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Tin Talk: Sustainability, Functionality, & Modernity

Tin Talk: Sustainability, Functionality, & Modernity

how we're changing the modern spice world

written by: D. Lanzet

There is value in aligning our vibrant packaging with our brand beliefs and we choose tin because we believe it's where beautiful form and function meet. Not to mention it holds all our mindblasting goodness inside while blocking light, which can degrade spices (a common issue with clear glass or plastic containers).

Our tins, which begin their journey in Dongguan, China, are made from tinplate (with post consumer recycled content that exceeds 10-20%) and are completely recyclable. Because metal is infinitely recyclable, the more it is recycled, the less carbon emissions are generated and less natural resources are used to extract virgin metal.

We source all of our ingredients — from tins to spices — from suppliers that we trust. Because we source spices from all over the world and have them shipped to our factory in North Carolina, there is of course an environmental impact ingrained in the journey. If we could source our entire catalog locally at the necessary volume our customers demand, we would, but spices are so place based. We do our best to honor where they come from.

Our brand values of everyday functionality, fun modernity, and the importance of sustainability are evident in our tins, paper labels, and use of corrugated cardboard as packing material.

Photography: Jennifer Cole Rodriguez, The Local Palate


  • It would be nice to have a label on the top of the tin so they can sit in a drawer proper and not on their side. I actually use a carousel for my spices so I would have to lift every tin to find what I want. This is the ONLY reason I am not purchasing your spices. Yes, I can label mine, but that’s extra expense and these spices are not necessarily cheap. If the labeling changes, I’m all in.

    Alexis on
  • We love the feedback, Sy! Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

    Spicewalla Fam on
  • the tins are everything you claim. My one and only complaint is that they do not stack neatly. Some fit better than others. But when your spice cabinet is organized alpahbetically as mine are the top tin may not sit well.

    sy settell on

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