I will never fit a year’s worth of rubbish in a small jar but I manage reasonably well at this ‘zero waste’ gig, mainly because we don’t actually buy a lot of stuff. However, some things are unavoidable. After much discussion and debate we recently purchased a new suitcase for our upcoming overseas trip. You can see it here.
We bought the case online and of course there was the inevitable packaging. All things considered, it was not unreasonable to ensure that the case arrived in perfect condition. A large cardboard box which will be flattened and added to the pile which we use as weed mat under mulched areas of the garden and a large, lightweight plastic bag which I have carefully folded and put away. This is sure to be used at some time in the future.
Finally, there was this piece of thin foam sheeting.
This is not recyclable in any shape or form so it can only be destined for the rubbish bin. Although it will still end up in landfill, I decided that it could have one more use before ending up there.
I cut it into two pieces and stitched them up to create these bags.
They will be used as rubbish bags for the relatively small amount of household rubbish which we produce before tossing the bag and its contents into the large rubbish collection bin. Based on past experience I expect that each of these will hold about 4 – 6 week’s worth of rubbish.
It is not an ideal solution but one in which I feel that I have made the best of the situation with which I was presented.
But back to the online shopping and packaging. I regularly hear people complaining about the packaging they receive when shopping online and their attempts to change they way things are shipped. We do not shop extensively online but it does have advantages. We live in a semi-rural area and saved an enormous amount of time and fuel driving long distances to locate an appropriate suitcase. Secondly, the packaging I received is probably the same packaging which any retail outlet would receive when ordering from the supplier. I am sure that the shop would not have made any effort to re-purpose the various pieces of packaging materials as I have and best I could hope for is that the cardboard may have been recycled. Therefore, even though I have added to my personal landfill tally I feel that I have done the best that I could. What do you think?