Minimizing your wasteful consumption

One of the most eco minded steps a person can take is to take a look at the consumption of disposable items. The greatest group of items that we can make the most initial impact on is packaging. Everything these days seems to be packaged in something that is designed solely to entice the consumer into buying that company’s products. This is really a shame as the product should speak for itself. Eggs for example, sold in foam cartons that can be recycled, but are quite commonly discarded in the household trash. These are better sold in plain paper cartons that can be reused several times and then composted. The eggs themselves found in just about any homestead coop or hobby coop are much higher quality than the foam wrapped mass produced eggs in the store.
Think about the other products you use on a daily basis. How many of these products come in packaging that is one time use? How many of these products are carried out of the store in those flimsy grocery bags? A lot of the consumer based selection boils down to price and its much cheaper to fill product shelves with cheaply made packaging that highlights the product. Think further that most of the prepackaged products, especially the food products, are neither good for you nor are they the best quality you can use. They are mostly for convenience, and I am ok with that sometimes. It is hard sometimes to create quality meals when you can’t budget for time, or when things just run together.
In those cases, just consider what you are getting and whether or not you can reuse or recycle the packaging properly. For example, I prefer homemade tomato based pasta sauce. However, if I don’t have the time to put together a proper marinara, I have one particular brand that is really quite tasty. The plus side is that the packaging is a Ball made jar that accepts standard canning lids and bands. Now, I haven’t tested these for canning safety, but they do make handy storage containers for refrigerated liquids (think milk) and also pantry storage for dry goods.
I recently read a blog post about this subject and I would like to share it here. The Zero-Waste Chef does an exceptional job of explaining ways of reducing the need for disposable packaging.