Buy less stuff – sounds simple, right? All the while many of us struggle to take that advice. The problem with overconsuming is that a lot of resources are needed to make each item. Additionally, the quick timeline of buying and discarding also results in a lot of unnecessary waste.
Planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence have been behind much of the biggest driving forces in consumerism as we know it today. Next time you 'need' to buy something, think about which one it falls under?
According to forecasters, the e-commerce business will reach over $4.5 trillion when 2021 arrives, a 246% increase within the past six years. Retailers are adjusting to digital orders, and so too will the packaging. The environmental impact will grow larger as more people shop online, as will the enormous flow of plastic packaging, bubble wrap and other packaging waste that is discarded throughout the supply chain.