Let’s Do Without Disposable Packaging!

| By Leon Kirschgens & Jacqueline Plaster
Copyright by everwave

As different as many religions are, many have one thing in common: Everywhere in the world, people do without something specific for a certain time – be it sweets, meat or alcohol. Fasting means reflecting, rethinking behavior patterns and consciously renouncing things.

Why not do without unnecessary packaging?

We make a large part of our decisions out of habit – in general, that’s nothing negative. Without habits our brain would be constantly running at full speed and would be overloaded. Only through such routines we can safely e.g. ride a bicycle or a car without every trip becoming an absolute stimulus satiation. But there is also a dark side to our routines – for example, when we walk through supermarkets flooded with packaging with a tunnel vision. We usually know exactly what we want to buy, are looking for the right way to the right shelf and may be tempted by other attractive offers on the side. Think about the last time you consciously strolled through the supermarket with your eyes open and alert. Or better: just give it a try! Suddenly the massive offer becomes a crushing effect – and with it the flood of packaging.

More plastic than product?

Back home: you may have bought many products, where the unpacking alone costs so much time and causes so much garbage that you start wondering whether you have actually paid for the product or the numerous packages. Indeed, some packaging is very useful – but not all of them. Especially because of its versatility, plastic was celebrated for decades as an all-rounder: Plastic can be soft, hard, elastic, opaque or colored. It can take on all kinds of colors and shapes, is break-proof, lighter than glass and some metal and cheap to produce. Especially in medicine and aviation, it has so far been impossible to do without plastic.

Plastic is not the problem, it is human behavior

Therefore, removing plastic completely from everyday life is not only difficult, but also unnecessary. Nevertheless, we can handle this valuable resource more consciously. Just ask yourself the question when you go shopping: Is there a plastic-free alternative? Is it possible for me to use it? Many people often don’t realize that we as consumers have an incredible power – each one of us! If we stop buying certain products, the manufacturer must act. Lent is a great opportunity to devote oneself to this very important issue and to become more aware of one’s own handling of this valuable resource.