I sometimes forget to mention about why MEM's packaging isn't bling. I keep it simple to reduce waste. You may find that I'll pack up one parcel with recycled bubblewrap and the next with recycled kraft card or paper packing...I'll just use what I have here because I want to minimise the things I throw out. The bubblewrap you get is from suppliers parcels that I've received goods in. The packing boxes are new, but completely compostible (rip them up well..it's marvelous stress management!) and the kraft paper is all recycled stock. Nicer for the earth and the trees. Of course this info is all on the website FAQ's, but hardly anyone reads all the small print right? ;)
The news from MEM is that as of the now, the packaging of as many plastic encased products as possible will be changing over to biodegradable alternatives. Yes! this is something I've felt very important to do for some time now, and even though the plastics I do use ARE recyclable, re-purposable or reusable, it's still not enough of a reason to continue to use them. I can find a solution to more than 50% of the applications I currently use plastic for, so why not change? Well, for starters it is a tad more expensive, or time consuming, and the extra layout up front to purchase in large quantities has been a 'block' I've had to get over.
It was the last few days of seeing so much about the World Ocean Day posts that struck me... why can't we be caring for our Earth every damn day? We need 'Earth Hour', 'Earth Day', 'Ocean Day' etc to bring awareness to what we can do, however small, to make our collective impact.
I have always had a love of the sea, my 'Amour de la Mer' :)
Growing up in Brisbane, Queensland, meant that my weekends were spent bayside, north coast beaches (Noosa / Maroochydore) or south coast (from the Spit at Surfers to Byron) beaches. I very much felt like I have salt water in my veins, and after high-school and a year off 'working', I launched into university studying Marine Resources Management, and took on sailing at the age of 19 completing a sailboat rescue course, then considered a career as a coast guard. That was until I did the regulation ambulance training and realised I wasn't cut out for that kind of work ;) I admire those who do it tremendously. My love of the ocean is strong; a bond like that of a best friend, or a guardian, that looks out for my best interests, is there to support me, and set me back on track. I can't imagine living anywhere that was more than half an hour jaunt to stick my toes in, or throw my whole body in, salt water.
I feel so good about the current climate of thinking surrounding our use of plastics, which does have to get smarter and less 'one use'. I encourage you to pick up on that enthusiasm and embrace the need for change. You'll find some beautiful alternatives to plastic in MEM's range including bamboo toothbrushes from GotWood, glass jars and containers where possible, biodegradable tea packaging, bamboo spatulas for facial powders and cotton muslin cloths from Greenfibres, and of course my own ethos of recyclable packaging for parcels. But now I'm excited to begin even MORE of an effort to bring the packaging into line to reflect more closely the ethos of what MEM 'is'.
Earth conscious, green and clean, kind and gentle, useful and efficient.