Oh that “safety” net

As consumerism rises, suppliers try to look for more convenience for customers. This convenience comes wrapped in layers of plastic, cardboard and paper and mixed materials.

This “safety net” isn’t so safe for the environment. But packaging seems to ensure for the consumers that their product will less likely be damaged in transporting.

An article in Guardian reported that packaging is only going to become more common with the rise of e-commerce. Protective packaging represented $22bn industry in 2014. More than 36 million m tons make their way to landfills.

To say that packaging should be reduced is an overstatement for many items. Yes bananas don’t need to come wrapped in Styrofoam and plastic but electrical items need to have protective gear to ensure they don’t break or tear when they crash into other boxes in the delivery truck when it hits a bump.