Recycling is a hot topic nowadays – but how many times have you shaken your head in amazement at the amount of unecessary packaging wrapped around even the most mundane of purchases?
I don’t think anyone would deny that our goods need to be generously packaged, but to reduce both our costs and our impact on the environment, we use recycled or secondhand packaging for almost everything. Let me explain.
We package pieces by wrapping them in bubble wrap and then placing the item in a box surrounded with either polystyrene pieces or shredded newspaper (or sometimes a combination of both!). Despite our resulting steady need for bubble wrap, we have never – in more than five years of online trading – actually had to purchase any.
All of our bubble wrap comes secondhand – from friends, neighbours or local businesses (who would otherwise throw it away).
The recycled theme continues with our boxes. We have also never purchased a single box for packaging! We get our boxes from people and local businesses – indeed, our need for boxes has become well known and various neighbours now routinely give us the boxes in which they receive parcels.
We only ever use boxes of good strength and quality but their varied origins mean that sometimes they are plain brown and other times they may be branded with their original contents – which can be quite obscure and varied!
In fact, the only packing ‘ingredient’ we regularly have to buy is parcel tape – unforunately we haven’t devised a way of reusing this, yet!
Recycling and reusing is an important way of reducing our impact on the environment and of combating today’s disposable life style. We hope that when you receive our parcels you too are able to reuse some of the packaging in some way – or perhaps pass it on to someone who can.
As a side note, we often get asked questions about how to best send pottery and glass through the post so it arrives safely – as a result we have written a short guide on How To Post Pottery.
To read this guide, click here.
About our postage policy:
We regularly send delicate items through the post (as you might have guessed!).
Our chosen UK postal service is almost always Royal Mail Special Delivery, which is tracked, guarantees next working day delivery by 1pm and requires a signature on delivery. By using this service we can track our parcels and ensure they arrive successfully.
International parcels are usually sent by Royal Mail International Signed For, which we have found to be competitively priced and reliable.