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A product you buy whose packaging has been recently revamped in a not-so-environmentally-friendly way?

Asked by mcbealer (10224points) May 16th, 2008

Does this bother any other Flutherites? I just saw an online ad for Ragu spaghetti sauce on the Yahoo homepage. It will now come in pouches instead of a glass jar. I actually like Classico or Newman’s on my pasta, but I imagine this will be an industry-wide shift in packaging. Your thoughts? Can you share examples of similar changes?

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Allie's avatar

What!? It comes in a pouch now? I liked the jars. So now is this the end to the cap popping when you open it?
P.S. – I’ve always liked Bertolli, but Newman’s is good too.

marinelife's avatar

Packaging is one of my pet peeves. It is designed to deter theft or otherwise aid the manufacturer—certainly not for the convenience of the consumer!!!!!!

I am sure shilolo could give us statistics, but it is my understanding that packaging accidents (from people trying to open things) account for a lot of ER visits.

To paraphrase from Treasure of the Sierra Madre: “Pouches? We don’t need no stinking pouches!”

wildflower's avatar

I’m frequently annoyed at the fact that my favorite yoghurt only comes in small pots, rather than a larger carton.

jrpowell's avatar

While the pouch might be less recyclable the cost to ship will drop dramatically. Glass is heavy and it burns a ton of fuel to move it around. I personally think it is a good move and is actually going to be a positive for the environment.

But I will miss the glass jars.

Allie's avatar

johnpowell: Hmm… good point about the shipping.

mcbealer's avatar

@ johnpowell ~ yeah, I thought of the fuel costs in delivering glass vs. pouches as well. Especially in light of the rapidly increasing price of fuel, it is obvious this was a quick way for the company to keep down the cost of their product, thereby earning higher profits.

Which is going to have the lowest impact to the environment though? I personally don’t see myself recycling the pouches, how about others?

I think there’s something to be said about asthetic value here too. In pouches, you won’t be able to see the sauce before you buy it. I also wonder about the shelf-life of sauce packaged in a pouch. What are the pouches made of, and will they leach chemicals into the sauce over time?

judochop's avatar

I buy juices and water that come in plastic bottles. It would be nice if they used bags instead.

blueberryme's avatar

Also, you can’t reuse the pouches easily, whereas I have several old food jars that I now use for storage. By comparison, pouches are lame-o!

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