Excess packaging is a sticking point for eco-friendly consumers. One of the major complaints against meal delivery services amongst Room 214-ers is the amount of extra plastic everything comes in. Why the concern? It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. There must be a better way, right? Enter package-free products! These environmentally-friendly alternatives have been taking off among eco-conscious consumers, and we’re all for it.
Unwrapping Packaging Free Products
So, maybe you’re thinking, “400 years is a long time for plastic to degrade…but I recycle all of my plastic!” Well, if you’re anything like the average American, you’re making 185 pounds of plastic waste per year. According to National Geographic, 8.3 billion metric tons has been produced in the last six decades. Of that, only 9% has been recycled, leaving 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste in our landfills, oceans, and roadsides. Yikes. If that scares you, you aren’t alone. Lots of people are wanting to make more environmentally-friendly decisions, and retailers are taking notice.
A Refill Revolution
Walking into Refill Revolution in Boulder, CO is like walking into an oasis for the conscious consumer. This store has all you could ever need in terms of bath, body, and home products, plus it’s all plastic free! To shop here all you have to do is bring in an old container (or buy a reusable one) and refill to your heart’s content! Coming back with the same reusable container month after month will reduce the amount of plastic waste you produce. Not in the area but still want to ditch plastic? Order a set of reusable bags for storing snacks, sandwiches or more from The Little Blue Stitch.
Products that Look Good Naked
Can we really talk about package-free products without mentioning LUSH Cosmetics? This beauty brand has amassed a cult-like following, with 4.3 million followers on Instagram alone, and we get the hype! LUSH stores are not only worthy of the ‘gram, but they also offer countless package-free products (35 percent of their products are package-free, or as they say, “naked”). Where they can’t strip away the packaging they use only recycled, recyclable, reusable, or compostable materials. So, making the environmentally friendly choice to shop at LUSH is easy….choosing which bath bomb to bring home, now THAT is hard. One secret to their success: skipping the packaging gives consumers in LUSH stores the ability to see, feel, touch and most importantly smell the goodness they’re about to buy.
When it comes to deciding to buy a product less really is more. By stripping away all the unnecessary packaging not only can your product shine, but consumers can identify your product as the environmentally friendly choice. Plus, places like Zero Market are making it possible for consumers to do all their shopping in one place (we are talking bulk foods, cleaning products, fresh produce, toiletries, and more), proving that good things actually come in no packaging at all!
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