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Waste not, want not. Very interesting. And, it leaves more wood for woodworkers.

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Interesting. I had a chemical engineer say that paper can be recycled twice. After that, it turns to mush.

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Interesting. I had a chemical engineer say that paper can be recycled twice. After that, it turns to mush.
I'm recycling some cardboard right now. I want to make sort of a lap desk, with 'legs' that will rest on my chair arms, for playing solitaire, using as laptop, sketching, etc. But the measurements were bing difficult to figure out, and if I screwed them up I'd basically waste a large chunk of plywood. So, round up some cardboard boxes, cut them up, and proceeded to start gluing them together. Very easy to make changes, and am in the finishing stage. Once I get it like I want it I'll just trace around it on a chunk of plywood, and cut it out. Sure eliminates cutting up a chunk of plywood wrong.

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With our local refuse collection company having started a recycle pickup we have a second container just for the recyclables. Between the Amazon orders and my Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi habit we manage to fill the container at least once every two weeks in time for pickup. The taste for Caffeine Free Pepsi or Coke was acquired during my years of AFib and I just continue even after no longer having AFib. The cardiac ablation procedure took care of the AFib but left the taste for the caffeine free sodas which is odd as I drink regular caffeinated coffee. What scares me as well as concerns me is the amount of waste, especially plastic, that shows up in the oceans. I have no accurate figures for it but the amount used in senseless packaging is ridicules. It also increases the amount we pay for a product not to mention the hazards of cutting the plastic open to retrieve the prize inside is leaving sharp edges and all we do is throw away the plastic. Don't get me started on plastic. I mean it has its good uses but it is a wasted material used for way too many things that's really not needed. Give me a cardboard box any day. Just saying....
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Don't get me started on plastic. I mean it has its good uses but it is a wasted material used for way too many things that's really not needed. Give me a cardboard box any day. Just saying....
And cardboard comes from a renewable source. We woodworkers call that renewable source "trees". Plastic, on the other hand, comes from a non renewable source, unless you consider harvesting the billions of tons of plastic from the ocean "renewable".

My gripe is that it seems the smaller the item the bigger the packaging that used. As if a small package will get lost in the package delivery system. And don't get me started about the adventures of trying to open anything sealed in plastic.
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And cardboard comes from a renewable source. We woodworkers call that renewable source "trees". Plastic, on the other hand, comes from a non renewable source, unless you consider harvesting the billions of tons of plastic from the ocean "renewable".

My gripe is that it seems the smaller the item the bigger the packaging that used. As if a small package will get lost in the package delivery system. And don't get me started about the adventures of trying to open anything sealed in plastic.
Tiny item = big packaging = less inventory shrinkage (theft) . But some things "walk" no matter how large.
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Carpet industries in north Georgia are using recycled plastic to make carpet fiber. Can you imagine how many tons of plastic are used? FWIW, 90% of the carpet made in the world is made in the Dalton/Chatsworth area. Our Food City has green water bottles made from recycled green plastic. BTW, recently there was a news blurb about a company that is starting to recover the plastic in the ocean.

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That looks like a messy job. UGH! South Africa?

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Tiny item = big packaging = less inventory shrinkage (theft) . But some things "walk" no matter how large.
Understood. My career was spent in IT with manufacturing and distribution companies so I'm familiar with warehousing and theft. Fortunately, most of the products we produced were clothing so theft was less of a problem than if we made thumb drives. But there was theft nevertheless.

What I'm really talking about is the shipping carton. I recently received an item from Amazon where the product took up about 20% of the shipping carton and the rest was filled with air bags. A double waste. Since Amazon is doing rather well, I'm sure this is a way for the company to save money, possibly by buying fewer size boxes.

This is the problem when it comes to profit vs environment. Companies have to make a profit or they cease to exist. However, how many companies are willing to reduce some of that profit because it's the right thing to do for the environment? Some are, some aren't. During my career I was on both sides of that argument. It was never an easy discussion.

Sorry for my little tirade but I have 8 grandkids and I'd like them to grow up in a healthy environment.
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