I have to admit I didn’t start off with eco-friendly business but I have been gradually making changes in all sorts of ways to improve it. I am continually looking at ways to help the environment by reducing the amount of pollution my small business generates. Being more eco-friendly at home and in my business has become a huge passion of mine and I wanted to tell you a little bit about how I am doing it.
- I have just switched to using recycled brown Kraft envelopes
- My keepsakes are all made from natural pine wood and twine instead of using single-use plastics
- My art prints are printed in-house, by me in Hampshire. I only use Somerset art paper, made from 100% cotton that is made at St. Cuthberts Mill, Somerset. They take great pride in protecting the environment we live in, making paper in harmony with the local countryside. Ensuring minimal environmental impact and using sustainably sourced materials.
- I am also cautious on choosing the right suppliers that have the same eco-philosophies as me and my business. My luxury homeware supplier also believes in making a positive impact in all we do. They plant 3 trees for every order they receive. They also reuse packaging where possible to reduce waste. All products are made in the UK by independent makers.
- Cushions are made from Vegan faux-suede
- Coasters are made with FSC wooden board with non-stick cork base
- Tea towels are made with 100% organic cotton
- I use clear sleeves to protect my greeting cards and art prints that are made from annually renewable PLA derived from corn/potato starch and are full biodegradable and compostable.
- My kraft boxes and new postal bags are 100% recyclable
- The large stickers I use are eco-friendly, wood-free (no trees), compostable, biodegradable and recyclable. Made from sugar cane fibre and without silicone. I’m just using up my stock of small stickers and then I will be making the switch to use the same.
- I am using eco-friendly parcel tape that is recyclable, made from renewable kraft paper and not from plastic.
- I have a few plastic bags left but as soon as they have gone I have recyclable kraft bags ready to go!