A few weeks ago, I was working through the structures of intention and personal values. When the intention is clear, energy flows more with ease and the direction is most likely going to be clear too. Another layer behind that is being clear on my personal values. Does my personal values align with my intention? Then, are the things I'm doing in alignment with that?
I was mostly applying this in other aspects of my life but in some way, that energy also trickled down to a shift in packaging. It's truly an example of the relationship of the macrocosm and microcosm. The macro is the same in the micro. The structure of the outer layers is similar to the structure in the inner layers. If there's a shift in the outer, it trickles down to the inner and vice-versa.
Anyways, I recently bought new padded envelopes and I thought it nice because it was 100% compostable. But then, when I received it, I felt bit disappointed and I had this unsettling feeling that it's not really in alignment with my energy/values. It had the energy of machine, mass-production, low wage and that it feels like there is no life or authenticity behind it.
The same day I got that package. I also got my order of palo santo and it came in a paper padded envelope that is 100% recycled and recycable and it was pretty thick and sturdy even if it was paper. Luckily, the company name was in it and I looked into their website. Funny enough, I came across their website last year but I wasn't able to dive into the money investment at that time. This time, I took a deeper look through their website, story and mission and I felt that it had a heart-centered approach. So now, here I am, with new packaging supplies (100% post-consumer recycled envelope, tissue paper and shipping label & the tape is also recycle!) and excited to use them!
At the same time, the burlap drawstring bag I was using also had that same mass-produced, machine made feeling to it. I was in the process of looking for smaller companies that makes similar ones then, along the way, I came across seed paper. There's seeds embedded in the paper and they grow plants! I was like, "Oooh! this is really cool!"
I was looking through different companies and I found one that uses Lotka Paper which are made by rural craftspeople in Nepal. Lotka plant/bush grows in the foothills of the Himalayas. They cut the bark but leave the roots intact so it grows back. It's interesting because if they don't cut the bark, it will actually disintegrates and rots during the monsoon seasons.
That's how I got into the making the pillow box to place your orders in ^_^ it's a sustainable paper that support rural communities and it has seeds inside that you can grow wildflowers with! I find that very awesome! The seeds are wildflower mix of: Snapdragon, Petunia, Beardtongue, Daisy, Thyme, Poppy, Foxglove, Catchfly, Maiden Pinks, Chamomile.
Side note: I am tracing and cutting the pillow box by hand... me and scissors don't get along much in the past >_< If they're not perfect, please keep that in mind. But hey, you know it's made by a human being with a heart instead of a machine ;)
So that's the story! I hope you guys enjoy them ^_^