Shipping manifesto

Other shops have shipping policies. Modernmending.com has a shipping manifesto! I've put a lot of thought into it and want to be as transparent as possible.

Shipping carrier

I ship via Australia Post because it’s reliable, trackable and carbon-neutral. International orders are experiencing significant shipping delays due to COVID-19; click here for Australia Post international delivery updates.

Free shipping

I don’t offer free shipping because there is no such thing as free shipping. Someone has to pay the cost for postage. My book contains 240 pages of detailed mending instructions and weighs nearly 800g (1.74 pounds). It is jam-packed full of mendy goodness! It is also quite thick (2.5cm / 1 inch), so it is slightly more expensive to ship than your average book.

I don't inflate shipping costs or charge for handling.

If you are in Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the US, you can preorder the book from your local bookshop. They need our support now more than ever!

I choose to reuse

When shipping orders my first priority is to reuse packaging materials whenever possible – boxes, padded mailers, cardboard, paper, tissue paper, bubble wrap and egg cartons that I source from second-hand shops, recycling centres and neighbours. I cannot guarantee the materials used to ship your order will be plastic-free for this reason.

My tags and labels are hand-stamped onto compostable paper tape or preloved cardboard.

I buy recycled packaging

If I don’t have suitable second-hand packaging to use for your order, my next priority is packaging made from recycled materials. It's important to me to support Australian companies making good products from our recyclables, and to make sure that material gets a second life. I print shipping labels onto 100% recycled (and in some cases reused) paper.

Tape

I use compostable, gummed kraft-paper tape to seal my parcels whenever possible. I have a second-hand tape wetter that I love, purchased from my local op shop. Paper tape is available at most art-supply shops if you want to make the switch yourself!

Individual product packaging

Every item for sale on this website has its packaging components listed and in most cases photographed, so you can make an informed decision.

Upstream packaging

When I speak to my suppliers I specifically ask that my orders be supplied to me without plastic packaging, whenever possible, to avoid waste and single-use plastic. This isn’t always possible, but I’ll keep asking, forever.

Here's how one of my suppliers has my name recorded in its database: