Archive for August 12th, 2011

What is up with this packing?

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Some of you may be wondering why sometimes there are 924 different types of packing material in your box when it arrives. The short answer is that we are recycling Nazis here. See those three boxes below? Whenever we receive any inventory all packing material goes into these. When we pack medium to large orders we first dig into these boxes and reuse as much stuff as we can. Every time we do this there is exactly that much less in a landfill somewhere.

We could give you a lot of this and that about it creating savings that we pass along to the customer. This would be somewhat true as it does save some cash and that all rolls downhill, but the main truth is we care more about recycling than the packing material being¬† “pretty” when you open up your box. We do understand that it may look at little ghetto from time to time. It is sometimes humorous because depending on what we grab out of those boxes you could end up with 3 types of bubble wrap with tape still hanging off it and 3 types of paper including the funnies from a daily paper in China. We also recycle boxes themselves when possible. So if you are one of our customers and were every curious now you know :) No we aren’t running our operation out of a basement somewhere. We just recycle, that’s all :)

And we thank our customers for also not worrying about the packaging being pretty in order to recycle some perfectly usable resources. What matters is that your order gets there in one piece and the stuff inside is full of roboty goodness.

High Tech Recycling !

High Tech Recycling !

Why are we such Nazis about it here you may ask? This is why. I used to work at a Domino’s back in college. This store would fill a medium sized dumpster to the brim with cardboard, plastic jugs, and metal cans every week. Then it would get taken to the dump. Why? Because recycling cost an extra $50 a month. The owner had 5 locations, none of which recycled. He lived in a multimillion dollar mansion and threw that much shit into our landfills every month because he couldn’t spend a measly$50 a location. Appalling right?

Here is my point. The waste from one of these stores for 2 weeks equals the effort of someone recycling at home for an entire year.¬† That is how much a business goes through, when businesses don’t recycle that is where the real waste is.