Packaging generates high volumes of plastic waste. I am trying to buy products that look like the manufacturer is attempting to reduce the use of plastic in how the item is delivered to the consumer.
Shopping for an iPad case is an example. Both manufacturers used a sheet of
styrofoam polyurethane foam matting inside where a piece of recycled cardboard would have served just as well. Neither box indicates if the packaging was made of recycled paper. However, one had a plastic window, the other box had no plastic.
Both iPad cases were manufactured in China; with a disclaimer on the box “Recycling programs for this packaging may not exist in your area.” I can recycle the paper portion, however, the styrofoam cannot be recycled in our city’s recycling program. I will save that to reuse when shipping a package at a later time, and delay entry into the waste cycle.
In this purchase, I made the choice to forego a bit of plastic by purchasing the box without the plastic window. Every little bit helps… including reminding myself to be a critical thinker about product choices and consequences.
This week’s UNLESS… Earth-Friendly Friday theme: Plastic Waste Reduction