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REUSING Amazon Packaging Rather Than Recycling The Boxes — A PROPOSAL.

by Anura Guruge

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Recycling boxes, i.e., cardboard, though better than just throwing it away, is extremely inefficient and costly in terms of energy.

The boxes are RE-PULPED then reconstituted again as paper or cardboard. That is wasteful.

It would so much better just to reuse the boxes as many of us do …

We also reuse boxes when we do returns.

So, why can’t we have a scheme where we can RETURN Amazon boxes to a Post Office.

USPS can send them back to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. In many cases they will be sending trucks to Amazon EMPTY — to pick up new loads of deliveries. So, this will make those trips more productive.

I cannot see why Amazon and USPS could NOT be able to get this to work. Yes, there will be some initial costs but Amazon will quickly be in the BLACK. Boxes are expensive, even for Amazon.

It is possible that there might be some Amazon customers who are squeamish about having things delivered in USED boxes, though to be fair you never know where a box has been. I have got plenty of Amazon boxes with cuts, tears and stains.

Yes, maybe Amazon could irradiate the returned boxes to appease all.

And, then there is another option. It can be part of your SHIPPING PREFERENCES. Amazon could give you a small DISCOUNT for checking an option saying “Will Accept Reused Boxes”.

I am sure consumer will buy into this. We take the cardboard to be recycled. So, taking it to a post office will not be that different.

I really would like Amazon to think about this.

What do YOU think?

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by Anura Guruge

“Market Basket” — ‘Bag or Box’ Option Is Brilliant. Why Hadn’t We Thought Of This Before.

by Anura Guruge


Two of the five boxes of shopping we brought back from ‘Market Basket’ Saturday night. By 3pm Sunday they had already been taken to the Alton dump for recycling. The Town makes some money too.

We were in Portsmouth on Sunday (just to enjoy being there) and as is my wont when I am within 5 miles of either the Concord, Portsmouth or TiltonMarket Basket‘ I had to stop just to see what they had. I said it was to get some dog biscuits but we ended up spending $179 (which is par for the course).

We hadn’t taken our reusable bags because we were only going into get some dog biscuits and possibly some milk. I am standing at the checkout when I see this fairly small green sign: ‘Bag of Box’. Wow. I was overjoyed. That was GREAT. We recycle boxes every week (given the amount of shopping I do on Amazon). This was cool. So much better than plastic and so much easier than lugging reusable bags. Plus I could have packed (albeit it heavy) boxes which minimizes unload time.

So I asked for boxes. I guess it is new. They weren’t too slick about it BUT tried. In the end I went and picked out the boxes that would work for us best. I even packed a couple.

Love it.  Arthur T. Demoulas YOU remain THE MAN. Brilliant. I hope other Supermarkets pick up on it.

Thank YOU, Art. It is no wonder that I love MB and have done so for 30 years.

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Hospitals Charging For Crutches Is A Crime Against Humanity.

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by Anura Guruge

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Why can’t U.S. hospitals have some kind of ‘rental’ or recycle scheme for crutches. Charging patients — or the insurance company — for them seems so exploitative and duplicitous. Most people only need crutches, worst case, for 6 weeks. So why can’t hospitals have a scheme to deal with it.

Yes, of course, charging for crutches is an EASY way to make money. Stealing candy from kids. It, to me, is a disgrace. Crime against humanity.

No wonder U.S. healthcare costs are through the roof.

This is wrong. Very wrong.

The swap shop at our dump invariably has multiple sets of crutches waiting to be taken home by somebody. I also see them at consignment shops. So people do want to get rid of them after they have healed. Why can’t you just take them back to the hospital?

Very easy for hospitals to deal with it — other than the fact that ALL they care about is fleecing US blind. Don’t charge for crutches to begin with or worst case charcrutchesre222ge a small nominal amount for a 6 week or 8 week rental. Then IF you return them to the hospital within that period — like when you go back to have your cast removed — that is it. You paid a small rental for the crutches. IF you don’t return them you could ask for an extension, pay a bit more, or pay for the full amount.

I can’t BELIEVE that Medicare and Insurance Companies don’t push for this.

Don’t give me any grief about hygiene factor etc. Wheelchairs, hospital beds and even operating tables are REUSED. So crutches can be sanitized. You don’t cringe when they put you in a wheelchair. YOU have NO IDEA who was in their previously or whether it was even wiped down after that! So, what is the big deal with crutches.

So, please lets start a movement to better utilize cructhes.