Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reuse and Recycle Your Packaging Materials

Embrace you eco-friendly heart and reuse your packaging materials in your Etsy business. Did you know that paper products are the largest component of municipal solid waste, making up more than 40 percent of the composition of landfills?! Save your cardboard, popcorn, bubble wrap, paper, and brown paper bags by reusing them when shipping out your Etsy sold items!You can get crafty and creative by embellishing your recycled materials with printed tape and elegant wax seals like my sister, Andrea of Storybook Artifact, did (package pictured below); she reused a cardboard box and attached information about her Etsy shop printed on recycled paper. I like to embellish my packaged items with descriptive tags and paste recycled inspirational Yogi Tea tag messages on them. You can also incorporate some fun, unique recycled items into your packages like old maps, sheet music, buttons, used stamps, bottle caps, etc.If you don't want to do the work, yet want to support the cause, please consider purchasing these embellished upcycled packaging materials from Etsy Recycler's Guild members for your next sold shop items!"6 acorn gift tags autumn colored ties" by 42 Things Upcycled Goodies.
"12 Upcycled Handmade Envelopes - Eco-Friendly Set Made from Wallpaper" by Harvest Moon by Hand.
"Shoe Advertising Pendant 4 Necklace - Embellishment, Package Tag or use in Mixed Media" by Retro Chalet.
"30 Upcycled Blank Business Cards from Bingo Cards" by Paper Picker.
"Vintage Map Gift Tag Set" by The Weeping Willows.
This post was contributed by Jessica of Eco-Friendly Freckles

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1 comment:

Pamela Bates said...

LOVE the packaging box...........looks awesome!


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