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The Single Use Plastics Project

 

 

Industry-wide problems demand an industry-sized response. For this reason, over 30 brands and retailers from the outdoor industry are working together to take responsibility for single use plastic packaging. One solution we are testing is to remove and properly care for protective plastic bags before they are sent to our customers. When the orders are sent, they are placed in reusable shipping packaging from RePack without the plastic packaging inside. Your order was selected to take part in this test.

We’re excited about reducing our packaging waste, but we want to do it right and that means we need your input. Use the link below to submit your feedback now, or continue reading to learn more.

Which brands are participating?

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This is the problem we see:

Plastic protects

The most unsustainable packaging is the one where the product is damaged. We rely on plastic bags to ensure your products are protected from dirt, moisture, and damage when they are en route. Even as new alternatives to plastics are being explored, there is a large quantity of plastic that is being wasted.

Plastic bag waste is a huge problem.

The single use plastics problem is frequently over-simplified. The reality of what happens to a plastic bag is much more complicated.

We would like to try and prevent the plastic bags used to protect your products from entering the municipal waste stream where possible.

The current system is linear.

It relies on consumers to be responsible, and municipalities to be capable of caring for plastic bags. Currently, products are placed in protective plastic bags at the manufacturer and stay that way until they are taken out by the consumer after a purchase. The protective plastic bag and plastic mailer bag are then discarded.

 

 

 

 

Consumers should be responsible, and municipalities should be capable, but we can help too.

Our goal is to make things a bit more round.

Let us take care of the plastic bags and send you something waste-free. We would like to strip off plastic after it has ensured your product has safely arrived at our facilities. We send you the product in reusable RePack bag, and then make sure the old plastic protector is cared for and recycled. To do this we have joined together in a pan-European collaboration with specific recyclers and reusable packaging providers who we can trust will keep these plastic bags far away from landfills or incinerators.

Your job is simple but critical, just send back the RePack bag by following the included instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

With the plastics we collect, we can create an industry-sized stream of clean, pre-sorted, and homogenous plastics. These could be used for new products or even potentially in future generations of plastic bags or plastic mailer bags.

This only works when we work together.

These ideas only works at an industry level — when multiple partnerships and organisations are cooperating. We also need your support. If you don’t send us back the reusable packaging, then we won’t have bags to protect future purchases, and the cycle will fail.

Sending you a product without a plastic bag may seem simple, but it can actually be quite complex.
We need your feedback to improve the process, and to let us know how important this is to you. Please tell us about your experience by submitting feedback using the link below.

 

The Single Use Plastics Project is an initiative of the European Outdoor Group