We live within the confines of “Instant Gratification.” Life is made easy by the convenience of packages delivered right to our door, but at what cost? With a few clicks of a button, we have delivered whatever we need directly to our doorstep. From food to furniture, we can literally have anything at our whim. And we do this mostly, unconsciously. Online shopping in particular has made it easy to over consume products that we don’t really need.
Many companies, have catered to our addiction of “Instantaneous” 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 packaging. Everything that is delivered to your door comes in a box and within that box are items that keep your items fresh and unbroken.
Where does all of that packaging end up? Sadly, most of it goes to waste to energy facility or a landfill. Cardboard is very valuable and should always be reused, upcycled or recycled. The packaging on the inside, may not always be able to recycled.
Before we are so quick to order on our favorite dot com, let’s first ask ourselves if we really need the product. Can you buy multiple things in one order from one store instead of many to avoid unnecessary packaging? And what can we do with all of the packaging instead of just throwing carelessly in the trash? Can you reuse the boxes and the inside packaging material? Be your own UPS store and reuse first.
Here at Green Me Locally, we have 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 sustainable alternative.
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