In order to minimize the impact on our environment, we re-use shipping containers and packing materials whenever possible. What's the difference between re-cycled materials and re-used materials? Re-cycling, while it is a very important use of our resources, it requires energy to break down and re-process cardboard, paper, etc. By re-using boxes, we eliminate the energy using steps of re-cycling. We simply use the boxes we receive our products in to ship them to you. For packing, we use shredded paper that would otherwise also need to be re-processed. While we don't always have enough re-usable materials to fill all our outgoing orders, we will continue to use them whenever possible. Maybe they're not as pretty, but we feel it's a good use of resources.