Resource Saver: Reduced Packaging
TheGreenOffice.com uses dozens of reputable third-party certifiers as part of our Green Screen™. Despite this big pool of third party certifiers, some important green products slipped through without earning the ranking they deserve. To fill the gaps, we created the TGO Resource Saver, which uses information from the manufacturer to credit sustainable products.
A large and often unnecessary source of waste is packaging, which accounts for roughly one-third of municipal waste. Purchasing products with reduced materials instead of conventional products helps to reduce waste.
Waste is a human phenomena not found in nature. In rainforests, deserts, prairies and wetlands what is abandoned by one life becomes food for the next. But industrialization and the global scope of human activity have perpetuated an imbalance in this system. In the last 35 years alone, the average person has gone from generating 2.7 to over 4.4 pounds of waste per day. The things we abandon crowd our landfills and escape into ecosystems where they harm life and impair nature’s ability to provide us with the resources and services on which we rely. Preventing waste is a way to restore the balance between nature and society, maximize our resources, and reevaluate the things we make and buy.