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Cognitive Surplus

Cognitive SurplusAbout

Cognitive Surplus is the premier source for science and math-based gifts, stationery and lifestyle goods. They celebrate the meeting of science and design by making scientifically accurate, well-designed products. They are committed to sustainability in all their actions – from the carbon footprint they leave, to the materials they use, to the employees they hire. They have been recognized for creating a diverse, inclusive working environment in which adults with disabilities can thrive.


  • Partnered with to offset the carbon footprint for employee travel and commuting, product and freight shipping and 100% of utility and paper usage.
  • Use cloth hand towels in kitchen and bathrooms and 100% recycled toilet paper.
  • Implemented a policy of seeking out manufacturing partners with sustainable practices.
  • Use recycled, upcycled and compostable packaging and void fill in shipments.
  • Compost all food scraps and food-soiled paper in a vermicompost bin.
  • Installed a water filtration system to eliminate plastic water bottles in the workplace.
  • Installed LED lighting and low-flow water faucets.
  • More than 75% of employees use public transport, bike and/or carpool to work.
  • Kitchen is stocked only with reusable dishware and serving equipment.

Recycled notebook
Recycled notebooks

Social chemistry glassware
Social chemistry glassware


6700 N New York Ave, Ste 300, Portland, OR 97203