Ask Companies to Use Less Plastic Packaging

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[Date]

To Whom It May Concern,

I am a customer of [company] and have been purchasing your products for [time + optional anecdote]. I am writing to express my concern with the plastic packaging that I receive with my orders and ask that your company address this by switching to better, readily available alternatives. 

Plastic poisons nature and people, causing harm at every stage of its existence. Experts estimate that about 11 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean each year, and this number is expected to triple by 2040. Plastic pollution in the oceans is choking and entangling marine life and traveling through the food web, with catastrophic effects. In humans, plastics and the chemicals in plastics have been linked to issues with fertility and hormones, erectile dysfunction, cancers, heart attack and stroke, and more. Your business practices are contributing to this problem, but you can choose to be part of the solution

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is likely to create mandatory plastics disclosure requirements in the near future, similar to what was passed in California for carbon emissions transparency. Comprehensive EPR laws for packaging have been passed in 5 states and are on the docket in many more that mandate packaging requirements and charge companies more for using the most harmful types of packaging—the worst being plastic. It would greatly benefit your business to get ahead of these regulations, thereby demonstrating leadership in the space and creating customer loyalty for an increasingly environmentally conscious consumer base. Recent polls show that 87% of people in the U.S. are in favor of reducing plastic production, and 82% of consumers would be willing to pay more for sustainable packaging. 

I am writing to ask you to significantly reduce your company’s plastic footprint, from packaging and shipping to your supply chain and in-house procurement policies. Make the investment in a healthier future and demonstrate your commitment to sustainability. Solutions exist. Here are some of them:

  • Protective packaging, insulated fillers, and other regenerative replacements for polystyrene from Cruz Foam
  • Home compostable Mushroom Packaging from Ecovative
  • Paper mailers, paper replacements for polybags, protective packaging, hemp twine, void fill, labels, window retail boxes, and more from EcoEnclose
  • Fiber-based consumer goods protective packaging from Footprint
  • Can collars that replace plastic rings and shrink wraps from WestRock

Please consider non-plastic reusable products and packaging whenever possible, and use regenerative materials and renewable feedstocks for your packaging instead of plastic, and ask your suppliers to do the same. Regenerative materials are renewable, nontoxic, can be sustainably grown and harvested, significantly reduce emissions, and are easily recyclable or compostable. Plastic, on the other hand, is none of that. 

Please also check out EcoEnclose’s Toolkit to Switch from Plastic to Paper Packaging to help your business in this journey to use less plastic in your operations.

Thank you for considering this request.

Sincerely,

[Name]