Our Story

“Schreibs auf’n Deckl” is what I hear every time I see a coaster.

Born and raised in Germany, I was exposed to the occasional beer and the “Bierdeckl” (translates to “Coaster” in English) was always around. Waiters would tick-mark the coaster to keep track of how many drinks you had and at the end of the night they get thrown out.

We’ve all seen the pressed cardboard coaster — they’re everywhere these days.  Some of us collect them.  Some re-use them a couple of times.  But let’s be honest… 90% of the time they are disposed of, or your dog makes a midnight snack out of them.

Waste no more!  Our coasters here at Responsible Craft are built to last.  My goal is to create a coaster that people resonate with, collect and keep around not just to protect your furniture, but to enjoy their beauty as a piece of art, and oh – yea –  they’re environmentally friendly too (Bonus!).

Their designs are unique as each of us. Find the coaster that fits your lifestyle or mood, and hell, if you don’t find one you like, I’ll custom design one for you.

They’re too special to throw away, and they make you feel good!  From the material to the ink on the packaging, every part of my product is responsibly sourced. My coasters are handmade and designed in San Diego with bamboo; planet earths’ most renewable and sustainable material.

If that wasn’t enough, I choose a different environmental non-profit organization every year to partner with and donate $1 per set sold.

Say goodbye to tacky coasters and stain rings!

Cheers,

Handmade in San Diego

Our products are designed, produced, and shipped from sunny San Diego, California.

Responsibly Sourced

We use select suppliers that share our love for the environment to supply our materials from.  We only use sustainable materials and renewable resources and source as much as we can locally to ensure our footprint on the environment is as small as possible.

We are serious about protecting our environment.  Once you receive your first shipment, you will realize we mean it!

Renewable materials

Our material of choice is Bamboo. Bamboo is a grass and not a hardwood and can be re-harvested every 4-6 yrs. Bamboo grows 3-5ft per year which makes it one of the most renewable materials available.

The bags for our Bamboo Coasters are made out of linen and is great to protect your coasters when you don’t use them or you can re-use the bag to store something else.

Recyclable & Reusable Packaging

All of our shipping supplies, from the box to the tape, and everything in between is made from 100% recycled and/or post-consumer waste.

Not only the material and packaging will make you feel good, unpacking your box will make you feel even better.

 

About Bamboo

Bamboo is 100% Renewable

It is a grass and not a hardwood. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and can be re-harvested every 4-6 years without damaging the plant or the surrounding ecosystem. Bamboo grows 3-5ft per year which makes it one of the most renewable materials available. The most common types of bamboo natural and carbonized. Natural bamboo is the lighter option and its color varies from almost white to a blondish yellow. Carbonized bamboo is the harder one of the two and its color is medium to dark brown.

Bamboo we use

We use three layered, cross laminated bamboo plywood in both colors types (natural and canonized).

Design Notes

Depending on the type of bamboo the product will have a golden brown to medium dark brown color with a fine grain. The bamboo joints are visible on the surface and break up the grain creating a unique appearance.

Engraving Bamboo

The beauty of bamboo is its natural grain and color variation. The differences in each layer may be highlighted due to burning off layers while engraving. Sometimes the next layer comes through very dark and sometimes it comes through lighter – or even banded due to the grain differences.

We constantly calibrate our lasers to ensure consistent engraving results. Please note that all products are made to order and that there may be differences between the engraved bamboo you receive and the images shown on our website.

Random Facts about Bamboo

  • Bamboo grows on every continent except Antarctica.
  • It’s delicious! Bamboo is often used in Asian cuisine, especially soups!
  • Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, eliminating 70% of the bacteria that attempt to grow on it with it’s own bio-agents.
  • Bamboo was the first plant to return after the Hiroshima bombing.
Love Local San Diego

“Think global, act local.”

We believe that local charitable organizations have the ability to affect major change in a community. With that in mind, we have focused our partnership and giving efforts on organizations with distinct causes in the San Diego area.

For each coaster set we sell, we donate $1 to a local non-profit organization here in San Diego in support of our oceans, coastline, and environment. 
 Every year we choose a different local non-profit organization here in San Diego for our program.

If you are interested in becoming our non-profit beneficiary please send us an email explaining why you are a good fit!  Email us at info@responsiblecraft.com.

 

Want more ways to partner with us?

Ok! Let’s create a custom coaster for your organization and we’ll sell it on our website.  For each of your organization’s coasters sold you will get a kick back.