As a business that primarily sells eco-friendly products, such as; recycled yarns and cord, compostable gifting materials, or items made to last, we try our hardest to make every part of the purchasing and receiving of orders as sustainable as possible!
📦 When receiving your orders through the mail, you may notice that your box doesn't look new. We reuse any box that comes into our possession! We estimate maybe 95% of the orders we ship are packaged with reused boxes, reused packing paper, and reused bubble wrap. The other 5% is for the oddly/large sized orders we've had no boxes available to ship with.
Back in March, we introduced new business and post cards that we would take to shows and include in your online orders. VistaPrint now offers to print your items on 100% recycled card so as you can imagine, this was a very exciting discovery!
Recently, we have also moved onto using more sustainable shipping labels! We now use a Munbyn machine and with the labels they sell also, they are FSC®-certified, BPA Free, Waterproof, and Oil-proof. This machine helps us cut down on all the paper waste, eliminating the need for printing one shipping label per sheet.
- In the future, we also plan to bring in compostable shipping bags so that once your order arrives with you, the material can either be recycled, reused, or composted. 🌱
- Although we reuse every box that comes into our possession, there are some orders that we just don't have the right size box for. Eventually we will make sure to purchase our additional boxes made from recycled materials!
- You'll notice that unfortunately, not all of our products are eco-friendly. We do plan to change this! We are on the search for a sustainable furry yarn that is similar in feel/look of Hobbii;s honey bunny. This is the yarn we have been using for our stuffies.
- Additionally, we also have the first collection of handmade items that our business started selling in 2021. Scoobies or scoubidous. Our handmade keyrings are currently made from a plastic lacing and so far we just haven't found an exact sustainable replacement. We are, however, considering other materials to use in place but sadly the colors just won't be the same. Our current choice for replacement is our 3mm braided cord - if anyone has any other suggestions, please get in touch with us!
📈 Our business' has grown substantially over the last 6 months and we couldn't be more grateful! We've been able to introduce many new additions to our store, purchased our Munbyn label machine, more Bobbiny colors and styles, and we've almost made a restock order a month! We hope to make Crafty Stars the home of eco-friendly crafts and gifting products and with each order we receive, everything is reinvested back into making our business bigger!
We have many different ideas and suppliers in mind for the future and we can't wait to share them with you guys when the time comes!
📌 Do you have a supplier/brand suggestion for us? Something that you'd love for us to carry in our store? Send us an email with the tagline (Supplier Suggestion:)
Do your part today and reduce, reuse, and recycle 💚
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