Comments On - Consumers' Take on Sustainable Packaging

There may be some difficulty in transition
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 4/10/2012 12:01:29 PM
i, i, AK
Posted: 6/5/2011 11:46:55 PM
At this point in the grand scheme of things I don't think people really want to pay more money for food because it's been packaged to be environmentally safe. I applaud companies that have done this on their own but companies that produce food just can't absorb the extra cost of the packaging so their product will be higher in price. Packaging has evolved from very simple with reusable container such as glass bottles for milk and soda pop to the throw away packaging of today. To change the mind set of an entire nation is a difficult task. Don't you think?
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 6/5/2011 5:36:36 AM
But if consumers choose another's products because they like the packaging better then consumers do contribute to the decision.
o, p, AK
Posted: 6/2/2011 11:27:17 PM
Packaging should be the responsibility of the producers, not the consumers. The consumer really doesn't make the decisions of how to package an item. There are people whose job it is to design packaging materials to protect and present the product in the most effective manner. They are the ones who make the decisions about how things are packaged. Consumers do not dictate this. If we have savvy consumers, they will buy the products they want and grumble about the packaging. Ever buy a DVD? Talk about packaging.

Recycling should be the responsibility of the consumers. The producer's responsibility ends with the purchase of the product. What is done with it after it is in the hands of the consumer is strictly the consumer's choice. Ease of recycling, social encouragement and pressure and the like will ultimately dictate how much of what gets recycled.

It wasn't until I started composting and growing worms in my backyard that I felt the need to recycle my food wastes and paper wastes. Now that I have developed simple and convenient ways to dispose of them, it's what we do.

The same will be said for packaging recycling.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 6/1/2011 7:35:18 AM
People are lazy and that's not going to change. It needs to be made really easy to recycle. I recycle whatever I can but I have to make a trip into town to do it and they are very strict about what they will take.

E.g. they will only take plastic 1 and 2 but there are many plastics marked with 2 which they refuse and just throw out!

Another great example of consumers not only being lazy but also uncaring is the SunChip compostable bag. Consumers were more concerned about its loudness than it's lack of impact on the environment.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 5/31/2011 11:51:01 PM
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