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Reducing Your Disposable Footprint

Posted on July 22, 2017 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

It seems as if almost everything is disposable. From food packaging to baby strollers we are unnecessarily throwing out tons of material each year. Pay attention to your disposable footprint and try some of these fixes to see if you might be able to reduce it. Once aware of the perverse disposability everywhere, it will be easy to avoid at all costs. In turn, your actions are always ‘teachable moments’ for those around you so hopefully it will be copied ten times over.

It's on Purpose with Planned Obsolescence

As society demands easier, more rapid ways to use or consume their purchased items, for many companies disposable products have become a manufacturing strategy. This strategy is called, 'Planned Obsolescence' described here by Investopedia as, “Planned obsolescence is a purposefully implemented strategy that ensures the current version of a given product will become out-of-date or useless within a known time period. This guarantees that consumers will demand replacements in the future, thus naturally supporting demand.” Stop this insane waste of packaging material and limited product use that is squandering natural resources and adding to our overloaded, toxic landfills. The more people that refuse to purchase items that will obviously not last or unnecessary packaging that only offers convenience, the more chances planned obsolescence will disappear.

Think Before You Buy

You may have been groomed to participate in mindless consumption without even knowing it. As so many lead a hectic life, the ‘grab and go’ mentality is instilled which may have you using a product just because of the convenience rather than its disposable footprint. Don’t let ease-of-use fog your logical decision making when it comes to being a low footprint consumer. Below are a few ways you can turn corporate manipulated herd mentality purchasing into a responsible, sustainable shopping experience that sends a message.

Select Durability

Don’t take the short-sighted way out because of price. Things like furniture and home decor built with subpar, sometimes even health sensitive toxic materials that do not last are a bad investment for you and the environment. Instead, save up for durable designs preferably made from ecologically sound components such as bamboo, cork, re-claimed wood, hemp or recycled-upcycled sources.

Stop Style-Driven Choices

From sneakers to electronics, buying something when you already have a similar, still useful design can be detrimental to your planet. The cell phone industry, for example, has been notorious for enticing customers with a new design every six months or so. This is one example of style-driven choices that create a ruthless loop of consumer waste all because of societal acceptance. Be proud of who you are, not what you own.

Avoid Unnecessary Packaging

If you purchase something that it's ensconced in wasteful packaging, then stop. If you just love or cannot live without a wastefully packaged product start a social media, email or even snail mail letter writing campaign to change it. Companies are listening to consumers more than ever so whether it is a one-person rant or group effort you can be part of wasteful packaging change. These are some small ways you can make a difference when it comes to reducing your disposable footprint. As a consumer you have a lot more power than you think. Rather than mindlessly following the pack, lead the way by boycotting, informing and changing the ever growing, Eco-unfriendly throwaway society we live in.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Defining Green, Green Living, Health and Safety, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Your Green Home and was tagged with HEALTH SENSITIVE, NON-TOXIC, RECYCLED-UPCYCLED, SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS, SUSTAINABLE

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