Once again, I had to get out the chain saw to get into a package. You know the kind – industrial strength plastic that is 50X larger than the item and impossible to get into. I wish I could just get the stuff I need without all the packaging. And come to think of it. . . I wish I didn’t think I needed all the stuff I buy.
Did you know that the stuff that you and I buy has a bigger impact on the environment than the gas mileage you get on your car! Sad but increasingly true. Our consumer habits are detrimental to our health and the health of the environment. Consider these figures from US EPA for 2007: Nearly three-quarters (73.3%) of the waste we generate is throw-away products and packaging. According to a study released in September 2009 by the Product Policy Institute, 44% of US greenhouse gas emissions come from products and packaging. Read more at http://www.productpolicy.org/
How can you influence what is produced? What do you think you need that you really don’t?