And being added (and the fact that they had created such a gift guide) made me realise that I hadn’t actually talked about my packaging much.
I’ve been really trying to make my jewellery business (along with the rest of my life!) more sustainable and eco-friendly. So in terms of my packaging here are some of the things I do:
My little white gift boxes are made from recycled card.
The jiffy bags I use for sending out are the “green” version, so no bubble wrap padding, just extra layers of paper. They don’t feel as padded, or look as pretty as the white bubble mailers I used to use, but they do the job!
As well as the Jiffy Green mailers, I also recycled bubble mailers I have recieved from my suppliers. Again, not as pretty as a shiny new envelope, but I think people understand and appreciate why.
To reseal the recycled mailers, and also make the new ones more secure I used to use sellotape, but I’ve recently invested in some plastic free tape . I didn’t really twig how much we use sellotape but it comes on pretty much every package I get - and most of it ends up in landfill, so the paper tape is very welcome! It also sticks really well. I’d definitely recommend it.
I’ve been in touch with my box supplier to find out more about the foam inserts that come tucked into every box, so I’ll update on that once I hear back, but I think the P&P department of my little biz is doing okay in reducing the impact on the planet. I’d love to hear any other tips/ advice from you on how to be more sustainable and eco-friendly.
I’m slowly working my way through my other processes and materials to see what other changes I can make….it’s a bit of a minefield but I’ll get there - one sheet of recycled sterling at a time.