Recently I saw a disturbing photo of an extremely emaciated polar bear. I seriously re-evaluated some of the things I do and don’t do.
One of the things I’ve done with spell it with PEAS from the beginning is to reuse and recycle as much as I can. I turn box lids into shipping boxes; reuse boxes that come into my home for outgoing shipping; save bubble wrap, linings and plastic bags; I stuff some of the pillows I make with yarn ends; I reuse fabric scraps; I ride my bike to the post office and even the yarn I use and sell the most of is recycled from the textile industry.
So, I found it difficult (yet, enlightening) to reply to an email from the ONLY customer who has ever mentioned my shipping practices. She felt that I should further enhance my image with better packaging. She meant well. When asked she said, I should consider using coloured tissue paper, stickers and boxes (all brand new) instead of the recycled items I’ve used. She was happy with the care I took to make sure her items weren’t damaged on their long journey, happy with the items and even left positive feedback. But I think of that polar bear and imagine how much more damage could be done to our planet if I actually followed through on such a request.
There is a part of me that would love to have green tissue paper, trinkets and specially-made boxes with my beautiful, bright logo on it —I am a sucker for good marketing materials, but I can’t resign myself to accepting that sort of (un)focused use of the world’s resources.
I asked her: What did you do with the packaging once you retrieved your items from the swaths of newsprint and re-used bubble wrap? You know the answer…one word: Landfill. Perhaps our encounter has also enlightened her too.
So, here at spell it with PEAS —inspired by nature— I promise to continue recycling and reusing as much as I possibly can. If you have more ideas, I’d love to hear them!