I have something called PPA, or what I call, Plastic Packaging Awareness. I’ve had it for a few years now -since I first became pregnant. I think I acquired it through motherhood; but it came on slowly. I was thrilled to find Beth’s website at www.fakeplastcifish.com to learn that it doesn’t just strike mothers. A lot of people have PPA! Was there a cure? No. But a support system exists where people can share their stories of how they manage to live their lives with less plastic – especially the disposable kind.
We have made great strides in out home to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle – in that order. So, I was excited to find an etsy seller (my favorite online store) who was selling eco-friendly unPaper towels so I could give up the paper towel habit. I have been using rags in place of my paper towels, but they don’t do all of the jobs to my OCD satisfaction. They leave lint behind, so I opted to try these 100% birdseye cotton towels for counter tops.
I was disappointed to find a plastic packing envelope in my mailbox today. When I opened it, it contained two plastic sleeves to hold these, practically indestructible cotton cloths!
So, I asked myself, “what would Beth do?” She would contact the company and offer suggestions to become more eco-friendly. So that’s what I did. Here is my email:
“Hi, I received my unPaper towels today and they look great. I can’t wait to use them. They came just in time because I ran out of paper towels and don’t want to replace them. We are eliminating disposable plastic from our home to be better stewards of the environment. So, as you can see I was excited to get your eco-friendly unPaper towels.
I was disappointed to find each set placed inside a plastic sleeve and then packaged in a plastic packing envelope. You are already providing a wonderful eco-friendly product, addressing packaging would be the next logical step. For 6 little towels I have 3 larger pieces of plastic that will be on this earth forever. They will never go away. Granted I am saving trees and eliminating the plastic wrap that comes on a paper towel roll, permanently. But, I feel badly about all this extra plastic.
Have you considered just putting a heavy paper sleeve (band) around the towels that you can place your label sticker on? These are not breakable items and will not scratch, so you might also consider mailing them in recycled paper envelopes and use paper packing tape when needed. I would imagine that your customers may feel as I do and really appreciate it if you took this a step further.
Thank you for listening to my suggestions.
I’ll let you know if I get a response and if she gives her etsy store an eco-friendly make-over.
On the upside, I received another little package today from another etsy seller (I know I’m addicted) that was really earth-friendly. The item above is just a little handmade felt sleeve for my iphone. We are taking a trip soon and I want to protect the phone from scratches since my toddler views some applications on it to occupy him when nothing else works. (We’re a tv-free home, but this is our little media vice for him).
This seller wrapped the sleeve in tissue paper and then wrapped it in raffia with a string to hold her thank you card. The pin wasn’t necessary and is covered in plastic, but can be reused (and was a nice touch). The envelope was made out of paper and taped to make it firm. So, there was plastic tape involved, but she recycled paper to make her own envelope. I have to give her a thumbs up for being mindful and pretty earth-friendly.
Have you ever written to a company to make earth-friendly suggestions? I want to hear your story!