If you are a reseller, here are some tips on making sure you are helping and not hurting the earth as you source.
1.Ditch the plastic
If you are using plastic packaging or inserts opt for more eco-friendly options like packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable. Approximately, 40% of all plastics used for packaging creates millions of tons of plastic waste around the world. According to Coleman Parkes Research 92% of consumers would gladly choose paper-based over plastic-based packaging, so give the people what they want!
2. Use recycling
Make sure to recycle within your own business and if you have employees have a recycling policy so that they know how they can contribute.
3.Nix unnecessary packaging
Reduce the amount of paper that you use in your business by going digital when possible. You can use programs like lightspeed and clover to digitize your orders, inventory management, and keep track of fiscal matters.
4. Support ethical and sustainable brands
If you are a reseller opt to sell brands that support sustainable practices. Companies that use recyclable materials make upcycled items, and support eco-friendly causes are ones you should be looking for. Here are a couple of brands you can choose from.
- Eileen Fisher
- Two Days Off
- Whimsy and Row
- Fair Trade Winds
5. Decrease your packaging
You can opt to decrease your packaging materials, for example, if you use larger boxes than necessary or peanuts to surround your item but they aren’t fragile. Think of an alternative that may take up less space and materials.
6. Be energy-efficient
In your business use energy-efficient lights, appliances, and other equipment. This is especially true if you are taking tons of photos of your items. Try using CLF or LED energy-conserving light bulbs instead of the conventional incandescent bulbs. This will not only contribute to saving the planet but also to saving money in your pocket!
7. Spread the word
Let buyers know what your brand stands for, so if you decide to use paper inserts or thank you postcards, make sure you include a blurb about how your buyers can help with the recycling of your packaging. You can also include information about your sustainability practices and info on things they can do to contribute.
8. Shop with intention
Ensure, to the best of your ability that whatever you purchase will sell and that you will actually list the item.
9. Bring your own bag
When you are outsourcing for items make sure to bring your own bag to help cut back on waste.
10. Upcycle and repurpose items
If you over-extend yourself and find that you aren’t able to quite get rid of your death pile or have a bunch of items you don’t think will sell, don’t toss them upcycle, repurpose, or donate them. You can also choose to do consignment. Here are some great online consignment shops that are pretty easy to ship items to
11. Shop your closet
Do a cleaning of your closet every season and list items that are in and list things that are in great condition but that you know you aren’t going to wear or use again.
12. Buy classic over trendy items
Thrift stores are well stocked for various reasons, but one big one is because people will purchase for trends and after that trend has passed donate the items. However, classics are always in season so make sure to keep an eye out for classic pieces like a simple black dress, some nice jeans, or an effortless blazer.