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.