THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jan23

Our Packaging

Hello and happy new year all you Modern Minters!

Hope you are well and making it through ‘Dry January’/ ‘No Cake New Year’ / ‘Resolving To Stick With My Resolutions This Time‘…. or whatever tough aim you are seeking to achieve right now. I just hope it goes well for you!

I want to share with you some thoughts on our packaging.

We use:

  • Boxes made from recycled paper. Sometimes we re-use a box that we have a received from someone else. When we do this, we try to cover up the tatty parts with the Modern Mint label.
  • These boxes can be composted. Making your own compost and adding it to your flower borders is a brilliant way to improve the soil in your garden and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • We also reuse bubble wrap, when we send out something easily damaged like a whetstone. This bubble wrap comes from our suppliers, or from items we may have ordered for personal use. (Like bottles of gin.)
  • Occasionally we use a foam, you know that awful light, white stuff that comes in little bits that go everywhere when you open the packet. We don’t use this often, but we got some once from a supplier and it is useful when you need to cushion something fragile. The foam bits we are recycling from our supplier are biodegradable, so that is a plus point.
  • We add scrunched up bits of Kraft paper to fill gaps in the boxes and stop your items smashing around as they are delivered to you. If we can recycle a bit of newspaper, we will use this too.
  • Our tape is packing tape, the brown stuff. It works well but is a bit rubbish when it doesn’t break down in the compost heap. We are going to look at using paper tape this spring.

Most of the time we deliver with the Royal Mail. They are coming to your house anyway, so there is one less extra van on the road. Bigger items we may use Parcel Force, or very occasionally another courier.

Here is what other people are doing about plastic waste….

The Mayor of London’s scheme to reduce plastic packaging.

Riverford Organic and the counter-intuitive idea that plastic bags are better for the environment that paper ones. Interesting reading, yes….?

 

We hope you all have a fantastic 2018, keep thinking about the environment and do all you can to make your garden a place where life expands, not contracts!

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

tobisho topiary shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale! Browse Here If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you! I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing. Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.