OK, this is going to be a bit of a rant. I know it’s only Monday, but I’ll get it out of the way and the rest of the week will be all Care Bears and unicorns. I promise.
On Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report that said that the death rate of trees in the Western U.S. forests has doubled over the past two to three decades. “The phenomenon is caused by warmer temperatures and water scarcity, which are both linked to climate change.”
Cut to me, standing in front of the Olay section of my local drugstore. There on the shelves are the Regenerist and Definity lines of products. Each of which is packaged in, what can only be considered, the proper amount of packaging for the shipping of a human heart.
Come on Olay. I haven’t seen this much protective, plastic encasing since the Pope Mobile.
You're a great company. I love your products. You’re always on the cutting edge - airless packaging that requires fewer preservatives, brilliant. You provide us with top quality products at affordable prices. You’re a smart bunch. What gives?
The fine people at packagingprobe.com were also offended by Olay’s gratuitous packaging. They wrote, “I could not find a resin identification code on the package and it looked to be made of two different kinds of plastic - very hard to recycle”.
I concur. I know NYC doesn’t recycle this kind of plastic.
Plastic is made from petroleum. Petroleum is one of the most in-demand commodities in the world, and also in very short reserve. Plus the plastic that continues to be placed in landfills is toxic and hazardous and can leach into our soil and water supply- poisoning our bodies and planet.
We have to take care of each other. If we think big corporations, who base their success on dollar signs, are going to do it, we’ve got another thing coming.
We are their customers. Their profits come out of our paychecks. They'll listen to us. So please, please take the 5 seconds it takes to cut and paste the following letter and send it to the email address provided. Re-post this on your blog, or favorite forum. Forward it to all your friends and family.
Do it for our planet and the polar bears and the trees in the Western Forests and the fight against cancer.
If you’re like me, and have the time to look at the tiger with the baby piglets email, that’s been forwarded to you, for the 57th time, then you have the time to cut and paste this. I promise. It’s that quick and easy.
Here’s the letter:
I am writing to you today, because I'm very concerned about the state of our environment.
The amount of excessive, plastic packaging that you use in your Regenerist and Definity product lines is not only unnecessary, but it’s also detrimental to the health of our planet and every living being on it.
This is an issue that's very important to me and greatly effects my purchasing decisions. Therefore, I am urging you to please minimize the amount of packaging that's used in these product lines. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration with regard to this matter.
Just cut and paste the above letter. (Don’t forget to type your name after the “sincerely”.) You can email it at the following link.
Thank you everyone!! I just didn’t know what else to do about it, other than mumble angrily at the store shelves, which I will probably do as well.