A glimpse around the supermarket often gives environmentalists collywobbles. No matter if in the produce section, at the toiletries or at the confectionary – the massive amounts of packaging materials which are omnipresent in almost every store are anything but sustainable. And yet, the majority of packings is completely pointless, actually.
In fact, the Packaging Law dictates certain functions that packings should fulfil, like the protection of the product, the ideal storage and simplifying the transport. However, we know from our own experiences that packings often do not satisfy any of these purposes, but rather prove advantageous for the fabricator by granting a larger advertising surface and allowing a more attractive design of the product. Especially disputed are the so-called double packages that you often find with sweets, cookies and also coffee capsules and that actually could be avoided. Unfortunately, the manufacturers argue that these are indispensable to conserve the aroma of the product and to guarantee its ideal taste which can only be in the interest of the customer.
The exception thereof presents the plastic packaging of the cucumber though, often wrongfully met with hostility. The foil significantly contributes to the preservation of the freshness of the vegetable by avoiding a water loss and therefore even duplicating the durability of the cucumber. Nonetheless, pointless plastic foils and paper packings are unfortunately the standard. We might be proud of recycling so much of it, but actually, this does not solve the problem. To not even produce garbage would be the perfect condition. It is hard to imagine that this is possible. Leading a household, completely without causing waste? But Bea Johnson managed this, for instance. She and her family produce less than one jar of garbage in a whole year. How you can also implement that, Bea reveals in her guide where she leads you to a zero waste lifestyle step by step.