These are the 4 R’s of eco-consciousness. GlassDharma practices take the 4 R’s to heart. And they are prioritized for a reason.
|Set of 4 glass straws|
with cleaning brush.
I know of one wholesaler that ships their products with packing peanuts and bubble wrap and they put a sticker on the outside of the box that says something to the effect of “We shamelessly recycle our packaging materials” and they encourage their customers to do the same. This, in my mind, would be an acceptable step if everyone is in agreement with it AND steps are taken to mitigate the amount of packing material received (the other 3 R’s). This looked rather attractive at first and I considered changing our policy of “no plastic in our packaging”. I finally realized that for all its good intentions, it essentially passes the recycling burden to those we would be shipping to whether they wanted that responsibility or not. After talking to our suppliers and getting them to reduce or eliminate plastic in their shipping, we find local business that use these materials (as a last resort.)
The entire GlassDharma staff knows we are on the right track because of the number of emails we receive thanking us for not using plastic in our packaging. Periodically we also receive requests when folks are ordering to not use plastic when shipping to them.
|Ready to ship glass straws!|
|New packaging options|
for store display.
I would encourage not just green business, but all business to be more mindful of what can be accomplished environmentally with periodic reviews of different areas of their business. Sometimes the solutions that present themselves also save money!
|Separately purchased cleaning brushes are packaged in|
the same box along with the straw, reducing the need for additional boxes.