Published on July 18, 2019—  Leave a comment

Get Excited: Meet Our New Recycled Mailers!

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Hey thrifters, we have some exciting news! In the coming weeks, you might discover our all-new packaging at your door. They’re very polka-dotted, very cute, and best of all, they’re recycled domestically (hi, Ohio) from old plastics like plastic films and various rigid containers. They’re 100% recycled plastic, 100% recyclable, and 100% reusable. 

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Why This is a Big Deal

It means we’re reusing plastic that has already been produced and keeping it out of our oceans and landfills. And with 8 million metric tons of plastic winding up in our oceans each year, making that switch is definitely worth celebrating. #Secondhandfirst for the win! 

And that’s not all. Our new recycled mailers have a significantly SMALLER eco impact than paper mailers. Here’s what we learned: paper mailers take 17 times MORE water than our recycled plastic mailers. Plus, creating one recycled mailer takes three times less energy as opposed to paper. One more thing to note, 210K paper mailers can fit on one truck… when we make the switch to recycled mailers, we’ll be able to fit 1M. That’s a big deal. 

What to Do With Your Recycled Mailer 

Our recycled mailers are resealable so you can send them right back to us with your return. Don’t have anything to return? You can print a free Clean Out shipping label and reuse our mailer as a mini Clean Out bag instead. Just make sure you aren’t mixing returns with Clean Out items, send one or the other!

Our mailers are 100% recyclable, but they can’t be dropped into your standard curbside recycling. In fact, there’s actually a bunch of items in your home that you may be mistakenly recycling or trashing, like plastic bags or saran wraps (see the list here)! All these items (our mailers included) must be dropped into special recycling bins at most major grocery stores, including Safeway, Whole Foods, Target, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart. You can find the nearest drop-off locations near you here

We recommend keeping a designated reusable grocery bag in your pantry and storing thredUP mailers, plastic bags, and other items that need to be taken to the special recycling bin. Then, when you’re ready to jet to the grocery store, grab that bag along with your other reusable grocery bags. You’ll never forget again!

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Got questions? Need more information? Hit us up in the comments below.