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Seeing all the packaged goods on grocery shelves made me think that companies really need to rethink how they package goods - many products are offered in small foil/soft plastic packs and cardboard boxes with a transparent plastic sheet attached with adhesive - a pain to dismantle, much less recycle! Packaging designers, pls stick to one preferably recyclable or biodegradable material (and a biodegradable ink to boot)!
We don’t really see where our garbage goes (that proverbial “away” place, we think we are throwing things “away” but there are only landfills) and so are left uncaring and untouched by the impact of our consumption. But it has come back to haunt us during past typhoon tragedies.
On this note, my vision really is to eliminate small packaging altogether, and introduce a bring-your-own container system - where you waive the company’s responsibility to provide a 100% sanitized product of course, since they cannot control the total cleanliness condition of your container - and just go to groceries for refills at a company-provided refilling station… I would love to have this particularly for vitamins/supplements, rice, other rsolid … of course sanitation would be the main issue. But, I am allowed to dream, and this is about finding ways to eliminate unnecessary waste from the source.
Otherwise, all companies should be required to reclaim all waste packaging that is generated from their products’ use… A drop-box system in the groceries where they sell their products, arranged by brand.
Otherwise, just grow and make your own food… not everyone is a chemist, but it’s possible to make your own soap… most groceries now have a “bring-your-own-bag” program with paper bags as an alternative (I keep my canvas totes in the car)… just small steps in cutting down on the things we buy and throw away.
Granted, it is not glamorous to reuse things and make your own stuff - packaging is designed to sell, and there is no dearth of attractive-looking products that are formulated to elicit an impulse buy…! - but just think: living with landfills is even less glamorous.