Choosing to value convenience over the environment is unsustainable. Since the 1950s, single-use disposable items have become increasingly popular. The result is a throw-away society in which 30% of our waste stream consists of packaging materials – primarily plastics.

Disposable goods make our lives easier in the short term, but ultimately end up littering beaches and oceans world-wide, taking up landfill space, or becoming toxic ash following incineration. 

Refusing single use products will lessen the impact these products have on our environment. We should choose instead to purchase durable goods.

The Rethink Disposable campaign, founded by Clean Water Action, discourages the use of single use products such as shopping bags, plastic water bottles, and food and beverage packaging. 

The above post is from the Newton Sustainable Materials Management website.