How Do You Avoid Over Packaging?FrancescaPalange
Totally unrelated to craft but I wanted to share this with you anyway…
I don’t usually shop online. I am old fashion when it comes to shopping, I enjoying getting a feel of the items, actually touching them, before buying or handpicking the food and being able to see exactly what I am getting. Also I like that I can take my own bags to do my shopping so I try to avoid as much waste as I can. From past experiences, I know that almost everything that is bought online comes with excessive packaging which means a lot of waste for the household.
However, last week I found an Italian delicatessen that sells only online, I wanted to get some groceries from there for the entire family for Christmas, so I did! When I received my parcel and opened it I was truly shocked about the amount of plastic packaging that was used to protect the products. These particular products didn’t really need any protecting as they are not items that are going to break easily! I was totally shocked! Then I thought: surely the people who packaged the items could have used a smaller box and fit everything in it perfectly to prevent items from moving too much during transit… Surely they could have used some old newspapers or anything else to fill the gaps… but then I stopped and thought that most probably other customers would not like to receive recycled newspaper as their packaging??
How can we change this? How can we create a system that it is more environmentally friendly? I realise I am only one and there are other millions of people in the UK that maybe are still not as conscious about waste… and even if I am not alone, are we really enough?
All of this has really made me think that the problem is huge and until governments start taking these problems seriously and regulating industries more strictly, we are all stuck in a vicious circle… like a dog that bites its own tail…
So I am asking you: what are your thoughts and experiences? How often do you feel deflated about the state of things right now and how do you overcome this?
To go back to craft, we have created a petition online and we are challenging the craft and haberdashery industry to remove single use plastics from the goods they sell, including excessive packaging. You can read more in the Autumn edition of NSN Magazine and also there will be a follow up article about this competition in the Winter Issue 2018 (you can pre order now on the website), and you can help bring change by signing our petition here, sharing it with your networks, and emailing your own suppliers to challenge their #singleuseplastic.
We really hope that you can join this campaign! SIGN THE PETITION – Support the Removal of Single Use Plastic in the Craft/Haberdashery Industry
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