In our society's haste to get everything done quicker than ever before, we (the society as a whole) have become more wasteful than ever before. Opting for convenience means opting for disposable everything. And so many of the big name companies out there jumped at that opportunity to provide quick, easy to use, disposable products...to please their customers (and of course please their pockets as well.)
Back in 2004 the "disposable industry" produced over 83,000 tons of waste! community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/
I couldn't find the most recent numbers, but if anyone knows, please share.
Here is a list of what I can think of just off the top of my head...
Disposable Diapers & Wipes (nothing new but still, it's all apart of the convenient disposable industry)
Disposable Dryer Sheets
Disposable Disinfecting Wipes
Disposable Wet Dusting Wipes
Disposable Glass Cleaning Wipes
Disposable Dry Mop pads
Disposable Wet Mop Pads
Disposable Cleaning Sponges
Disposable Dry Dusting Wipes
Disposable Bath Cleaning Pads
Disposable Toilet Cleaning Pads
Disposable Facial Cleaning Wipes
Disposable Eye Make-up Remover pads
and my most recent discovery (which was like the last straw for me)...
Disposable Baby Wash Cloths!!!!!
I received a coupon from Publix for BOGO Free of Huggies Wash Cloths. I assumed they meant actual "wash cloths" & I can always use more baby wash cloths because I use them whenever I use rash cream on my daughter to prevent it from transferring to the cloth diapers. So anyways, I go to Publix, in search of these wash cloths only to discover that they are disposable!
Are you serious???? Is it really that hard (regardless of how busy you are) to toss your child's washcloth into the washer when your already doing their laundry? Is it really that hard to run a quick wash load of cleaning rags, mop heads etc? Is it???? The insanity has got to stop!!!
Maybe, just maybe, with the recent economic stoop, people will decided that they no longer wish to waste their hard earned $$$ on frivolous, use once & toss products. Then, maybe, just maybe, the disposable industry will slowdown enough to come to an end. But, perhaps this is just wishful thinking on my part because looking at our society as a whole, I see a trend in laziness which leads people to taking as many shortcuts as they can, regardless of the cost to their wallets, let alone our environment.
Edited by amanda goldman - Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:56:58 GMT