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Packaging & Recycling

This is by far the post I am the most excited about! I’ve been thinking and planning to write this little piece since before the shop and blog ever existed! So let’s dive straight into it!

In this blog entry I am going to talk a little bit about how I pack and prepare the orders for shipping.

1. Environmentally friendly packaging
First of all, all orders are being shipped in solid cardboard boxes. I care about the environment, so I’m trying to be as environmentally friendly as I can. I guess it would even be somewhat ridiculous if I would be selling 100% natural decorations wrapped in a mountain of plastic, wouldn’t it? So, my approach to being environmentally friendly and conscious is to focus on using either paper-based wrapping supplies OR to recycle wrappers that I, myself, got at some point with other orders that I’ve made online. I have a dedicated space in my deposit room where I like to stack up on the good wrappers that I’m getting with my personal online orders.

Sometimes, the goods inside the package will be wrapped in plastic air-packs or bubble wrapping and as long as they are re-usable, I will keep those as well. With that said, it is possible that some of my orders will be wrapped in plastic, especially if the ordered decoration is way too small for the box it’s going to be shipped in; then, it’s safer and easier to fill the leftover space with some soft bubble wrapping or air-packs. But it is very important to me to stress out the fact, that I, myself, am not actively and/or purposely buying any plastic packaging in order to get my My Woolen Friends decorations shipped. When possible and practical, I do prefer to use paper for the packaging, but sometimes it’s just safer to use use some of the plastic wrappers. But even then, I am going to re-use wrapping that I, myself, already received with previous packages.

2. Recycled and hand-made gift wrapping paper
Any purchased item can be wrapped in a gift wrapping paper. This paper is, again, good quality paper that I have previously received with other packages. So, instead of throwing it in the trash, I transform it into original, beautifully coloured gift paper through the process of paper marbling. You can see in the photo below the approximate process of how I’m doing this paper. Once it’s done, I’ll let it dry for a couple of days and then it’s ready to be used! πŸ™‚ I think that’s a really nice and creative way of turning something average into something special. You can see in the photos below a very brief description of the paper marbling process.

P.S.: At the moment, I am wrapping every order in gift wrapping paper as a “thank you” for those who are placing the first orders through the online shop. However, this applies only to a limited number of orders.
I try to keep my posts short, so I hope you managed to get an idea of how I think in terms of packaging and shipping and that you enjoyed reading about it.
As always, thank you for being here and please feel free to roam around the web page & shop!

My Woolen Friends

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HOW TO ORDER on My Woolen Friends

I tried making the ordering process as easy and straight forward as I could, but, just to be on the safe side, I thought I can also briefly explain the main steps in a blog entry.

So, here it goes – How to order:

Step 1: Select the item(s) you would like to purchase & add the them your cart.
Step 2: click on “View Cart” & choose your shipping method.
Step 3: Proceed to check out and put down you billing & shipping address (naturally, you have the option to choose a different shipping address from your billing address).

Step 4: Select your payment methods: Direct Bank Transfer* or PayPal**.
*In case of the Direct Bank Transfer, you will receive the bank details automatically after you have placed your order.
**In case of PayPal, you will be able to see the PayPal account after you have placed your order. When choosing payment via PayPal, a 1 Euro transaction fee will automatically be added to the total amount.
Step 5: Transfer the due amount according to the payment method that you chose.
Step 6: Once the transfer has been successful received on the MyWoolenFriends bank account, your order will get ready for shipping.
Step 7: In case of shipping with a tracking number, you will receive an e-mail informing you of the tracking Id-number.

On an additional note, I would like to say that I am aware that the international shipping is a bit expensive due to the tracking number. Unfortunately, I cannot risk sending packages around in Europe and have them get lost. Needle felting is a very time consuming and meticulous craft and if a package were to get lost (especially in the chaos that we living in at the moment, with all this pandemic going on), that would reduce my work and my time to nothing but a waste. Having a package lost would create an unpleasant situation on both sides and I prefer doing what I can in order to try and avoid those situations by shipping internationally only with tracking number.

Thank you for being here and I hope you can find something that you like in the online shop! ❀

My Woolen Friends

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Welcome to the My Woolen Friends shop, which has officially been opened for business!

Here you will be able to find adorable, hand- & wool-felted decorations made in Berlin, Germany.

So, I invite you to roam around in the My Woolen Friends universe: have a look at what’s available in the shop; read through the “About” section and get a better understanding about what My Woolen Friends is, how it came to be and what the goal is; follow me on social media or come back for the blog posts, where I will be sharing interesting things about what I’m up to or how I do this and that. For instance, in my next blog posts I will be: walking you through the ordering process; talk about packaging and recycling; talk about the wool that I’m using and the suppliers that I have decided on so far and why; keep you posted on what my next projects will be and so on.

I plan on keeping my posts sweet & short, so this has been it for now. Please go roam the web page and thank you for being here! ❀

My Woolen Friends