Sending you your eco-friendly items totally plastic free is one of our core values at The Contented Company. Whilst no-one can ever be perfect, making the best possible choice available at every decision. And this is what we do, from the moment your order arrives with us, to when it is on its way.
1. Order received
It would be great to go totally paperless, but to ensure that each order contains the correct products, I'm afraid I still need to print packing slips. However, the paper we use is (almost always) recycled, recyclable (of course) and un-bleached.
And each order gets a special thank you from me, because I really am very thankful for each and every order that comes in :-)
2. Preparing the packaging
Wherever possible, I try to re-use cardboard boxes in which I receive stock (and often these have also been re-used themselves, which always makes me feel happy.) Where needed, I use re-used packing paper or cardboard, to line the box and protect the products.
And where I don't have one that fits the order, I use paper-filled Jiffy Bags - sorry kids, no plastic bubble wrap lining to pop here!
3. Wrap the product
Then, if needed, I wrap the product(s), sometimes with extra padding, sometimes with eco-friendly tissue paper*, sometimes both - and sometimes with nothing at all.
* We use FSC certified, recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, acid free paper, with soy-based inks, from No Issue.
4. Into the packaging
And then into the packaging it goes!
5. Discount off next purchase
Along with each order goes a Discount Code for 12% off your next purchase - printed on 100% recycled, and recyclable thin card.
6. Taping up the package
Finally we tape up the parcel, and STILL there is no plastic. I used a paper tape, that is not only plastic free, but also fully compostable.
7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce - We try to balance out the need for protecting products, with the need to reduce the amount of packaging used to send out orders. Wherever possible, I send the products out without any packaging, and try to keep to the minimum amount required when needed.
Reuse - In addition, where possible, packaging that has previously already been used is used again for your orders, reusing what has already been created, and not introducing a new item into the supply chain (even though it's plastic free).
Recycle - All of the packaging is 100% plastic free and 100% recyclable - using either paper or cardboard.
So as you can see, at the Contented Company, I do everything I can to ensure that the packing up of your orders is done in the most environmentally friendly way. You know that I will always choose the most environmentally way to get your orders to you, and I hope this is as important to you as it is to me.
As always, with love from our family to yours, and to the planet,