Sustainable Packaging Sources for Small Businesses
Over the last few months we have revamped our packaging to make zero waste, and it was honestly pretty easy. It just took some time researching so I hope to make it quicker for you to find reliable sources here.
These are not affiliate links, we are just passionate about sustainability and hope more and more small businesses will support these companies providing eco friendly options!
These are made from 100% recycled content, are curbside recyclable, biodegradable, and made in the USA. They have standard sizes but you can also order custom sizes that best fit your products. And they even offer custom branding for a low minimum.
Water-Activated Kraft Paper Tape is used to seal our boxes (instead of plastic tape). It's made from paper and has a biodegradable plant-derived adhesive.
Mohawk is a leader in beautiful paper, so I was thrilled to find their Mohawk Renewal line which includes recycled cotton paper made from t-shirt and denim scraps. For our notecards, designed by Refine Co, we use the clean white for the notecard and harvest white for the pocket envelope, both are embossed with forms of our logo. We also use this same paper via moo.com for our swatch cards.
I used to print my labels on regular paper and then use plastic tape to adhere, which unfortunately makes the shipping box impossible to recycle unless the customer knows to remove the plastic tape. I'm so happy to now print my labels on recycled paper and to take it a step further the the labels come on a liner that is recycled and recyclable!
Our single sided surfaces are thinner and therefore transport better with a cardboard core to wrap around for support. So I was thrilled to find Yazoo Mills offers cardboard cores made with 100% recycled materials. You can order custom sizes and add your logo for a minimal additional cost.
This Certified B Corporation uses 100% organic cotton and produces all their products carbon neutral. They make our surface carriers, tote bags, drawstring bags, and surface covers with our logo subtly embroidered.
Cloverly calculates the carbon emissions created from each shipment and then bills me the offset cost. It's usually just $.17 per shipment, and I like that it is automatically done on our end with every single order. It integrates easily with our Shopify store but I believe they have plenty of integration options. I also know that you have the option to ship your EcoEnclose orders carbon neutral through Cloverly.
We continue to work through our supply chain to find areas with room for sustainability improvement - I'm especially focused on finding an alternative to our plastic tubes & end caps which are used for storing and transporting our tubes. They are essentially part of our product but I still want to find/create a more eco friendly option. I also plan to make the business carbon neutral in the next 3-5 years.
As a small business it is easy to wonder how much of an impact you are really making, but I believe every little bit adds up especially if we are all in it together.