Pygn is a brand of sustainable products for people who are learning & transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle. They are aware of the part everyone can play in environmental conservation by making small lifestyle changes. Pygn's mission is to provide a stylish, ecological solutions to inspire people to live a more eco-friendly life while raising awareness of sustainable options that are easier on our planet and support a circular economy. In short, we believe all products should be closed loop- if you design it & sell it you should be responsible for it to the end of it's life.
The name, Pygn, was inspired by the passenger pigeon bird that went extinct in North America in 1914 due to the avarice and abusive hunting of frontier settlers. It is a reminder that as a society we need to be stewards of our planet and make it culturally taboo to not conserve the planet.
Refuse & Reuse
Everyone is on a journey to a zero waste life, whether they know it or not. Maybe your local grocery store has started charging for single use plastic bags and you want to avoid the fee. Maybe your town recently banned plastic straws. Maybe you have been recycling your whole life. Maybe you just want to use less plastic products in your daily life. Wherever you are in your journey, Pygn aims to help you continue to reduce your overall impact on the planet.
At Pygn, we are working on contributing to the growing circular economy. A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. (WRAP) With this in mind, we hope your first choice is a second hand when a new need arises or repairing existing items and your second is buying new lasting sustainable products to replace disposable habits from us.
Recycle & Rot
Some of our products are 100% waste free and others may require recycling or composting after use in order to close the lifecycle loop. This reflects the complexities of the zero waste movement. Zero Waste is about discussing these issues and about making choices that support healthier habits over time. For example if your item arrives in a jar you may reuse it or recycle it with your local program/plant. Some of our items are disposable and will biodegrade naturally in the environment.
Alternatively, our vintage items help divert useful items from landfills. Other products we sell may help your reuse, compost, or repurpose things in your home, such as our erasable chalk board sticker labels. Reducing trash output by diversion or decomposition are both wins in our book.
Reduce & Repair
At Pygn we understand that a more sustainable lifestyle can be a huge challenge, even more so when living in areas without resources such as bulk stores or simply finding the time and money to invest in sustainable habits like DIY. We recognize that social, political, economic and geographical circumstances alter access to zero waste and sustainable practices. We also believe that if you are able to alter small habits, whether it be using a refillable water bottle or refusing a plastic straw at the cafe, you are playing an important role in reducing the ever increasing stress that waste has on our land, oceans, air and the people that occupy these spaces.
Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic waste than during the whole of the last century, but it takes 450 years on average for a single plastic bottle to break down! Until we live in a world where all products are part of a circular economy you can help by voting with your shopping dollars and choosing to make small lifestyle changes to reduce your overall waste output.
We would love for you to join us on the journey.