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    Hi. I wondered if anyone had seen a bead company that used an alternative to the small resealable plastic bags. I know they're really handy cos you can see what's in them but I would really like to know if there was something more organic I could use instead. I hate the idea of ordering yet more plastic to litter the planet!
    http://www.thelittlebeadhive.etsy.com (bead supplies)
    http://www.cathysavels.com (original paintings)
    http://www.cathysavels.etsy.com(home decorations)
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  • #2
    Hi

    Are you wanting something to use when posting supplies out to people?

    I too get fed up with the amount of plastic bags I receive (when I order beads on t'interweb). You seem to get one bag for every different version of bead you order, whether it's 50, or 2 beads. Why not chuck em all in together? Which I guess, might annoy some people but it wouldn't me. These bgs end up in myrecycling bin but on thinking about it, I don't even know whether they are recyclable or not?

    I'm stumped - its a good idea though. I'll be interested to see what people come up. Sorry I wasn't much help there!

    Sarah x

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    • #3
      Instead of ordering small plastic bags you could encourage your customers to recycle theirs, maybe offer a discount for re-using bags, kind of like green points at that big horrible multi-national supermarket chain.

      I keep all mine and have a massive collection of them, they will come in handy one day right?
      www.beadlab.com

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      • #4
        Hi the little beehive

        Have you thought of making your own, I print sheets from my computer then make small envelope type packets, similar to seed packets, seal with your own label, this is then ready wrapped to be given or looks nice if a gift for themselves, f you get my drift. Double sided tape is brilliant for this. You could always buy the paper or use recycled plain and stamp a design in a single colour on the front either way it adds a bit more fo you to the purchase. I think there are templates out there but probably easier to go to a garden centre and have a look at the seed packets there.

        Hope this helps

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        • #5
          Thanks Pebbles and Sarah. I would like to do without them altogether, but recycling wouldn't be so bad. Problem is that most of my clients buy on the internet and this would mean paying shipping costs to get the bags to me. Not sure they would go for that. I have been thinking though of maybe using plastic bags for me so that I can easily see what's in them but then when I ship them, I could put them in a paper bag. Not sure what my clients would think about that.
          http://www.thelittlebeadhive.etsy.com (bead supplies)
          http://www.cathysavels.com (original paintings)
          http://www.cathysavels.etsy.com(home decorations)
          http://cathysavelspaintings.etsy.com (paintings, prints and cards)

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          • #6
            That's a great idea Caroline! I could use up all sorts of paper I have lying around. Bit of work though but once I got into a rhythmn, it shouldn't take too long. I have another site where I sell handmade decorations and these are much easier to wrap using planet friendly stuff. Some of the beads are so little that it's easy to lose them if they're not packaged properly.
            http://www.thelittlebeadhive.etsy.com (bead supplies)
            http://www.cathysavels.com (original paintings)
            http://www.cathysavels.etsy.com(home decorations)
            http://cathysavelspaintings.etsy.com (paintings, prints and cards)

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            • #7
              Another thought....

              What about small organza bags - these are sort of see through and look pretty. They're not as cheap though and that's always the problem isn't it? The ones I saw are on www dot justbeads dot co dot uk - could you offer people an opt in option for a few additional pence (10p)?
              Julia

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              • #8
                What about envelopes?

                They may not work as well for large beads but I should think envelopes would work well for smaller ones. I have my beads filed in a plastic box originally made for embroidery floss. Each color is in a little envelope of its own - I bought a large box of small envelopes at an office supply store. They're about 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" and fit nicely in the box. I don't work with huge amounts of the same bead though so this may not work for those who do.
                to make spa products for fun or profit

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                • #9
                  Biodegradable Bags

                  Hi

                  You can get biodegradable plastic grip seal bags made mostly from either potato starch or corn starch. Once they are disposed of on the rubbish tip they are supposed to break down in to carbon dioxide and water within a few months. You can also get clear plastic cellulose bags made from plant fibers which are 100% biodegradable and can also be recycles with other paper products. I haven't managed to find any cellulose grip seal bags yet though but when I do will certainly be trying them.

                  Khaled

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                  • #10
                    I use either pouches or boxes, earrings get mounted onto a card so they slide out of the pouch for viewing or dangly ones get a box as do bracelets and necklaces. all the boxes are made by us from cheap recycled card covered with some lovely hand made paper sourced locally

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