Why: From a Rather Trashy Present, to a Trashless Future
You've heard it all - the stats, the stories about packaging waste and its contribution to the climate change crisis. This is real, urgent and ominous. Let's confront the truth first:
Yes, they all have varying ecological and economic impact:
Plastic: It gets all the bad rap. Well, it deserves it:
Paper: 'Paper or plastic?' Answering that question at the grocery checkout with 'paper' may feel better ... but single-use paper carries its own environmental cost. Consider these stats:
Similarly, glass, aluminum. and other materials used in single-use packaging also carry a heavy toll: Mining, energy & water use in manufacturing, emissions, transportation, disposal and more.
All these materials are quite durable - so much that they can be used over and over again - which is what Trashless is all about.
Finally, What About Recycling?
While it is well accepted that recycling is better than recyclable materials going into trash, recycling is environmentally costly: Transportation, sorting, smelting, recasting and more. Most materials cannot be recycled more than 2-3 times. Further it is a costly process that most municipalities have yet to figure out how to fund. Reuse is clear better than recycling.
There has yet been no effective, foolproof systematic mechanism of reuse of packaging materials.
So, What Now?
What do we all do? Live in jungles, like cave people? Give up all the good things, the conveniences of modern life that come in single use packaging?
No no . . . Just Go Trashless!