This is such an important issue. Thanks for reintroducing it and thank you David for your response. I feel the same way you do about food and health.
Can someone provide a link to the Butowsky interview?
A good book which covers this issue from the perspective of not using as much and not wasting as much as we do is Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. It has provoked me to look thoughtfully at every purchase that comes into our home, especially packaging. Our trash has gone from two bags to one and I keep examining even that to reduce it more. When I began to look carefully at our trash I realized 95 percent of it is packaging materials and paper (tissue, paper towels, etc).