icantwhistle asked: Can you put share buttons under your fabulous posts so I can spread the word via fb, for example? xo kate
I would, if I knew how! Tumblr is pretty new to me. I tried to set it up to post my posts automatically on Facebook but that doesn’t seem to be working.
Update: You can now ‘Like’ my Tumblr posts on Facebook. There should be a little button at the bottom of each post. It should then allow you to comment and this will appear on your Wall.
In case anyone cares, the update on my over-packaged books: Fishpond wrote back saying that my books were from private sellers and it was up to them how they packaged their items to get to me safely. So I have emailed them directly to express my extreme rage (in much politer terms than my original post, and basically the same as my email to Fishpond). We’ll see what they say, I guess.
29 July 2013
To Whom It May Concern:
I have received both my items in this order but I was surprised and appalled at the amount of unnecessary packaging used for these books. One book came inside three postal bags, one of which was a bubble-type bag which would have been sufficient on its own. Similarly the other book was wrapped in a clear plastic, as well as two postal bags (one of which was a bubble bag). I understand that Fishpond may be making an effort to protect items in the post but for both of these items a single bubble bag each would have been enough. The additional packaging was unnecessary and wasteful. Two layers of packaging were trash, they served zero purpose. I’m disappointed that a New Zealand website is so lacking in environmental ethic. Unless this packaging practice changes I’m sorry to say I will have to take my business elsewhere.
Not so fantastic plastic
So, I have a not-so-secret love of books. Our lounge is basically a library of all our flat’s books, there is a constant stack by my bedside, and I’m always coming home from my library job with more books than I could possibly have time to read before they’re due. It was just as well I was sick this weekend because it prevented me going out to a massive book fair and coming home with a colossal number of books that I don’t need, to add to piles of books from previous books fairs that I still haven’t read.
Not surprisingly, when my university papers recommend useful textbooks, I jump at the chance to own them. So I went online and ordered a few. (Because apparently my student loan isn’t big enough already.)
One of these textbooks arrived this morning. I ripped open the package, perhaps more excitedly than the average student, expecting to find my book. And I did find it, eventually. INSIDE THREE POSTAL BAGS.
What? Why? WHY?
I was outraged. I’m still outraged. For every piece of packaging I save and reuse there is at least one person in the world who thinks that using two additional and totally unecessary layers of plastic is somehow an acceptable thing to do. One of the bags is a bubble bag - you know, that ingenius creation specifically designed to protect your items in the post. What extra protection is two thin layers of plastic going to provide? Also, what’s wrong with cardboard? At least that’s recyclable. It is also not lost on me that this excessive, useless and wasteful amount of packaging contained a book about environmental issues.
Oh and wait, that’s not all. I came home from uni and found that another textbook had arrived. IN ANOTHER THREE FUCKING LAYERS OF PLASTIC.
I flew into another rage, obviously. Maybe you can’t see in this photo but the book itself is in a clear plastic covering. This out-of-control packaging is beyond ridiculous. Another environmental science book packaged in not one, not two, but three layers of non-recyclable substances eventually destined for the landfill.
There’s something very wrong with this picture.