Running a Buisness with the Earth in Mind

Written by Ellie Steltz on 04/13/19

One of my main missions/goals with Misc. Delights is to do everything with a consciousness of the effect I’m having on the Earth. I don’t want my business to contribute to the enormous amount of waste that is being created every day. I want to be creative in finding ways to reuse, repurpose and use recycled mateirla whenever possible. So here are some of the things Misc Delights does to reduce its impact.
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Using Recycled Materials

I do my best to choose materials for my products that are made from 100% recycled materials. My cards, envelopes, journals and shipping mailers are all made from recycled materials. I love that I have been able to find companies that have the same values as I do about our Earth. 

Shipping Materials

Packing materials can turn into a lot of plastic waste. My goal on this end is to reuse packing materials that I source from the local flower shop I work along with packages that come to my door. This way it isn't going to waste AND I am not contributing to the waste by buying new matierals. When this isn't an option due to low supply, I do my best to source from places like Eco Enclose to get eco friendly packing materials. Another beautiful company with convitions that line up with Misc Delights!
Also, starting this year, Etsy became the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of carbon emissions from shipping. Now, every time you purchase an item on Etsy, they balance out the carbon emissions by creating positive environmental impact. How freaking cool is that?! Learn more about that here.

Other miscellaneous ways that I keep my shop eco-friendly:

  • The candles I sell in my shop are hand poured by Candelles in PA using soy wax! They have a beauitful vision to keep their products safe for people and the environment.
  • My business cards are from Moo and are made from recycled t-shirt scraps!
  • Whenever I can, I repurpose brown bags that we get with purchases (okay, with alcohol purchases #noshame) into shopping/gift bags for the farmers market.
  • Last, but not least, whenever I consider adding new products, I consider how it can encourage an earth friendly lifestyle, or be sure it is made from earth frindly material. I do my best to source organic cotton for my tote bags. The ones in the shop now are USA made and are perfect for those shopping trips to save on those plastic bags!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my process and heart to keep things earth friendly! I hope this can encourage you to keep the earth in mind in your daily life. If you have any thoughts or questions about loving the earth, I could talk about it for dayyyys, so please comment or shoot me a message! 

All my love,

Ellie

PS: some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase.

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