I love getting packages…my kids love getting packages….my husband gets packages constantly, but for pete’s sake…is bubble wrap necessary for a BOOK?! I’m thinkin’ not!
Last week he received a package that was so heavily wrapped in packing tape that it probably would have been easier to break into a bank vault than that box. Inside were packing peanuts, foam AND bubble wrap. Are they serious? Could there be any more overkill than three different types of NON-recyclable packing materials? My husband even said “well, have fun recycling THAT!”
(However, I want to send kudos to the New York Botanical Garden. Our recent purchase came wrapped in a waffle-like brown paper that is 100% recyclable. What a relief and a glimmer of hope!)
I detest all of those other packing materials, but I admit that I use them. Before you shake your head at me, let me say I RE-use them after they get sent to me. I hope by simply re-circulating them it will, at least, keep them out of landfills.
Fortunately, some suppliers now offer eco-friendly packing materials (like biodegradable peanuts that dissolve in water) for items needing intense cushioning. One option that often gets overlooked is simply newspaper. It’s readily available, accessible, cheap, recyclable and if you give it a good “crumple”… it’s pretty cushiony!
But what could be even more fun is popcorn. Just think of it…not only would we get the excitement of the package and the thrill of the item inside, but we could celebrate it all with a nice “packing material” snack!
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