I carefully consider how I approach product packaging. I want to make sure all products get to where they need to safely and without damage, while also making the smallest impact on the planet that I can.
The usual way of packaging yarn that I post out is to wrap it in tissue paper which is sealed with paper tape. This helps to protect it during transport by stopping it from tangling or rubbing up against the rest of the packaging. I then place it into a paper mailing envelope. I will occasionally also add a flyer for future shows I will be attending. I only include a delivery note for international orders, or if it is requested.
When I deem it necessary I will use a recyclable plastic mailing bag although I avoid this as much as possible. For particularly large orders I may use a box.
Stitch Marker Packaging
Stitch markers are attached to a card with a bulb pin that can also be used as a marker. This is then placed into a small paper bag and sealed with one of my stickers. If I deem it necessary, I then place bubble wrap around the bag which is reused from packages I have received. Everything is then placed into a cardboard envelope or small box.
All printing I do myself is done with my Eco Tank printer, saving a lot of ink cartridge packaging. Wherever I can I use recycled paper, although to achieve a high print quality for items such as yarn labels this is not always possible. Where I cannot use recycled paper I make sure the paper I use is sourced from sustainably managed sources and is as eco friendly as possible. Most has the EU Eco Label and is FSC certified, and much of it is produced using low carbon methods or is carbon neutral.
Any printing I get done professionally is on unlaminated recycled paper.
I use a direct thermal label printer for shipping labels. I have just found labels that are BPA free labels with a fully recyclable, plastic free backing paper. Any orders shipped after October 2022 use these labels.