I wrote to the product feedback page of Trader Joes webstie about some environmentally offensive packaging:
I am a big fan of Trader Joes. We frequently purchase many of the products you sell. My kids like the Roasted Seaweed Snack. I’m glad for them to enjoy the the contents of the package, as I imagine seaweed is much healthier than a lot of other processed food snacks.
But I am COMPLETELY freaked out by the atrocious, polluting packaging. Not only does it come in a non-biodegradable mylar package, but the seaweed sits in a plastic tray. For one minute enjoying a 60 calorie snack, the earth is stuck with a package to pollute landfills or become microplastics in water to give us all cancer for generations beyond when our great grandchildren our dead.
You are going to say that you care about the enviroment, blah blah blah. But, let’s face it, eveyrthing you say is horse manure until all your packaging is made of 100% post consumer waste or plastic free and tree free. That’s really all there is to it.
While you’re at it, make sure all manufacturing is powered by renewable energy.
Can’t the little tray the seaweed sits in be comprised of bamboo cardboard? Can’t it be in a bamboo cardboard box? When I was a kid, animal crackers came in waxed paper. The animal crackers were always fresh. Why not wax paper for the seaweed. Aren’t there plant based alternatives? I have a hard time believing that there are not.
Please. You have control over what gets onto the shelves of your stores. Make the packaging/products biodegradable, tree free, plastic free, and manufactured with renewable energies. You can do it. I know you can.
I’m a consumer. I want to buy your products. But I don’t want the products to come in future pollution. I’m betting that you can fix that. Be a leader. Please start now.
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