Re: "...dismissing projects like this...means that you're missing everything."
I'll plead ignorance on this; how is it a smaller carbon footprint to buy 2 water filters at a time as opposed to buying 50 all in one box, likely manufactured all at once, shipped all at once, with no extra packaging. It certainly helps my wallet footprint with; 2 filters retailing @ $7.95 & a box of 50 @ around $40. I'd say it even reduces my heating and cooling costs by decreasing the sq ft of the room where they are stored.
I don't mind having 15 batteries slowly losing charge in a drawer. Point is; I bought those batteries very cheaply, at a discount club. Just how much are the drone delivery guys going to get for 4 batteries when my remote goes down, and just how instantaneous is it? I need that remote, and I need it now. There is at this point a savings in buying in bulk, there is a number where it is worth your wile if you will use it up in time and have the space to store it. 200 razor blades, 50 water filters, what ever, I'll take the savings & truly have it instantaneously.
What this really speaks to is; what pussies today's kids are. Not so long ago, people just made it through and got their satisfaction having the bully mow their lawn, and wash their car, when real life began after high school. No one, in my entire scholastic experience, took their own life or came in and shot the place up. It sucked to be bullied, but it was hardly the end of the world. I was bullied plenty, mentally and physically, & learned to toughen up and pick my battles.