Writing Olay Company about their despicable packaging, 4/29/2019

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4/29/2019 I wrote:

Dear Olay,

I like your skin care products. But why, in order to access your skin care products, do I have to be forced to contribute to Earth’s climate crisis?  

Please start making your packaging out of tree free, plastic free, compostable, plant based materials.  Or at the very least, make your packaging out of 100% post consumer waste. And please use renewable energy in your manufacturing process.

I have here an empty jar of Fragrance Free Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.  What am I supposed to do with this jar?  Why, if I wanted to use micro-sculpting cream, do I have be be responsible for a jar that will still be polluting some landfill or body of water until long after both of our great great grandchildren are dead? IS THAT THE LEGACY WE WENT TO LEAVE BEHIND?

I believe in my heart of hearts that it is possible for you to distribute your terrific face cream without destroying the earth. How about being an industry leader and give it a try? 

Make Olay an environmental hero instead of an environmental villain (as you are now).
Thank you,
Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA
 
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PS:  It STINKS that your CONTACT US comment box has a character limit of 275.

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Their (LAME) response ON 4/29/2019:

Dear Emily,

Thank you for contacting Olay.

I have already shared your feedback with our management team.

Thanks so much! It will help us to further improve.

We will happily assist you in the future. Hope you will give us another opportunity to serve you. Sincerely,

Sincerely,

Courtney

Olay Specialist

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Asutra Mist Your Mood Lavender & Chamomile (to reduce stress), frustrates and stresses and comes in plastic

Asutra Website: https://asutra.comAsutra
Astura Contact Email: support@asutra.com

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Hello,

I bought some of your Lavender & Chamomile Mist Your Mood. The pump stopped working and the bottle is still 7/8s full. I like the product. The non working pump frustrates me. I do not want another bottle as I’m attempting to reduce my use of plastics. I wish you didn’t package your product in plastic and that the pump worked.

Just saying, this is frustrating.

I like our product. It is a worthy product. But there HAS TO BE a better way to distribute products than in plastics which are RUINING LIFE ON EARTH. The bottle with the pump that doesn’t work will probably NOT get recycled. I will put it in my recycle bin, of course. However recycling is ineffective and NOT the answer to the plastics problem. Very few places on earth take the post consumer plastic materials anymore and nobody seems to bother to use the materials for repurposing them to new products. Although, that is something you could consider doing. If you insist on using plastics, at the VERY LEAST, you could package them in bottles comprised of 100% post consumer waste.

So, here I am as a consumer with a dilemma. A dilemma that almost every producer of products that I like puts me in. I want your products, but I DO NOT WANT THEM TO COME PACKAGED IN PLASTIC. In addition, I wish the packaging worked properly for dispensing the product (which the bottle I have for the Mist Your Mood Lavender & Camomile does not do.

Ironic, isn’t it? A product I bought to make me feel happy and relaxed has frustrated and stressed me and forced me to write this note?

Maybe, as a seller of a product, you could figure out a better way to do things.

Thanks,
Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA

Here’s an article:
Recycling won’t save us. Let’s phase out the scourge of plastic pollution.
https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article229467489.html

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PUT Plastics Letter to BRANDLESS 4/24/2019

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Brandless

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Brandless Website
Brandless.com

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Brandless Contact
help@brandless.com

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Dear Brandless, 

I discovered that you sell tree free paper products and immediately signed in to your site to make a purchase. I was delighted that you sell lots of organic products, too. My household is about to receive our third order. 

We have been very happy with the things we’ve purchased. My son really likes the beef jerky, for example. The apple sauce is tasty. I love the tree free tissue boxes and toilet paper. I appreciate the tree free paper towels and will continue to use them based mostly on the fact they are tree free. 

The tree free paper towels are a product you could improve, though. I’m writing this because the tree free paper towels is a primary reason I’m buying g from Brandless. And I will continue to use them based on the fact they are tree free (even if the product is not as good as the conventional product). As paper towels go, they are not very good. For example, their durability and perforation really stink. When you go to tear off a sheet, inevitably, it rips off snout 4/5ths the way down, leaving a trailing tail off the end of the roll. The towels just can’t cope with being pulled off the roll.

The other issue I’d like to discuss has to do with plastic packaging and non-recyclable packaging.

If you are going to offer organic foods and tree free paper products, how about go all the way for planet earth and stop wrapping the products in plastic or materials that cannot be recycled at all?

We know that plastics are polluting our land, water, and air. We are literally eating and drinking plastics every day.  In addition, many people don’t realize that the recycling system is ineffective. Until there are markets in the USA for recycled materials as a raw material (especially now that China and India are no longer taking our recycled materials), this will continue to be true. In addition, the making and use of new plastics is unhealthy and polluting. Humanity’s best option is to significantly curtail the use of plastics (especially those mage is virgin materials).

Consumers will continue to need and want  to purchase products. For example, we can’t stop buying eggs, but we can chose ones packaged in paper trays as opposed to plastic and sellers. Sellers should sell the eggs in paper trays! Manufacturers, makers, and sellers can make a conscious (and conscientious) choice to package and sell products in plastic free, tree free, packaging that itself has been sustainably manufactured and, as often as possible, with 100% post consumer waste. 

Even worse are packages that cannot be recycled at all. The apple sauce is delicious, but those packets they come in are horrible! The apple sauce gets consumed in minutes and the package it came in will last to pollute a landfill for decades after our great grandchildren are dead. Is that the legacy we want to leave behind. Is there really no way to sell your apple sauce except for in packages that kill wildlife, pollute landfills, and leach micro plastics into the water all of us drink. Really? You can’t do better than that? I sort of think that if humanity can walk in the moon, humanity can find a way to distribute apple sauce in a way that doesn’t poison, pollute, and kill. 

