Friday, November 12, 2010

...And Now a Word From Our Shipping Department....

As you can imagine recycling is very important here at is to many of our customers as well. Our recycling efforts don't stop with our vintage, antique and handmade from vintage also extends to our packing materials. We have a motto around here...


In this busy season of gift giving, packing and shipping I'd like to take a moment to let our customers know what they can expect from RetroStyle shipping. Non-customers may find some helpful tips as well.

Many ordinary sized and shaped items are shipped in USPS recyclable boxes.


However, the many not so ordinary items sold by RetroStyle are packed in custom built boxes. The boxes as well as the cushioning materials are all from post-consumer waste...which means they are made from things that were slated for recycling or landfills. 

Our biggest source of large sheets of cardboard is construction sites. Electric panels, cabinets and plumbing fixtures are but a few items that arrive to the site in big boxes. Most "waste" from a construction site goes right to the recycling there. Another good source of large pieces of cardboard are stores that sell appliances and TVs.

Those same sites are also a good sources for an assortment of cushioning materials. Although not conventionally recyclable, once Styrofoam and other plastic type cushioning materials have been's best to get as much use out of them as possible. 

Next to the assorted salvaged cushioning stuff, in the above photo, stands a roll of paper. That paper is actually our preferred cushioning material for most non-glass, lighter items. The paper also is post-consumer and fully recyclable.

For those in need of large sizes/quantities of plain off white paper...newspaper "roll ends" are available quite cheaply from your local newspaper printer. They make great filler material, are cleaner than printed newspaper and are the most eco-friendly packing material I'm aware of.

Following is an example of how one of our larger items is packed using 100% recycled, post-consumer waste...comprised of mostly recyclable materials.

Not always pretty...but ensuring the safe passage of many a vintage treasure...and in the most eco-responsible way possible.

We now return you to your regular programing.


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