Hi, Bunnies. It's been a couple of years since we went plastic free. Back in 2016, were asked by many bunnies to ship their parcels without plastic. It was really hard cause our candles were made in glass jars back then. But, having so many bunnies getting in touch opened up our eyes.
So, after researching, it took us only a couple of months to switch from making candles in glass jars to pouring them into tins. This packing improvement made the plastic freedom transition easier. hey! we were 100% committed.
Now, in 2019, we avoid plastic packed supplies too. We even reduce our CO2 impact by bulk buying our supplies & booking specific delivery dates to avoid having the Royal mail bunny in our doorstep every morning.
Also, buying from local producers helps. Our printed products such as labels and business cards are printed in our home town, really close to our warren.
Now, we are constantly receiving positive reviews because of our packing and numerous messages from small makers that are trying to switch to plastic free but can't find the right supplies. That's why we decided to create this simple (suspense music playing).... Shopping list for plastic free packing supplies.
If there is a maker or online shop you buy from that doesn't offer plastic free delivery, you can send them the link to this page. It may help them with their transition and to have an idea on what kind of supplies can be found in the U.K. We would have appreciated a post like this one when we first started.
Shopping list for plastic free packing supplies:
- Protective material: If you own an online shop, we recommend you to invest on a cardboard shredder and up-cycle all your supply boxes to use them as protective material in your orders. We used to buy it before on amazon & it made no sense cause we were recycling tons of boxes and yet buying shredded boxes. Hope you like this idea. This is the shredder paper we use. It's strong enough for cardboard and never gets over heated. It take us three hours to shred enough cardboard for over a month of orders. When we first went plastic free, we used to spend £10 weekly on protective materials. So, this one it's monetary worth it & an amazing CO2 reducer hack. If you are looking for a different style, we have used biodegradable peanuts & they work amazing too, specially for delicate items.
- Biodegradable confetti: Life is nothing without a bit of fantasy. We use Rose Gold Biodegradable confetti in most of our delivery parcels. It's acid free, biodegradable & cute.
- Recycled Paper tape: there are many brands online making paper tape. Our favourite one for heavy parcels is from Tesa. It does seems expensive but each roll last for ages. It's unbleached, made mostly from recycled paper and it works. Totally worth it. If you need a less resistant tape to achieve a more aesthetic look, you can go for a 24 mm from eco-craft. We use it for retail orders that are up to 2 kg or so. It's cheaper and it works. Yay! If you need a tape to pack cards or lighter items below 200 grams, they also have it on a 19 mm presentation.
- Acid Free Tissue paper: In case you want to decorate your parcels or wrap your items in tissue paper, make sure it's acid free. It's safer and compostable. We love to use White tissue paper on special orders.
- Recycled/Recyclable padded envelopes: We love compostable and yet recycled supplies, they are a double win! If you are looking for delivery envelopes, these are your babes.
- Delivery Boxes: you can find unbleached cardboard boxes everywhere, Make sure you get the self sealing boxes. It will save you money on tape and also will look cuter.
- Glassine Bags: we found on ebay, after many fails, the cutest food grade glassine bags to display our enamel pins & tealights. They look super cute and you can buy from this seller from 50 to 500 units.