You can keep yer angel poop! (Q&A)

And other styrofoam items!

No, really.  Packing peanuts are banned from Antarctica.  Sure, we get family members sending us things (no, not me personally, but I’ve recently run across a bag of packing peanuts in Skua central from a well meaning family members), and we get frowned upon for receiving items with this.  Why?

Fact:  We at McMurdo recycle about 70% of what we receive.  Fact #2:  Packing peanuts are non-recylable.  That and it is REALLY windy here.  A couple of those buggers escape and they’re off to who knows where.  Fact is, they’re really bad for the environment.  Let me go ahead and wave my hippie flag and hug a tree, but really, they’re bad.  Even with as much as I like filling the cab of Mike Baker’s truck with them, they’re bad.


Published by Victoria

Hello! I'm a so-so photographer, okay writer, former 911 telecommunicator and world's best Aunt. Closing in on 40, I find myself at a point in my life where I have no idea what I want to do next. I'm currently spending summer 2021 in Texas with my boyfriend, Robert and helping him start building a plane before he goes back to Antarctica in August.

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