You know that feeling when you’ve taken hours to hike up a mountain and the noises of civilization are no longer reaching you, and you’re in an absolutely blissful mental state, and then you look down and see an empty, single-use, plastic water bottle lying in the dirt. And immediately you just become disheartened by the fact that anyone would leave behind what we all know is not compostable. Well, I wish for a future where that no longer happens to anyone.
Our world needs a mass overhaul where single-use plastics are banned in every step of our supply chains. Alternatives are possible and not that difficult to implement in the long-term. We just have to put in the effort. In class we talked about how flexible plastic bags are more environmentally friendly than plastic canisters as coffee packaging, specifically because of the emissions from transportation. But what if, instead, we shipped coffee in bulk, and then packaged it in locally made, easier-to-recycle or reusable packaging immediately before selling it to the consumer.