Handmade seems to mean a lot of things these days. What does it mean when used by you?
Handmade retains its original meaning for me. All of the clothing and accessories are constructed by me. I have no contract sewers or manufacturing partners. I literally do all the work: sewing, marketing, shipping...even most of the photography. Buckaroo Organics products are handmade by their owner, Lindsay.
What makes your shop special?
Most of my fabrics are milled right here, in the United States. I also try to use independent designers as much as possible. Their designs are often very unique and purchasing their designs gives me a chance to support other small business. These designs are custom printed, most of the time per order, right here in the United States. The digital printing process is used for these fabrics and the dye is water-based, making it more eco-friendly.
What is organic cotton?
The term "organic" refers to a specific process of growing cotton. As with organic foods, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Are your products pre-shrunk?
Yes. Purchasing an item that fits perfectly and then shrinks is one of my pet peeves! Pre-shrinking fabric, prior to construction, means that your garment will have the truest fit possible.
Why do I need to wait for some of my items?
Though I am trying to have more ready-made items, many are still handcrafted for each customer. The fabric is specially printed. If you need an items sooner than the construction time listed, please contact me and ask about rush construction.
What are your washing recommendations?
I recommend that all products, with the exception of wet bags, be washed in cold water, on the gentle cycle, with phosphate-free detergent. Phosphate-free detergent is gentler on the fabrics and dyes. Most US detergents are phosphate-free, but it is always good to check. No bleach of any kind should be used. Tumble dry low or line dry. The cotton setting on your iron is fine to use.
Wet bags may be washed on warm or hot. Fabric softener and bleach should not be used. They may be tumbled dry on low or line dried. Wet bags should not be ironed.
Tell me about your packaging...
I try to use the most eco-friendly packaging possible, opting for components that are made from recycled materials, can be reused and/or are biodegradable. The hang tags on my products are made from 100% recycled paper, 50% of which is post-consumer waste. My poly mailers are made from 100% post-consumer and post-industrial waste. They have an extra self-adhesive strip, so you can reuse them. Corrugated gift boxes can be reused but they are also biodegradable. My tissue paper is made from 60% recycled fibers.
Are you a member of any organizations?
Yes! I am a member of the WAHM Alliance and the Made In Montana program.
What are your office hours?
I am available to answer emails and ship items Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Saturdays my hours are 9 AM to 12 PM.