Black and white. And green.

Our products should arrive to your home looking as beautiful as they do in our stores, catalogs and online. Since 2001, we have been taking important steps to improve the packaging materials we use with the goal of protecting your purchases as well as the environment. We will continue seeking more eco–friendly material improvements, and we are encouraging our vendors to do the same.

Eco-friendly packaging

Our shopping bags and boxes.

In 2007, we improved our famous black and white logo store and direct marketing boxes by phasing out the use of white bleached board in favor of a more eco–friendly renewable fiber that contains post–consumer recyclable material. At the same time, we also requested that our vendors discontinue the use of white bleached shipping cartons. In addition, all of our store shopping bags are now made from 100% post–consumer recycled paper (minimum 85% post–consumer waste) certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and printed with environmentally friendly, water–based inks. The protective tissue we use in our shopping bags and boxes is 100 percent recyclable, 70 percent post-consumer waste content.

Goodbye peanuts and foam.

In 2001, Crate and Barrel stores discontinued using petroleum-based packing peanuts to protect customer purchases; by April 2006, the use of peanuts was discontinued company–wide. In 2002, Crate and Barrel eliminated foam–in–place as a packing material. We are actively working to reduce the amount of materials we use to ship our furniture, with the targeted goal of eliminating another type of shipping foam—expanded polystyrene foam (EPS)—in the near future.

Hello eco-friendly GreenWrap and air pads.

Today, all merchandise purchases boxed at our stores and warehouses are carefully packaged and protected with GreenWrap paper or air pads. Biodegradable GreenWrap is 100 percent recyclable paper, made from a renewable resource. Both its outer paper and inner tissue can go right in the recycling bin. The air pads we use are source–reduced packaging: Each pad is 98 percent air and just 2 percent recyclable plastic, so they can be popped, disposed, recycled and reused in the manufacture of other plastic items.

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