Stems and All

My journey to buy less, consume smart, use what's there.

Buying ‘bulk’ to avoid packaging – Part I


Buy bulk to avoid packaging:

On my quest to be a ‘greener consumer’, I made the decision to buy less products with packaging. I knew enough to know that packaging wasn’t a good thing when it comes to my carbon footprint, but didn’t realize just how bad it was.

After some digging, I learned that our trash (or MSW – municipal solid waste) is all those things that we buy, use, and then ultimately ‘throw away’. This is a big category, and includes everything from food scraps to furniture, and computers to car tires.

According to a 2010 study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the largest – by weight – category of consumer waste comes from “Containers and Packaging” – more than 30%, actually. That’s more than 75 million tons of packaging generated in one year, just to hold and contain the ‘stuff’ that we actually use and consume.

75 million tons…. That’s a lot of shrink wrap, packaging peanuts, and cardboard containers.

I decided it was time to ‘buy bulk’….


Author: Jane Newcomb

“Stems and All” is my personal journey to become a more environmentally responsible human, live a more sustainable life, and practice sustainable consuming habits.

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