I make fab baby burp cloths with cotton fabric on one side and organic terry towelling on the other, but when a friend asked if I could make some custom ones I jumped at the chance. She brought round some off-cuts of these vintage Star Wars quilts as they are huge Star Wars fans, and those gorgeous woodland creatures fabrics. I think I might have to try and find some of those fabrics for the shop as they are lovely, and they are organic which is a big bonus.
This week has seen lots of soap making and wrapping going on. I try and have a full day making various batches of soap, then they are left to cure for four to six weeks. After they are cured I’ll then spend another day wrapping them up.
It’s taken me a few years to get to this version but I love them so much. All the wrappings can be recycled or composted, and I print the labels myself. All I’ve got to do now is add my new logo to them all 😂
Soaps available here
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.
I cannot begin to describe what the Indie Rollercoaster group has done for me over the past few weeks. Let me back-track slightly – at the beginning of the year I had a part time job along side trying to run my own business. This job was low paid, very stressful and had very unpredictable working hours. Not good when trying to run your own business too. So after discussing it with my Hubby, I left at the end of April. Welcome to scary world! Now I have to make sure my business definitely works as there’s bills to pay.
A lovely friend told me about this group on Facebook who are very helpful and friendly. Oh my gosh! This is not just a group, but a community of lovely people who are only too happy to share their knowledge and expertise. And even a virtual hug if it’s needed. I’ve given myself so much work to do (all good stuff) through the help and advice on here. I’m taking it to the next level starting from next week as there’s a membership group where I’m going to learn even more stuff! I’m sure I’ll be right out of my comfort zone, but that’s all to the good. Bring it on!