I sincerely hope you agree.

It would be wonderful if Brandless would be an industry leader and abandon plastic packaging all together. 

Thank you for you consideration. Thank you for caring how the way you package your products impacts the earth and the health of all of us who inhabit this planet.

Sincerely,
Emily Gleichenhaus 

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BRANDLESS has been very responsive and I appreciate that very much!

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4/24/2019 Brandless Representative Responded:

Hi Emily,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your feedback on our products and packaging. We sincerely appreciate your input and take it seriously. In an effort to improve as we grow, I have shared this information with the appropriate teams.

I am happy to hear that your son loves the Organic Beef Jerky and Organic Applesauce pouches.! For our knowledge, which varieties does he like?

I have shared your feedback about the Tree Free Paper Towels with our Product team.

In regards to your concerns about the plastic packaging and non- recyclable packaging, we are always trying to find a balance between the materials we use to protect our products and to not be wasteful. It is important to us that our products arrive not only intact but also clean and in the best condition that you deserve. As we continue to improve our products, and their packaging, the impact they have on our earth is a top priority for us. While we don’t have a solution for our tree free products just yet, please know that we are focused on quality and are always open to feedback and new ideas. To note, the packaging around the tree free bath tissue, travel facial tissue, and paper towels products are recyclable – LDPE 4.

We are working on packaging using more recyclable alternatives on products such as our apple sauce pouches.

I hope this information is helpful. We are here to help should you have any more questions, concerns, or feedback.

Thank you for being a part of the Brandless™ community,
Leah
Brandless™

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4/25/2019 I Responded:

Thank you! That is good to know. I especially hope the applesauce pitches can be replaced with a better alternative: something sustainably sourced and which composts.

I didn’t specify my daughter )both kids are teens) but she is the apple sauce consumer and really likes the strawberry best. The plain is acceptable and I get that for variety. I’ll have to look I’d you have it, but other co’s make mixed berry and she likes that, too,

Inforgot to mention a couple other products that I’d love (and surely others would, too):

I would love if you would offer plastic free/tree free refills for swiffer products. I like swifter mop (used for both wet and dry cloth refills) and swiffer dusters. But I feel horrible about the plastics they are made from and the hard plastic packaging the swiffer wet refill cloths come in. Amazon sells a dry refill cloth version made of bamboo. Maybe Brandless could sell a like product and package it in a box made of 100% post consumer waste. The same for the wet mop refills. Could those refill sheets also be made of bamboo? And maybe they could be saturated in an eco friendly cleaning solution.

I bought your baby wipes. I like that they are made of plant based fiber and that they are packaged in a thin plastic film instead of a heavy plastic box. I would like to buy your surface cleaning wipes, but it does not look like the wipes are made of plant based fibers. And they come in that hard plastic tube.

If you made surface cleaning wipes with the same eco friendly solution, but packaged them in a thin plastic film (comprised of 100% post consumer waste would be best or from s bio material) and made the wipes themselves from plant based fibers, I would be delighted and would buy them. Right now I clean up with your tree free paper towels and Mrs. Myers cleaning spray. That works, but can be cumbersome. Sometimes it would be a delight to clean up with convenient wipes that I didn’t have to feel bad about using.

Thank you

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4/25/2019 Brandless Representative Responded
Note: I didn’t mean to correct her on which of my kids liked the apple sauce. It’s just a reminder that emails can be misinterpreted or misunderstood when talking in person is better for precise communication. The downside to that is time and energy and that you don’t end up with a record.

Hi Emily,

My apologies- I see that you did not specify whether you were referring to your son or daughter.

Thank you for all of the product recommendations that you have shared! I have forwarded them to our Product team.

Here is a link to the product information page for our Lemon Verbena Surface Cleaning Wipes. https://brandless.com/products/lemon-verbena-surface-cleaning-wipes

Feel free to reach out with any other questions, concerns, or feedback.

All the best,
Leah
Brandless™

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My Friend Jill and Her Dad Ron PUT in Toronto!

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My friend Jill and her Dad Ron practicing Project PUT by Picking Up Trash in Toronto! Lucky Toronto to have Jill and Ron there!

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Demand an end to use of palm oil

NYTIMES:

An Orangutan Named Hope Was Repeatedly Shot With an Air Rifle. She Was Blinded but Survived.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/world/asia/orangutan-shot-gun.html

Note from Emily:

Friends, the palm oil ingredient in a lot of our foods is a significant cause of deforestation and habitat loss. IT’S AN INGREDIENT IN FOOD. There are other ingredients.

We need to start demanding that food manufacturers stop using palm oil. And we can begin by reading ingredient labels and making other choice. And we can write food manufactures and retailers.

This is important. We are not the only creatures on God’s Green Earth. We share this planet. Let’s be good (caring, informed, responsible) citizens of our country and of Planet Earth.

 

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Red Sun Farms, some good paper tray packaging (and, sadly, some plastic)

I wrote Red Sun Farms to praise them for their paper tray packaging of tomatoes, but found that they also use plastic containers for other produce.

Here’s their grape tomatoes in the paper tray:

I wrote to their CONTACT US form:
https://www.redsunfarms.com/contact-us

I bought some of your delicious organic grape tomatoes. I really appreciate that these tomatoes came in a paper tray. I chose your tomatoes over other offerings BECAUSE they came in paper as opposed to all the others which were packaged in plastic.

I’m very concerned about what single use plastics are doing to our beautiful earth. I went to your website to research your packaging, but was disturbed to find that you also have plastic boxes for other produce.

I genuinely hope you will choose to use the paper tray packaging for ALL your products.

Thank you.
Emily Gleichenhaus
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I hope the #TrashTag trend goes on forever!

I hope this isn’t just a trend and that people do this forever:

#TrashTag

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Litter is shameful.

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