I try hard to put my money where my mouth is and donate to causes I care about. My family, though immeasurably blessed in so many ways, is not rich. So, I cannot claim to be a prolific philanthropist. But I give in the spirit of, “my little bit will add up more a lot if lots of other people also give little bits.”
One organization I care about is Audubon Society. I absolutely adore birds and care very much about their conservation and support.
A mailer from Audubon arrived asking for a donation and I could not believe, it came with a plastic window envelope and included a hard plastic “membership card.” The first thing I did was donate a little something. The next thing I did was write them a note:
I love the work you do. And I just went in a small donation.
However, I hope that, in working to raise supportive funds, you can not contribute to the problem of plastics that are one of the environmental problems birds face. I got a mailer that both had a plastic window in the envelope and a plastic membership card inside.
Come on! DON’T SENT PLASTIC IN THE MAIL if you don’t want plastic to be a factor in poisoning birds. Use envelopes and paper made from 100% post consumer waste (or tree free materials) and give cardboard cards (which can also be made from post consumer waste). And have an open window in the envelop (not a doggon piece of plastic).
A person who loves birds,
To their credit, turning the card over, it is marked to contain 50% recycled content. Still, I don’t like it. We need to totally eliminate the use of this kind of plastic. The last thing organizations like Audubon should do is send out mass mailings that include any kind of plastic. It’s almost all going to end up in landfill.
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