Comments on: Question of the Week: What do you do to reduce or avoid “overpackaging” in products you buy? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Paul Cross http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10539 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:25:28 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10539 I dont do anything to avoid overpackaging. In fact I always look for products that have the most packaging because I like being wasteful. I dont care if it hurts the environment because I will be dead before my actions affect the environment.

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By: Jay http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10538 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 19:22:15 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10538 It is quite sickening if you think about how much plastic and paper products is thrown away every day. Our government should offer incentive programs to the big companies that offer GREEN solutions to this major issue at hand.

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By: Sally G http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10537 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 12:06:58 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10537 When I go Christmas shopping, I make a game of getting as few bags as possible. I’ll generally bring one big shopping bag and refuse a bag no matter what the store. If they insist, I’ll let them put the product in a bag, then take it out and leave the bag.
I generally take a canvas bag grocery shopping, buy fresh produce (without putting it in a plastic bag, unless it’s a wet herb), almost never buy individually wrapped items in a multipack (the only individual-serving item I buy is yogurt, and that’s Stonyfield Farms), buy in large containers, (keeping in mind that I’m shopping for one person only, with no freezer).
I recently found the cardboard-packaged CDs with liner notes printable from the Internet—what a great idea!

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By: Sally G http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10536 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:56:42 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10536 I haven’t had the guts to do this, but I do refuse extra bags and encourage cashiers to “bag heavy” without double-bagging. I generally take a canvas or plastic bag to the grocery store.

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By: Sally G http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10535 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:55:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10535 Paper cups are just as bad in the regular trash going to a landfill, and many don’t recycle them, especially if they’ve held soup, chili, or something similar. Whatever happened to “bring your own mug”? Or dining halls with dishwashers (which would even employ a couple more students)?

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By: Sally G http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10534 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:52:26 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10534 Celia,
That’s cool! I also remember the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. We buried an internal combustion engine at my high school. (Just think of the environmental damage we did to the school yard, but our hearts were in the right place!) On a more positive note, my HS conservation club started a recycling program for newspapers, glass bottles (sorted by color back then, and with aluminum rings snapped off the neck) and aluminum cans. It was therapeutic tossing those bottles into barrels and smashing them! Our little program in front of the HS led to the town’s recycling center, still going strong and with a municipal curbside pick-up program. Who would have thought back then that alternative energy would have been a subject of debate in a presidential election! We’ve still got a long way to go, but (to borrow an advertising phrase from a toxic product of those days) “We’ve come a long way, baby!” (Virginia Slims cigarettes)

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By: Sally G http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10533 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:44:33 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10533 LOL! Let’s overpackage the federal government to avoid overpackaging!

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By: Lamont Cranston http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10532 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:07:01 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10532 I am always concerned about what seems like the ‘waste’ of wrapping paper. To me it’s just another layer to open… at an extra cost. I try to use newspaper (sunday comics) as much as possible, but can never seem to fully eliminate it :/

I agree with trying to reuse things as much as possible :(

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By: AndyO from NJ http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10531 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:29:45 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10531 Overpackaging frustrates me a lot. So… my 1st thought is do I really need/want this item? Can I get it with less packaging? Then I look for alternatives. These questions need to be balanced against time and extra travelling. The Amish Market oftens packages meats or cheeses in paper instead of plastic; so if it’s an item to be used right away, then this is a better choice. I like “mom & pop” hardware stores where I can buy nuts, bolts, etc. loose instead of being packaged. Then I put the items with receipt in my pocket. I often refused bags when purchasing other item (milk, greeting cards, things that can be carried without the need for a bag). And then I take my own bags on shopping trips to avoid excess baggage. I suppose that writing to manufacturers & distributors can’t hurt tho’ I don’t do this much.

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By: Christine Smith http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/qotw-overpackaging/#comment-10530 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:16:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=463#comment-10530 Mostly for me, the packaging question is a tie-breaker. If I’m trying to decide between two products and I’m not really sure which to choose, then I’ll often say, “well, X has less packaging, so we’ll go with that one”. Only if the packaging is really excessive do I avoid it completely.

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