Our industry has a bit of a problem with extra packaging. Fabric from the manufacturer is often wrapped in plastic, notions are packaged in plastic, cardboard is coated for reinforcement. We get it - we want the fabric clean and protected through the process and we want our notions to be fully functioning when we get them; but it adds up.
Some of our vendors are using easier to recycle paper for padding or using combined shipping with more than one bolt in a bag. We have a convenient cardboard recycling area near us for boxes and the fabric inserts, and we reuse what we can. We follow Pinterest boards for ideas, (and evaluate the suggestions for safety and functionality!)
Occasionally we use cardboard fillers to reinforce a package, or some of the newer rinse away packing peanuts. So, what else is there to do?
A small step we have taken is to limit the plastic that we use in our shipping - your items are still in a protected Tyvek or bubble pouch, but for most items we aren't using an inner plastic bag anymore. That saves over 500 bags a month. I miss those bags already, but for a one time use product, it just doesn't make sense.
Our goal is to always have your product arrive in tip-top condition; our goal is also to not add more to the plastic waste stream.
Let us know if you have other suggestions on how to reduce our footprint, and watch for future opportunities to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".
~ Kris & Abbi ~