penandthimble

bright + fun lunch essentials for waste free families!

Amherst, Massachusetts | 1674 Sales

penandthimble

bright + fun lunch essentials for waste free families!

Amherst, Massachusetts 1674 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (506)

Announcement   Handcrafted placemats, cloth napkins, reusable snack bags, and more for waste free schools and eco-friendly households. Less waste is a bright idea!

FREE SHIPPING STOREWIDE!
Domestic (US) shipping is now FREE ALWAYS. Because YAY FREE SHIPPING!

ECO-FRIENDLY UNWRAPPING +SHIPPING!
All items are lovingly wrapped in a paper bag and colorful washi for added protection and the fun of unwrapping! Most purchases are mailed in an eco-friendly bubble mailer that is 1) recycled, 2) reusable, and 3) recyclable. Large-quantity orders may be mailed in a regular bubble mailer as my eco-friendly packaging provider does not have larger mailers at this time. But I've put in a request!

PERSONALIZATION
Personalization is rolling out shop wide. See something and wondering if you can add a name or monogram to it? Just ask! Let's do it!

CONTACT INFO
→ Convo me here: https://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=26837965
→ Email me here: gillian [!at] penandthimble.com

SEE ME MAKE YOUR PURCHASES IN REAL TIME!
If you’re on Instagram, find me @penandthimble and you may just catch me working on your purchase in my Stories! I love to share parts of the creative process  and work-in-progress over there. You can see firsthand the care and love that goes into making each pen&thimble item. 
→ Copy and paste this IG link to find me quickly: www.instagram.com/penandthimble

ARE YOU A PEN&THIMBLE EMAIL INSIDER?
Oh, and if you like exclusive coupons and sales, join the pen&thimble email insiders! I'm also sharing my family's waste-free journey via email too! So far in 2019, we've reduced our paper towel use, made a no-excuses pledge to only shop with reusable shopping bags, and got back on track with composting!
→Copy and paste this link to sign up: http://eepurl.com/bONjJD

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 13, 2019

Handcrafted placemats, cloth napkins, reusable snack bags, and more for waste free schools and eco-friendly households. Less waste is a bright idea!

FREE SHIPPING STOREWIDE!
Domestic (US) shipping is now FREE ALWAYS. Because YAY FREE SHIPPING!

ECO-FRIENDLY UNWRAPPING +SHIPPING!
All items are lovingly wrapped in a paper bag and colorful washi for added protection and the fun of unwrapping! Most purchases are mailed in an eco-friendly bubble mailer that is 1) recycled, 2) reusable, and 3) recyclable. Large-quantity orders may be mailed in a regular bubble mailer as my eco-friendly packaging provider does not have larger mailers at this time. But I've put in a request!

PERSONALIZATION
Personalization is rolling out shop wide. See something and wondering if you can add a name or monogram to it? Just ask! Let's do it!

CONTACT INFO
→ Convo me here: https://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=26837965
→ Email me here: gillian [!at] penandthimble.com

SEE ME MAKE YOUR PURCHASES IN REAL TIME!
If you’re on Instagram, find me @penandthimble and you may just catch me working on your purchase in my Stories! I love to share parts of the creative process  and work-in-progress over there. You can see firsthand the care and love that goes into making each pen&thimble item. 
→ Copy and paste this IG link to find me quickly: www.instagram.com/penandthimble

ARE YOU A PEN&THIMBLE EMAIL INSIDER?
Oh, and if you like exclusive coupons and sales, join the pen&thimble email insiders! I'm also sharing my family's waste-free journey via email too! So far in 2019, we've reduced our paper towel use, made a no-excuses pledge to only shop with reusable shopping bags, and got back on track with composting!
→Copy and paste this link to sign up: http://eepurl.com/bONjJD

Gillian Freeman

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Updates

I’m not kitten you! cat Ditching plastic has never been this easy! These adorable snack bags are made to be carried and washed over and over again for years! Save $ and save the Earth! Yay!
Pairs well with your favorite natural cleaner or vase of wild flowers! New Zero Waste Linen Everything Towels. Perfect placemats, kitchen towels, large napkins, dish towels. I made these to be super versatile and a bright + cheerful pick-me-up!
A new bundle set. Grab a placemat, napkin, snack bag, and utensil/straw case in one listing! Select one print or mix-and-match! star2 Less waste is a bright idea when you bundle and save!
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About

Less Waste is A Bright Idea!

pen&thimble is all about creating eco-friendly products for the whole family with bright colors and prints that pop! I believe that reducing waste starts small and at home. And waste free doesn't have to be just oatmeal tones, but bright and fun and vibrant!

