I’m a little late to Sarcastic Mom‘s challenge to go green, but better late than never, eh? And this post has been kind of backed up from my Unable to Mind My Own Beeswax, Part 1 post, in which I got a bee in my bonnet about finding an affordable biodegradable waxed paper. I’d previously looked into options here, and they weren’t cheap and the wax used was often a petroleum by-product.
Plus, I’ve always wanted to launch a meme and see how far it goes.
Turns out beeswax is a good alternative to soy. Beeswax can be used in all different kinds of ways: just look here. More than you ever thought possible to know about beeswax here. It’s a sustainable business that works well in non-industrialized countries, according to this source.
So here’s what I propose: let’s all write emails or letters (or comment on the Burt’s Bees blog) addressed to the CEO and President, John Replogle, saying that we would purchase inexpensive soy- or beeswax-made waxed paper made with unbleached paper if Clorox made it. After all, that same NYT article on Burt’s Bees (see Beeswax, Part 1) mentions
Clorox sells many products that have nothing to do with bleach — including Brita water filters, Glad trash bags [emphasis mine] and Hidden Valley salad dressings.
Maybe there’s some sort of intra-company synergy that can be used to facilitate the manufacture of unbleached beeswax-waxed paper and maybe even ultimately biodegradable garbage bags.
This is a tiny experiment in a meme for a better world. What if we could persuade a big corporation to listen to us, moms who make brown-bag lunches (dads too), green bloggers, horrified watchers of An Inconvenient Truth, and Crunchy Cons* as well as Neo-Hippies? Wouldn’t that be cool?
Let me know in the comments section if you’ve sent in a copy. Let’s call it an experiment in participatory consumer product development. I made a “green bee/Bee the Change” badge in case you want to put this on your blog to show your support. Link back here and I’ll give updates, if any, on the feedback we get to our request. (Heaven forfend if our little movement has ugly badges! Horrors!)
Here’s the company contact information:
633 Davis Dr Ste 600, Morrisville, NC27560
Tel: (919) 998-5200
Web Site: www.burtsbees.com
Here’s the letter I drafted and snail mailed, which you can copy and alter to your tastes:
February 10, 2008
President and CEO, Burt’s Bees
633 Davis Dr Ste 600
Morrisville, NC 27560
Dear Mr. Replogle,
I’m writing with a new product suggestion I hope you’ll develop: biodegradable unbleached waxed paper.
It may sound a bit far afield from your usual line of Burt’s Bees and Baby Bee cosmetic and health care products. I know you make lotions and creams with ingredients good–and safe–enough to eat, if you had a mind to. But as a company that incorporates several million tons of beeswax a year into your products, maybe you could partner with your parent company, Clorox, and together come up with an inexpensive solution to conventional, nonbiodegradable paraffin-waxed papers.
So far I haven’t been able to find a truly biodegradable waxed paper, made with unbleached paper and non-toxic wax, to use as a wrapper for my son’s snacks at preschool. Wouldn’t it be great if he and all his classmates could just toss used biodegradable waxed paper into the worm bin or compost bin when they’re done with lunch?
If you were to offer an alternative, I’d bet a lot of parents would really go for it. You already have the biodegradable wax part of it down, how about the unbleached paper part? Think how many plastic sandwich bags could be substituted with a much earth-friendlier alternative.
I’m urging all my parent friends to chime in with their support to let you know there’s a market for this product. If you make it, we’ll buy it.
Thanks for listening.
Me (Definitely), and You (Maybe?)