Sustainability is super important to me, I think especially when setting up a business in 2019 every effort should be made to fulfil and package orders in the most sustainable way possible. I have tried my upmost to ensure that all of my packaging is plastic free and that recycled materials are used wherever possible.

If you’re a creative too and wondering how to go about packaging orders in a sustainable way then check out this website, she’s a super talented illustrator and has provided all the details on how to source Eco-packaging.

How will my order be packaged?

Your order whether it’s a print or a commission will be packaged by me and sent in a glassine envelope along with a thick piece of recycled grey board to prevent it from being bent in the post. I also stick a little recycled sticker on the front saying painted with love Old Mother Hubbard, because well it has been painted with love and I want you to know. You will also receive a thank you note printed onto recycled paper which doubles up as a certificate of authenticity. All of this will be slipped into a recycled envelope and sent to you first class in the post.

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Materials Used

Glassine Envelopes

Glassine paper is a semi transparent paper that will protect your print or commission. Rather than waxed paper which is passed through a chemical process and covered in paraffin wax, glassine is a paper made water resistant and protective not through any chemical treatment at all. It goes through a process called supercalendering where it is pressed, dried and then rolled through steel and fibre-covered cylinders which flatten the fibres and turn them all in the same direction, creating a waterproof barrier. It’s all very clever stuff!

Because I can’t source the right sized glassine bags, (I’ve hunted high and low!) they are a little large so are folded and taped tight by me, I try my best to make them look neat but there’s still something of the homemade and uneven about them, please forgive me this.

Washi Tape

Washi Tape is an eco-friendly, reusable, biodegradable, tree-free alternative to traditional tape and adhesives.

Recycled Grey Board

I order this from an eco packaging company, and although it’s eco friendly I worry that it’s such a waste. I’m trying to think of ways to incorporate it into your order so it can be used again, any ideas?

Recycled Envelopes

I’m currently sourcing these from different suppliers, I will list the details when I know more.


I am currently in the process of sourcing the perfect paper to print on, one that doesn’t compromise on quality but also doesn’t use any trees. Please bare with me.

All prints bought to order will be sent in glassline envelopes, however when it comes to things on display where people need to see before they buy, I.e. shops, stands and exhibitions I have sourced some biodegradable cellophane. It’s the best thing I can find that will protect the print and also keep it visible.

Biodegradable Cello

Made from vegetable starch, Biodegradable cellophane bags are fully compostable which means that they break down to CO2 and water which can then be reused in the Eco system to make new plants. This will happen in either in home or commercial composting or landfill.

Written with love

Old Mother Hubbard