The Problem With Packaging:
It is easy to underestimate how much waste we are creating when we receive a package. Sadly, the box and its contents are only used to move and store what is inside and are often discarded. In 2018, containers and packaging made up 28.1% of all municipal solid waste generated, weighing 82.2 million tons. Even more worrying, the amount of plastic that was recycled was relatively small at only 8.7%, leaving the rest to end up in landfills or the ocean.
Source: “Containers and Packaging: Product-Specific Data.” EPA.