Repurposed packaging

Date: 24 March 2021

    One of the most difficult things about publishing environmental fiction is the knowledge that printing paperback copies of books has an environmental and carbon footprint. The Third Fuse Project is trying to minimise that footprint by making good printing choices (e.g. low GSM paper, chlorine-free FSC-certified, carbon neutral and ISO14001-certified local South Australian printers).

    Sending you our products

    Another way Third Fuse is trying to minimise its environmental and carbon footprint is in the process of delivering products through the mail. We are doing this by posting our books using clean discarded card and labelling packages using rubber stamps.

    By trimming a couple of edges, our repurposed packaging card (from an organisation that has closed) is simply folded a couple of times and sealed with a hot-glue gun. In minutes the package is stamped, addressed and ready to post. This is no more difficult than buying a new package, which counters one of the common arguments for buying new.

    There is so much we can do to repurpose items that can no longer be used for their original purpose. On the waste hierarchy, it is better to repurpose instead of recycle disused paper.