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THE WHOLE PACKAGE

One family, one month, 50kg of packaging. Why?

It started with a shrink-wrapped coconut. Then, as we delved further into the murky depths of the packaging industry, we discovered some startling facts. How much energy does it take to produce the yogurt pots, carrier bags and plastic bottles that end up in your bin? We asked four families to collect a month’s worth of rubbish and our experts put their waste to the test. Read article

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  1. gerry medland says:

    No packaging of ‘plastics’means careful,selective buying,which can be very difficult in this day and age,however,with diligence a positive reult can be obtained!We who walk the path are nit part of todays ‘throw -away society’.

  2. claire says:

    I forwarded to my friends your link on packaging, this just came back to me in her reply “The German girlfriend of one of my colleagues was horrified at the amount of packaging in the UK. In the part of Germany that she came from, rubbish removed by the local authority was charged by weight/content. As a result it was common for shoppers to remove unwanted packaging at the supermarket checkout so that the supermarket ( which was responsible for the over packaging in the first place) had to pay to have it disposed of. Neat.”
    I agree if we had to pay for it to be taken away I think people would take more notice.

  3. Anais says:

    A good concept, if we had to pay for each pound of waste then we would take our endless consumption and excessive packaging seriously.

    One day that may have to happen for people to change there ways — be forced to because it costs them. Otherwise people don’t realize the true cost.

  4. Stefani says:

    Interesting article! Over-packaging has long been one of my issues.