Recycled packaging is not dingy!

Inspired by this video on The Storque, I’ve spent most of my morning making boxes for packaging my more fragile pieces of jewellery. When I lived in Canada, shipping in boxes was prohibitively expensive, but now that I’ve moved to France, my envelopes can be as thick as they want. So I’ve used some thick, unbleached paper grocery bags — reinforced with a bit of cardboard from an empty box of shortbeard, and decorated with some old stickers I had lying around — to make fantastic little recycled boxes. They’re fun and I’m looking forward to using them!

If, however, you don’t have time to sit and cut and fold, there are a number of etsy sellers with recycled and other green products to help you improve your packaging.

Some of my favourites include these gift tags, envelopes and embellishments:

Set of 25 random floral gift tags from recycled material, $4.50, from recycleeh

Eat Your Veggies and Fruits – Recycled Paper Envelopes – 001, $6.00 from NeaBlossoms

Hearts and Stars Confetti – Made from Scraps, $2.00 from papercrafts.