Another week in this awesome journey has gone by and I have learned quite a bit. The green challenge for the week was to learn about packaging and to reduce or eliminate the packaging I use. I think I did a fairly good job on this week’s green challenge, but there is always room for improvement. This is a look back at what I learned about packaging and its impact on the environment.
First, I learned about the evils of Styrofoam and that our landfills compromise about 25% of this junk. Unfortunately, Styrofoam is not very friendly for the environment. I had previously thought that it was completely unrecyclable, but my friend @Frankejames pointed out that Toronto DOES, in fact, recycle Styrofoam. It is still not an ideal situation and the world would likely be a better place without it. When recycled, this type of waste is typically used as filler for other plastics and cannot be re-used on its own.
We also kept track of the packaging waste we brought in and I think I did ok. There were certainly some things I could have done better with, but I think that our overall intake of packaging has been relatively small. I know that I cannot eliminate the packaging I use, but we can always improve.
I have looked at paper product in our landfills, food waste in our landfills and now packaging. Between the three, most of our garbage is accounted for. My wife and I are on a journey to lessen our impact on the environment and reducing our packaging waste is part of the master plan. Thanks for reading this week and let me know about your packaging stories in the comment area below. Also, stay tuned for our next challenge that will be posted later today.