I have had so many emails about shipping overseas I couldnt even add them all up, infact I seem to be getting a string of queries daily....
Ive been madly researching greener ways of posting since squashing flat the Airmail option that I offered previously. Lots of customers suggested surface shipping as a greener option. Lots of my original points that I made initially about supporting local trade etc have also been commented on BIG time!
Some of the points made by customers are as follows:
"I cant find anyone locally who makes the same style of product as you do"... quite flattered by this and I suppose I should have seen it coming. Every single crafter of original goods are unique and I suppose it was a little silly of me expecting customers to just look down their road and they would find one.
Masses of you are utterly gutted that you cant have a slice of Fairysteps and are considering moving country....
A lot of people (and I mean alot) suggested that shipping by surface mail (boat) is by far greener and that they wouldnt mind waiting longer for parcels if it meant that they would still get a parcel.
Others have pointed out that global trade is inevitable and vital. Then Im sat by the Rayburn drinking my cup of imported fairtrade clipper organic tea whilst the children make themselves a cup of imported Fairtrade cocoa and we decide to have a portion of imported organic dried apricots with an imported clementine each and I am thinking, hang on a minute....... all this food came via boat.
Its an absolute minefield!!!!
I want to run a greener business, I want to make a difference for the future, I also want to make a living and continue to support others across the globe in making a living (its why I buy Fairtrade whenever I can) but would overseas shipping via boat be part of this??? Is just avoiding the airmail / aeroplane bit enough?
Even mentioning this may be tarnishing my previously installed halo...
Comments / advice please!