Recycling at home has become more popular, but have you ever thought about ways to be more eco-friendly in your Indian handicrafts business? What exactly does environmentally friendly mean? It simply means not harmful to the environment and earth-friendly.
You might be asking why is it important to do this as an owner? Because buyers are asking for it. Going green isn’t a fad. You might be surprised at how many of your buyers will appreciate your efforts and creativity!
Here are 10 ways that you can be more eco-friendly and help your handicraft in India shop or business go green.
Reuse materials and boxes that arrive with packages of handicraft products. When you receive packages, any large boxes are disassembled and used as protective surfaces for painting on in your craft workshops, and bubble wrap and small boxes reused for orders that you send out to your customers.
Something as simple as placing a Recycling box in your workspace or shop is one easy way to get into the practice of being Eco-friendly. Ask your buyers and anyone else that uses your space to recycle paper, plastic, cans and whatever else can be recycled in your area.
From home jewelry to home decor, there are many makers and designers who use recycled materials to both create and package their products. There are such materials so readily thrown away that with a bit of creative touch.
Use cleaning products for your store that do not contain toxic or harsh chemicals in them and are natural.
Many Point-of-Sale systems offer technology that sends receipts via text or email. Provide your customers with a paper receipt if they ask for it, but also take pride in going paperless.
Before assuming they need one, ask your buyers if they actually want a bag.
Instead of plastic bags use paper bags, and even more best use recycled paper bags
Sell a reusable tote.
Many business owners are hosting in-store events. Maybe taking part in an event where the proceeds go to a local eco-friendly organization doing good things in your local area.
This one might seem extreme and won’t work for all, but there are many retail businesses whose actual business model is based on being Environmentally-friendly. For instance, upcycling of pallets into wall art with some unique brush lettering and a splash of color, or giving old pieces and beads of jewelry a breath of new life.
From recycled bags to reusing packaging, pebbles, unloved buttons, and stones instead of beads for beautiful pieces of art and jewelry.
You might be surprised at the number of ways you can help improve the carbon footprint of your handicrafts business. Are there any ways to be more environmentally friendly than you have put into practice at your shop that wasn’t mentioned above?