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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

Running a green business is good for the planet and good for your bottom line. Here are five simple things anyone with a small to medium-sized product-based business can do to run an eco-friendly business.  1. Use recycled packaging. I wrote a whole post about where to source recycled packaging materials. Even if you've got a bigger business, there are still plenty of boxes you can get from bookstores and Big Box stores in your area and redirect that packaging away from the landfill.  2. Skip the packing slip. If you need to reference a packing slip to fulfill the order,...

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What Is the Circular Economy? (And How Does Buying Vintage Fit In?)

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What Is the Circular Economy? (And How Does Buying Vintage Fit In?)

In recent years, the term "circular economy" has been gaining traction. So you might be wondering, what is the circular economy?  It's an economy that takes inspiration from nature, which is naturally cyclical and efficiently practices reuse to eliminate waste. For example, a plant grows and it's eaten by a bug. That bug is eaten by a bird. The bird dies and returns to the earth (perhaps aided by carrion-seeking critters), nourishing the soul, which then allows more plants to grow. Call it nature's waste management system.  The circular economy seeks to replicate the earth's natural cycles to keep waste...

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It Takes a Village to Offer Recyclable Packaging (And How to Source Sustainable Packaging for Your Business)

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It Takes a Village to Offer Recyclable Packaging (And How to Source Sustainable Packaging for Your Business)

It's easy to offer recyclable packaging when you're just starting out in your business, but how do you keep up with demand as your business grows? Always having sustainable packaging, no matter how big my business gets, is important to me. I'm proud to say that 99% of my shipping materials are eco-friendly packaging. With the exception of a couple of bubble mailers and shipping tape, I've come by everything else secondhand.  Sourcing eco-friendly packaging for your business can take some creativity, so here are my favorite go-to spots: Local Bookstores Bookstores get a TON of cardboard boxes that they're...

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