The focus of the UN World Environment Day this year is #beatplasticpollution…and rightly so. For my business I’ve always strived to use things that can be reused or recycled, for instance, when I was sourcing jars for the salts or scrubs, glass was the only way to go. I was always conscious that this would make postage costs higher, and there are the obvious problems of possible breakages, but I really didn’t want to use plastic. This was 7 years ago, when having an earth-friendly policy wasn’t really the norm. I was working on my own gut instincts and what I felt was right. I’m very proud of what I do now..
- paper wrappings and labels that can all be recycled or composted
- organic cotton/hemp, pure linens that can all be composted at the end of their life
- cotton thread which can be composted
- paper envelopes and re-using boxes for posting out
- environmentally friendly packing peanuts
- my business cards are printed with veggie inks
- the essential oils I use come in glass bottles
- I save packaging for reusing
- Re-purposing the vintage sheets to give them a new lease of life
There are still things that are plastic which I try and re-use where I can. The cocoa and shea butters come in plastic tubs so the Hubby takes them and uses them in the garage.
I have a stash of my old plastic mailing bags just in case someone requests their order in that instead of the paper envelope, and I have the document pockets for sticking onto boxes as it’s either that or masses of sellotape. If I receive something and it comes with plastic bubble wrap or those air bags, I re-use those in some orders and add a little note asking for it to be reused again.
There are things I’m not really sure what to do with..like the plastic thing the bias binding comes on. Some of them are cardboard so I can recycle them, but some are a really hard plastic! It is a quandary.