I have a confession: I like to shop. Like a lot. So much so that when I had my first job out of college and still lived at home, I learned to ship packages to my workplace so my dad wouldn’t find out about them and inevitably lecture me about the dangers of credit card debt. I had to get really crafty about sneaking a new pair of knee-high boots into my house without him noticing. But that was half the fun.
Now, almost ten years later, I’m still just as obsessed. I mean, I’ve made a career out of shopping (see, Dad, I was just beefing up my résumé). But there’s one major issue: I’ve also become more and more aware of the environmental impact that the fashion industry has on our planet.
It’s hard not to think about packaging waste and emissions, especially when so many retailers don’t even give it a second thought. I’m talking multiple items from the same order sent in different packages or products shipped in boxes ten times their size and filled with Styrofoam peanuts for no clear reason. BTW, did you know that most cardboard boxes aren’t recycled properly? And to make matters worse, tissue paper typically isn’t recyclable. UGH!