I don't make items for the sake of adding more things to a thing-filled world, but to reduce my own consumption of single-use plastics and waste production. I think of what I do as making tools. Bright, fun, and durable tools that highlight small, easy, and yet effective steps in the less-waste movement.

pen&thimble is eco-friendly inside and out. I make conscious cuts when I construct items to eliminate textile waste. And all of the textile waste I do produce is recycled. The eco friendly products I create are wrapped in paper with a bit of bright washi tape for fun and mailed in an eco-friendly mailer that is recycled, reusable, and recyclable!

If producing less waste is something you're into this year, I’d love if you’d join me! Follow my personal and business waste-free journey I'm sharing on Instagram and Facebook @penandthimble. I'm also using the hashtag #wastefreecurious to share monthly challenges and our waste free wins and fails. So come on over!

Shop members

  • Gillian Freeman

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Creator of pen&thimble. Dedicated mom and maker who believes that reducing waste starts small and at home. Inspired by laughter, giggles, and bright prints!

  • Phee

    Assistant, Customer Service

    Creative genius and my constant studio companion!

  • Ivy

    Shipper, Marketer

    Our youngest shop elf! Always brings the smiles (and lots of toys) to the studio!

  • Patrick

    "The Board"

    Husband, rock, cheerleader, listener. Doesn't spend much time in the studio, but always down to hear all about what's happening there!

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Apr 15, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Care instructions for all items can also be found in the item listing and are also included on a tag with item.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items are carefully wrapped in a paper bag and bright washi tape that is easy to remove for recycling. Most items ship in an eco-friendly mailer that is made from recycled content and is also reusable and recyclable.

Sizing details

Sizing details are included in the listing of each item. Measure your little one or utensil case items if you are concerned about fit/sizing.

Custom and personalized orders

I LOVE fulfilling your custom or special requests!
See a placemat pattern you wish was a snack pouch?
Love my designs but want something to go with a specific theme?
I want to help!

Custom/Special Order Prices Are As Follows:
- If you request a special fabric, you will be charged the price and shipping cost of that fabric. Custom fees are typically around $8-$15.
-No additional cost if the fabric is already in-house!

Wholesale availability

Want to place a wholesale order? Let's talk!

What does it mean that our shop items are compliant with CPSC and CPSIA for Children's Products?

It means different things for different products.

In short, it means that our resin snaps have passed tests for phthalates and lead content. The fabrics we use have passed flammability tests for clothing textiles. The organic wood rings we use have passed heavy metals, small parts, and mechanical hazards testing.

We have collected federal standards compliance documentation for every item used to create a product in the shop and, in turn, carry certification of each item we produce.

So you can rest assured you are getting handmade quality that meets federal safety requirements.

Safety compliance is important to us. And small handmade businesses aren't exempt from these requirements.

Lost Packages

This has only happened a few times so far while I've been in business and is such a rare occurrence because USPS is pretty amazing!
But if you are worried about your contents being lost/stolen, choose Priority Mail. It ships with insurance so we are all covered and no one loses!
At the end of the day, my policy is to figure out a solution that makes everyone happy!

Wrong Address

Make sure to check that you are sending items to the correct address BEFORE you place your order. My job is considered complete when I create your items and ship them to the address provided. And USPS has done their job when they deliver a package to the address provided. We aren’t responsible for items you don’t receive because of a successful delivery to an address you provided.
If items sent to the wrong address are returned to me, I’ll happily redirect them to the proper address. And the buyer is responsible for additional shipping fees.