Unconscious Consumption

Today, we live within the confines of an instant gratification world. Life is made easy by the convenience of stuff delivered right to our door, but at what cost? With a few clicks of a button, packages are delivered directly to our doorstep. From food to furniture, we can literally have anything at our whim within a day or two, or maybe even an hour. And we do this mostly, unconsciously. Online shopping in particular has made it very simple to over consume products that we don’t really need. Hello last minute pop up screens inviting you to add this one last thing to your digital cart.

Many companies have catered to our instantaneous addiction with a fast and easy way to attain the goods we desire for gratification. However, it has also created a new problem and that is an abundance of not just stuff, but packaging. Everything that is delivered to your door comes mostly in a box and within that box are items that keep your items fresh and unbroken. If it isn’t in a box, it’s probably in one of those durable plastic envelopes that can’t be recycled and maybe at best can be reused.

Where does all of that packaging end up? Sadly, most of it goes to a waste to energy facility or a landfill. Cardboard is very valuable and should always be reused, upcycled or recycled. The packaging on the inside like air pillows can’t be recycled, so you may find creative ways to reuse them or save them for the next box you ship out. 

Before we are so quick to order on our favorite dot com site, let’s first ask ourselves if we really need the product. Can you purchase multiple items in one order from a store instead of shopping at many stores to avoid unnecessary packaging? What happens when I return that item? And what can we do with all the packaging instead of just throwing it carelessly in the trash?  Can you reuse the boxes and the inside packaging material? Become your own UPS store and reuse first.

Here at Green Me Locally, we’ve created a campaign called Mission Plastic to address plastic packaging. We work with businesses that package in plastic and help them move over to a more sustainable alternative.

Are you ready to take action to drive change and shape how we deal with our unconscious consumption? Join us here!

Tara LaSalla

Tara is the owner of Green Me Locally which was established in 2010 with a mission to bring awareness to the surrounding community about local eco-friendly businesses, events and sustainable living. She is also a business profitability consultant and specializes in helping companies lower their environmental impact, do good things for people and the planet and become more profitable at the same time. Tara helps companies create simple, sustainable solutions and become totally green while still increasing their profits. Her core belief is that we only have one planet, so it is our obligation to start making changes for the sake of our health and the health of future generations. Tara is known for creating easy solutions for post-consumer waste and the conservation of natural resources. Her clients are inspired and empowered to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow. Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's most famous principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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