Olive Barn Conservation and Recycling Program
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One of our primary goals is to raise awareness about sustainable living. To us, the green movement is about the little choices we make everyday that create real change. You'll love our fresh, unique product mix for making the most of your home and garden spaces while reducing the impact on the environment.
At Olive Barn we are concerned about our environment and want to reduce our impact on it. We phased out our buying of recycled stryofoam packing peanuts and replace them with bio-degradable alternatives such as all 100% natural corn starch peanuts which dissolve in water. They are more expensive than styrofoam peanuts, but will reduce the environmental impact on future generations. Besides, it is fun to see them dissolve in water. Try it and see. If you receive styrofoam packing peanuts from us, rest assured they are re-used peanuts that we received in boxes from our suppliers. We will no longer buy any styrofoam peanuts and will continue to encourage our suppliers to eliminate their use in packing products.
Buying Bubble Wrap is Out! In 2008, we began phasing out the purchasing of all plastic bubblewrap. By the end of April 2008, we will have replaced it with alternative recycled/recyclable paper fill for most products. We do not use stryofoam peanuts, only cornstarch peanuts, and limit our use of bubble wrap to only the most delicate items. Any bubblewrap packing you find in your order is reused from shipments we receive from suppliers. We do not buy bubblewrap. We are testing several new products. For details about this transition, visit our blog.
Ugly Boxes? We selectively reuse shipping boxes that are in good condition from our suppliers to ship orders in. We do try to avoid this on gift orders. If you see a box that appears reused, know that it's reuse is saving trees and helping to keep your shipping costs down!
For information on recycling in your area, you may want to start here: Earth911.org
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