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Subject: Press N Seal -- a cautionary tale
Date Posted: 5/28/2017 11:21 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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Yesterday I received a book that had been on my WL for 10 years...I was so excited! I also requested a hardback from the same member. She is a conscientious member, PMed me to let me know that the dust cover had a small tear in it and was that OK? When I unwrapped the books I was so impressed with the care taken packaging them, until I realized they were encased in Press N Seal wrap and they had been traveling in heat. They were individually wrapped and then wrapped as a bundle in Press N Seal before being wrapped in paper. I tackled the hardback first...the Press N Seal had actually bonded with the dust cover and could not be removed, so I just had to toss the dust cover out. The other book slowly and grudgingly gave up its layer of Press N Seal, leaving behind a sticky residue. It came off with Goo Gone, thank goodness. I chose to not RWAP the other member but sent her a friendly note about Press N Seal being prohibited and why. I know I am preaching to the choir here but if this informs just one uninformed member about why Press N Seal wrap should never be used I will be happy. I've gotten books wrapped in Press N Seal before but never as firmly stuck as these were, which I put down to being exposed to heat. But Press N Seal is never a good idea, which is why it is banned at PBS. Getting off my soapbox now...



Last Edited on: 5/29/17 10:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/28/2017 12:50 PM ET
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'Preaching to the choir' is fine as far as I'm concerned...  A couple of years ago, I grabbed a box of plastic wrap from a bargain bin without paying attention to to the label.  I was just about to rip a piece to wrap a book when I realized it 'felt' different than regular plastic wrap.  A gentle reminder is never a bad thing!

Date Posted: 5/28/2017 12:55 PM ET
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I don't understand why people pay for any kind of plastic wrap when there is so much 'free' plastic they can use. I reuse resealable wrappers, clean plastic store bags, mailers, etc so never have to pay for any plastic to wrap books in.  



Last Edited on: 6/3/17 2:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/29/2017 9:23 AM ET
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Jeanne is right. There is so much free plastic out there it makes no sense to buy it. Plus, you're reusing it. And maybe the person you send the book to will also reuse it. How more Earth friendly can you be? Plus, it saves you money.

Date Posted: 5/29/2017 10:42 AM ET
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As Jeanne  & Thomas said above - reuse is the 1st step to recycle. 
yes

 

Date Posted: 5/29/2017 12:42 PM ET
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I don't understand why people pay for any kind of plastic wrap when there is so much 'free' plastic they can use.

Mailing has slowed down for me, but I used to mail out 20+ books a week. So I'm in the plastic wrap club.

in CA we don't have plastic grocery bags anymore, but of my remaining stash I use those for dog poo cleanups.

I'm not really into washing and drying old bread bags and stuff like that.



Last Edited on: 5/29/17 12:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/29/2017 5:06 PM ET
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I hardly get any plastic bags from stores anymore and I don't subscribe to a newspaper.  Not only do I take my own reusable bags to the stores, but I don't use the produce bags, either.  I think the small amount that I spend on plastic wrap is more than offset by NOT using any plastic store bags.  YMMV

Date Posted: 5/29/2017 10:11 PM ET
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Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 5/30/2017 9:14 AM ET
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Putting a Press N Seal wrapped book in the freezer for 30 minutes sometimes loosens the bond.

I agree it shouldn't be used, only suggesting a tip for books received in the worst circumstances.

Date Posted: 5/30/2017 11:41 AM ET
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Marya, thanks for the tip! I will try to remember for next time...hopefully, there won't be a next time...