed to long term usability, which includes our packaging.
Our packaging is either so little you don't mind throwing it away, or
so good you'll keep it forever. Our jars and bottles are made of amber
#1 plastic, PETE, which is almost universally recyclable, and helps
reduce exposure to light and air, which helps reduce the amount of
preservatives we use.
Our gift packaging is truly beautiful – and always substantial enough
to keep forever. Whether it’s one of our signature pandan boxes or
bags, a soft hemp bag or real cloth ribbons, we believe that gift
packaging should be truly reusable.
We re‑use packaging materials and boxes whenever possible to minimize
our contribution to the waste stream, and encourage retailers to do the
same. In addition, we use high post‑consumer content paper and soy
based inks. Truly worn-out cardboard is recycled, as is all paper that we use.
Gilden Tree is a proud member of PETA. None of our products are tested
on animals, and the vast majority of our products are vegan. The only
exception is for products containing honey.
Our company culture is based on respect for each other, creating an
environment that welcomes differences, encourages learning and always
puts families first.
Over the years, we’ve been honored to have five babies come to work
with their moms. We know how hard it is for new mothers to leave their
infants, and believe that with a little flexibility, there’s no reason
why their babies can’t come to work with them.
From the early days in 1990, when we packed products in air-packed
popcorn because we didn't want to use polystyrene packing peanuts till
today, we're always looking for a way to step more lightly on the earth
we all share.