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Where to throw the commercial window envelopes? Doing separate collection in the right way is often a complex task. The rules vary from municipality to municipality and there is still no single vademecum to which all Italian citizens can comply. The Apps and the many information spread on the net come to help. But when you find yourself in front of little used or particular materials, then the trouble begins.
In this article, we will focus our attention on a commonly used object that can give rise to some doubts when it comes to giving it. To be exact, we will talk about where to throw the commercial window envelopes.
Where to throw out commercial window envelopes
We are in the midst of the digital age but even today it happens almost daily to come across paper envelopes that clog our mailboxes or that are used for office work.
Every year, in fact, through the classics commercial envelopes thousands and thousands of communications travel far and wide for our country but also abroad. Among the various models in circulation, there are also the commercial window envelopes. How should we deal with these postal containers when we are about to carry out separate collection?
In most cases, this type of envelope is not made exclusively of paper as the windows are not made of cellulose.
Nevertheless, the CONAI (National Packaging Consortium) clarified that commercial window envelopes can be disposed of in separate waste collection dedicated to paper.
The recycling plants are in fact able to mechanically separate non-cellulosic materials without problems, separating them from the paper ones.
Commercial envelopes with recyclable windows
For some years now on the market have also begun to spread envelopes with windows made of transparent cellulose which can therefore also be recycled together with the paper, without being discarded in the mechanical separation.
For example, this is the case with the envelopes produced by Nexive which are entirely recyclable, so much so that they have a dedicated message that I show you in the image below ...
The Nexive envelopes have another box, perhaps even more important: it is the certification issued by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), an international non-profit NGO that aims to properly manage forests and the traceability of derived products.
The FSC trademark with the wording MIXED indicates that the wood or paper inside the product comes from FSC certified material, recycled material and / or controlled wood.
Certified and / or recycled materials must make up at least 70% of the final product.
The controlled wood , although not FSC certified, it cannot be collected:
- in violation of traditional rights and indigenous peoples
- in forests where high conservation values (HCV) are threatened
- in forests that are converted to plantations or for non-forest use
- in forests where genetically modified trees are planted.
Where to buy FSC certified commercial window pouches
The FSC certified envelopes they can be purchased from stationery, office product centers or conveniently ordered on Amazon, for example on this page where you can buy 500 FSC-certified envelopes produced by the Italian Pigna paper mills for 11.6 euros plus shipping costs.
A detail of the FSC brand of the bags produced by Pigna for sale on Amazon
Where padded envelopes are thrown away
Another doubt that arises when you find yourself understanding where to throw the commercial bags, is about padded envelopes. Once again, it is a rather particular object of common use, widely used for national and international shipments, especially to protect the material that is inserted into it.
With the increasingly massive diffusion of e-commerce channels, this type of packaging has experienced an increasing spread. But while disposing of cardboard boxes correctly is now an operation on the agenda, the same cannot be said about padded envelopes.
The padded envelopes, in fact, are made in most cases with a paper wrapping and a plastic inner part, specially designed to safely ship even the most delicate objects, so as not to damage them or not to break them.
Several brochures on separate waste collection that can be consulted online specify that, being a mixed material, the padded envelopes must be disposed of in theundifferentiated, or in the dry residue. The resulting impact on the environment is therefore clear.
Reuse the padded envelopes
To avoid that even the padded envelopes fit into the large multitude of disposable items, a good practice is to learn how to reuse them. Although the first temptation may be to exploit thebubble wrap padding as an anti-stress, by crushing the many balls that compose it, in reality there are others creative and anti-waste solutions to give a new life to padded envelopes.
For example, you can opt for the simpler solution, which is to use padded envelopes to make other shipments. The only precaution, in this case, is to cover the addresses with labels on which to write the new contact details. To close them properly you can instead apply simple adhesive tape.
Alternatively, the padded envelopes can be used to store delicate items, so as to avoid breakage or possible damage. There are those who use them to pack the most fragile objects in their suitcases while traveling. This is the case of souvenirs or glass jars containing products such as honey, jams and preserves. By using the padded envelopes as protection, you avoid a lot of mess.
A good idea is also to reuse the padded bags to create creative decorations or to package DIY products, such as soap bars or small handicrafts.
Where to throw the food bags
When it comes to chorrible disposal of commercial bags and containers, a separate chapter concerns the food bags. The typical case is the bread bag which, especially in large Organized Distribution centers, consists of a paper part and a transparent plastic part that allows you to see the contents. How should these materials be differentiated?
There are many consumers who ask themselves this question, finding themselves in difficulty when they are about to throw away such widely used bags. In most cases, to properly dispose of a package of this kind, it is necessary to separate the various components, cutting the transparent portion. Many times, however, the final consumer, for sheer convenience or lack of adequate information, tends to throw the package undifferentiated.
In the best case scenario, the bag may contain indications on the practices to be followed during disposal. This is a practice which, fortunately, is slowly spreading.
The symbols of recyclability they are undoubtedly a very valid tool to guide the consumer towards correct separate collection. But it is not always easy to extricate oneself from the range of acronyms and writings shown on the packaging. Uncertainty reigns supreme and often leads to counterproductive reactions.
Due to too much confusion, people do not try to dispose of them carefully, but end up on the contrary to direct the refusal of turn towards the fastest and most immediate final destination: the sack of undifferentiated.
Ultimately, consumers show that they don't like overly sophisticated packaging. And unfortunately it is the environment that pays the price.