Avoid Excessive Packaging: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Avoid excessive packaging

“… ye walk on My earth complacent and self-satisfied, heedless that My earth
is weary of you and
everything within it shunneth you.”
………………….—Bahá‘u’lláh, Persian Hidden Words, No. 20

roll of corrugated packaging paperMuch of our personal environmental impact comes from the products we buy. However, packaging also uses valuable resources and energy, both in the production process and after its use when it contributes to the waste problem. For example, in the US, packaging waste accounts for about 30 percent of all waste. So, how can you reduce your use of packaging? You can avoid buying vegetables packaged on styrofoam trays or individually wrapped items, for example chocolates. In addition, you can buy spices and other items in bulk. In food cooperatives, you can even bring jars from home to refill your dill, curry, or lentils, and even your laundry detergent. You can refuse to buy gift wrap and reuse wrapping paper (or even reevaluate the positive value and harm in gift giving). When you travel, you can take with you a reusable water bottle and coffee mug! Imagine the volume and weight of avoided waste and global warming!

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PAST TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season

Home
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Air Conditioning and Moderation
What is clean? How often should I wash my clothes?

Yard
The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Weed Killers in Your Garden and Yard

Transportation
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture
Save and Reuse your Produce Bags
Avoid Excessive Packaging

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