Sunday, February 22, 2009

Do we really require all this packaging?

What do you think about excessive packaging? I often shop at bulk stores just to avoid it.

I recently purchased a new cell phone and it came in this monstrous plastic spaceship. I am so annoyed by this unnecessary packaging, that I have been compelled to write to the CEO of Virgin Mobile and share my concerns with him.

What are your thoughts about too much packaging? Would you avoid purchasing this product because of the use of too much plastic?

I did see a recycling 'triangle' symbol on this package. Chances are I can probably throw it into the recycling bin and not have to worry about it any more, but I'm still bothered by it.

Below are the specs from an on-line source which lists the various commercial products that can be manufactured from recycling this particular plastic packaging:

recycling resin identification No.1, for polyethylene terephthalate ester plastic

In 1999 PET accounted for 48% of plastic bottle resin sales, making it the most widely used resin in plastic bottles.

Packaging applications:
Soft drink bottles, water bottles, beer bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressing containers, juice bottles, vegetable oil bottles.

Recycled products: Fiber, tote bags, new PETE containers for both food and non-food products, fabric for clothing, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery, furniture, carpet, fiberfill for sleeping bags and winter coats, industrial strapping, sheet, and film, and automotive parts, such as luggage racks, headliners, fuse boxes, bumpers, grilles and door panels. (taken from


Laurie Constantino said...

I hatehatehate those plastic containers - seems like I always cut myself on them when I'm trying to break through the packaging to get my purchase. Ban them!!! And yes, there are certain items I don't buy because of the packaging, but if I really want whatever's inside, my standards go straight out the window.

containers sales said...


I like your "strategy" ideas.

It is a very nice and good post.

Bijoux said...

Laurie: I completely agree about how injurious these plastic packages are and it also requires heavy duty scissors to cut them open. When it come down to it, this packaging is a nuisance any way you look at it.

Thanks "containers sales!"