Jeremy, or “That Guy,” as he’s known, started his carpentry business more than twenty years ago. He created beautiful cabinets, furniture and other pieces sourced from verified, sustainable resource manufacturers around the world. In 2012, Jeremey went from entrepreneur to ganja-preneur as a personal side project to replace his nonfunctional “dugout,” quickly expanded into the successful Kindtray brand. Following the practices of his carpentry business, Kindtray manufactures uniquely crafted wooden trays, sourced from sustainable distributors and designed specifically for any type of cannabis consumer, with functionality always in mind.
Decades of working with wood has given Jeremy a unique perspective on how materials have evolved over the years, and how he can best utilize the materials at his disposal, while continuing to create sustainable products. All of the wood used to create Jeremy’s Kindtrays are Forest Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), responsible for the management of forest-based products that meet strict environmental standards. This ensures a green and sustainable product that leaves little to no waste and creates the lowest energy emissions possible. From competing with other local businesses in both the carpentry and cannabis industry to competing with Chinese imports and international trade tariffs, Jeremy is not only holding his own—he’s setting the bar for business ethics in sustainable communities around the world.
Much like Fair Trade Coffee programs, the FSC connects Jeremy with family-run farms in developing countries whose climates naturally support sustainable forests. By promoting certified sustainability both independently and through the FSC, Jeremy has directly improved the lives of hundreds of farmers and their families for generations to come.
Approximately 90 percent of the wood used to create Kindtrays comes from bamboo, the ideal sustainable resource known for its growth rate, which is four times faster than other sustainable woods. Bamboo has natural antibacterial properties, is cost-effectiveness and grown on plantations, rather than harvested. The remaining 10 percent of trays come from either a cherry or walnut wood, procured mainly through reclaimed sources such as salvage yards.
Precision and Detail
Kindtray does more than just source from certified farms and reclaimed salvage yards to ensure a green product. They also practice “lean manufacturing,” a business method that allows the company to generate orders on demand. This practice allows for easy design alterations and reduces inventory. Each tray starts as a functional idea before being drawn via digital coding on a computer. Cut from a single large panel of wood, the trays are carefully cut to exact specifications, ensuring precision and detail to the finest degree and yielding nearly no waste. Any sawdust collected is used in the production of other materials, such as particle board or gardening soil.
In addition to his dedication to sustainable resource markets, Jeremy is also looking to the future. And what does he see? Hemp! One of the most versatile plants on our planet, hemp has taken the back seat for far too long. Although the hemp industry is in its infancy, says Jeremy, he is working with certified US hemp farmers and has begun experimenting with hemp stalks to create a plethora of products that are not only environmentally conscious, but totally unique. From trays to the new hemp-based plastic flower scoops, hemp-ply, hemp resin and even hemp ink, Jeremy says the market will flourish in the next five years—and he is in on the ground floor.
Although a few materials used in the final production of a Kindtray are not sustainable, such as the silicone containers, neodymium magnets or stainless steel dab tools, Jeremy says he expects those problems will be solved shortly as technology catches up with the industry.