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Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:20 am    Post subject: Looking professional versus environmentally friendly  Reply with quote    

I've just done some alpaca rovings blended with silk (won't mean much to the non spinners among you) that I want to sell and I'm in a quandary about how to package them. What I feel like doing is putting them in a clear plastic bag with my logo and name printed onto card and stapled accross the top to seal it shut but that's plastic, card and staples. The most environmentally friendly way to do it would be a printed paper 'band' around the middle but I'm wondering if that doesn't look a bit 'homespun' pardon the pun.

What do you think?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice heavy paper with a decent print would look fine. Any more teacosies yet?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The printed band works for me.

2steps



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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

me too

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OK - thanks


Tahir - I've done 3 more but they aren't properly finished and I'm not sure I like them

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
I've done 3 more but they aren't properly finished and I'm not sure I like them


Beauty's in teh eye of the beholder, let us know when they're done and I'll show the missus

Mrs Fiddlesticks



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

can you source some biodegradable bags?

have a scroll down to the bottom of this page dunno if they're the right size as they're designed for greetings cards but if they're doing them then someone else must be as well.

goldy1



Joined: 17 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A lot of the hand spun stuff I see is just tied and labeld either with a band or a tag. I've seen some of this stuff in very fancy shops.

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good idea Mrs Fiddlesticks - I'll have a trawl roud.

Goldy - I sell my hand spun with just a recycled brown tag and a label on it but this is rovings so it needs something to hold it together. It's alpaca and silk so it's particularly 'fluffy'.

Tradbritfowlco



Joined: 15 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks fiddlesticks - those biodegradeable bags are just the ticket for my greetings cards, the polythene bags i put them in have always irked me!

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are we the right people to ask? Because we're here, we're likely to accept cosmetically worse packaging, if it's greener. So, we'll all agree that a bit of recycled rag would be OK. The market suggests it's not, actually. I'm not saying don't be green, but if you wish to sell outside that market, it should look as presentable and professional as possible. So, I dunno.

I know, that's no help.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nickhowe wrote:
Are we the right people to ask? Because we're here, we're likely to accept cosmetically worse packaging


I disagree, I voted for the card because it allows the punter to see the yarn without any impediment, and there's the added benefit of being able to feel it. And most yarn companies, even expensive ones sell all their yarn with cardboard bands of one type or another.

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I start that marketing course on thursday so it'll be interesting to see if my ideas change. Thing is, I was asked what my USP is and I realised that it's the 'ethics' thing - lots of people make felt but they don't question the source or whether there were animal welfare isses. So, in effect, people exactly like the downsizer community are my target market - but maybe with a bit more spare dosh

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Then I'll hush up!

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 07 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nickhowe wrote:
Then I'll hush up!


Noooo, don't do that - I need all the input I can get

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