Excessive Packaging Madness # 1

2007 January 20
by Dexter M

We needed some Lemongrass – so we had a go at getting some from our regular fruit and veg shop in Belper – the wonderfully named “Fresh and Fruity”. They’re normally very good, and can supply you with all manner of more unusual herbs and veg. Unfortunately, on this occassion they couldn’t oblige. So, in the end we were forced to resort to going to Sainsburys. Up until that point we’d got all of the rest our shopping from the smaller shops and the Co-op in Belper.

When we found the item in question, the charge for this relatively simple item was 75p for two meagre and slightly cruddy looking three-quarter length sticks presented in the most ridiculously excessive packaging like so…

This seemed bad enough, but we soon released that, apart from being entirely un-required (lemongrass is one of the least delicate of herbs) it also turned out to be entirely non-recyclable!

Also, the fact that these meagre shreds of herbiness had been shipped (probably by air) all the way from South Africa, and, as a result of the sealed packaging were actually going mildewey.

Nice one Sainsburys! Is this you contribution to improving our environment and providing us with good quality value for money products? I’ll buy a bunch for 99p from the market in Derby next time I see one and freeze it – last time I saw one like that, the packaging consisted of a single piece of string!

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  1. Lactose permalink
    January 23, 2007

    No posts for a bit old man? Will it be retrospective then? ;-)


  2. SouthernQ permalink
    March 8, 2007

    Thanks for this post, I look forward to future installments. I work for a group in the US that is taking on excessive packaging to help protect forests.


  3. rew permalink
    March 8, 2007

    but you drove to Ripley (presumably) to buy some lemon grass you fallen eco-warior you. Maybe the packaging meant less chilling. Air-freight Kenyan flowers or Dutch? Kenyan every time – warmed by the sun, not the heaters. These things are so damn complicated.

  4. John permalink
    March 8, 2007

    @rew – yes [shame faced] we did drive to Ripley to pick this up – an yes, it’s ever that straightforward. I guess I was railing against the idiocy of the packaging. I try to avoid buying things out of season as much as I can – therefore (hopefully) going some way to avoid the Dutch heater warmed or Kenyan air-freighted alternative.
    We all have a lot to learn in this area.

  5. Barnze permalink
    May 9, 2007


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