In my mind, there was no doubt that that was a symptom of excess, and that it was undoubtedly a bad thing.
But Levitt and Dubner (the authors) made a convincing argument that there was actually a practical benefit of wrapping food in what may seem like “excessive” ways: prolonging shelf life and slowing food spoilage.
They argue convincingly that if by having a thin piece of plastic food can last two weeks instead of two days, the reduction in food wastage can and will have a positive environmental impact.
I’m still a little on the fence on this one (it’s highly counterintuitive), but I must admit that it’s a perspective I never thought about.
I love to read and write. Professionally, data science, technology, and sales ops are my thing. In my non-professional life, I aspire quite simply to be a good person, and encourage others to do the same. For those who care, I test as INFJ/INTJ (55/45?) in the MBTI.