Originally Posted by CassidyNZ
So how do I take my money elsewhere?... Yes, in a few exceptional cases there are real options....But 95% of the grocery producers package the same way. How much do I need to inconvenience myself to make a totally insignificant contribution to an unwinnable process? Maybe passive, unnoticed resistance is laudable, I just donít see the point. Perhaps itís more productive to responsibly dispose of the residue of the consumerism Iím irrevocably a part of.
I've culled your comment down to the core
Cassidy. Hopefully I have not missed anything key in the process.
Your point is exactly what I was referring to when I said "In cases were consumers have few or no other options where I think more drastic action is warranted."
In these cases I think being a PITA is perhaps the only way to send the message. And to be specific, this is why dumping the excess packaging at the store is one option which may
have the desired impact.
And lest anyone think it's impossible, here's an article about a UK retailer doing exactly what we've been talking about
: Tesco tells suppliers to remove excess packaging
As far as not seeing the point of resisting, well, only you can make that determination. Having grappled with these kinds of issues nearly my entire professional life (although in a different context), I've come to the conclusion this is exactly what the large corporations want us to feel: powerless.
Certainly we are powerless as individuals. This is why the only effective means is for large numbers of people to stand up and say "no!" Large numbers start with small numbers, but not all issues are worth fighting for. If this isn't one for you, then carry on...
Dumping and recycling appropriately is usually better than heaving things over the side (the original question here), but these are great examples of how large corporations externalize costs.
BTW, I don't think the issue of excess packaging is so much focused on food
. There is a lot in those middle grocery aisles, but if you aren't buying
a lot of processed food it is possible to avoid most of it. The egregious examples of excess packaging can often be found in small consumer products like electronics
, and all the shipping
material used in our online buying
Here are a couple more articles which popped up in my search: