This is part TWO of my series, tips from the shipping dept. Which isn't what it sounds like, its an extra bedroom/office where all my cardboard supplies are crammed into. But it is in fact Hillbippie Clay Co.'s shipping department and as the CEO and head shipper/logistics manager I thought I'd share a little wisdom from my years of sending off packages into the world. Go read part ONE of this series if you haven't already. It's all about BOXES. Alrighty, lets get into the good stuff!!
Paper VS Peanuts
Back in the day when I first started getting my packaging together my go to was peanuts. Everywhere I looked/read said peanuts and bubble wrap were the best way to ship pottery, that or double boxing. So I got on amazon and ordered myself some bio-degradable peanuts and recycled bubble wrap. My hubs even built me a peanut dispenser out of an old trash can. We mounted it in the basement and had an expandable dryer hose coming out of the bottom that I would put in the boxes and shake to release peanuts. It worked pretty well but I was blowing through peanuts pretty quickly. The bubble wrap also worked like it should but I didn't dig using all that plastic, plus I was reordering alot to keep up. In comes paper!!
Newspaper, Kraft paper, Tissue paper
I started transitioning to using old newspapers after running out of peanuts and bubble wrap. They were free and available and worked well. Once I felt like paper was the way to go I started searching for the best kind for my situation. I looked for something with some weight to it to fill up space and protect my wares. I found Kraft Paper!! It came on rolls and I could use it as fill and to wrap up my piece, plus it was plain and added to my whole package aesthetic. Amazon had a variety of weights and lengths and options of course. I chose 30 weight brown Kraft paper in a roll and got a paper roller to go with it. Small and easy to store and I could rip paper any size I wanted/needed. Plus I feel my customers would appreciate opening a box and not having peanuts fly everywhere! The Kraft paper is reusable too! Or recyclable or burnable or whatever. The kind I buy is made in the USA and is made of recycled material as well. I've been using it for the past 3 years and have had wonderful results and few breakages. Typically I start with 2 crumpled pieces in the bottom of the box, I wrap my piece or put it in a gift box (Read my post about boxes, if you haven't). I'll wrap the box or piece in multiple layers in paper and add to the box. Top that with 3ish pieces and make sure that everything is secure without moving, it should be packed tight. Next onto the tape and labels, stay tuned for the next post! If this was helpful or you have questions, holler at me. Share with your pals!! :)