I am really concerned with the packaging that REI uses - the amount of plastic is excessive. I ordered one bike jersey and one pair of bike shorts. The jersey was delivered today by itself because the shorts are back-ordered. The jersey came in a thick plastic shipping bag, and it was inside a second plastic bag, and there were 3 large sheets of plastic inside the bag around the jersey. Five pieces of plastic to contain and ship one item!
If REI is truly committed to protecting the outdoors I recommend that you do a thorough analysis of your materials usage for packaging and shipping products. The plastic that was included with my purchase is NOT recyclable. So not only is it a petroleum product with a significant carbon footprint, it is also going to a landfill where it will exist forever.
I know that other retailers of outdoors gear are working very hard to do better. I hope REI will become a leader in this area!
@palmettomark thank you so much for reaching out to us with your concerns around packaging on your recent order; these moments provide great opportunities for us to reflect on our current processes and evaluate what improvements we can make!
In consultation with our Sustainability team, here is a little context on the concerns you raise above:
Thank you again for raising your concern in the community; we have made note of the additional plastic sheets that were included within the jersey itself.
Finally, if you are curious to learn more about REI's commitment to sustainability, and the efforts we have and are making, please follow this link to view our Stewardship Report.
I found this page when looking to see if the white plastic shipping bag my item came in is recyclable. The bags still have no recycle markings, so this still needs clarification.
I do see that the shipping label is printed directly on the plastic, rather than attaching a separate paper label, and it seems like that makes the bags more recyclable -- if they are actually recyclable.
Thanks for the question!
We reached out to our sustainability team to see if we could get some more detail for you. We're excited to let you know that we are about to roll out new shipping bags that have a 'How2Recycle' logo on them, informing recipients that they can be dropped off at a recycling site that accepts plastic film (such as a grocery store that accepts plastic shopping bags, for example). As we integrate them into our system, customers could begin to see them as soon as the end of June. Some of our plastic shipping bags still must have a shipping label attached, and those bags will contain a 'How2Recycle' logo that informs customers that the label must be removed before recycling.
Hope this helps, thanks!
Would REI consider using compostable mailers instead of the non-compostable plastic mailers?
There are a number of companies out there selling compostable plastic mailers that are very similar to the non-compostable ones REI uses.
I would order a lot more from REI.com if you used compostable plastic.