Super Exciting news to announce, this week. We have secured retail space at the North Sea observatory, With regular monthly retail Makers markets, we will be show casing our new eco-friendly, plastic free Kitchen range. Which includes chopping boards, serving platters, caddy spoons and so much more. The first date is 24th July 2021.This will be a market dedicated exclusively to Handmade traders and conscious consumers, so naturally, it fits in very well with our sustainable products.
We have spent many hours of research and sample makes to bring you our new eco-conscious collection. Firstly, we had to consider where we would source our timber from. Trying to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. We buy all our Timber in Lincolnshire. Who in turn supply us with as much British sourced timber, that they can supply. On occasion we have to turn to European sourced wood, which comes from FSC and sustainable forests.
We are trying to become as carbon neutral as we can be. Our
LED lighting is fitted throughout our office rooms and workshop. We also have solar panels, that generate approximately 50% of our electricity consumption. We recycle every piece of cardboard and packaging we receive. Every piece of timber purchased is used. To make our items, fire wood, compost or animal bedding. We try not to use plastic, but if we do, it is either recycled packaging or our 100% biodegradable recycled plastic carrier bags, which are available for our face-to-face customers, on request.
As we have moved to online sales, we started to have conversations. Among the many conversations that we collectively had, the one that worried me the most is the use of single-use boxes and plastics and the effect it has on life. If you have never shopped with us before you may be surprised with your parcel. The package you receive may look a little different from what you may expect. A cereal box, shoe box, supermarket surplus or recycled package. We use cardboard boxes, which are mainly recycled pre parcelled boxes, or surplus new food boxes that would have been disposed of. We also collect from family and neighbours. This way we try and keep the cardboard in use and
give them another purpose in life. We also shred waste paper to use as packaging. This has not only been an excellent idea during lock down, but something we intend to continue to do.
We know the price tag of sustainable items can be overwhelming, and therefore, can seem expensive to live a sustainable lifestyle. You will benefit in the long run and it will be well worth the simple switch! By reusing over and over, the wooden items are designed to last. Our items are not just practical alternatives, but also
beautiful gifts. We try to keep our prices as low as possible . Why we are cheaper on our website. We sell on a few selling
platforms. Up until recently we sold on eBay, from 2016, Etsy from 2017, Amazon 2020 and our own website from 2020. We decided to close our Amazon and eBay shops, due to the high cost of transaction and payment processing fees. So, when our customers ask us why we can sell our items cheaper on our own website, than Etsy, I would like to share with you the additional cost we incur as a seller.
Firstly, every item is listed, which
incurs a 20p fee. In the UK we are charged 4% +20p for every sale that we make. This is called the payment processing fee. 5% of all items costs, which is gift wrap, postage and the designated listing occur a transaction fee. Then we
pay 20% UK VAT on all of these payments.
Breaking this down a £10 listed
item fees is as follows
20p listing fee
60p payment processing fee
Which leaves just £4.24.
This is how we can charge less on our website. We do pay for our website and we pay PayPal a transaction fee on every payment processed. However if we paid the 12% of site ad fee, which Esty has auto enrolled us in , then we have to pay additional costs. Resulting in this sale giving us just £3.04
During the war old pieces of wood were used as frames with
nails in them. they were known as nail looms.
Rugs were made on them. the gaps were usually 1cm, at least apart. sometimes an inch, and rags were used. According to the history I have found.
I know that they are widely used within the spinning and weaving community and lots of groups use them. I was given one,
which was a piece of wood with nails in. 10inch square with 8-inch square pins. I couldn't use it. I have a right arm disability. I found it bulky, hard to hold and almost impossible to weave.
So I asked Ed to drill a big hole in the middle. Then we modified an orifice hook, which we later made stronger, into our weaving hook we use today. After several goes, we decided to start again and make a wooden frame. Little did I know then that there was a market or even other loom makers out there. Which is why our looms are based on my needs and friends requests. It has just grown from there. I attended the Buxton, wool gatherings in 2019. We were the only loom makers,selling only a few. Most of the stuff we sold were all yarn bowls and spinning items. Our looms have gone as far as the Netherlands, Greece and Spain, as high up as Scotland's little islands and as far down as Devon and Cornwall.
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