Most packaging is made out of paper, plastic, glass, aluminium, steel and fibreboard. Just food packaging itself if a massive global business. When it comes to disposal, most packaging is not recycled, but dumped in landfills or burnt. This results in pollution in a number of ways. And, of course, we are not even counting the pollution caused by the manufacture and transportation of packaging in the first place.
What you can do
There are a number of things you can do to minimise packaging waste. By doing so, you will be reducing demand on resources needed for its disposal and also the pollution caused as a result.
Reusing and recycling packaging products, like paper and plastic bags, string and wrapping paper, are, of course, obvious options. Take a look around you and try to figure out what other ways there are to manage packaging waste. Here are a few hints:
- Buy in bulk. Buying lots of smaller packs generates more waste. Bulk purchasing saves money, too.
- Always carry your own bags while shopping.
- Try to buy loose products where available. For instance, in case of vegetables and fruits.
- Opt for brands that have less packaging.
- Avoid buying bottled water unless tap water in your area is unsafe for drinking.