Incredibly Wasteful Food Packaging

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Julie over at The Daily Green News reminds us NOT to buy in individual portions with an eye-opening show-and-tell of some of the most wasteful food packaging available. Some of the products that have been individually wrapped for our convenience are actually laughable. Example: pickle-chip cups. Anyway here's a quick rundown:

  • cheese packed in packages packed in packages
  • individually-wrapped prunes packed in packages
  • single serve packages packed in boxes
  • lunch food packed in trays packed in boxes

As you can see, the more times you can use the word 'packed' and its derivatives to describe your grocery item, the more wasteful its packaging. Follow this link for Julie's entire article.


Photo credits: Gloria Dawson, The Daily Green


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DesigningMom on Jan 26, 2010:

This is why I buy Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips. Very little packaging for what you get.

Now if Kraft would just make the same taste as in their cheese twists in a single shrink wrap package. I hate buying it that way, but the taste is so good. Maybe I should write them about this. 

I agree that so many consumables are wrapped inside of wrapping. Sad. If they want the small packs why can't they sell them in bulk so you can pick out however many you want with no extra wrapping? Maybe have reusable baskets to carry them to the check outs in. Like the little baskets in make up departments. Pay for them and then toss them in your reusable bags to take home.

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