What do I supply sustainably?
🧵I only choose fabrics which are OKEO-TEX ®️ certified, natural and do not have any plastic elements such as viscose. Currently, 100% cotton, 100% linen and a mix of the two are in stock as well as hemp silk which is a truly sustainable fabric. I will continue to source beautiful fabrics which are natural.
✂️I am also very proud to stock The Crafty Kit Company who have been awarded the “Best Sustainable Craft Company” in the Craft Business Awards, January 2021.
How can I provide my services sustainably?
✂️I don't like waste! At the end of every bolt of fabric, there is invariably a section of fabric which is not big enough to be a fat quarter measure of fabric. The remnants will be listed in the Remnant page and maybe it's just the extra little flash of colour you were looking for to finish a project - and you know that you're using a beautiful waste product too.
🕸being an online retail store means a lot of work is done on a computer. Maybe you think you can't make this as sustainable as possible as surely everyone uses Google. However, do you use a Hoover to do the hoovering in the house. I use a Dyson but I still hoover the house. In the same way, I use Ecosia as my internet browser to do my googling.
💫Every search counts and after approximately 45 searches that you make, a tree gets planted. If you install it as your default browser, you can see the number of searches you make add up and also the number of trees planted by Ecosia users as a whole.
🌿A sustainable browser that can literally help save the world as it is more than CO2 neutral as well as being completely transparent and privacy friendly. Go and have a look https://www.ecosia.org, it took me just a couple of minutes to add it as my default browser to my computer.
How can I package your orders sustainably?
🌿Our household makes as many eco-friendly household decisions as possible and we are very conscious about recycling. This naturally extends to the business. We spent a long time looking into our packaging to ensure that it has a low carbon footprint and is recyclable.
🌿Each bundle of fabric is wrapped in recycled tissue paper and secured with a sticker (I'm working on options for the stickers to be recycled).
🌿The tissue paper is made from 99% recycled pulp fibres. Approximately 35% of the electricity used to make this product is produced from renewable sources.
🌿Each bundle of fabric is secured with raffia tape which is fully compostable and a swing tag made from recycled paper to tell you the fabric is from me!
💝It is then popped into a paper envelope or mailing bag. These are reusable, recyclable and biodegradable making them a great alternative to plastic lined mailing bags. Look at my blog post for more details on my fab suppliers!
🌿Your address is taped onto the package using paper tape. The tape uses a natural rubber based adhesive on a renewable resource of Kraft paper. The tape can be left on the brown paper packaging for recycling. It can also be composted but it’s recommended by the manufacturer that it is recycled as this way it could be reused up to 7 times.
🌿An email is sent to confirm the order has been dispatched.
How do I delivery your orders sustainably?
💌 Finally, your order is sent via Royal Mail which utilises an existing nationwide network and so therefore minimising additional car usage. I can guarantee orders being sent on a Tuesday and a Friday as the outreach Post Office visits our village on those days and I can walk to the village hall. For deliveries on other days, orders are either collected from my house or when I visit a town which does have a Post Office. From my door to your door with no extra mileage where I can help it!
What else do I do sustainably?
🏘I think it's so important to give back to community as much as we get. As a mum, I've held various positions in children's playgroups etc and am currently PTA Treasurer.
🥰I also want to donate to charity with some of my products. I have the Bundle of Love which donates 10% to Marie Curie who provide such support to the families including the presence of a Marie Curie Nurse to lighten their load, share their challenges and help them to face what lies ahead.
💫 I also have the Bundle of Calm which donates 10% to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). They represent the voice of people most affected by mental health issues in Scotland.
I will also be bringing one more charity which will be environmental over the next couple of months. All these issues are personal and I am delighted that my online store can help provide donations to them.
🕸 Have a look at my blog to find out more about some of these aspects of how I have brought them into the business.