Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Green Delivery

How are you sending your gifts this year?

I’m sure merely asking this pegs me a micromanager and perhaps even OCD, but I have spent way too much time finding the perfect ecologically correct gift to bungle it in the last step. So far I consider the US Postal Service the least vile method of sending packages. For one thing, the postman is going to swing by my home, and every other home in America, regardless of whether there is a gift package or yet another credit card offer. Taking advantage of existing labor, resources, etc., is always greener than creating a need for new, right? Also, I’ve never been almost ran over on my own sidewalk by a USPS truck—which is more than I can say for FedEx and UPS.

There are other issues to consider… for instance maybe one of the major carriers uses an alternative fuel or makes massive contributions to green causes. I couldn’t find internet documentation of either, so I’ll be patronizing the old-fashioned wasteful-and-yet-best-of-all-possible-evils Postal System until someone gives me a good reason to switch.


GreenStyleMom said...

I happen to have some inside scoop from my brother who works for UPS. Apparently they are doing all kinds of things to "green" their brown fleet. He told me a few things, but I can't remember exactly what. I am planning on interviewing him and posting about it over Thanksgiving.

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

From brown to green--how symbolic. I'll be keeping an eye out for your interview!