Unless it is a particularly large order, all yarn will be wrapped in tissue paper which is sealed with paper tape. This helps protect it a little during transport. If you do not want your yarn to be wrapped in the tissue paper please make a note of this when ordering. I then place it into a paper mailing envelope along with your invoice (unless noted as a gift) and occasionally an advertising flyer if I think you may find it interesting.
Occasionally I will use a recyclable plastic mailing bag when I believe it is necessary 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. For international orders I will then place bubble wrap around the bag. This is recycled from packages which I or people I know have received. I have never needed to purchase any. This is then all placed into a cardboard envelope or small box.
Yarn Box Packaging
For my special yarn boxes I use cardboard boxes, often lined with tissue paper. Occasionally I will also package a large yarn order in a box, and sometimes this box will be reused from something I have received. When yarn is wrapped individually eg. Advent Boxes, I use recyclable paper bags. I use strong paper tape to seal the boxes.
All printing I do myself is done with my Eco Tank printer, saving a lot of ink cartridge packaging. Wherever possible I use recycled paper, although for some things to achieve a high print quality this is not 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 recycled paper.
I have recently swapped to printing my shipping labels on a direct thermal printer. I was torn between using this and continuing to print on normal paper due to it creating non-recyclable waste from the label backing paper. However it saves a fair amount of paper waste (from cutting out labels), stops the need for plastic tape, doesn’t use any ink, and is more secure during shipping meaning your parcel is more likely to arrive safely.