Our Commitment to Green Packaging
All of our products are packaged in glass, which is infinitely recyclable and reusable. We choose not to package our products in plastic because plastic never biodegrades. In other words, nothing in nature exists to break plastic down so, once we throw it away, it exists on our earth forever.
When you receive a box from us, that box comes from two places: the US Postal Service or our friends at EcoEnclose.
All USPS boxes meet the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or Forest Stewardship Council certification standards, meaning they’re made from recycled materials and are fully recyclable. Scroll to the bottom to read more about the USPS’s powerful Cradle to Cradle sustainability initiatives.
EcoEnclose boxes are made from 100% post-consumer and post-industrial waste. “Absolutely NO new materials are used in the manufacturing of these ridiculously green shipping cartons.” In addition, these boxes are fully recyclable and biodegradable meaning, once we finally throw them away, they will return to the earth without a trace.
Each EcoEnclose box is made in the USA.
POLY MAILER BAGS
When purchasing a Sample Kit from ASHLEY ASTI, you may receive it in a 100% recycled poly-mailer. These poly-mailers are made from 100% post-consumer and post-industrial waste. In addition, their dual adhesive strip allows you to reuse them prior to recycling them (because, yes, they are fully recyclable!).
100% recycled poly-mailers from EcoEnclose are made in the USA.
PAPER, CUSHIONING, & VOID FILL
Every ASHLEY ASTI product is wrapped and cushioned in biodegradable green wrap from EcoEnclose. Green wrap is compostable, biodegradable, and fully recyclable. Plastic bubble wrap is not biodegradable and is manufactured with toxic dioxins, making it highly unsustainable and unhealthy for our bodies and our planet.
We fill each of our boxes with 100% recycled packaging paper from EcoEnclose, meaning it is made from recycled materials, is biodegradable, and can be recycled time and time again.
All of the packaging paper we use is manufactured in the USA.
If your box is not cushioned with recycled packaging paper, we may cushion it with one of the following:
We’re always using (and re-using) scrap paper at the ASHLEY ASTI offices. Once we’ve used both sides of a piece of paper, we either recycle that paper or we crumple it up and stick it in your order as void fill to keep your products safe and cozy.
Recycled Packing Peanuts
We never purchase packing peanuts for our shipping needs because they are not sustainable (they never biodegrade); however, when we receive a package in the mail with them, we like to reuse them rather than throw them away.
What you can do with packing peanuts:
We encourage you to reuse the packing peanuts, too, if you have a use for them. If not, you can find peanut packaging recycling drop-offs in your area using this website: http://www.loosefillpackaging.com
If you can't find anything in your immediate area, you can contact your local UPS store. Most of them participate in a Peanut Packaging Recycling program.
USPS Sustainability Initiatives -
Certified Cradle to Cradle
We only ship our products via USPS. The U.S. Postal Service is the only shipping company in the U.S. to receive the “Cradle to Cradle” Certification at the Silver level from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry for human and environmental health.
The USPS recycles about 220,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans, plastics, and other materials every year through nationwide recycling and waste prevention programs.
Every year, they purchase more than $200 million worth of products containing recycled content. Most of the shipping materials they provide—boxes, stamped envelopes, post cards, stamp booklet covers, and packaging materials—are made from recycled materials.
Even the adhesives used in their stamps are biodegradable.
The USPS also reuses old materials. On their website, they write, “Through various continued successful partnerships, we’ve facilitated reuse or recovery of overstock and outdated electronic equipment, saving tons of potential landfill waste.
You can read more about the U.S. Postal Service’s sustainability efforts here.