Earlier this week, I received a package in the mail. It was the Cuisinart mixer that I'll be reviewing soon here on this blog (I received a $55 gift certificate from CSN Stores to purchase it, in exchange for writing a review).
Being the thrift store and yard sale diva that I am, I don't often buy things new, and I buy things by mail order even more rarely. Usually it's the price of buying new products that I find seriously alarming; however while unpacking my mixer, I was more than a little appalled at the amount of detritus that ended strewn across the floor:
Compare that large pile of refuse to the size of the product found inside:
I'm sure I can't be the only one who's somewhat horrified. Now, I'm definitely not picking on the company that sent this to me; all products I've ever received shipped in the mail seem to have had an excess amount of packaging. At least styrofoam peanuts seems to be going extinct; I can recycle or reuse all of this packaging material (and my kids and cat got some play value out of the box).
This was a definite reminder for me of how much less waste I'm generating by secondhand shopping! And although I think buying used is the best way to reduce waste (as well as save a bundle of cash), there are times when it's worth it to buy new. This good quality mixer will probably last me 10 or 15 years (since the one I'm replacing, which was not nearly as good quality as this, has lasted roughly that long). And having good quality kitchen tools that make cooking easier means it's more appealing to make foods from scratch and less tempting to grab take out.
I just hope that when I need another new mixer fifteen years from now, that it arrives with a whole heck of a lot less packaging.