Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Green Reduce Reuse Recycle Eco Friendly Triangle Hierarchy illustration by Lulibell Studio
 

There is no planet B, so we do whatever we can to protect this little blue and green sphere we all call home. By supporting Lulibell Studio, you're helping to do the same. 

 

Illustration of a brown envelope with pink tissue paper and gold and silver confetti exploding out of the top with a red 'stop' sign over the top  - by Lulibell Studio - Symbolising reducing the amount of packaging we use to be more eco friendly by Lulibell Studio

Reduce

We use the smallest amount of packaging possible to strike the balance between protecting your print and protecting the planet. So you won't find any tissue paper or confetti when you open one of our parcels. While this might mean you lose 1% of the joy of opening your post, we hope that you'll feel a little joy for doing an extra 1% for the planet. 

We don't include paper invoices as standard, as all receipts are sent via email. If you need one, just let us know in the notes box on the basket page during checkout. 

We also sell all of our 'seconds' and trial prints at markets to save them from the bin. 

 

Illustration of a brown drawer with white and brown packaging bulging out of the top - by Lulibell Studio - Symbolising reusing packaging to be more environmentally friendly

Reuse

We encourage you to add all of our packaging to your packaging stash for reuse at a later date. If you don't have a bottom drawer collecting random packaging supplies, we hope that our packaging will be the first of many items to take up a temporary home in your drawer before you send them back off on their travels.

We practice what we preach, so larger orders that don't fit in our standard packaging may arrive in reused packaging, and our backing boards may occasionally be made from clean and dry reused cardboard. 

 

Illustration of the green recycling symbol  - by Lulibell Studio - Symbolising recycling packaging to be more eco kind

Recycle

When our packaging finally reaches the end of its life in its current form, we ask that you dispose of it in a way that means it will be useful again as quickly as possible. All of our packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable, some are both. 

We recycle all of our ink cartridges using the Planet Ark cartridge recycling programme, which has recycled 41 million cartridges since 2003. We also choose suppliers based in Australia that use recycled materials where possible. We're still working on getting our supply chain to be more sustainable. 

 

Flat lay photograph of Lulibell Studio eco friendly packaging - brown rigid mailer envelope with logo and 'do not bend' stamp, clear cellophane bag, backing board with stamp, thank you card featuring a bee holding a sign saying 'thank you'.

What will my Lulibell Studio package arrive in, and what can I do with the packaging? 

We pack each print with its own cellophane bag and backing board, just in case you are gifting any part of your order. If you're ordering multiple prints and you’d prefer for us to pack two prints per cellophane bag (back to back either side of one backing board) to reduce the amount of packaging you receive, just let us know in the notes box on the basket page during checkout.

 

Rigid mailer

Our strong, sturdy outer envelope is made from 700gsm cardboard so should be reusable for a fair few postal trips. 

It is also recyclable. Did you know cardboard can be recycled 8 times on average before it reaches the end of its life? On the envelope you will find our logo stamp, a 'do not bend' stamp and your address written in marker pen, which will not affect its ability to recycled. Find out more about recycling paper and cardboard in Australia here

If on its journey it has become wet, soiled or greasy, it's best to compost it. Follow the same instructions as the cellophane bag below if composting, and tear it into pieces to speed up the process.

Backing board 

Our backing board is also reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and often recycled itself. Follow the same instructions as the rigid mailer above. 

Thank you card

Once you've scanned the QR code on the thank you card, used your special returning customer discount code and the cute little card has maybe spent some time stuck to your fridge, it's also 100% recyclable or biodegradable. Follow the same instructions as the rigid mailer above.  

Cellophane bag

Many 'cello' bags are actually made from plastic. Our protective bags are made from genuine cellophane. Cellophane is derived from cellulose, and is made from wood, cotton or hemp. Cellulose is biodegradable and home compostable. 

To test if a cellophane bag is true cellophane, you can tear it or put it into some water and it will start to break down. If you can't reuse it, it's best to compost it. To compost at home, tear the cellophane bag into pieces. It should take between 10 days and 3 months to biodegrade fully.

Alternatively, find a local composter using ShareWaste or a local compost buddies group on Facebook. 

If you're lucky enough to have one in your area, you could also add it to your Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin. Click here to find out about the scheme starting in Randwick, NSW soon. If you don't have this scheme in place where you live, contact your council and find out if it's something they could implement!

Tape

Our sticky tape is also made from cellulose and is biodegradable and home compostable, so you can dispose of it in the same way as the cellophane bag. 

Prints, greetings cards and envelopes

Our greetings cards arrive in a single cellophane bag. Orders of multiple cards will arrive in one single cellophane bag. Check out the information above on how to dispose of the bag.

The envelope which accompanies our greetings card is made from brown kraft paper and is recyclable and biodegradable. Tear it up if adding it to your home compost to speed up the process. 

Our prints are designed to last a lifetime - find out more about them here. You can even frame our greetings cards if you want to have them on display for years to come. If however they've reached the end of their time in your home, you have a couple of options. 

If you're redecorating, you could regift your print or donate it to your local charity shop. 

They're also recyclable, biodegradable and home compostable. We use pigment inks which are actually slightly easier to remove in the recycling process compared to dye inks. If composting, tear them into strips. 

If you're not sure, check your local council website. 

 

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