We order directly from manufacturers or producers whenever we can. This means that whatever we are buying has not been shipped before it is shipped to us.
We use glass and paper for all of our packaging so that it is recyclable and more importantly re-usable. The only exception is our lip balm, packaged in recyclable plastic, because you want to be able to throw it in your purse and glass just would not work! (ouch). Almost all our paper is %100 post-consumer recycled. This includes our gift boxes, kraft paper we wrap our in, and our window bags for bath tea and soap sets. The clear wrap on the round soaps is cellophane, which degrades very quickly.
The bags people leave with at craft fairs are handmade by Nancy Marrelli (my mom!) from re-purposed fabric. Recently, we have started using biodegradable plastic bags for heavier or larger items. They are made in Canada too!
I will talk more about what we do to minimize our carbon footprint in upcoming posts.