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Jeremy Irons and littering packaging in a supermarket

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lowspark:

--- Quote from: amylouky on May 15, 2013, 04:16:59 PM ---I'm confused. Say he's buying meat. Does he just unwrap it all and carry hunks of bare meat out in his hands? (since, of course, a grocery bag is packaging..)  Wonder how he deals with liquids?

Either way, yeah, that's a jerk move. The supermarket workers have no control over product packaging, and he's creating extra work for them.

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That's just what I was wondering. Does he unwrap his cracker & chips & cookies? How does he carry them home then? And don't they go stale? What about frozen items? Does he remove the packaging from his ice cream? Milk? Does he just cup his hands and carry home his coffee grounds? The whole thing sounds so ridiculous.

MommyPenguin:
Maybe he brings reusable packing and moves the items into it?  I don't know, but that's a good point.  I was initially thinking that it was like, taking off the plastic wrapper that goes over a box of tea bags.  Which will make the tea not last as long, but probably not a big deal i you're going to use it soon.  And things like that.  But when I think about the groceries I buy, there's very little extra packaging beyond what you need.  I'm wondering if he's doing things like taking the cardboard box off the cereal and just taking home the bag, or if he's going to the extra of doing that, then opening the bag and pouring it into his own container.

Venus193:
Sounds like he's been a Borgia a little too long.

Surianne:
I agree with his cause -- excess packaging really bothers me.  But this isn't the way to handle it, and I agree with previous posters that it just puts the problem on the store workers, who have nothing to do with packaging decisions.

What I do is I refuse to buy products that have excess packaging, and I write a letter telling the company why.  For example, I bought store brand peppermint tea from my local grocery store, and when I got home I discovered that each individual tea bag was wrapped in plastic inside the box.  Yuck!  So I emailed them explaining why I wasn't going to buy the tea again, and suggesting that they reduce the packaging, because it was delicious tea and if it weren't for the packaging, I'd be a repeat customer.

No idea if my one letter made a difference, but surely if everyone who was annoyed by packaging contacted the supplying company, they'd take it into consideration?

JenJay:

--- Quote from: Surianne on May 15, 2013, 07:04:05 PM ---I agree with his cause -- excess packaging really bothers me.  But this isn't the way to handle it, and I agree with previous posters that it just puts the problem on the store workers, who have nothing to do with packaging decisions.

What I do is I refuse to buy products that have excess packaging, and I write a letter telling the company why.  For example, I bought store brand peppermint tea from my local grocery store, and when I got home I discovered that each individual tea bag was wrapped in plastic inside the box.  Yuck!  So I emailed them explaining why I wasn't going to buy the tea again, and suggesting that they reduce the packaging, because it was delicious tea and if it weren't for the packaging, I'd be a repeat customer.

No idea if my one letter made a difference, but surely if everyone who was annoyed by packaging contacted the supplying company, they'd take it into consideration?

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Exactly! The correct way to try to change something is to take the issue up with the people who have the power to change it, not the people who have no control over the situation but get stuck cleaning up after you.

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