Here’s my weekly consumer letter. Okay, not actually weekly. I didn’t write one last week. But I sent this one twice, both as an email (via http://www.gpcpet.com/Contact/default.aspx) and as an actual letter. Does that make up for last week?
July 7, 2008
GPC Pet Products
1600 Oregon Street
Muscatine , IA 52761
Dear GPC Pet Products:
I have been using World’s Best Cat Litter for several months now. I find it to be very effective and efficient; a little goes a long way. I have two cats, and compared to other litters I have tried, World’s Best clumps the best, tracks less, and smells better.
However, there is one aspect of the product that I don’t care for, and that is the packaging. It saddens me each time I must dispose of the heavy plastic bag, a bag that is not recyclable in my community and that is made from a non-biodegradable material. I urge you to consider switching to a biodegradable paper bag instead.
I have tried SweatScoop cat litter, which is packaged in a heavy paper bag. I appreciate that the bag can be recycled at the end of its life or composted, unlike the World’s Best Cat Litter bag. To be honest, I’m torn between the two brands. Because, while World’s Best Cat Litter seems to work better than the SweatScoop, it also seems to be less environmentally-friendly.
As you probably know, many consumers are becoming more and more environmentally conscious these days and want to do the right thing for the planet. Please help us to keep plastic out of our landfills and incinerators by switching to biodegradable or compostable packaging.
I feel that if I’m going to buy products packaged in plastic, the very least I can do is write to the company and ask them to reconsider their packaging choices. It’s the least any of us can do. Really. It’s soooo easy. Why don’t more people do it?