Original post made by Paul Losch on Jan 2, 2011
At the end of the day, I likely will use the new toaster oven, much needed, than I will watch all these Giants DVD's.
Packaging: the toaster oven had the typical packing materials inside, including a couple of styrophome (do I have the spelling right?) backers to keep the product intact. All well and good.
I went to the PA Baylands recycling center the other day, and guess what? Styroform, however you spell it, no longer is accepted. I inquired why to a worker there, and he stated that there is no market for recycled styrofoam. (And I still cannot get the spelling figured out.)
There is a larger point than my spelling limitations.
An item such as I received as a gift this season could have been packaged without materials than cannot be recycled. The "bumpers" could have easily been made of corrugated materials and protect the product just as effectively, with recyclable products.
This is the sort of issue that starts at the local level, and can grow to from there. Why do we need styro however you spell it in the packaging material?
on Jan 2, 2011 at 9:28 am
Would be nice if industry came up with some packaging standards to reduce waste and increase recycling (or at least the ability to recycle). Recycling styrofoam is too expensive to be practical.
Fortunately, I didn't receive any styrofoam for Xmas. A couple of products with copious packaging at least used cardboard or plastic padding which should be recyclable. All manufacturers could switch to these materials if they wanted to.
on Jan 2, 2011 at 9:34 am
Paul, hopefully this time you chose a subject that won't get locked.
I do agree with you, materials that can't be spelt should not be used for packaging, particularly if they can't be recycled.
One suggestion I have heard worked, take the packaging back to the store you bought it from and ask them to deal with it. If everyone did this the stores themselves would get the message then pass it on to the manufacturers. Even if we buy online, returning the packaging to Amazon or someone might send the right message if all of us were to do it.
You could start the movement. Palo Alto could be leaders. You would be a green giant.
on Jan 2, 2011 at 9:46 am
Many manufacturers are based (or at least headquartered) here in Silicon Valley. Palo Alto resident Steve Jobs' products were some of the most popular this Xmas. Do any big name local companies use non-recyclable packaging? Or is it mostly generic imported products?