Sustainability is a huge global topic. We are running out of space due to waste and in the process we are forever altering the state of nature and the environment. Recycling is one big step towards lessening our carbon footprint, but what if we eliminate packaging waste all together? The Disappearing Package is a Masters Thesis Project by Pratt Institute student Aaron Mickelson.
"Every year, we throw away a ton of packaging waste (actually, over 70 million tons). It makes up the single largest percentage of trash in our landfills (beating out industrial waste, electronics, food… everything). Figures released by the EPA indicate this problem is getting worse every year.
As a package designer (and grad student—meaning I know everything and can solve every problem, naturally), I was concerned about where this trend is going. Of course, many talented designers working in the field have made great efforts over the past few years to reduce the amount of packaging that goes onto a product. However, for my Masters Thesis, I asked the question: Can we eliminate that waste entirely?"
Here is one of Aaron's brilliant examples of how to eliminate packaging waste.
To see his other ideas, please visit Disappearing Package.