Well, you read my little diatribe on meds/supps. Here’s another little issue with supplements.
As a barn worker and horse owner, I like SmartPaks. They’re easy to feed, easy to track, and easy to keep fresh. But I have to admit I used to feel bad about all that plastic. My horses already consume a lot of the planet’s resources — the shavings, the manure, the long horse baths, the fly spray, and the list goes on. I have used SmartPaks for some time, but not without “green guilt.” It turns out, though, that this guilt is misplaced.
I’m green after all!
Last week I added another supplement to Riley’s SmartPak — and in talking with the SmartPak rep I confessed my green guilt. Well, God bless the rep. She referred me to SmartPak’s green policies and practices (and a statement they published for Earth Day 2008)…
- SmartPak uses recycled plastic (PET #1) that customers can re-recycled in virtually every community in the US. It’s the easiest plastic to recycle, it’s impermeable, and it’s light. Many standard supplement buckets are PET 5 or another type of plastic that is not easily recycled.
- SmartPak recently made it’s plastic “blister packs” thinner so that even less plastic is used.
- Supplement products are delivered to SmartPak in bulk, in reusable containers.
- Most of the SmartPak processing and production is tracked electronically (no paper).
- Their shrinkwrap is biodegradable.
- SmartPak uses certified recycled cardboard and they reuse it.
- They don’t use styrofoam in shipping.
- They’re extremely efficient in their shipping and delivery (Barn Buddies is the tip of the iceberg), plus you save gas from trips to the tack shop.
The SmartPak literature provides a lot more detail, but to sum it up, green is their thing. I may be a gluttonous consumer of unnecessary and frivolous equestrian products — bling browbands, for example — but I need not feel guilty about SmartPaks.
It’s amazing and wonderful that something that’s actually convenient is also green. It doesn’t usually work that way…