But why reuse anyways?
At barePack, we are passionate about reuse and how it can change the world we live in - for the better. We live in a society of fast and mass consumption, but it has not always been this way. While we don't expect the world to forego the many advantages that developments and innovations have provided us in terms of comfort and living standards (a term which we could and should challenge) that are now an integral part of our lifestyle, we believe that there is certainly room and an urgent need for change.
If there's one question we keep asking ourselves, it's got to be this:
A common misconception is that the problem with disposables starts with what to do it with it when it becomes a waste material: should I recycle it? Can I compost it? Can I repurpose it? But actually, that's the very last part of the problem. Along the course of their life, disposables will have consumed resources (in terms of raw materials, energy, manpower) for a use-time that is less than 1% of its existence. In other words, we are wasting all the resources that come before we even receive the single-use container we are about to use and throw. Other aspects to take into consideration are the social and economic impacts that occur throughout the entire lifecycle of a product.
Since is it less weird to throw away what we buy than it is to reuse?
Reusing materials we have already made allows us to avoid further consumption of raw materials for production (such as oil and plants). Industrial recycling and composting also require a lot of resources to operate.
A lot of heavy machinery is involved in the production cycle of disposables which we can avoid, as well as emissions from transport, incineration of waste, and other disposable methods.
Sourcing overseas for "essentials" puts us at risk in case of economic changes or social disruptions. Reuse locally is similar to local food production for food security, especially in a country that has no natural resources.
Clean every time
You might forget this, but single-use items don't necessarily undergo sanitisation during their production, and travel long-distances in industrial conditions.
All disposables remain waste material after use. Incineration may reduce our waste but it still needs to be disposed of and most often landfilled. Reuse relieves saturated landfills.
barePack is not a product, and despite a lot of requests to buy our containers, we strongly believe in the benefits of sharing within the community. We also know this will be the new normal.