I’m frequently sent products to review – everything from kids’ DVDs with environmental messages to bottles of organic alcholic spirits (hey, someone has to do the tough reviews, right?). I really enjoy doing product reviews (and the perks that come along with them), but sometimes I’m horrified at the packaging that these environmental products are shipped in. Products have shown up on my front steps that have been packed in boxes that are far too big and overly wrapped in bubble wrap surrounded by plastic air pillows surrounded by packing peanuts (that is not an exaggeration).
When the companies that send me products to review ship their products in environmentally unfriendly packaging, they are sending more than just a product. They are unintentionally sending me a message that their company hasn’t thought about the entire environmental impact of their actions. When I get an item shipped with the earth in mind, I get a different, more positive message.
One of the many fantastic things I saw at GreenFest Philly last Sunday was a company called Green Packaging. Green Packaging sells various forms of, you guessed it, green packaging options.
Now, I think that the greenest form of packaging for individuals is reusing something you already have. When you get a package in the mail, save the packaging materials to reuse. But for businesses or even individuals who ship frequently, buying the most eco-friendly packaging makes the most sense.
Here are some of the eco-friendly packaging options I saw at Green Packaging’s exhibit table:
Prairie Eco Pak – Prairie Eco Pak is basically shredded corrugated cardboard. The cardboard comes from boxes that have already been used at least once so it’s a recycled product. It’s used as filler to protect objects in a package from breakage or shifting.
Globe Guard Inflatable Air Pillows – These air pillows that help keep the weight and cost of a package down are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled after use.
Globe Guard 100% Post Consumer Waste Boxes – According to Green Packaging, most corrugated cardboard boxes are typically made from 25% – 35% recycled material. These boxes are made from 100% recycled materials.
The company is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, and they donate one percent of their annual sales to environmental charities.
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