Choose products with less packaging, 1340°

Products now seem to be wrapped in so much packaging.

The sum of all the needless plastic used to package products and food in particular must be mind-boggling. If we make an effort to choose goods that use less packaging, maybe we can make a difference!

21 comments about this action

This is a great idea - is there any way to force companies to use less though?

in June 2008

A little mindfulness, an easy action, a good example, viral progress.

in June 2008

Once you get in the habit I'm amazed at how guilty I feel when I buy something with lots of packaging.

in June 2008

Matthew W., Writing to companies helps. Letters are better than emails. If you write, usually you'll get an answer. Encouraging your friends to write works too.

We can't expect companies to change if they don't know we give a rats about what they do.

in June 2008

KFC you are simplt the worst with your packakging and your drive throughs and your heart attack inducing fatty as hell products.

in June 2008

Like John says. Vote with your dollars. Then tell them why!

"Dear Mr Ty Coon. I considered buying product X from your store but chose not to because of its excessive packaging, deceptive labelling, etc etc. ...."

in July 2008

I get a great satisfaction bellying up to the bulk fook section and filling my re-used plastic containers for the umpteenth time! It was pretty easy to reduce the amount of packaging on my products once I realized how stoooooopid it was to buyt triple-wrapped, safety-sealed containers of honey. Good grief!

in July 2008

We are turning into a plastic world! Boycott plastic bags and all other useless plastic items. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

in July 2008

I've been doing this for 20 years now, although it's only recently companies are taking any notice. If I like a product or company that uses too much packaging I usually get in touch to let them know this and that if they make a change that I'll go back to them.

in July 2008

As for plastic bags, these are ruining the beauty of some countries, such as Papua New Guinea - the cities and countryside are absolutely littered with them and wildlife are suffering because of the enormity of it.

in July 2008

This action speaks louder than most people think. The dollar is a powerful thing and it's good to use it to spread the word that more packaging is less fun for everyone.

in July 2008

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in August 2008

I've become virtually plastic-bag free over the last 2 years. Any time an organization gives away a canvas bag, I grab one. You don't even need to buy new ones. There are lots of nice small glass containers to store leftovers and take food to work for lunch (safer to microwave your food, too). You don't need the plastic wrap or the little plastic containers you can purchase for the same purpose.

in May 2009

Also available are biodegradeable dog waste bags! Relatively inexpensive.

in May 2009

I undertake lifecycle assessment work for food and beverage products.....just finished a wine LCA and if you buy a NZ wine in the UK that has a heavy bottle (what we in the trade call grand burgundy) it is likely that the packaging of that wine will make up around 50% of the LCA carbon emissions.......incredible.

in July 2009

This weekend my husband and I are going to review our diet and make plans for bulk purchases as well as making more food at home - especially dairy products. These produce the most waste in our waste stream as we cannot find anything that is not packaged in plastic.

in July 2009

will also review our diet and bulk purchases

in August 2009

I have been using recycled products for the last many years and have not received any ambiguity among them. Then why people fear to not to use the recycled products to go green. Most of the people are in the habit of making their home or offices Green and are searching for some Green products which exactly help in Green Environment. From all the green objects mentioned in here I like Hand-Powered Espresso Maker the most.

in September 2010

Let's all look forward to living in a clean and green world.

in October 2013

It is for sure an excellent article, I really like what you said!

in January

I will apply what you said for my page

in January

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