You’ve probably been packing boxes for years.
Now it’s time to get some serious packaging-saving action in the form of a new book.
The book, Bunnings: Packaging, Waste and the World, is out next month.
In it, B.S. Krieger and M.T. Taylor write about how to pack your house in a way that’s both environmentally friendly and economically feasible.
Bunnies are a natural resource.
They make up the bulk of the waste produced by household items, according to the U.S.-based non-profit Environmental Defense Fund.
And while they’re not a major consumer of packaging, they’re a key source of greenhouse gas emissions, Krieberg said.
“They’re one of the biggest contributors to climate change and one of those [the biggest contributors] are the products they make,” she said.
Packaging can also be costly.
If you’re building a new home, or an apartment building, you may want to avoid plastic, Kriekers said.
She also pointed to other ways to reduce your environmental impact.
Buns can be made from less than 1,000 pounds of wood, or even less.
“If you’re using less than that amount of wood per square foot, it’s a lot less energy efficient,” Kriegers said.
The packaging you make will also make your home a better place to live.
In some places, like Australia, people have made “solar-powered” housing from plastic.
“That’s a huge reduction in energy use and the carbon footprint,” Krieks said.
In fact, “the majority of the plastics used in Australia are made in the U., and they’re more expensive,” Kries said.
But she said you shouldn’t get too excited about the solar-powered home option.
“I think it’s an expensive option for people who are already living in a greenhouse gas-intensive environment,” she added.
“We know that if we’re going to be carbon neutral, we’re also going to need to be green.”
Krieggers and Taylor recommend the following: Limit how many items you pack.
Kries recommends packing less than three square feet per item.
Bins of products can be stacked and stacked and stack more efficiently, but Kriegs said it’s best to keep things as simple as possible.
“Make your home as simple to get to as possible,” she suggested.
If possible, make the product stackable with one another.
“The more layers of packaging you can stack, the better the product will stack, so there’s more flexibility,” she explained.
“Use different materials.”
If you don’t have any special materials handy, use cardboard or other types of plastic that can be easily washed and reused.
“It’s not as wasteful to use plastic as it is to use cardboard,” she pointed out.
If there’s a product you need, you should buy it.
“You should buy products like batteries, televisions, etc.,” she added, referring to the kinds of electronics that often come with packaging.
“There’s a market for all those products,” Kies said.
Even if you can’t buy them in bulk, Kries recommended buying reusable packaging.
K.S.: If you want to pack less, try to avoid plastics.
“People can do it by just not using them, but there’s not much you can do,” K. S. said.
When it comes to your personal hygiene, you can also make the most of the fact that your items are made from materials you can recycle.
You can reuse packaging for the same reasons you reuse plastic.
Krees said you can use any material for packaging, but that you should look for the right packaging to use.
“For instance, you don’s use the same kind of plastic in a tin as you use in a plastic container,” she noted.
“So you can reuse plastic containers that are made of a different kind of material, but if they have the same shape, it means that they have different properties, like strength, or strength, durability.”
For more information on Bunnying: http://www.amazon.com/Bunnings-The-Ultimate-Guide-How-to-Pack-Your-House-for-the-Planet/dp/1599057501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318242373&sr=8-1&keywords=bunnings