DailyDirt: Saving The Planet By Using Better Packaging

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Petroleum-based plastics have been getting a bit of bad publicity recently, as "greener" plastics made from renewable plant materials are becoming more cost effective. It also doesn't hurt that these new plant-plastics can perform about as well as traditional plastics in a variety of consumer packaging. Here are a few examples of some environmentally-friendly containers. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 14th, 2011 @ 5:19pm

    Law Of Unintended Consequences

    Research has shown that, when people feel good about themselves by committing some particularly moral act, they tend to compensate by lapses elsewhere.

    In other words, make something more efficient or “green” to consume, and they will consume more of it.

     

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      kyle clements (profile), Jun 14th, 2011 @ 7:20pm

      Re: Law Of Unintended Consequences

      When you make mayonnaise with 50% less fat, I'm going to eat twice as much of it.

      By all means, make better bottles, just don't tell me about it!

       

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      Michael Ho (profile), Jun 14th, 2011 @ 9:28pm

      Re: Law Of Unintended Consequences

      I don't think people are going to buy more soda than they normally would just because the bottles are more environmentally friendly... but maybe?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2011 @ 6:04pm

    im curious how they got a chip bag up to 85dBs in the first place

     

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    Planet, Jun 14th, 2011 @ 8:54pm

    "Saving The Planet By Using Better Packaging"

    So you want to save the planet by doing less to destroy it, but you'll still be doing something to destroy it.

    How about, instead of saving the planet, you do nothing to destroy it. The planet doesn't need humanity to save it, it just needs it to stop destroying it.

     

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    Rekrul, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 1:11am

    All these 100% recyclable packages have one flaw: Humans. Many people will still throw them in the regular trash instead of recycling them.

     

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      Jon B. (profile), Jun 15th, 2011 @ 7:22am

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      We're not talking about recyclable stuff. We're talking about biodegradable stuff. Stuff that eventually turns back into fertilizer when thrown in the regular trash.

       

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    Christopher2 (profile), Jun 15th, 2011 @ 2:59am

    Biggest thing that would 'save the planet' would be to remove all the spurious packaging like those damned clamshells on electronics.

    Those things are worthless and hard to recycle to boot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 15th, 2011 @ 1:31pm

    I stopped buying Sunchips when they went to the new, crappy packaging. I'm glad to see that experiment failed.

    I don't mind recycled packaging, decomposable packaging, or green packaging, although I grow a bit weary of the dotwhacks on the packaging extolling how virtuous the company is.

    I do mind being forced to use an inferior product. Consumers are weary of 'guilt marketing'... a company can't say 'suffer through our product, it's the responsible thing to do.' Their green product has to be equal or better to the alternative, or it won't sell.

     

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      Michael Ho (profile), Jun 15th, 2011 @ 1:53pm

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      Actually, I wonder why chip makers don't partner with the folks behind disposable/reusable containers like Ziplock/Gladware/etc... then you could eat the chips and then keep a re-closable container for future snacks.

       

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