One of the most difficult area for us to find sustainable alternatives, is definitely packaging. When it comes to shipping our product, we want nothing more than for our designs to arrive intact and in perfect condition at our customers address. Because in the end, there is nothing more unsustainable than a product which arrives damaged and cannot be used anymore. This is a waste of resources and energy.
We currently wrap our designs in plastic bubble wrap and Natron Kraft paper. The latter is a 100% recyclable and biodegradable product. It is made from natural ingredients such as wood pulp. The pulp is made from long virgin fibres of maritime pine and is not bleached, to ensure minimum chemical processing and to retain the wood’s natural colour.
Kraft paper biodegrades entirely naturally. Just like the leaves from the trees, kraft paper decomposes naturally within a few weeks, returning to its initial form of cellulose fibres, which can be fully assimilated back into its original natural environment, with no adverse impact on nature or human health.
That being said, we are currently looking into alternatives to plastic bubble wrap as we feel there should be a better, more easily biodegradeable option. We are looking into recycled paper, bioplastic and Cassava plastic as options to eventually replace our current conventional plastic bubble wrap. The reason we haven’t switched to bioplastics already is because it isn’t the most sustainable alternative, at this moment in time. There are several reasons for this, let’s dive right into it!