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Nature_and_Environment.82

Recycle/reuse & Waste Reduction - a place to start

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{Nature_and_Environment.82.3}: Rhea Nodel {claudi} Wed, 11 Oct 2006 21:44:53 CDT (31 lines)

Hi everybody
I am an occasional visitor at the New Cafe and I thought that perhaps
some of you might have some useful input to this waste management
issue that I have.
I have been actively discouraging vedors to use packaging I cannot
recycle.  I swear I do it nicely.
Yesterday I received a large box with some pottery items that - to my
dismay was entirely packaged inlayers of all plastic DHL bubble wrap
envelopes embedded in styro peanuts.
To this I need to add that I like this man.  I've only had email
contact with him, but he seemed like a gentle spirit and his work is
plain and clean.
So I sent him an email telling him how beautiful the work is and that
I have feedback about his packaging - I wished it was more recyclable.
I understand that pottery is different from other shippables.
Perhaps I should not have prefaced it with the word "feedback"?
He sent me back a simple email stating that his only concern is making
sure nothing breaks in transit.  Somehow the tone was a bit less friendly.
One would think a potter cared about the earth . . .
Would it be rude to do some research for him and give him pointers?  I
mean, offending someone is generally not a good way to keep a subject
open.  Oiherwise I'd just sent the stuff back to him - the packaging
part, I mean.
I like his pottery though and I don't just want to give up on him,
particularly in view of the fact that he ships breakables all the time
- entire landfills worth of packaging.
help
diplomacy lessons
resources
anything useful
Rhea

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