Next time you put your trash out for collection do me a favor and look through it and take note of how much of what we throw out is packaging and not an actual product you purchased. I have a major beef with the way we package consumer products in this country and at the top of my list is toothpaste! Now when I was a kid toothpaste tubes were made from aluminum, they worked great, as you used more toothpaste you could flatten the the tube up from the bottom and when you rolled or folded the tube to keep the toothpaste at top the tube stayed folded. Plastic toothpaste tubes drive me crazy, they don’t stay flat and you’re constantly having to push the toothpaste up from the bottom. Now my scorn for plastic tubes is not due entirely to how well they function but how difficult they are recycle. Another thing, does the tube of toothpaste really need to go into a box?
And how about liquid laundry detergent, why can’t it be packaged in juice style paper carton? For that matter why do we need liquid laundry detergent at all? Powders actually work better and the boxes they come in are made from 100% recycled paper. I’m sure if you look through your homes you’ll find many examples of what I’m taking about. Next time you go shopping I hope you’ll take a moment to consider the environmental impact of the packaging of the product you are purchasing and if their is a more environmentally friendly packaged product you’ll purchase that product.
Oh, before I forget beans are a great example of what I’m talking about, think about what goes into producing and shipping a can of beans versus that bag of the dried ones.