To REI: My Outdoor Research face mask inserts arrived in a 24" x 18" plastic bag. I decided not to drive the 30 miles to pick them up at the store to reduce carbon footprint, but they arrived in a plastic bag that was very oversized for the item. Please consider sustainable and planet friendly packaging in the future. Thanks

Can the offending bag be repurposed?  recycled?

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According to, the nearest that accepts this type of recycling is 12 miles away. I suppose it can be repurposed as a trash bag, but still going to landfill after two uses. The best way to recycle is not to use in the first place. IMO of course.


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Thank you, John. I appreciate the response.

I’m sure the manufacturer is using a bag the fits multiple needs to keep their inventory down. Also, who knows what the weather is going to be in transit. 
A bag used twice is a win.