You may remember a while ago I found a couple of sample boxes of Lindt chocolates in the cupboard.
They had been given to us as freebies when we used Sainsbury’s home shopping.
There was a plastic window in the cardboard box and the chocolates themselves were wrapped in a combination of foil and plastic.
There was no information on the box about the packaging or how to responsibly dispose of it. There was no recycling information on their website, just promises about environmental responsibility.
So true to my resolution of 2010 I contacted them to find out more.
Here is a copy of my letter:
We were recently given a sample of your Lindor Milk chocolates. I have a
question about your packaging.
Obviously the cardboard box can be recycled, but what about the other
packaging. Can you tell me what type of plastic the window is made from
and what material the chocolates are individually wrapped in please? It
looks like the individual packaging is some kind of plastic bonded onto
I also need to know how to responsibly dispose of these types of
packaging, so as not to create landfill waste.
I have read extensive pages about your packaging and CSR, but nothing that
specifically outlines the information I am looking for.
I look forward to your response,
and here is a copy of their response (which I had after having my first email ignored and having to write to them again)
Dear Ms Green,
Firstly I would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your email.
Thank you for your email we received.
Please find below the answers to the questions you asked regarding our packaging.
What type of plastic is the window on the cornet -> OPP
What type of plastic is the ball wrapper -> OPP + ALU
Does the wrapper also contain aluminium? -> YES
Can this plastic be recycled? -> IT COULD NOT BE RECYCLED TOGETHER WITH PAPER (CORNET) OR WITH ALUMINIUM (SINGLE WRAP)
Once again I thank you for taking the time write to us as all comments and observations are appreciated.
Hmpf; not exactly empowering is it? Basically I’m being told that none of the plastic components can be recycled. They haven’t suggested I remove the plastic from the cornet and recycle it separately and it would appear there is no way to remove the plastic that is bonded onto the aluminium of the ball wrapper.
There’s only one thing for it then – this packaging will be returned to sender with a letter explaining why and what we would like them to do about it.
What about you – have you contacted any manufacturers lately about packaging? Thanks to Maisie’s suggestion, we have a new section dedicated to manufacturers responses – it’s called ‘packaging’ and you can see it on the menu list at the top of the site. If you have something to share please Contact me with full copies of what you wrote and the responses you had and I’ll publish them. This will help other readers shop in a more eco friendly way.
Don’t forget our zero waste shopping site too. If you’ve found something beautifully packaged with the environment in mind; go there, register and write about it on the site. Everything on that zero waste shopping site is fully searchable by packaging type, store or product type, so it will eventually become a great shopping resource.
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