The most wasted design on earth—in my own opinion—is package design. Until now, about 30 percent of the waste comes from packages. Designers were able to update the look of the surface, yet, could never prolong its life. The endless cycle of designing never make the life cycle of the package endless. Things we wasted daily that might be as large as a moving box or small like a teabag.
Here’s a quick exercise in despair. No one knows quite how long it takes plastic to break down in the environment. It could be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years; at any rate, it’s proven to be longer than the roughly 150 years that manmade plastics have existed.
Count the things made out of plastic that you can see even just sitting at your desk—water bottles, pen caps, iPhone cases, coffee lids, shopping bags, tape dispensers, everything else—multiply that by a trillion or so, and you have an idea of the scope of the plastic waste on earth.
Ikea’s Biodegradable Mushroom Packaging
Packaging from companies that ship products usually end up in one of two places; the trash or the recycling bin. The popular home furnishing store Ikea has aimed to change this by coming out with new, biodegradable packaging that will not only steer clear of the landfill, but will also help you grow your garden.