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Sustainable efforts #1: Reusing Cardboard Cartons

Sustainability. It's a word that can be over used and often added without full transparency. In this next series of blogs, we will be addressing all of our efforts to make sure that we are keeping sustainability in mind as we develop, ship, sell and manufacture our products. It is important to you and important to us. 

The home textile market has become increasingly more aware of acting upon the global needs to address sustainability. It has taken a long time and to be honest, they are behind apparel manufacturers (as always). There are many ways to address sustainability and still have products that work well for your home. 

Today we will address  - Cardboard Cartons

In general, most of our factory partners use recycled cardboard in their cartons not because it is "the right thing to do". But instead because it is the most economical material in their respective country. The US tends to be the only country using virgin materials in cardboard still. So the good news for us - we don't even have to implement a policy here. Its already been done and done well. 

So what can we do? We have been thinking of the balance here in the US using recycled material and the true fact that they cost more. Our solution: re-use cartons that are used from shipping to us from the factory (which does happen naturally when a independent retailer orders a full carton of product from us) but what about the customers' orders that don't fit exactly into the cartons we have. Shipping a carton that is larger than what is inside is also a waste of fuel and energy. 

Our Solution - re-using cartons from our employee's homes and other local businesses. We have been doing that for years with our Business to Business sampling needs - why not here as well? We are all tired of the stack of Amazon, Wayfair and other random boxes that are left after a purchase. Try to reuse these as often as possible. Ask around, there maybe other business looking for used (but clean and in shape) boxes....here's an example of a shipment that left just last week. Our next step, we will be adding a sticker to the outside calling out these efforts and also letting people know it really is from us. Not many people expect to see a sump pump box full of amazing products 🤣

Please share with us on our Instagram site your best way to re-use cardboard boxes - @onceagainhomeco