Unconscious Consumption

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.

Ready to take action and be part of helping change and shape how we deal with plastic? 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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