I'm now coming to you live from the living room! I needed more space for my studio and until yesterday, my office and studio were all cramped into one tiny space. I finally decided that since I never have company and my classes will be held in the kitchen that I should move my computer into the living room and turn it into my office. So, here I am!
I wanted to write a quick little post to explain our packaging policies. Nothing disappoints me more than to get a package from someone who makes all vegan, fair-trade, eco-friendly productt and then packs it in styrofoam peanuts. Last Christmas I ordered from a company that claimed to be all-enlightened and they actually packed a T-SHIRT in styrofoam peanuts. I couldn't believe it! Sadly, I can't bring myself to buy from them anymore and I really, really liked their products.
Theholybead uses 99% reused and recycled packaging materials. The only thing that we use that is completely new is tape--and sometimes I do get a bit carried away with tape. The folks at the post office sometimes call my packages "laminated" because I get carried away with the tape. Sometimes it's just hard to know when to stop!
All of the bubble wrap we use either came from friends who have ordered things mail-order and their package came with bubble wrap or from the packages of supplies we receive. Boxes and bubble envelopes are almost always from packages of supplies that we are reusing, with one exception. I often turn cereal and cracker boxes inside out to use them as mailers.
We encourage our buyers to reuse the packaging materials that we use--or recycle them if you have no use for them. Even better, if you know someone who does frequent mailing, "donate" it to them. It's a win-win-win.
Re-use, re-use, re-use and then recycle :)