Packaging Materials: Use This, NOT This

There are a lot of dos and don’ts in this world.  DO take a shower.  Don’t roll around in dog poop.  DO wash your hands.  Don’t have unprotected sex.  DO eat lettuce.  Don’t be mean.  This same concept carries over into the “choose this, not this” playing field.  We know it the best when it comes to clothes.  YES, wear jeans that fit you well.  No, do not wear a sweater dress over those jeans.

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YES, wear clothes with fun patterns and prints.  No, do not mix your Santa Clause turtleneck with your floral jumpsuit.  It’s more or less common sense type of stuff, but it still helps to go over.  It’s the same thing with packaging materials.  This is a lot less talked about and so people don’t even really know that they have options.  Well, I have put together a short commentary on some products that may, or may not, be a better choice when it comes to your packaging materials needs:

  • If you are sending something that doesn’t necessarily need to be protected, like documents, consider using a standard envelope mailer instead of the bubble kind. Those bubbles are just a waste of money if your item doesn’t need to be protected from bending or bumping.
  • If you are in the business of making a lot of shipments, you might want to consider purchasing a mini machine that can pack small plastic bags with air, which would wind up saving you quite a bit of money if you are just buying stuffing every time.
  • Consider using mailing boxes if you are shipping something, because they are lighter and therefore cheaper to send than your heavy duty, day-to-day cardboard boxes.
  • Instead of using those Styrofoam peanuts as cushion, consider adding popcorn to your list of packaging material That’s right, I said popcorn.  Fill some small sandwich bags with freshly popped popcorn and you’ve got yourself a filler that is friendly in every way (if the recipient doesn’t wind up eating it, they can at least feed the ducks!).
  • Somehow, even with all of the hype about unnecessary waste, we still wind up getting boatloads of junk in our mailboxes every day. Instead of buying more expensive and less eco-friendly bubble mailers, or other pricey box stuffers, save that junk mail to use as stuffing the next time you are sending something out.  You could probably wind up using most if during the holidays alone!