As of last month, I can now proudly declare that I have eliminated plastic from my packaging to you. With the release of Better Packaging Co’s compostable sticky tape, the last plastic bugbear has been removed.
My packaging / delivery now consists of:
- Selvedge offcuts used as ribbon around your linen
- A 100% recycled carbon neutral printed postcard thank you note
- A Better Packaging Co home compostable satchel
- A small piece of 100% recycled printed paper with your postage details
- Better Packaging Co compostable sticky tape to stick the postage details on
- A walk or bike ride to the post office around the corner by me
- Delivery by Australia Post, which from 2019 is carbon neutral.
It has been a journey to get to this point. The sticky tape was a long term frustration. Due to how I send with Australia Post, I can’t use a fancy label printer. Likewise, I’ve found many green stick on labels can tend to peel off and get lost. So I’ve been begrudgingly adding a few pieces of sticky tape to each parcel. Thankfully, that’s now gone.
I’ve been thinking of adding a nearly zero waste option too, that would not include the thank you note or any selvedge ribbon. For now, if that’s something you would like, just add the note “nearly zero waste” to your order during checkout. This would just leave the mailer which can go in your or your neighbour’s compost.
Really though, the thank you note could probably also go in the compost, and the linen selvedge can be reused (hint: it makes a good plant tie – I use it on our tomatoes) so it’s getting close to zero waste.
I’ll continue to think about all of my processes and remove waste / things that don’t make sense whenever I can. It’s a slow, incremental change, but it is satisfying when it comes together.