Happy New Year’s Day! It’s now 2011, the holidays have come, and just about gone. So too, have a lot of packages. In the small stream of boxes delivered by the various shipping outfits – mainly Fed Ex and the USPS – I was surprised to find some overpackaged deliveries arriving from outdoor gear suppliers.
I’m not the greenest of people, as some of my vegan friends could tell you. But I do make a conscious effort to do my part to leave the world in decent shape for future generations. In that vein, I try to regularly take the following small steps:
1. Recycle what I am certain can be recycled. (Some products, without a recycle code, are a bit nebulous.)
2. Turn out the lights when I leave a room.
3. Regularly use an endlessly re-usable, refillable stainless steel water bottle for my hydration needs. If you know of TapIt, then you know how easy it is to refill such a bottle from many locations in cities across the nation.
4. Carpool when practical, particularly when skiing with partners. This extends to plenty of hitchhiking.
5. Use re-usable canvas bags when shopping – not just for groceries, either.
6. Shy away from buying overpackaged products, typically encased (twice, or more) in oil-based plastics or other resources.
Since I spend time trying to follow these guidelines, some part of my expectation is that outdoor gear companies which sell or send products to me should also be looking to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Naturally, this entails Continue reading ‘Overpackaging’