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I use poly mailers to ship things all the time. I use them when someone Mooches a book from me. I use them when I sell a book on Amazon, or when I sell something small on eBay. I go through about 100 a year. Well, I’m down to my last ten or so and need to reorder. I typically buy these on eBay as I like the prices and I like the small business owner part of that. Well, this time I wanted recycled mailers, so I send emails to the two suppliers I’d previously used asking for a quote on the same item, just made from recycled ingredients.
Neither vendor could provide such an item. I was surprised. Then I did a little shopping around on the web. It was not easy. I finally found what I was looking for, at a price increase of 74%. To put that into dollars and cents, the envelope that used to cost me .34 was now going to cost .59. Wow. That’s a big difference. (Those prices include shipping charges.)
I kept searching and finally found a place that offered the envelopes with free shipping, if I met a minimum order value. Each envelope would then cost .41, which was only an increase of just under 21%. That’s still a large increase, but I could live with it. I have to live with it. I have to practice what I preach.
This might seem insignificant, I’m really only talking about 7 cents. $7.00 for a case. What happens though if I am a large retailer, who does a lot of shipping? Using environmentally friendly products cut into profit margins. I know it’s not good for the margins, but I do believe that it’s good for business. I do.
I’m going to buy a stamp that I will use on every envelope, asking people to reuse and recycle. I’ll stamp this on my new envelopes, and on any boxes that I send. I already have a box storage area in the garage. Any box that we get goes out to the garage for reuse. I save so much more than money by doing this. I always have a box when I need it, and I never have to go out and pay for a new box.
It’s not easy being green.
Wow. I didn’t know how to spell “ain’t”. Weird.
I was looking for a pen last night. Not a particular pen, just a pen that would produce a visible line upon paper when applied with normal pressure. You would think that wouldn’t be too hard, I beg to differ. As I was searching my pen cup (which was purchased in 1992 via catalog with my first ever debit card, wow!) I realized that it might be time to go through these pens and get rid of the ones that no longer work. I mean, do I really need a pen from every company I have ever worked for, truly need them? Is there a pen dedication website where I can just upload their photos to and forget about keeping the pen? Sort of like PostSecret for pens?
Anyway, a resounding five pens actually worked. One of those pens is a Cross pen that was my grandfathers. It’s silver, and badly tarnished. It’s got to be at least 60 years old. How is that pen still producing ink?
Seven items in the pen cup were markers or highlighters. Only two of them were still functioning. That left about 12 or 13 pens that were in need of a final resting place. How does an environmentally aware person throw out a pen? Clearly, markers are not recyclable. At least markers purchased in the last century. ;o)
So I asked my friend Google for some help. Found out that the best thing to do is take apart the pens. The ink tube is going into regular trash. The little metal spring goes in the fancy blue bucket. Along with the plastic of the Bic style of pen. I spent a few minutes separating my pens and sorting them appropriately.
How come the pens wouldn’t write but I’m still removing ink from underneath my fingernails?
And here’s the real reason for today’s post. When purchasing pens, pencils and paper, please think of the environment. Purchase pencils like the Paper Mate EarthWrite pencil. It is made from 100% pre-consumer waste materials and from re-claimed wood. You can get those at your local office superstore.
Oxymoronic paragraph, I know.
As for pens, there are many out there made from varying levels of recycled materials. One that you’ll recognize upon seeing it has a paper barrel. This one is great. Try to find one with soy ink as well.
So, go through your pen cup. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. Let me know if you come up with any interesting ways to reuse the pen innards.
For Secret Santas/Chanukah Harrys.
Look at this cool site to organize it all! I’m going to have to start one just so I can use this site!
For using your fireplace. You can probably guess that a wood burning fireplace is the worst type of fireplace for the environment. Sigh. That’s what we have.
I just found these Java-Logs. Yes, they are made out of recycled coffee grounds. So, not only do they burn cleaner and better for the environment, they keep coffee grounds out of landfills. (And you can keep your own grounds out of the landfill by composting.)
Guess what I’ve learned about myself? I seem to only bring my own bags into the grocery store. It doesn’t even occur to me to bring them into any other store until I’m at the cash register.
That’s not 100% true. Last week I brought them with me into some craft stores. Why did I forget to bring them in with me to Target tonight? Anyone have the answer?
I sent a suggestion to my local Whole Foods a few months back saying that they should have signage in the parking lot saying “Don’t Forget Your Bags.” The store manager wrote back saying that was a great idea and he was going to have the sign company make signs. I’ve not seen them yet, but… I’m considering making a sign for my car. On the dash or door or somewhere, so I don’t forget my bags whenever I go somewhere where I plan on buying something.
I just posted this on someone’s blog and it struck me that this is a universal post. Some background… the other blogger was talking about a teacher that she had in high school. My comment on her blog:
I had a teacher for a few years in middle school (small private school, he taught me two subjects + more for three years) who had a profound impact on my life. My longest friend (we’re too old to call each other oldest friends anymore!) and I often talked about him. She said she wanted to invite him to her wedding. That was before she even had a boyfriend.
When I was 25 I tracked him down. It was so weird to talk to him on the phone. I had NEVER done that before. It was incredibly important to me that he knew what a wonderful teacher he was, that he knew that he taught me to learn for the sake of learning. That he made a positive impact on my life and that I appreciated that, and I wanted him to know.
Do you know what he said?
He said, “I get one of these calls about once a year.”
Made me laugh. A bunch of orthodox Jewish girls had become Orthodox (except for me) Jewish women and tracked down this Catholic English teacher. How wonderful is that?
He told me two sad things that day. One was that he had lost a son. The other was that he no longer taught. He is still young, maybe in his early 50’s. Hadn’t taught in many many years. Very very sad.
So, if you’ve got someone in your life like this, let them know. It’s important.