Last week I wrote about a few of the things my family does to "green" our home. I thought you might be interested in what Snooty Booty Diapers does to ensure that the business creates as little garbage as possible.
-Packaging: Fortunately, many cloth diaper companies package their products sparingly (or not at all). This helps to cut down on waste. Most of the packing is recyclable when it does reach your home. In most cases, belly bands and hang tags can go in with your paper recycling.
I try to use as little packaging as possible. For a long time, I really disliked using polymailers for packages. It seemed counterproductive. A few months ago, I was so happy to find EcoEnclose polymailers, which are compostable and biodegradable! Each bag also comes with 2 adhesive strips, so it can be used again.
For larger packages or fragile items, most of the packaging is reused. Any boxes strong enough for another use are used for large orders. Bubble wrap, packing paper, it's all saved as I get it. Hopefully you'll be able to use it again as well! For items that ship USPS Priority, I feel good knowing that their packaging is designed in an eco-friendly manner.
Whenever I have too many boxes lying around, I put them up on FreeCycle. It's never hard to find someone to use them for moving. Any boxes that can't make another safe trip are recycled.
Paper: In most cases, online invoices are all a customer needs for her records. Unless you request one, your package arrives without a printed receipt. I am always happy to send one if you need it down the road.
Almost all business is conducted on my computer. Besides shipping labels, I rarely print records for the store. Any old packing slips or unneeded mail is promptly recycled.
Green Companies: Whenever possible, I try to promote products of companies that I really feel go far in their carbon footprint reduction. Thirsties has solar panels on their warehouse to offset energy usage, and Knickernappies is a GenGreen certified business. Both of these businesses also are among the many great diaper companies that keep their production local.
In-store: For those that shop in my showroom, I bag purchases with recycled/recovered paper bags.
I hope that these efforts make you feel confident in purchasing from Snooty Booty Diapers. Please share any other ideas you have for keeping my business as green as possible!