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.
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.
We need to change this narrative - but how - to achieve sustainability it is vital to review our consumption habits. We can all become environmentally aware and we can all find ways that fit in with our unique lifestyles.
'Compared to paper grocery bags, plastic grocery bags consume 40 percent less energy, generate 80 percent less solid waste, produce 70 percent fewer atmospheric emissions, and release up to 94 percent fewer waterborne wastes.'