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Questions tagged [packaging]

all materials used to enclose and protect items for the purpose of distributing and/or selling them. See also [paper], [plastic]

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Are foam netting sleeves recyclable?

I am wondering if foam netting sleeves that are often used to protect glass bottles in transport (see picture) can be recycled in a soft plastic stream? (like RedCycle in Australia)
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Re-usable packaging options for cheese?

I have a vision for a model of grocery store that would buy food in bulk and package on-site into packaging which is 100% reusable or truly compostable (unlike many types of so-called "compostable ...
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Are any large restaurant chains pursuing better alternatives to recyclable packaging?

Yesterday Kraft Foods announced that by 2025 all of its packaging will be recyclable. (Note that while they include "reusable" and "compostable" in the announcement, they talk almost exclusively about ...
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Can I recycle waxy cardboard (in Greater Vancouver)?

Does anyone know what to do with these containers? Even though some of them are labelled "#3 Please recycle this container" I'm quite sure they can't be put with mixed paper or cardboard recycling ...
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What is this candy wrapper made of? Solely plastic or mixed with something else?

I am an avid recycler - whenever I get the chance to recycle, I do it. The only problem is, I can't mix materials when recycling. I want to recycle the following: It's wrapping for candy - in this ...
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Relative merits of 'milkman' glass vs. 'supermarket' plastic milk bottles?

(A question with looking for answers from a UK perspective, preferably) Does anyone have any pointers to, or have the knowledge to answer, the question of the larger-scale environmental arguments ...
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Are used “blister packs” recyclable?

Now, in management of recurring everyday waste, this is something totally unavoidable. Are tablet strips (what they call blister pack strips), after use, recyclable? Can they be dumped with dry ...
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Are talcum powder tins more sustainable than the ones that come in plastic boxes?

I was shopping and as a trial, I bought a talcum powder in a tin container instead of the usual ones that comes packaged in a plastic box. The material looks like a tin, although one cannot tell from ...
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Is it ethical to dump packaging of products at the same store you bought them from?

I was told to ask this question here. Note: This question is in the context of reducing trash at home. Say I buy some meat at the grocery store. I would prefer to bring my own container and not use ...
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What are alternatives for deodorant?

There must be natural alternatives for deodorant that at least to some degree help in covering body odor caused by perspiration. I have tried to live without antiperspirant, but I don't consider it ...
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Organic or packaging free food?

If I face the choice of organic, packaged food and non-organic non-packaged food - which is more sustainable? http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ tells me the negative impact of packaging is twice as big in ...
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Is the bag of cat food recyclable?

I am still getting to know the world of recycling and I have come across a minor issue when it comes to learning the difference between recyclable items. I have several cat food bags (OK CAT Health &...
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Is plastic food packaging 100% reusable?

There is the prominent argument that we should buy food without plastic packaging because plastic is made of oil and thus bad. I'm wondering, however, what if the plastic packaging remains in the ...
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Larger package or more local source?

Is it possible to calculate impact of more packaging versus farther transportation? The two options are: 1. say: two half-litre glass bottles with local (made-in-this-country) oil; 2. say: 1 litre ...
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Why is hybrid packaging so frequently used to package bread?

With hybrid packaging I refer to the combined packaging of plastic and paper. They are often offered by supermarkets for consumers to put inside fresh bread and buns. The reasons I can imagine for ...
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Is it healthy to brush teeth only with tea tree oil? [closed]

I want to reduce my own consumption of industrial toothpaste, in particular to avoid the large amount of plastic packaging it uses. I have already been using tea tree oil as a supplement to my ...
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One big container vs multiple small containers

I use Fage yogurt as an example, but if possible, I'd like a general answer that can apply to products that are similarly packaged (ice cream tubs, detergent, etc.). Assume the consumer consumes 1kg ...
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Are Tetra Pak tomatoes more sustainable than tinned?

Lots of UK supermarkets have recently started selling chopped tomatoes in Tetra Paks, rather than the tins they were always in. My first thought was that this was environmentally bad - given recycling ...
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Is there a cheap, sustainable alternative to newspapers for wrapping food?

Here where I live a worker who used to sell some soft snacks like bread etc. uses newspaper to wrap and pack the snacks. I have read that the ink of the letters typed in the newspaper may mix with the ...
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Reusable alternatives to bulk and produce bags at the supermarket

Using the reusable bags at the shop check-out is well-known, and is getting wider acceptance. Also, some details were already discussed here before. However, what to do with transparent plastic bags ...
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Can wood wool be produced from plywood waste?

For packaging of parcels, is it feasible/ possible to produce wood wool from the waste of plywood products? If not, what alternative packaging uses are there for plywood waste?
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

When my family purchases meat from the supermarket, it comes on a non-recyclable plastic foam tray with plastic cling wrap over the top. We can improve on this by purchasing meat elsewhere. However, ...
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Is there a deodorant with minimal packaging waste?

I have been trying to look around me to find ways to minimize non-organic wastage...and one of the everyday things is Deodorant. I read somewhere that solid deodorants are way much greener than spray ...