Paper & Packaging
It’s not what’s on the outside that counts, but what’s on the inside! Your parcels will contain beautiful products, and that’s what matters. We still care about our packaging, just not in the sense that beauty is the number one priority. Our aim is that you can recycle the whole packaging without having to separate anything – stickers, labels, envelope and all!
Here are the ways in which we care, package and post:
- Our paper patterns are posted to you in padded paper envelopes. The raw materials to make the envelopes are sourced from the EU and the packaging itself is made in the UK. The envelopes contain a recycled paper fibre lining instead of bubble plastic. The envelopes are made from post-consumer recycled waste (guaranteed minimum recycled content is 65%). FSC-certified and REACH-compliant. 100% recyclable.
- Our fabrics are posted to you in mailing bags made from sugarcane: the material is a by-product of sugarcane, grown on reclaimed wasteland (no rainforests were needed!) They contain no plastic and are 100% recyclable, and even carbon neutral!
- Our haberdashery is posted to you in any of the above. We also have some new, lighter weight envelopes for our haberdashery which are made in the UK from recycled content, and are plastic-free, recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. The company even does carbon-neutral deliveries. You name it, this envelope has got it! All our packaging is purchased from suppliers in the UK. Our vintage haberdashery is mounted on postcards with our logo, wrapped in recycled tissue paper to protect the haberdashery from damage in the post, and sometimes wrapped in organic jute twine. The twine is made in Greater Manchester, UK, by Britain’s oldest twine maker. The twine is wholly made in the UK, from the yarn to the label. The tissue paper is recycled (100% post-consumer waste) and recyclable. The logo cards that we mount the haberdashery on are printed in the UK on recycled paper.
- Our address labels are printed on 100% recycled paper, with sticky backs that are solvent-free. They are made in Germany and carry the Blauer Engel certificate, indicating the product has been tested to be environmentally friendly.
- Our new snazzy, branded stickers are made from recycled FSC-certified and acid-free paper, and printed with soy-based inks. The adhesive is non-toxic and water-activated. This makes the whole sticker recyclable, biodegradable and compostable!
- Our packaging tape is from a UK manufacturer that is employee-owned. The tape is made from paper, 100% recyclable, acid-free and vegan.
The only part of the package we currently don’t control, is the shipping label attached by postal services.
However much we love the look of pretty packaging, when it comes to our own products we would rather stick to our ethos of sustainability. You will not find layers of pretty tissue paper in our packaging, which is hard for us, as we love the look of pretty tissue paper. But then again, tissue paper versus a healthy environment for us all: easy choice!
Our paper patterns are printed in the UK, with FSC-certified paper and by a printing company who is a member of the Woodland Trust. This membership means that for all the trees that are used for paper, new trees are planted. For our paper patterns and the pattern envelopes we decided to not print with recycled paper. Commercial recycled paper is often produced abroad and to get white paper from waste paper, a lot of bleaching and chemical processes are used. We opted against the airmiles and the chemicals and opted for a printing method that supports sustainable forestry instead.
Do you have any great packaging ideas? Please get in touch!
Terminology: what does it all mean?
FSc & reach
The Forest Stewardship Council promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The paper used to print our product on is FSC certified.
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and is an EU initiative. Its aim is to protect humans and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals used during any part of a production process.
When a company or a product or a delivery is carbon neutral, it means that the carbon emitted during its production is compensated for. This can be done through a number of methods, such as replanting trees or redistributing funds.
Pre-consumer vs. post-consumer waste
When an item is made from pre-consumer waste, it is made of materials that never made its intended use. So if you have leftover fabric from making a dress, and you turn that into a toiletry bag, that fabric is pre-consumer waste. However, if your household paper waste is broken down and made into new paper, that paper is post-consumer waste.
Biodegradable, recyclable and compostable
Products made from biodegradable materials can break down without harming the environment. This can be done at a waste disposal site or sometimes in your home compost. Some materials are biodegradable but still take a long time to break down (if something naturally breaks down after 100 years, you could still label it biodegradable), or will only break down in controlled environments. The term biodegradable is therefore a bit misleading sometimes. Because a biodegradable product’s life cycle still ends in a waste disposal situation, we prefer a product that can be recycled into something new.
When a product is recyclable it means it can be sorted into your Recycling bin at home and it will be reused rather than become waste. It will be turned into raw materials which will be used to make new products.
When a product is compostable it can go in a compost bin, where it will decompose into organic matter. Compostable materials are materials that have been certified to break down into non-toxic components. Some compostable products can go into your home compost bin, but not all (best to check with the facility that handles your compost).
Solvent-free & acid-free
When a glue is solvent-free it means it contains very little chemicals and therefore causes very little damage to the environment.
Acid-free paper has had the active acid removed during production and it is also free of the chemicals lignin and sulfur. When the paper product decomposes in , say, landfill, these chemicals aren’t released into the environment. All this makes for a better, longer lasting quality of the paper product but also makes it more environmentally friendly. A double whammy!