Let’s take a look at Bill Gate’s kitchen. This is a YouTuber who went to Bill Gate’s house and showed a clip of the kitchen. So, here it is.
If you look at the containers on the right, I can’t help but think that everyone should have those containers in their kitchens and, for that matter, we should have supermarkets that provide bulk purchase containers that we can simply take our own bags to the supermarket and refill those bags, take them home, put them in our dispensers. Bang, you just saved an enormous amount of trash.
Could that also save money? Yes. The manufacturers could charge less for their products because of packaging, municipalities could save more money on trash pick-up and recycling, and the environment would benefit as well. We would need less trees, produce less plastics and more.
Why have supermarkets not done this already? It could have something to do with the time it takes to overcome existing processes and sell people on new ideas. If supermarkets think they can save money, they will listen. The change to self checkout over the past five years is a great example.
This will happen. Someone just needs to design a better system. Sell it to one large supermarket chain and watch others follow suit. If you make the system more profitable for supermarkets, possibly by offering some kind of tax credit for using less materials, there could be a way to make it happen sooner rather than later.
If you need motivation, just think about the amount of plastics sitting in our oceans destroying ecosystems and poisoning mass amounts of people with micro-plastics.
Let’s get on it.