At the Studio | Our New Packing Materials!

Elements of a package

Elements of a package

So packing materials!

Not the most creative or sexy topic really, but one we’ve been working on improving this year. We ship. A LOT! And we wanted to try to do better, so at this point we are proud to say that all of our packing materials are 100% recyclable! No more plastic! These materials are not the least expensive out there, but we think they are the best. We are willing to make the investment because we truly believe that over time small gestures DO add up to make a big difference.

What changes have we made? Glad you asked!

Stacks of paper tape

Stacks of paper tape

Paper Tape
We have switched from the basic plastic packing tape to paper tape. What is paper tape exactly? It’s tape made of paper with a gummed backing. The tape needs to be dispensed from a special dispenser that wets the back to activate the stickiness. Once applied to a box it is super strong and makes the entire box easily recyclable. And best of all no more plastic!

Honeycomb paper in detail

Honeycomb paper in detail

Geami Honeycomb Paper
This is probably the biggest change. We used to use bubble wrap to protect pieces during shipping, but we have switched to this innovative new paper product. It is die cut kraft paper that when it is pulled though a dispenser, expands to wrap and protect our ceramics. It’s really amazing and also beautiful!

Our thermal printer in action

Our thermal printer in action

Thermal Printed Labels
This little printer prints uses heat instead of toner, so no wasteful empty toner cartridges. The sticker format also allows us to skip the plastic tape again! The label just sticks right on instead of having to attach a paper label with tape. To say we are in love with this little guy is an understatement!

Packed up box

Packed up box

And in addition to these new materials, we are continuing to use crumpled kraft paper instead of packing peanuts as box filler. Never liked the bulk and mess of those things.

Well we hope you found this informative! And get in touch if you have any questions at all, we love to share!

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