Fang Talks

Faster than neutrinos!
30 03 17

Throughput

Consumerism is alive and well.

And of all the things we have been focussing on optimizing, all the junk we consume isn’t one. Our modest household of four produces hella trash over the course of a week. Full garbage bags, piles of paper waste. And then we’re not even looking at all the other resources that go in and out of our home.

When you look at all the items we bring in individually though, it’s not that surprising. Junk mail out the wazoo, and all non-fresh foods you buy are packaged in boxes and contained in plastic and then wrapped individually? What the hell is that even good for? Sure, you don’t eat all the cookies in a pack in one sitting (usually), but for storage we have cookie jars. No need to package them in pairs.

All you end up with is a bunch of waste that costs everyone. Suppliers pay extra for materials and shipping, we pay extra because the suppliers pay extra, and the world pays because all that junk has to come from and go to somewhere. No wonder this is a problem.

It’s not like this is unfixable either, it’s just really hard to fight against at the current scale.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 31/03/2017 (1:23 PM)

    The reason they package them in pairs (other than to charge more) is to encourage people to eat them two at a time. Or so I think. Yet I never see that approach taken with fruit, which is always sold in one giant bag. I live in a house with three guys and two cats. I’m astounded how quickly trash builds in just my room, never mind the whole house.

  • 31/03/2017 (12:52 AM)

    I’m a household of one and have been for half a decade.

    I am bowled over by how much trash I produce.

    And most of it is packaging.

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