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Not Fantastic Plastic
Those of you who have been following this blog for awhile know I am NOT a fan of single-use plastic. My feeling is that solving one simple problem (getting something home from the store or restaurant) and creating a much more difficult problem (polluted air, water, land!) is really insane. Last week my friend George sent me a link to this NPR episode:
How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled
I highly recommend reading or listening to the entire thing but the sad takeaway is summarized in this quote from the segment: "Yet the industry spent millions telling people to recycle, because, as one former top industry insider told NPR, selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn't true."
If you are like me you have been watching in horror as the Pandemic has brought a resurgence of single-use plastic. (My own local grocery store still won't let me use a reusable fabric bag.) Then today I read this article:
Reusables Can Be Safe to Use During a Pandemic
and once again it is the oil industry shoveling misinformation for their gain and our collective loss. It makes me very sad. Sorry. I just needed to vent.
Worlds Away but Close at Heart
I often tell people I have the best customers in the World. I mean it. Here's one example of just how wonderful they are. Above is a picture of how the Pure Coverz products are shipped. Each order is packaged not in plastic but in a reusable fabric bag. It's classy, it's thoughtful and it is one more example of just how lucky I am to have the privilege of working with such a great group of like-minded businesses.
Styrofoam -- it is a wonderfully light packing material. It protects fragile products in shipping. It is rarely recycled and is hard to contain. (I know you have had a piece break and the static cling has made it hard to get all the tiny piece.) I like the cornstarch "peanuts" that dissolve with water. That's a big improvement. However, check out this latest development: Mushroom-Based Packaging. They are growing mushroom fibers on waste like cotton seed, wood fiber and buckwheat hulls into the forms needed for shipping fragile items. Sounds like a good idea to me. They say it uses 98% less energy than Styrofoam and, in my opinion, the real fabulous thing is that once you are "done" with it you can add it to your garden or compost pile. No more bags and bags of huge Styrofoam trash to try to figure out what to do with. I like it!
Next time I buy something that comes with Styrofoam packaging I am going to make it a point to tell the company about this alternative.
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.