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Packaging Is Killing the Planet—These Start-Ups Offer Luxe, Sustainable Solutions

 Of waste, but not the root cause. It’s like taking Tylenol every morning because you have a migraine. The Tylenol is a solution to the symptom, but you aren’t solving the reason you have a migraine.”

The earth’s “migraine” is the climate crisis, and you could say the “Tylenol” is the persistent greenwashing and meager efforts from global brands to reverse it. The root cause isn’t one specific thing, like fast fashion or air travel; more broadly, it’s our culture of disposability. That refers to the single-use plastics we throw away immediately and the clothing we dispose of almost as fast. “Disposability really emerged around the 1950s,” Szaky explains. That’s when plastic came into regular use as a cheaper alternative to glass or metal in our daily items. Fast fashion didn’t emerge quite that long ago, but the concept of disposability—and a lack of concern for the items being disposed of—eventually trickled into our closets, too. In the 1920s, an average middle-income woman might have purchased two or three items a year and wore them for 10 to 20 years. Now, the same woman is buying 65 items of clothing per year and, on average, wears each garment three times, according to Szaky.