In an effort to clear my computer and my head this post is a collection of pictures I have taken over the past two years that make me ask, "Why?"
This is a collection of random crap that my husband came home with from the chiropractor. It was all neatly contained in the small logo-emblazoned plastic bag shown in the middle-right of the picture. Why? Along the same lines, my dentist gives away the same logo-emblazoned (albeit a different logo) plastic bag containing a toothbrush, sampled-size floss, and sample-size toothpaste. Why? I used to obligingly accept the plastic package and all its plastic contents. The toothbrushes were used for cleaning, we made use of the floss, and the toothpaste went in a drawer never to see the light of day again. I now have a toothbrush for every grout line in my kitchen, a plethora of little floss containers that fall out of the medicine cabinet every time I open it, and a stock pile of toothpaste that will never be used. Why? It took me a year to realize I could decline these parting gifts. Why?
These three pictures illustrate a major pet peeve of mine - shipping packaging. In particular, unnecessary air bags. The top picture is a sweatshirt I ordered for my brother. Does a sweatshirt really need air bag protection? It is hardly fragile. Or, such a large box? To make matters worse, this is an order I specifically requested "no plastic in packaging, please". Somehow that translated to grab an enormous box and stuff it with as many plastic air bags as possible. Oh, and do not forget to wrap the sweatshirt in plastic before you do so. Thank you very much. Why? The middle picture is an order of Seventh Generation laundry soap from Amazon. Umm... yeah. Again, last I knew plastic was not fragile. Why? Why not skip the second box, slap an Amazon sticker on the Seventh Generation box, and send it on its merry way? No need for unnecessary plastic air bags. Arghhh! The bottom picture is another Amazon order. This time spaghetti. Okay, so spaghetti is a bit fragile, but it is so tightly packed in its original box that it is not going to move much less break. Did you see the size of the box Amazon shipped it in? And, the mountain of air bags to fill the unnecessarily large box? Why? Another situation where a Amazon sticker would have sufficed. Why? Why? Why?
I know I am not alone on this one. Organic food in plastic packaging. Why? Produce in any packaging! Why? I could go on forever about this one, but the fact that I purchased these items this way upsets me more than the packaging itself. Why?
These three pictures are compliments of my husband and his "vacation" overseas. The top is his daily breakfast and all the trash it created. 16 pieces of garbage - 17 if you count the banana, since I am pretty sure the military does not compost - all for one man's breakfast. Why? Sadly, this is reminiscent of our children's school-offered lunch. Way too much disposables! At least the military uses real silverware, the school does not. Yep, plastic disposable cutlery. I cannot believe our tax dollars pay for this. Why? The middle picture is just one of many water stations where thousands of plastic water bottles are distributed to the troops. Thousands daily. Why? The bottom picture is of course the result of the water stations. Tons of trash. That is not a recycle bin - it is a trash can. Why? I think Klean Kanteen needs to strike a deal with the military. Hey, why not?
What makes you ask, "Why?"