It’s funny how you don’t see what’s right in front of you. In my last post I told you that the only product we use plastic packaging with are our soaps. Since posting I realised our gift/display boxes have plastic lids so you can see what is in them – doh! Anyway, our intention to reduce plastic remains!
In the meantime I have been very happy with our new The Soap Cabin stickers and business cards which are getting our logo out there. Our next job is to redesign our soap labels to include the logo.
We are looking into which events to sell at this year and will let you know here and on our website very soon 😀
Here at The Soap Cabin, we care about the environment and try to re-use and recycle where we can. As well as using recycled labels, boxes and shredded paper, we also hang on to any packaging we get through deliveries of supplies, such as cardboard boxes and jiffy bags, and use this again for packaging up orders to send out to customers. I recently bought a portable tap dance practice board for home (my main hobby!) and the box contained SO MUCH bubble wrap, so I have kept all of it to use for sending out orders! It saves us buying bubble wrap (not sure I have ever had to buy any), and it also stops it going straight in the bin.
I was thinking about our body butter tins recently. Once you’ve finished with it, what do you do with it? Well, why not wash it out and re-purpose it?
- Refill it with another product
- Use it for storing jewellery, buttons, pins, stationery
- Use it to store sweeties
- Make a candle and set it in the tin
- Turn it into a gift for someone else
- (Or, we are happy to take back your empties if you are coming to one of our craft markets)
I just love colourful, funky wrapping paper and tissue paper. I seem to have quite a collection now, but then we like using tissue paper on our stall and when posting out orders. Cool wrapping papers are great for so many things:
- Wrapping gifts
- Covering ugly boxes
- Framing as a piece of art
- Jazzing up a dull shelving unit
- And much more…
They make great gifts!
I’ve just submitted my recipes for new Cosmetic Safety Assessments in order to be able to make and sell Cold Process soaps next year.
These two above are from the batches we made back in May on our course in Dorset, and I’ve packaged them using some good quality wrapping paper (I used the rest to line the back of a cheap Argos bookcase, but anyway, back to soap), some tape and a hand written kraft label. It’s so refreshing not to have to wrap them air tight in cellophane like melt and pour!
We will need to start small with our soap range and get them spot on.
“Do less, get more done” Leo Babauta