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May 13, 2008

Dear (Blue Vinyl DVD Distributor) New Video,

New Video
687 Marshall Avenue
Williston, VT 05495

To whom it may concern:

Thank you so much for the Blue Vinyl DVD. I am looking forward to sharing it with my friends and helping them to become aware of the problems created by PVC production, use, and disposal.

As you can see, I am returning these packaging materials to you. I appreciate the effort to protect the DVD during shipment. However, it has been my experience that DVDs travel very well in only a simple case without an extra box or plastic packaging material.

In my efforts to tread lightly on the earth, I am seeking to reduce the amount of waste I produce considerably. I find extra packaging of this kind to be unnecessary and, in this case, kind of ironic considering the subject matter of the DVD. And while I realize that the plastic air cushions in the box are made from LDPE rather than PVC, nevertheless, they are plastic, which is not biodegradable and will last in the environment forever, whether it is recycled or not.

I urge you to rethink the amount of packaging used to ship DVDs in the future.

Thanks so much,

Beth Terry

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A Slice of the Pie
15 years ago

Gosh that’s just such a contradiction! And I agree with justbec, I totally love the way you compose your letters. Assuming someone actually reads what you’ve written, I can’t see how they wouldn’t want to take action and change their ways.

Thanks for the inspiration.

15 years ago

Walking to breakfast on a very windy day Sunday, I passed an alley where boxes of shipping peanuts had broken open. What a mess. At least I hope the peanuts were the kind that break down in water.

The price of gas has turned the automotive world upside down almost overnight – with a rush toward smaller cars that are either partially or fully electric. Too bad there isn’t something that could turn the plastic craze around as quickly.

heather t
15 years ago

to jennconspiracy –

we used to sub to blockbuster online and they send DVDs the same way – plain disk in a Tyvek envie, no padding at all.

15 years ago

That really is overkill for a DVD!

Organicneedle — I sometimes send things out in Styrofoam peanuts, because I keep a big box in the basement and chuck any packing materials I receive in it for reuse. Let’s hope Ecolution did the same and that wasn’t new Styrofoam! Of course, I only dip into my packing material stores when I’m sending stuff that might break. . .

15 years ago

I just wanted to thank you for posting these letters. I’ve never sent packaging back before, and I’m not sure if I’ll start, but if I do, I will definitely use your letters as a starting point. They are so polite and yet get the point across very nicely. Great job!

15 years ago

I have one better for you. I ordered this hemp rope made be Ecolution to see if it would work for the organic produce bags. The distributor sent it in a huge box packed with Styrofoam peanuts! I’m not exactly sure what perils could befall rope in transit, but it seemed a tad overprotective.

15 years ago

Holy carp! Why on earth did they send it with that much stuff?

Even Netflix, GreenCine and FilmConnection send in plain envelopes – no protection for the DVD at all.