Stojo earns 1.5/3 earths for me. I really like their product and have even considered purchasing it myself, especially after writing this review. However, the main issue I have with their cups is that they are used with virgin materials. I realize that they are manufacturing a product that is a durable, reusable, and convenient alternative to single use plastics, but I feel like they could relatively easily incorporate recycled plastics in their designs. I do appreciate that Stojo recognizes that their virgin materials don’t completely fit their “sustainable” reputation and are trying to find recycled alternatives. I think by acknowledging this, they are not participating in greenwashing as they do produce a relatively sustainable product and they recognize that it can be improved.
Stojo cups are made of silicone and polypropylene that are FDA and LFGB Platinum Certified which are both durable alternatives to single use plastics. Both of these certifications deem the product as food safe, although the LFGB certification is the highest food safety standard out there. Stojo products such as the Stojo Cup are free of BPA, BSP, cadmium, mercury, lead, and “all California Prop 65 harmful substances”. Stojo’s website states that they are currently using virgin materials, but are looking into using recycled plastics and silicones in their products. Silicone is made of silica, a naturally occurring mineral, it’s not made from fossil fuels, and is very durable. However, hydrocarbons that originate from fossil fuels are needed in the process of producing silicone. Polypropylene is a #5 recyclable that is made of either crude oil or natural gas. Although Stojo claims to be looking into using recycled materials for their products in the future, they currently are not using materials that I would say are environmentally sustainable, so they earn 0/3 earths for “what it’s made of”.
All Stojo products are manufactured in factories in China that meet the Business Social Compliance Initiative Code of Conduct (BSCI). This ensures that employee rights and safety as well as environmental regulations are met. Stojo’s website states that they keep an eye on the frequent audits that their factories undergo to ensure they are meeting the BSCI Code of Conduct. Their manufacturing and sourcing partners also meet certifications for both quality and environmental management. These certifications along with the BSCI are really important to me because they show that Stojo cares about sustainability on many fronts. Ethical practices and fair labor are enforced in Stojo’s factories and that matters a lot to me.
Aside from this, I could not find much information regarding the process of producing Stojo cups, so I withheld the last earth: 2/3 earths
As stated before, Stojo products are made in factories that ensure working rights and safety, which is what gives “who makes it” 2/3 earths. People tend to overlook the fact that social sustainability plays a huge role in sustainability as a whole; it’s not only environmental sustainability.
Stojo as a company seems to care about both environmental and social sustainability. They donate 1% of their annual revenue to environmental nonprofits, such as Lonely Whale (ocean conservation). They have a portion of their website that contains blog posts that inform consumers about how they design their product/brand, ways to reduce waste, and articles on relevant news such as highlighting black owned brands and restaurants that are feeding healthcare heroes.