Is it okay to still be saying "New Years resolutions and all that" well into the middle of Feb? Well I'm doing it.
It's the New year! If you vowed to make any tweaks to your lifestyle this year, then chances are you are already well into the swing of things (or of course, the less said the better about those fleeting ideas!)
Around the back-end of last year, as we started to see our little craft community grow into a sizeable one, we begun to think quite a bit about waste. More specifically, how to create as little of it as possible!
It may not be obviously apparent when you excitedly receive your pretty little package from Makerly each month, but you would be surprised at just how much nasty plastic detritus we seem to find piling up in the monthly packaging process.
(Image pinched from The Realhood Moms
Okay so it might not be quite that bad, but nonetheless, it does make us cringe!
So this year, we have decided that 2019's goal will be as cunning as we can when it comes to making our boxes as environmentally sound as we can. And here are our ideas so far!
1. Custom Boxes
If you have been with us for a while, you might have wondered why we go to the effort of adapting our packaging ever month to fit different sized boxes. There is a logic to this!
We would love to go ahead and order 1000's of lovely cheap pre-printed boxes to use every month. Some of the designs of other subscription boxes are just beautiful!
(Birchbox Jealousy, always)
But for Makerly, it just doesn't make sense to do this. Every month, we want to make sure that you get the perfect tools and materials to play with, not just items that we can fit nicely into the box! For example, one craft might call for much smaller items than can fill previous boxes, so with pre-printed one size fits all boxes, we would need to fill your box with a whole bunch of useless packaging to make sure it ships safely! (You know who you are, rainforest themed online retail giant!)
(Image poached from The Network World )
So as tempting as it is to streamline our packaging, we have always thought, and still do think, that the responsible thing to do is to make the box fit the contents, rather than the other way around. We will continue to do this!
(Image borrowed from LoveMeow)
2. Down with little plastic packets!
We love love love coming up with little extra bits and bobs to put in each months box to make you smile on opening!
But ugh, we are so DONE with little plastic packets! We vouch to only use plastic internal packaging when 100% unavoidable. Plus, those little tuc shop paper bags are a lot cuter, right?
(Plus, we have recently discovered the joys of Glassine, which is both 100 percent biodegradable AND delightfully see -through! So you might be receiving a lot more of this from now on.)
Glassine Bags available here
3. Check Your sources!
Here's a dilemma. The thought of the energy wasted in shipping a load of tiny latch hooks over from the other side of the world is not a great one. But guess what happens when you go out of your way to buy UK? You receive the items with a nice smug feeling, thinking that you have both supported local business, and done a polar bear a solid!
But then you flip your item over and what does it say? Made in China, dummy.
Theres no getting round the fact that the vast majority of the products we buy and use every day are more well travelled than we are, even if we think we are keeping it green by buying local.
So here is the long term game plan on this issue. We are going to do our upmost to make sure that we choose suppliers for our materials and tools that are as responsible as possible, regardless of where the goods were originally born.
This means using suppliers that do not put every single individual item into a silly little individual packet, suppliers that are not a link in a some ghastly huge distribution chain, and suppliers that do not use irresponsible couriers, for reasons we will explain next!
4. Keep it Real Mail
We are going to keep using the good ol' fashioned Royal Mail for good reason. Firstly, our postman is a complete dude, but thats not relevant.
Secondly, informal research conducted by Makerly HQ into the efficiency of competing delivery companies has provided evidence that they don't half FAFF ABOUT! Seriously, why are the Royal Mail capable of bringing your item once and actually delivering it (because that's what delivery means!) But the other big hitters seem to feel the need to drive around your town 8 times minimum, sending you conflicting text messages for 3 days on the trot before they can give you your order!?
It makes us mad for obvious reasons, but more importantly, all of those wasted journeys are extra carbon emissions we can avoid spewing into the air by using the most efficient methods possible!
Also, this article here says that the Royal Mail are the greenest option, so we didn't just make it up.
5. We haven't got that far yet, but you can't exactly make a list of "4 ways to..." Can you?
It's early in the year and we are still in recovery mode from the Christmas rush, so admittedly, our resolution is still in the planning stages. But thats where you can help! As a subscriber, do you have any bright ideas on how we can do things better? Do you ever open your box and think..'well thats's a bit wasteful!"?
Sometimes, when you get yourself into a routine, things that may seem obvious to others may never even occur to you. because you are so busy getting things done! Basically what we are saying is, there may be things that we could improve that we haven't even thought of. And if so, we would love to hear your suggestions!
As ever, please don't be shy about getting in touch. Email your green tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and help us do out bit!
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(Not my Polar bear. This Guys Polar Bear )