THIS IS WHO WE ARE
Our mission at Puente is to connect people through their love for meaningful, beautiful design objects.
To achieve this, we make goods with soul.
Our first venture is a line of home goods made for you by artisans in a southern region of Nicaragua called Los Pueblos Blancos (White Towns). The region gets its name from the whitewash used to paint the houses, and it's an area charged with a rich culture and preservation of their ancient traditions.
HOW WE DO IT
At Puente we design our collections inspired by the history, the culture and the people of the places where we will be producing them.
We then go and personally meet with the artisans, working out production specifics with them in a collaborative process. This process might leave us with a product that is different than what we originally had in mind, but we actually love this because it means it now has the artisan's touch.
WHAT WE BELIEVE IN
We don't believe in seasonality.
Puente is about timeless design objects, not about disposable things. We strive to make objects that will look good in your home year round and for years to come. We don't design around trends, but rather leveraging ancient traditions that will bring character and soul to your home.
We work hard so you can sleep well.
We personally visit and deal with all the artisans we work with to ensure humane working conditions, fair deals and transparency throughout our whole supply chain.
Cutting out the middle man not only means we can all sleep well at night knowing how our products are sourced, it also translates into better prices, for everyone.
Sustainability is at the core of what we do.
We believe in a way of doing business that respects and encourages the preservation of not only the environment, but also of social and cultural traditions of the places we do business in.
WHY DO WE CHARGE FOR SHIPPING?
Because there is no such thing as free shipping.
"Free shipping" just means that the cost of getting a product in your hands is baked into the price of that product. Free shipping actually means higher prices, for everyone.
We charge a fair rate for delivering our goods to your doorstep. This guarantees that you are not paying more than you should by subsidizing someone that should be paying higher shipping costs.
It's as green as possible.
Taking care of our planet is a joint effort so we ask that you help us in doing so. We try to do our part with our packaging and respectfully ask that you do yours once you receive our goods. Here's how it works:
REDUCE - all our packaging materials are made out of paper products. We try to avoid the use of plastic throughout the entirety of our products' life cycle in order to reduce plastic consumption and waste. To learn more about issues with plastic waste and how to help with cleanup please visit: www.theoceancleanup.com
REUSE - when shipping, we may use paper for padding purposes that we have already used for something else. We purchase as much post consumer paper products as possible and reuse paper and packaging extensively in all stages of our product's life cycle. Once you get your package, feel free to reuse any materials that you seem fit, including our beautiful tissue paper!
RECYLE - once we can't use a material or product anymore we recycle it. We ask that you do the same :) Please visit www.epa.gov/recycle for more information on how to recycle different kinds of waste.