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IRAIN - Things obviously do need to be packaged - for security, for hygiene,....

Things obviously do need to be packaged - for security, for hygiene, and to a certain extent for convenience. This does not, however, explain why a less than .5 kilo (0.2 kg) chocolate Easter egg is wrapped in nearly the same weight of card, plastic and foil, and costs three times as much as the equivalent amount of chocolate bought in pub form. Nor does it justify 10 individual portions of heat-treated cream in plastic and foil cups, set in a plastic dish and finished with a thick card lid. Manufacturers are always looking for ways of adding 'perceived value' to make it seem as if you're getting more than you really are.

And packaging is an ideal aid to this sort of persuasion, which often borders upon deception. Although industry has been slow to implement any change towards more environment-friendly packaging, there have already been some hopeful signs, like the replacement of CFC-blown plastic containers, a shift towards recycled cardboard egg boxes, and recycled brown paper bags at Safeway supermarket checkouts. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: We need to understand that it is we who pay - both in money and environmental damage - for excessive packaging.

There needs to be a shift towards packaging which is attractive but not wasteful, and does its job well without harming the environment. Retailers should offer their customers minimally packaged goods, priced to reflect the true savings on materials. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Buy as little packaging as possible. Many items do not need packaging at all, and one layer of packaging is enough for most things.

Take your own bags with you rather than getting new ones every time you shop. (Get into the habit of keeping a carrier bag in your pocket or a shopping bag on a hook just inside the front door.) Shop in places where you can use your own bags and containers: wholefood shops will usually be happy to provide this service. Buy things which come in packaging that can be recycled or re-used - recycled cardboard egg boxes, milk in bottles, and so on.

Try to avoid plastic packaging, tins and aerosol sprays. Encourage your local shop or supermarket to provide more environment-friendly packaging. Safeway, Spar, Tesco and Sainsbury's have already taken steps in this direction, so encourage them to keep the ball rolling by asking for lightly packaged lines.

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