The goal isn’t to be negative but to be compelling. We can be smarter, simpler.
- The US fills 63,000 25-ton garbage trucks every day; about 700,000 tons of garbage is placed in American landfills on a daily basis.
- Packaging makes up about 40 percent of that. The packaging we throw away, then, annually totals nearly 39 million tons of paper/paperboard, 13.7 million tons of plastics, and 10.9 million tons of glass.
- Meanwhile, 30 million tons of packaging was recycled annually from 2005 to 2010.
- The total amount of packaging wasted from 2005 to 2010, however, grew 1.8 percent annually.
Packaging waste is a big deal – especially when we’re consuming energy to produce, consume, and recycle things that aren’t always necessary. The way we do things now is damaging the environment at our own cost. That’s why we’re taking ourselves out of that loop altogether. And, perhaps to your advantage: packaging usually makes up around 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the non-produce items you buy. At in.gredients, we don’t charge for packaging. There is none to speak of.
We’ve dedicated a full blog post to facts about packaging use to give our customers a perspective of how they’re helping fuel the cultural shift toward a more sustainable, healthy way of life.