One of the things we are proud of here at Sheepleg is that we try to reuse and recycle as much as we possibly can. Businesses can generate lots of trash and often times it is much more "efficient" to simply throw it away. I'll admit that after a long day, the last thing I would think about is how to make better use of our cardboard boxes that came from suppliers. But truthfully, it is those little things that can make all the difference. I guess we could lease or buy a baler, but why bother with the expense and loss of space. Not to mention the cost of running it, safety inspections, etc that go into having equipment like that. So why not just break them down and reuse them for the shipments going out tomorrow?
So we do. Certainly not in all cases. Many of our shipments are priority mail and have special packaging, but for those that are not, let's do it. So we do. And if you have received an order from us in a brown box, chances are it was either reused or recycled. They may be ugly, but they get the job done. After all, does it matter what the box looks like or how many stickers it has on it? We think of those as badges of honor. The more shipping labels we cover up, the happier it makes us.
So if you get a brown box from us, please make every effort to keep the cycle going and either reuse it or recycle it. Recycling is not that hard. I bet you can find a recycling drop off point in your town. All the ones in our little town are listed at earth911.com.
Of course we don't have the luxury of always having a great supply of boxes to reuse (certainly not the perfect sizes), so when we have to buy them, we like to go to Globe Guard for our shipping supplies. Not only do they have a great selection of recycled and environmentally friendly products, but they also donate a portion of their sales to 1% for the Planet. So working with them is win-win.
We also started a worm farm a while back to try to turn our shredded paper into compost, but I ended up messing that up. Back to the drawing board on that one. But the goal is not to be perfect...just a little better every day.