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I was a Boy Scout when I was a kid, and taught to respect the environment, exercise good gun control (as in hitting your target), and serve the community. Seems like too many people these days want to divide those tenets along red and blue lines. So these days I annoy both my liberal and conservative friends by holding fast to the same things I believed in as a kid.

At any rate, when I launched Bad Axe last year, I was determined to use green packaging, even if it cost a little more, and I do believe I have the right vendors lined up who provide me with 100% recycled materials I use to protect your saw while it is in transit from my workshop to your doorstep. Here’s the laundry list of the stuff with associated links for those of you working in industries where finding a good source for environmentally-friendly packaging materials has become an imperative:

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Corrugated Box, indented Kraft paper, and Wet-Activated-Tape (sealing tape). These products are 100% recycled, and the WAT tape with my repeating logo is a soy-based ink. I purchase these products from a Chicago-based family-owned firm called Salazar Packaging, a leading edge packaging supplier who markets and distributes only green packaging products. Dennis Salazar is a great guy, committed environmentalist, and a smart and professional businessman who provides superior products to the market.
Dennis Salazar updates a great blog describing all these materials, which, can be found here.

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Cushioning Foam: Adams Foam is another Chicago-based company leading the charge to green up the packaging industry. They provide me with with a truly superior product called Green Cell foam. Made out of non-gentically-modified corn, I use this product to cushion your saw while it’s in transit from my workshop to your doorstep. This bracing foam is great stuff—it comes in 24” x 24” x 1” sheets you cut up to size with a bread knife. Spray it with some water out of spray bottle, and it glues to itself when you want to make thicker pieces. Another super product that does its job without tapping into the dead dinosaur gestalt.

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Wrapping Paper: a Howell, MI-based company called Armor VCI markets and distributes a new wrapping paper product I’ve discovered to protect any rust from accumulating on your saw plate while in transit. Armor VCI wrapping paper is a 100% recycled paper impregnated with a non-toxic vapor-corrosion inhibitor (VCI) chemical. This is what I wrap your saw in, and the VCI qualities mitigates the effects of the UPS guy leaving your package in a melting patch of snow all day while you’re at work (yes, this has happened to me).

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And then there’s just plain old stuff I will usually jam into re-purposed boxes with which I ship restored vintage saws, that I have repurposed from other clients. If you ever find those nasty foam packing peanuts, wadded up newspapers, and synthetic-based foam in your box, rest assured I’m just passing along the nastiness from someone else who’d sent it to me under the re-use imperative of the ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ mantra for the environmentally-conscious.

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So in summary, I encourage you to use and re-use the packaging products I send to you along with the saw, and contact these vendors for green packaging products where the need exists in your company.

Cheers!

~ Mark

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