Sammie Strawberry hits the road

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Sammie quizzes shopper on packaging (large version)

Packaging is a hot topic. So, Sammie Strawberry has been out and about at shopping areas in Ferndown, Christchurch, Wareham, and Blandford quizzing local people about the myths of packaging, to help dispel the perception that it’s all bad.

It’s true excess or unnecessary packaging is damaging for the environment. But without it no drinks, liquids, gels or powders would be sold, you couldn’t buy fruit and veg out of season and the amount of broken goods and spoiled food wasted would be huge.

Shoppers flocked to the stand to us chat about what’s being done to reduce the packaging of many well known products and brands. Plus, they also picked up a free pen and shopping list pad, so they save money and help the environment by only buying what they need.

Take our simple test:

1. How much longer can a cucumber last in 1.5 grams of plastic film wrapping?

  • 3 days
  • 7 days
  • 11 days

2.  How much packaging is recycled in the UK?

  • 20%
  • 40%
  • 60%

3. On average, how much lighter are glass containers now than they were in 1980?

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%

Are you right? Check out our leaflet for answers.

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2 Responses to “Sammie Strawberry hits the road”

  1. JessicaDutton@bcu Says:

    Maybe a solution could be made for liquids, gels and powers?
    Refill bottles in store?

    • dorsetrecycling Says:

      Hi, thanks for your comment.
      Progress is being made in packaging design for liquids and gels. A good example of this is Procter & Gamble introducing its Ariel Excel Gel, which uses up to a 14 per cent reduction in packaging. The compact gel also saves 40 – 50 per cent of water and 30 – 40 per cent of energy in the manufacturing process because every case, pallet and truck can now carry more bottles, resulting in fewer lorries on the road.

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