At RaceDots, we do care about product lifecycle, but because of pricing of raw materials, we have had to make some less than desirable choices, one of them being: using plastic to package our product. Perhaps someday we'll be able to use recyclable or plant-based plastic. In the meantime, we found a fantastic use of the packaging. If you cut the casing on only two side, you have a reusable carrier for your RaceDots! We strongly recommend storing your RaceDots on the paper card anyway, so it's the perfect storage solution and doesn't cause more waste.