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Subject: plastic under wrapping
Date Posted: 8/10/2008 2:31 PM ET
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I try to recycle everything I can. I've recently bought underwear for my sons and they came in plastic see-though envelopes that are the perfect size for PB books.  They do have the company's name and product information printed all over the envelope.  Can I use these to pre-wrap books or do they break the rules on advertising, etc,. for media mail?  thanks to anyone who can help

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 7:57 PM ET
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I use plastic bags from stores to wrap my books in before mailing them and have never had an issue.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:41 PM ET
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same here, i sometimes use walmart bags to wrap my books. i havent had a problem yet. ive used the bag my socks came in too

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:39 PM ET
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Shouldn't be a problem.  The rule you are talking about refers to ads within the publication, not what you are wrapping it in!

Cindy

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 2:36 AM ET
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Thanks!  I just wanted to be sure before I go putting a book in a package that held boys briefs!  ;D  Do you think people would be offended by this?  I don't want to offend anyone.  The bags are brand new and clean!  As were the briefs!  ;D

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:56 PM ET
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I can't imagine anyone being offended by this!    However - in this day and age it seems like anything we do offends someone!   I'd take my chances and use the plastic. 

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 12:01 PM ET
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Use them!  This is the time of year (back to school) when I am at Kohl's or WalMart replacing all those socks/tshirts/boxers that have really seen better days.  And I have been LOVING the new packaging!  The brands I bought even had re-closable ziplock plastic bags!

I saved them all and I have used some of them for mailing books.  And I hope the recipients saved them to re-use when THEY send books.  Recycling is good for everyone :)

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 11:56 PM ET
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Yes, I recycle almost everything I get through PBS.   I've even PM a receiver that if they open the book  I sent they can re-use the plastic bag I've included.  I have never heard back from any of these people.  They probably thinkI'm a nut.  But I've saved many reusable packaging by being very careful when opening!  ;D

Ruth

Subject: Reuse the wrappings/plastic
Date Posted: 8/13/2008 7:29 PM ET
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I try and reuse any bubble wrappers I can.  I have sent books in the plastic zippered bag i had gotten a set of sheets in....I recently started saving the large plastic bags I open at work that holds a stack of paper plates. I must have adoxen or so of them.  I also reuse the walmart bags

Subject: Gotta love it
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 5:12 PM ET
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I personally love using the regular plastic cling wrap. It works great! Easy to use and fits to the book well.

Then again that's the beauty of it, It's CLING wrap!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 5:27 PM ET
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Yes, I use Cling wrap but only after I have used all the "recycled" shipping materials I have. When I receive a book, I try to open it to keep the wrapping in reusable condition (computer paper wrapping excluded). Not only am I do my part for the environment by reducing the amount of stuff going to the landfill, I am saving myself money in not having to buy so much shipping materials.

BTW, I received a hardback book the other day in a resealable boxer bag. I didn't care. It was clean and served the purpose. It's not like you wear the boxer bag with the boxers. A few days ago, I put another hardback book in it and shipped it off to another member without thinking twice. Now that I see this post, I hope they're not offended.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:06 AM ET
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A company that I receive monthly shipments from uses plastic air pillows as packing material.  I've found that if I slit open these pillows, they are the perfect size to slip most paperback books into.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:12 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestion, Wendy! I'll have to keep that in mind when we get a shipment like that (my husband orders alot of stuff online).

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Great idea Wendy! I just got an online shipment that had those, but they went out in the trash today! Darn it all!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:04 PM ET
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I just sent out my first books today & I did the same exact thing as Wendy.  They happened to be sitting on my desk when I was reading the packing instructions and it seemed like a good idea!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 8:51 PM ET
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I have used any kind of plastic bag whether it has advertisement on it or not depending on the size or how many books I am mailing. My overall favorite plastic to use i when mailing one book is the lightweight sack my newspaper comes in. Fits great and you only have to tape one end of it.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I do stuff like that too.  The wrapper from jumbo toilet paper packs etc.., 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I've got my IT dept. trained to give me all the plastic air pillows and foam peanuts.  Computer equipment shipments typically include these and if you work in an office, the IT dept. is an excellent resource.  Pretty much the entire office saves me small boxes too :).

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:39 PM ET
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Oh, yeah.......  I work in the IT dept.......  boxes that hard drives, cards, laptop batteries, etc. come in are perfect for shipping books and they protect them really well. If I didn't take the boxes, they would be thrown away anyway.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 1:36 AM ET
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I use plastic sheeting (that you use for a drop cloth when you paint your walls) in crafts and always have a ton of it on hand, so I just use that and tape it up. I love it, it doesn't get bulky like plastic bags can and its really durable. You can get a humongous sheet of it at a home improvement store, or even Wal Mart. I'm not a fan of plastic bags, and use the cloth kind when I can at the store and the rest get used as garbage liners, so this plastic sheeting works well for me. That being said, I hoard any reusable mailer that comes in the house as well for PBS mailings. I love recycling stuff!

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 8:14 AM ET
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I dont see a problem with recycling products with writing on it. I think that would really apply to regular paper.
when I first started I was using glossy magazine pages for the inside wrap, but stopped after I learned more about the media rules.

I have a box full of recycle paper and plastic for my pbs swaps. 
when we get deliveries from Office Depot they usually have those plastic bags full of air in them. they use that instead of styrofoam peanuts. So I flatten those and reuse them to slip a book into, before I wrap. 
I always try to open my received books carefully if they are in an envelope, so I can reuse those also. I dont buy anything to ship my books.  

I have only had to buy one roll of wide tape in 3 years.  We use that kind of tape at work, and when people get tired of the tape sticking too itself, they just throw that roll away. I get it from the trash, bring it home and cut away the mess so it is usable again.

I hope more people here will learn to wrap properly and not use a single piece of pc paper to wrap with. I have had 2 like that in the past couple of  months and due to rainy weather have gotten wet in my mail box.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 8:14 AM ET
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Valerie, I do the same thing with the drop cloths. When I first came on, I didn't realize about the plastic. So, I checked into it. But the drop clothes are very cheap and don't bunch up. And I also use the brown paper wrapping, which isn't too expensive either, unless a big shipment. It does take more time, but cheaper. And of course, plenty of tape, especially those corners.

And Wendy's idea I will keep in mind, too. And also, to recyle the manila bubble wraps I receive. Live and learn!!!!

Jeanne

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Date Posted: 10/10/2008 6:37 PM ET
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Some of our medications come up from the hospital pharmacy in large ziplock bags and the bags have been being tossed when they are emptied out. I  have everybody at work on alert to save these, so they now stuff my folder full of used plastic bags. They say "refrigerate" all over the baggie, but I don't care because they work so great and are freebies that would have been tossed anyways.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 12:44 AM ET
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All this ideas here are great!  I appreciate all the feedback.  I have learned that even though some of the plastic bags do bunch up - they can provide "cushioning" against the ravages of the USPS handling.  The little "air pillows" are great, too. I save all I can get.  Even the ones that aren't quite big enough can be paired with another one to cover a regular paperback - you just have to tape them together well.  I'm always up for more ideas!  Keep them coming.  I love to recycle - especially free stuff!

Ruth