I won this ridiculously cute/adorable key fob. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Now… I just need to talk Robert into letting me use this as our key chain. That’s the problem with sharing a car. :O) It means we also share a key chain.
I just saw this on one of my favorite blogs, The Good Life. I absolutely adore Jennifer’s blog, she has a great design style (did I word that properly?) and an amazing dog. Her husband’s kind of cute too! :O) Not as cute as mine, but you get my point. If I lived in Seattle, I’d want to be her friend.
Anyway, today she announced her new Etsy shop, called Little Pretty Studio. And she sells the darned cutest bulletin boards. She calls them hoop.dee.do bulletin boards. How cute is that? (I won’t say "cute" again, I promise!)
I absolutely want one, must have one. I’m sitting here trying to figure out where I’ll put it, so I can determine what size to get. I think I need to move the 5′ world map off my wall. Ahem, Robert??? Then I’ll have to choose the fabric. I can’t wait!
I found this great woman, Julie, who makes wonderful pet collars and accessories. Tucker is now the proud wearer of a collar that promotes Autism Awareness. This is to honor Johnny, the son of my friend Rebecca.
Here’s a link to the collars. Julie has one for breast cancer awareness, dog rescues, and just regular old cute ones that don’t have a mission. They’re well made and she is super speedy with shipping.
I use poly mailers to ship things all the time. I use them when someone Mooches a book from me. I use them when I sell a book on Amazon, or when I sell something small on eBay. I go through about 100 a year. Well, I’m down to my last ten or so and need to reorder. I typically buy these on eBay as I like the prices and I like the small business owner part of that. Well, this time I wanted recycled mailers, so I send emails to the two suppliers I’d previously used asking for a quote on the same item, just made from recycled ingredients.
Neither vendor could provide such an item. I was surprised. Then I did a little shopping around on the web. It was not easy. I finally found what I was looking for, at a price increase of 74%. To put that into dollars and cents, the envelope that used to cost me .34 was now going to cost .59. Wow. That’s a big difference. (Those prices include shipping charges.)
I kept searching and finally found a place that offered the envelopes with free shipping, if I met a minimum order value. Each envelope would then cost .41, which was only an increase of just under 21%. That’s still a large increase, but I could live with it. I have to live with it. I have to practice what I preach.
This might seem insignificant, I’m really only talking about 7 cents. $7.00 for a case. What happens though if I am a large retailer, who does a lot of shipping? Using environmentally friendly products cut into profit margins. I know it’s not good for the margins, but I do believe that it’s good for business. I do.
I’m going to buy a stamp that I will use on every envelope, asking people to reuse and recycle. I’ll stamp this on my new envelopes, and on any boxes that I send. I already have a box storage area in the garage. Any box that we get goes out to the garage for reuse. I save so much more than money by doing this. I always have a box when I need it, and I never have to go out and pay for a new box.
It’s not easy being green.