DENVER — This year’s catalog for the designer hardware giant Restoration Hardware is a giant.
There are two versions being shipped … one tips the scale at 12 pounds, the other a bundle of 13 ‘sourcebooks’ which weigh 17 pounds.
Both have consumers questioning the ecological value of the ‘encyclopedia’ going online to express their displeasure of getting the bundles … some are even organizing a mass return of the ‘unwanted UPS delivery’ Saturday to an RH Baby and Child store in Santa Monica. California.
That said, some love the catalogs and can’t wait to get them, others say they prefer to shop online for the one-of-a-kind products RH offers. But on tumblr.com, folks are posting ways to dispose of the huge bundles.
GreenAmerica.org indicates that when they asked the company if they use recycled paper in their books, the answer was no.
They say RH indicates they ship between 1 and 4 million of the bundles. GreenAmerica equates just 1 million of the bundles requires 100,000 trees to produce. They also say the energy could heat 2,000 homes and power 1,000 cars for a year.
The company says, “Combined with our carbon-neutral shipping practices and our responsibly sourced paper, that adds up to a significantly reduced impact on the environment.”
Still many say the catalogs will find their way into the recycle bin, without even opening them. And that puts the burden on taxpayers to dispose of the hefty bundles.