I’ve always been conscious of the types of packaging I use in the business (see my blog posts here and here), but this year I want to be able to offer customers a choice about how much they bring into their home. The soaps usually come with paper wrappings…perfect for giving as gifts (whether to others or self gifting 😉) but now you can choose to have them naked 😃. All you will get with them is the label with the important info on it. The jars from the salts and scrubs can be washed and reused, the gift boxes can be reused for storing things in or for re-gifting as I’ve chosen not to add any branding on.
My own business waste
I have waste coming in when I order ingredients and fabrics. Increasingly my suppliers are turning to scrunched up paper for padding which is excellent, as I can then reuse it when sending out orders. I have a paper recycling box in my workshop too, and the off-cuts of fabric that are too small for me to make anything else out of are put into the charity bag for the rag man. The essential oils come in glass bottles which can be recycled and the oils come in plastic bottles which I also recycle. My biggest intake of plastic though, comes from the rolls of fabric coming in. I know it’s there to protect the fabric while in transit so I’m not sure what the alternative would be. A problem to be worked out for sure!