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Consumers Struggle Over Convenience Vs. Green

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Consumers are about evenly split between favoring convenient packaging over environmentally-friendly packaging, an issue that will only get more muddled without a clearer understanding of what green packaging really is, says Thomson Reuters. Read more:

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Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:41 pm
Noted and thanx Cal :-0

Cristina M (137)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 5:19 pm
There shouldn't be any split,nor doubt, you go for the environmentally friendly packaging, but I agree, we need to be sure they're really environmentally friendly. There's a lot of money being made with green products, so there must be an authority checking all is as said and informing the customers.

Constance F (418)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 8:54 pm
Green the new catch word, like organic

Dave Colorado (11)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 9:55 pm
Thanks SO much for telling us/me what we/I'm struggling over, Cal! I don't know what I/we would do without polls to tell me/us(/tyrants) what the people are thinking. And there's nothing like talking about what people are thinking to help keep certain other thoughts from ever entering their minds...!

Jorinde Mergan (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:29 am
Why can't eco-friendly packaging be convenient? Then you have both in one...

Scott haakon (4)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:24 am
Another sales gimmick!

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:01 pm
While I willingly use 'bring your own' fabric grocery bags and do many other things that end up environmentally 'friendly', when it makes a product unusable I draw the line. I'll toss spent containers into sorting bins; I won't waste water washing trash. I'll choose the 'less artificial' product when the prices are close, but I'm not going to go broke over it. I support corporate recycling initiative, not government idiot mandates.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:05 pm

Doug G (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:06 pm
It is no accident that it proves a monumental challange understanding what is truly "green" and what isn't. I has been designed this way in an effort to make companies appear that way without having to commit any real effort, which would cost them money not make it.
Being "green" is the new selling point and companies are well aware most people will not research the claims, due to time constraints or because they are too lazy. I long for the day when people will start telling the truth about what they stand for. Of course, if one tells the truth in this nation, one will be punished. america only claims it wants honesty and truthfulness. It makes them feel good. but when push comes to shove, those are the last things people really want.

Susan Pernot (75)
Friday April 15, 2011, 5:01 pm
I don't struggle over green vs convenience. I struggle over green vs my money. Too many green things is impossible for me to afford money wise. A 6 pk of regular light bulbs $1.00 vs the energy savers a 4pk at $12.97. The gov't makes it nearly impossible to afford to save money/energy.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Friday April 15, 2011, 7:22 pm
It's easy, all products need to become sustainably green!

Cindy B (61)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:51 pm
CONVENIENCE VS. GREEN? The accompanying article talks a lot about what constitutes "green" packaging (and doesn't clarify even that very much) -- but says precious little about what might constitute "convenient" packaging. Is it packaging that opens &/or recloses easily? That's sturdy enuf to protect the product inside during storage, transport, etc? I think there's a dearth of consumer education on how to remove a product from its (hopefully minimal!) packaging and store it in a way that's accessible, safe, environmentally friendly, and preserves/protects the product well. I could certainly teach a class like that! I love that kind of stuff.

Susanne R (235)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:53 pm
With fast food, drive-through windows, and other services designed for convenience, it's not surprising that people choose the easier alternative. Most families have two breadwinners, active children, and little time to spare --so they can't be bothered with washing containers and recycling them, returning bottles, bundling newspapers, composting, etc. And the environment is just not a priority to some people; some of them are apathetic, lazy, or just don't take the consequences seriously. Therefore, the statistics that were presented do not surprise me.

Shelly P (5)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 11:47 am
Thanks for the post!

David C (129)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 7:01 pm
thanks, very interesting. unfortunately there is still too much diversity from one area to another about what can be to do it...etc...for example we can do paper, cans, bottles and plastic 1 & 2 with necks at our curb...have to go someone else to recycle other #s and 1/2s without necks...I don't mind, but know too many people who do....
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