To the average person, the above photo (featuring 12 - 14 packages/products in varying sizes) doesn't look overly wasteful. Compared to the current standard held by the consumer industry, it isn't an absurd amount of packaging to look at.
(Photo:Pacific Garbage Island)
Although when you consider the amount of plastics we are already dealing with, having just banned the use of plastic straws in parts of Canada, you can start to grasp the magnitude of what has just been added to the already growing plastic problem.
In this photo: On the left, is 3 months worth of black market packaging (4 plastic ziplock bags). On the right is 3 months worth of legal packaging (Roughly 2 dozen plastic jars, 2 dozen mylar bags and 2 dozen boxes of varying sizes) for the same individual.
We need to reform the system, if only for the waste management.
If you are a cannabis lover that also cares about the future of the planet, please re-smoke or share this information by word of mouth.
Things are getting out of hand.