Why we should all work towards minimalist packaging

I am talking about pressuring companies to stop putting unnecessary packaging on items.

I know some of it looks cute — plastic confetti, extra tissue paper — and some of it is even recyclable or eco-friendly, but the LESS that we put and have into packaging, the better.

Why?

Simply put, it affects your wallet.

If they put in cute additional frills in packaging, where do you think they get the money to pay for all that?

It surely isn’t free.

You’re paying for it in the price.

I want to see more stores on board with this

I do long for the days, when it was all bulk bins where you would scoop out what you wanted, like in those old pictures.

butcher-shopThere are stores that exist today with that purpose — Bulk Barn, Whole Foods has a bulk bin section, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

I’d love it if my butcher would cut the meat and wrap it up in paper that could be after, or even better, let me pack it into my glass container that could be re-used the next time I come back and shop.

But stores won’t let you bring in your own containers, and the styrofoam packaging becomes a constant nightmare and feeling of guilt for me when I go to eat meat.

I could just simply give up meat, but I am trying to live a life where I use less, recycle more and reuse what I have but only if it is SUSTAINABLE for my lifestyle. (Read: Also convenient.)

I want to be able to refill my lotion & other bottles (preferably made out of glass), with my favourite products.

The Body Shop allows this, but I cannot think of any others!

It is why I am leaning towards using their products (if only they were organic and not as filled with chemicals).

Consumers (myself included) love prettily wrapped items

We as consumers, LIKE pretty things. Colours, the right box, with the perfect ribbon tied on it to let us know that what we paid, was the real price for what we got.

packaged-soapBut as each day passes, and as I keep looking at all the tags made out of plastic ties, the plastic containers that yoghurt comes in, or unnecessary plastic wrap and styrofoam that all the meat comes packaged in…

And I wonder if all that waste is worth it, just to feel good about a purchase.

Ultimately, I’d rather have less guilt about my purchases than a feeling of beauty.

Even when I order things online, I BEG them to not send me extra packaging.

Just throw it all into the envelope and send it. It’ll be fine without a fancy box, extra styrofoam peanuts, or plastic wraps.

This is something I struggled with, and am still struggling with.

Nothing in life is really “free”

But the best motivation to get others to also move towards a greener lifestyle, is to appeal to their wallets.

Look at what happened when gas prices rose! 

People started taking the bus, riding bikes, walking and leaving their cars at home.

All that packaging, all those containers, all those bottles and especially those “free” plastic bags in stores, are not free.

So remember: You as a consumer, are paying for extra, unnecessary packaging either directly or indirectly and a move towards minimalism would benefit you.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.