Less waste… not just plastic!

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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!

 

 

 

Sweet almond oil on organic cotton makeup remover pad, as a natural makeup remover, handmade Haven

Natural Makeup Remover – Week 5 plus Conclusion

Well that never went to plan! This post should have been out at the end of November but the Etsy shop went crazy so I had to concentrate on getting orders out and maybe seeing my family a little bit 😉. Everything’s back to normal now so let’s talk makeup removers.

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The sweet almond oil worked just like the sunflower oil, as it’s quite a thin oil. It would definitely work better with muslin or flannel, and I had intended to actually make myself some (I use hemp or the flannel/towel mix at the minute) but orders came first. I’ll treat myself this month 😂😂. Anyway, I used more oil than I’d have liked because of its consistency, but it removed the makeup, and the pads washed well afterwards.

Price per bottle £7.96 for 1 litre from Mystic Moments.

Conclusion

Price comparison (Boots No 7 as the ‘norm’ – £7.50/100ml – 75p/10ml 😳)

  • Organic Coconut oil – £2.29/300ml – 8p/10ml
  • Sunflower oil – £1.10/1000ml – 1p/10ml
  • Olive oil – £2.35/500ml – 5p/10ml
  • Sweet almond oil – £7.96/1000ml – 8p/10ml

You’d definitely use more of the sunflower oil and sweet almond oil each time, making those more expensive.  You’d use less of the coconut oil making it last longer, plus there’d be less waste.

My winner

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I don’t think you’re surprised really 😉  I love that it is solid so I barely use any.  I love the smell.  I love that it is organic.  I love that there are NO nasties, and it comes in a glass jar.   I love that I don’t drip it anyway while trying to get it on the pad. I love that Aldi have it at £1.99 at the minute making it even cheaper!

Have you tried any? What did you think? I’d love to know ☺️

My Own Cleanser Pads

Handmade Haven prototype cleanser pads with over locked edge, used daily.

When I first thought about trying makeup remover pads to go along side the soaps I had an overlocker.  I made a few, sent some out to a few friends to try and had a go with them myself.  I really didn’t like the raw edge that they had so back to the drawing board I went.  We now have the version you see in my shop now, which I absolutely love.

I still use all my original prototype ones myself, which also includes those when I’m testing new fabrics.  I even use them for removing nail polish, which does leave stains on the pads but I know they are clean …and who cares if there’s a rainbow on them any way 😝

I just throw them in the wash with my other whites, peg them on the line, then pop them back in the bathroom cupboard with my face cloths ready for next time.

Makeup remover pads, Handmade Haven, daily users

Organic Cotton Muslin Cleanser Pad, Handmade Haven

Zero Waste Makeup Pads

 

In the past year, following on from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 program, there has  been an explosion of information about waste, and especially plastic waste.  The shocking images of wildlife with plastic in their stomachs or round their necks makes for incredibly shocking viewing.  When I first started making my cleanser pads, I used gutermann all-purpose thread which is actually polyester.  I’d never really given it any thought.  I knew I wanted to use organic materials, that was a high priority, so why hadn’t I considered the thread?!  Maybe it was the cost.  In the past year, I’ve had a few customers contacting me about it, so I decided to look into the cotton thread.  The cost comparison was virtually the same…yay!  This now means that once the pads have come to the end of their natural life, they can be composted, and every bit of it will break down naturally.  I will look at organic cotton thread in the near future too…in fact, I shall add it to my to-do list now.

World Environment Day – 5th June

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.

Handmade Haven Gift Box Details

Gift box wrappings