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.: 10.20.2009 

Dear Smead Office Products,

Hello, I recently ordered a "100% Recycled Expanding File - Letter Sized - Green Tea" through my office. The product arrived today and itself is quite satisfactory, but I would like to address the issue of packaging.

Of the expanding file folders available to me, I chose this one because of its recycled content. I firmly believe that every little bit helps, so you can imagine my dismay when it arrived shrink wrapped in plastic. Further, there was more plastic beneath that in the form of a 3" wide band that went around the folder, presumably to keep it from expanding; never mind that there is an attached elastic band for that. Lastly there was a 8.5"x11" sheet of paper attached to the front of the folder with rubbery glue. I realize you need to brand your folder and place a UPC on the product, but this could have been done directly onto the folder or on a sheet of paper half - maybe even a quarter - of the size used. There was not so much information on the sheet of paper that it could not have been redesigned to be smaller without loosing readability. I also doubt the paper itself was recycled.

So here's my suggestion: how about making a green product that doesn't require the customer to throw away anything just to use it. You might even save some money because you won't be paying for all that plastic and will only need half as much printing.

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