Treehugger has an article about a company in Israel that is making dual purpose product packaging. Zero Thick: When The Package Is Also The Product shows a prototype of a sabbath candle packaging that turns into a candle holder. Now, maybe I’m missing the point but what happens when you buy your next pair of sabbath candles in this type of packaging? What do you do with your old candle stick holder packaging? This basically becomes a single use, throw-away product.
If they really want to make something semi-useful then they should at least make their candle stick holder packaging come with more than one pair of candles. That way you can re-use the packaging a couple times before discarding. Ideally, the packaging would be recyclable but from what I’ve seen of that vacuum packaging, most isn’t recyclable. Well, at least most don’t have the plastic type number stamped on the packaging which is a requirement for pickup where i live.
Anyhoo, Tal & Tadmor are looking in the right direction, they just need to work on the practical usage and not just the design of their product.
My biggest gripe these days is with non-recyclable product packaging. I don’t just mean packaging materials that are completely non-recyclable, I also mean packaging that would be recyclable if it actually had a number marked on it.
Here in Kemptville we can recycle everything that is marked. Since box board and paper are pretty easy to figure out, that’s not part of my gripe. It’s all about the plastics. Anytime you buy something in a box, it typically comes with some form of plastic inside. Most of the time, those plastic bags don’t have a recycling number on them. Unfortunately, without a recycling number, that plastic becomes trash. We’re only allowed to recycle marked items as unmarked items make it too expensive to sort once it arrives at the recycling depot.
The other reason I don’t like non-recyclable product packaging is because I have to pay to have my garbage collected. Since I have to pay a fee per bag of garbage, the more non-recyclable product packaging I have to throw out, the more I have to pay.
So to all the manufacturers out there, start marking your plastics so we can reduce the amount of non-recyclable product packaging that is getting into our landfills and so I can save a few bucks on my garbage collection costs.