We’re Here to Make a Change
Although stationery is mostly comprised paper goods, it’s often not as ecofriendly as one would assume. In fact, the stationery industry is responsible for over 1% of global carbon emissions, releasing more than 100 million kilograms of pollution a year- and this doesn’t even take into account all the plastic packaging and material consumed.
Let’s Start Small
As a small business, Aetheris primarily seeks out and sources quality ecofriendly materials for our artifacts as well as packaging. This is no easy feat by any means, and a more costly one at that due to the limited resources available, but change has never been easy. That’s why, by supporting Aetheris, you’re not only furthering cultural education but helping lessen our environmental burden one artifact at a time :)
Let’s Make Myth a Reality
At Aetheris, you can have your stickers, and compost them too! Here’s a list of the eco-friendly materials in our artifacts and packaging:
✦ UNCOATED PAPER PACKAGING CARDS/ENVELOPES
Did you know that coated, laminated and other multi-material bound paper is NOT recyclable? Machinery at recycling plants cannot separate the materials, meaning most packaging that will only be appreciated for 5 minutes may take up to 500 years to degrade. Our uncoated paper packaging are not only recyclable but will biodegrade long before you do✦ COMPOSTABLE CLEAR BAGS
The clear bags present on most of our packaging (unless otherwise specified) are plant based & municipally compostable. There are no other non-paper based home compostable bags available at the moment however at the very least this sustainable alternative will biodegrade faster than the more common polypropylene based bags in landfill
✦ WATER SOLUBLE PACKING PEANUTS
You can compost, dissolve and even eat (only technically, please do not eat packing peanuts) our corn-based packing peanuts! Regular styrofoam peanuts will outlast our lifetimes 6 times, not so tasty sounding✦ RECYCLED PADDED MAILERS
- Boring normal padded mailers are made of plastic bubblewrap as opposed to our paper mailers padded with recycled broken down paper, resulting in a kraft colored confetti party upon ripping open (and a bit of sweeping). ✦ RECYCLED STICKERS/SHIPPING LABELS
- Why stop at the big stuff? A small sticker can have a big impact, that is why we choose to use uncoated recycled paper stickers and compostable shipping labels.
- Plastic packing tape can render packaging non-recyclable! Our packaging tape is recycled, printed with soy based inks, and fully compostable at home
- From notepad to bookmark, keeping the paper goods you love sustainable is our top priority.
- Vinyl is the most toxic of all plastics to the environment, taking 1,000 years to degrade, and is still one of the most common materials used in stickers/stickersheets. We want to prove that your journal can be beautiful without making our ecosystem unlivable, offering ONLY compostable/biodegradable stickersheets
- Often made from the same toxic PVC (vinyl) as most stickersheets, waterproof stickers provide an unnecessary level of harm and protection to stickers that are not always exposed to water, like when adhering to electronics. Our alternative uses an FSC certified paper base with greenguard certified inks/soft matte coating, reducing our impact while maintaining durability and being water-resistant (not waterproof).
- Virgin acrylic plastic (often paired with hard epoxy) is found in everything from decor to beauty products to your favorite keychains. We only use 100% recycled acrylic in our acrylic products coupled with eco-resin for a durable double sided finish
- Our 3D printed artifacts are as unique as they are eco-friendly! Municipally compostable and biodegradable within one human life span, your beloved artifacts are also beloved by the environment, and the best choice among other non-plastic based filaments such as ABS and PETG.
No one and no brand is perfect, but we're getting there :)
The fact of the matter is, access to eco-friendly materials and practices in themselves can be limited by a number of factors! We encourage looking more closely into your area's recycling/composting guidelines and learning how to recycle.