The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.

Isaiah 24: 5

Packing-related materials make up more than 30 percent of landfill waste—or around 75 million tons each year. (Of that, nearly two-thirds is food packaging.) Globally, consumer goods generate around 207 million tons of packaging waste annually.

During COVID its seems like we are sinking in a sea of plastic. Everything is wrapped and double wrapped in plastic for hygienic purposes. Unfortunately, this has become the new normal. The only way that this is going to change is for us as the consumer to keep asking and pushing for change – at least to return to the pre COVID practices!

Here are a few practical tips:

  • When you go grocery shopping, take a box with you – the veggies and fruit can go straight into the box and be weighed ‘naked’ rather than being put into thin plastic.
  • Purchase larger size items if possible – then the amount of packaging per litre or kilo will be less.
  • The more things you cook at home, the less packaging you use – for instance bake treats with your kids for their lunchbox and avoid all that packaging, as well as having quality time together
  • Go for glass rather than plastic whenever possible, for instance if you buy peanut butter or a coke.
  • Recycle at home and at work. If there is no recycling at work, do some research and come with a plan to management of where the boxes would be, and how the recycled waste would be picked up.

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