Our Low-Waste Packaging
Running a physical product business means there will always be a bit of packaging required, but I do my best to reduce our waste from both inbound shipping into our warehouse + outbound to your homes!
Shipping your goodies to you:
I’m so excited that this year I was able to launch an upgrade to recycled poly mailers, now I ship to you in home compostable mailers, made of plant-based material that will break down in 90 days in your home compost (full product info here: https://www.betterpackaging.com/519-2/).
Additional packaging we use:
- 100% recycled/recyclable cardboard boxes for larger orders/cup bras (I get all of these from American brand EcoEnclose
- 100% recycled/recyclable postcards from Vistaprint
- FSC Certified tissue paper from Noissue + the only place where a little plastic comes in besides the tape on the boxes is our stickers, but I'll be replacing those with a zero-waste version from Noissue as soon as my current stock runs out!
Our office + inbound deliveries of goods:
Where the use of single use plastic most applies in my business is for shipping. Shipping always requires something to protect the beautiful products that I send out in the mail, but I’ve been working hard over the past few years to lead the way with innovative packaging options to continue to reduce my impact. I've even convinced some of my suppliers to ship their items in tissue instead of bags, or to combine all items in one large bag instead of individual poly bags, which is reducing the waste on the other side of the supply chain as well!
It's a tough one to change on that side of the supply chain for several reasons:
- when shipping overseas, suppliers want to protect against water damage
- sometimes Canada/US requires clear bags at customs to proof shipments easily
- wrapping items in paper can leave tiny fibres behind making the items look dirty even though they aren’t, leading to needing lint rolling to prep items before they ship
- drop-shipping from a huge warehouse creates dust/humidity risks
- biodegradable clear bags are expensive and hard to come by – even in 2020…
So any baby step to improve how I receive my products are definitely a win in my books! And when I do receive items in plastic bags, I always take them to my local grocery store recycling bin to be reused since my regional recycling doesn't accept them (which you can do as well with any #4 plastic if your local municipality doesn't recycle them). I am continuously working to find the best products + processes out there to reduce our footprint on the planet.
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