Do You Feel The Eco Guilt?

June 6th, 2019

You’ve probably seen our small gift boxes and bundles containing oil burners, scented stones and candles. They’re very pretty in their little boxes but what’s always bothered me is the plastic lid…

Yes, you could say that one small, thin piece of plastic is not going to change the world. Perhaps not… but it makes me feel better 😊. Some things, however, are hard to change, in fact, impossible at the moment – for example, the plastic spray tops on my bottles. There is, unfortunately, no alternative I can use so I have to stick with these for who knows how long 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Do you ever feel like you’re not doing enough for the environment? Do you feel the eco guilt? When I start to feel this way I gently remind myself that although I can’t lower my environmental footprint overnight, I can be mindful of my decisions when it comes to what to buy and what to use.
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We can all make small changes in our lives that move towards a greener, minimal waste or even zero waste lifestyle. Little things, like…

🌏 Refusing a plastic bag – yes, I can carry all 10 oranges and 5 lemons and a bunch of bananas in my pockets and arms, thank you very much!

🌏 Picking the unwrapped broccoli instead of the wrapped one

🌏 Ask for no straw

🌏 Choose a tin over a plastic bottle

There really are so many ways! 

In my business, I’m implementing small changes such as…

🌳 Changing to paper tape for my parcels. I’m using 100% recyclable tape, which is an environmentally friendly paper-based solution to ordinary parcel tape.

🌳 I try to reuse most of the cardboard boxes that come to our house even though new ones are better looking and sometimes even easier to use.

🌳 Inside the boxes, you’ll find paper filling which is manufactured from recycled fibres.

🌳 Another little step is new wrapping that I’m using for our lovely hand made oil burners. Geami wrapping material is a combination of tissue paper and a top layer of Kraft paper that expands the die cut paper into a 3D honeycomb structure. This great wrapping material is a sustainable alternative to bubble wrap. If I ever use bubble wrap it would be some that I’ve received in other parcels.

Back to the small gift boxes… a small wicker basket is filled with cream, crinkle cut, shredded paper which makes a nice bed for the small burners, scented stones and other products. And what do I use for the cover… cellophane film. I’ve been doing some research and to my surprise, I found out that cellophane is not a plastic! Who knew?!

According to About.com, cellophane is made from cellulose fibres, which usually come from wood or cotton. The cellulose fibres are then sent through a narrow slit into an acid bath. The biggest difference, chemically, between cellophane and plastic wrap is the presence of Chlorine in plastic wrap (PVC) which is not in cellophane. Also, the mechanical performance is different. Cellophane is permeable to moisture vapour while plastic wrap is not. Cellophane is also weaker and stretches less than plastic wrap.

Have you received a product in our new packaging 🎁 yet? What do you think? The professional photo’s will be coming to the website very soon… watch this space!
Jitka xx
 

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