Wollongong, Australia



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About TanglewoodPress

Sales 29
On Etsy since 2011

Created with an ecological and social conscience

Tanglewood offers a selection of cards, hand-printed tote bags and tea towels inspired by the Illawarra landscape. The name of this store is inspired by the tangled and twisted branches and leaves of the prolific flowering Grevillea trees endemic to this area and visited many times a day by honeyeaters, such as Little Wattlebirds and Eastern Spinebills (it's also a small nod to one of my favourite Woody Guthrie songs). All of my illustrations are individually hand-drawn before being either digitally printed (cards and gift wrap) or screen-printed (tote bags and tea towels) by hand using non-toxic, environmentally-friendly ink and materials.

I really care about the planet and wish to minimise any chance that Tanglewood Press adversely impacts the environment or unwittingly supports unethical practices. So, I have spent considerable time hunting down the eco-friendliest options for all of my goods, from the design process all the way down to the packaging and sticky tape used! Please see below breakdown of materials used and information about compostable packaging. Thank you kindly for your support.

■ Mail packaging
Regular orders are mailed in Better Packaging’s 100% biodegradable comPOST packs, which are certified home (and commercially) compostable. For more information, including places to compost if you don't have one at home, please visit: https://www.betterpackaging.com/compost-packs/

Express post orders are mailed in an Australia Post paper express post envelope.

■ Greeting cards
All cards are made in Australia from 100% post-consumer recycled paper scrap.

■ Envelopes
All card envelopes are natural, unbleached, brown envelopes made in Australia from 100% post-consumer recycled paper scrap.

■ Wrapping paper
All wrapping paper is made in Australia from 100% post-consumer recycled paper scrap.

■ Tea towels
Tea towels are made in Australia from 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton.

■ Printing
We use Permaset's eco-friendly range of inks for screen-printing, which are water-based and 100% solvent-free.

■ Product packaging
If you have ordered greeting cards or wrapping paper, these will arrive packaged in biodegradable cellophane, which itself is derived from renewable resources such as wood, cotton and hemp cellulose. Unlike plastic, cellulose is biodegradable.

■ Sticky tape
Yep, we even use biodegradable cellulose sticky tape! Any tape used on orders is biodegradable, non-static tape made from regenerated wood pulp.

Please note, there is much conflicting information about the impact of various materials on the environment and, while I’ve tried to be discerning, I’m by no means an expert. If you have any tips for how I could improve my practices to ensure they are as eco-friendly as possible, please get in touch!

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