If you read our blogs you will know that Victoria, the co-founder of Cityhop writes a bit about waste, rubbish and recycling!
After doing a bunch of research on what can go into a wheelie bin Victoria says,”I found polystyrene was a big no no, yet we all know it can be re-used.”
“If the amount of packaging you have to put into your rubbish bin bugs you then do what I did recently , make contact with the companies who use packaging that can’t be recycled easily and ask them if they have a policy and if not will they get one and preferably will they start taking the packaging and giving it to their suppliers to get them to re-think their packaging.
“There are so many alternatives to plastics and polystyrene,” says Victoria. With enough consumer pressure more companies will realise it’s important to us.
Victoria first started with Harvey Norman,
http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/includes/contactus.php there is an email link for you to ask them if they would take back packaging. After all it is the supplier’s problem not ours. We have kept them in business and people in jobs by buying the goods but it’s time everyone played their part and recycled.
Each of the links we have highlighted below will take you directly to these company’s websites so that you can ask them if they offer consumers a place to take back materials used in packaging so that they can be recycled and if not whether they would please consider doing this.
Bond & Bond, Noel Leeming, Farmers, Dick Smith or any other company that sells products that come with polystyrene are worth contacting to ask them if they have a policy and if not would they provide a container for polystyrene and other similar packaging to be recycled.
If supermarkets can do it for plastic bags then surely these big companies can do it and give packaging back to their suppliers so it gets re-used.
I was impressed with the packaging of a new Compaq Pressario – instead of polystyrene it had some kind of recycled cardboard inside the box so it could all go into the paper recycling box. Good on you Compaq and Dick Smith!
Got a comment?
When are those razor companies, electric tooth brush companies and all the others who use that AWFUL hard plastic to seal their goods going to change their packaging! I seem to always end up cutting myself the plastic is so stiff and it can’t be recycled either. Boo hoo. It makes me look for the items in more envrionmentally sound packaging. Remember consumers know what they want!