Today is Gandhi Jayanthi. The Mahatma said ‘The Earth has enough to satisfy our needs but not our greed’.
Being a holiday, it’s usually a time to tidy forgotten corners. And what turns up. Used sketch pens. Lost-and-now found plastic caps. Medicine strips with no tablets inside. Cellophane wrappers of books. Used chapstick containers. And so much more. The pharmaceutical industry in one which generates a fair bit of difficult-to-recycle plastic and hazardous waste. Uniform enforcement of EPR, or Extended Producer Responsibility, is key to managing the waste.
I also unearthed an glamour/fashion magazine wrapped up in glossy cellophane and advertising products with an unconscionable amount of single use plastic packaging. Being a customer-facing or a B2C industry, the change to eliminating or redesigning packaging with happen only if customers demand it.