handcraeft goes green
awareness & responsibility
When I was growing up, the idea of something being “environmentally friendly” wasn’t anywhere on my radar. But now, as a grownup human living on this planet, during a time when climate change is already happening, and as a mom who wants safe and healthy air, water and food for my daughter and her future children, I understand that I have a responsibility to be aware of the consequences of my actions as it relates to the environment. I realize that the choices I make will also shape my daughter’s behavior, and will absolutely have an impact on the planet and the people and animals who live here.
It seems that the smallest, everyday decisions we make about what and how we buy and consume things are the most important decisions.
As a small business owner, I also have certain choices to make. I decide what products to buy and from where I buy them. I decide what kind of packaging I will use to prepare those things. I decide what kinds of shipping materials I will use, and anticipate how those materials will either be used later or disposed of. So many choices! I want you to know that I am mindful of the importance of my choices.
I am committed to incorporating sustainable products and packaging into my business when and where I can. So, here are some things that I have in mind:
Reduce disposable packaging
So many of the products we buy are packaged in paper and plastic packaging that goes straight in the garbage. But it also costs money and energy to transport those products, made heavier with unnecessary packaging, all over the planet. One thing I can do is to remove the unnecessary packaging, either dispose of or recycle the waste, and ship your items in packaging that is lighter and reusable/recyclable/compostable. I will also appeal to the companies I buy from to offer items in bulk and without wasteful packaging.
I use glassine envelopes to pack up sets and products to sell. These envelopes are made from 100% pine wood cellulose and can be recycled. They are also chlorine and acid-free, and do not contain chemical softeners.
I am learning more and more about the amount of waste and pollution involved with the textile industry. I’m evaluating my priorities and thinking about what I can do better. In my personal life, I have dramatically reduced the amount of fast fashion my family is consuming, and I am looking for ways to reuse and upcycle fabric at home and in my shop. I am also looking for companies I can have access to who offer more sustainable textiles that I in turn can offer you.
Reusable cotton bags
I use organic cotton drawstring bags for kits and packaging. Great for gifting and for supply storage, these bags can be reused again and again!
I use packing tape made from 90% renewable resources, which can be industrially composted. The film is plant-based & the stickiness comes from natural rubber. If you know of a fully home compostable tape, please let me know!
Compostable mailing bags
After almost of year of searching, I am over the moon to have found recyclable, home compostable paper mailing bags! And even better, they are printed with vegetable-based inks. You can put these bags in your home compost bin. These are coming at the end of the year.
Grass Paper Boxes
I am in the process of switching over to grass paper shipping boxes. This cardboard is made from freshly cut grass, a rapidly renewable resource that requires less water than does traditional cardboard & paper made from trees. These boxes are both recyclable and compostable!
A note about shipping labels
I am looking for compostable shipping labels that are appx 105×148. If you know of a great recyclable or compostable shipping label, please let me know! Otherwise, please remove the shipping label from your mailer or box before recycling or composting.
Sustainable products for packaging and shipping generally cost more than do non-eco friendly alternatives. I hope you’ll agree that it’s worth paying just a little bit more for these efforts that are less-detrimental to our glorious planet.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please always feel free to get in touch. xx