A Pile With Potential

February 22, 2012 09:13

What do you see when you look at a pile of packaging paper?

To most people, it’s just a pile of brown paper that was used to protect their product during shipment. And I’m sure that the majority of people recycle the paper without even thinking twice about it. But what about those creative DIY-ers? To them, it’s a pile with potential.

What do you get when you give a DIY designer a pile of packaging paper and a sewing machine?

woven basket that can be used for just about anything.

Brett Bara, host of the Emmy-nominated television series Knit and Crochet Now, author, talented designer and DIY blogger, collected the paper from several packages she received from some online shopping. Noticing the durability of the packaging paper, she decided to reuse it to make a woven basket which she now uses to hold supplies. “The pieces were really nice and long, and they just seemed to have so much potential. I couldn’t bear to just stuff them in the recycling bin,”Bara says in her blog.

Using packaging paper, hot glue, paperclips and a sewing machine, Brett created a simple pattern to construct the woven basket—she detailed the step-by-step instructions on her blog, “FREE PATTERN: SEWN + WOVEN BASKET.” It’s amazing what used packaging paper can create!

More than just packaging paper.

Bara proves paper can be used for just about anything!  Think outside the box and create something uniquely innovative. If basket weaving isn’t your thing, you could always keep the packaging paper and use it the next time you have to ship, wrap or store something. Fold it up, store it and use it again and again. Whether it’s keeping a product safe during shipment, or holding a pile of yarn and needles, our packaging paper does the job, and it does it well.

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FSC vs SFI - What's the Difference?

February 13, 2012 14:37

What are SFI and FSC and why do we work with them?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was founded in 1993 as a response to concerns with global deforestation. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and coordinate responsible economical management of forests worldwide. FSC sets high standards in order to keep our forests clean and green.  Products that have an FSC logo on them have met the requirements of the FSC, and therefore came from a well maintained forest.


Founded in 1994, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an internationally recognized independent, non-profit organization whose focus is on North American Forests. It is the largest single forest certification standard in the world with over 180 million acres of registered forestland. Within these millions of acres, SFI strives to encourage and promote responsible forestry management. Some of its main goals include the following: protecting water quality, biodiversity, species at risk, wildlife habitat and Forests with Exceptional conservation Value. Products that have an SFI logo have met the requirements of the SFI, and therefore, like FSC certified products, came from a well maintained forest.

How do you decide whether to use FSC, SFI or both?

Listen to your customers. Ultimately, the goals and missions of the FSC and SFI are the same. Therefore, research and discuss the needs and expectations of your customers. Choose a certification aligned with not only your customers', but also with your company’s values and commitment to sustainability. You can also receive dual certifications for both SFI and FSC as well. For more information visit:

Forest Stewardship Council

Sustainable Forestry Initiative


In the end...

Both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) are organizations who manage responsible forestry practices. Researching what each organization specializes in and then considering your customer’s needs will point you in the right direction. The organizations have different certification policies―choose the one that is best for you and your company. At the end of the day, both organizations are focused on maintaining our world’s forests and ensuring responsible forest practices which is a win for the environment.


Happy #EcoMonday!


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