Packaging the Future: Three Packages Worth the Resources They Use

by , 06/21/11

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Greeting Cards!

I love Facebook birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s and Arbor Day greetings, but there’s nothing like a card received in the mail to make one feel truly special. And while I’m a huge advocate of cutting down on junk mail, and regularly call catalog companies to take me off their lists, who doesn’t love getting a real letter (or even a postcard) in the mail? I’ve taken to sending myself, my  friends and my boyfriend cards too. Who cares if you get back before your card makes it home? A greeting to oneself from a specific place on your vacation reminds you of that time and place when you wrote it. I still have postcards I sent myseld from my first trip to Amsterdam when I was 20 scribbling them in a cafe.

When I was a kid, my friend and I used to explore abandoned houses in our woodsy hometown. One of them was filled with letters from before and during WWII, and I spent hours reading through them, imagining the lives of the people who wrote them – what they looked like and how they dressed. I sometimes wonder in this age of electronic everything, what we will leave behind for kids to find. Just broken-down modular IKEA furniture and white-walled rooms filled with wires and cords? Sometimes tangible beats intangible; sometimes things should have a permanent imprint.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A green living expert, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Mother Nature Network (

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  1. Mista D June 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    “And as is the case with books, there’s more than enough vintage and used records floating around that there’s little to no need to buy records new.”

    What about new authors with new books OR new vinyl releases from new artists? Great article otherwise!

  2. rekleiner June 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Nice! And kudos on the Black Flag items too!

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