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Organic Eggs, Inorganic Packaging
Photo_031808_001.jpgDoes anyone know why organic eggs are increasingly packaged in these ridiculous plastic containers, that are not only unrecyclable petroleum-based products, not only wasteful (there are three pieces rather than the usual two, with a third inside cover over the eggs after you open the top), but also so flimsy that if you pick it up by one end eggs will fall out of the other?

I refuse to buy them, and today had to opt for the standard brown eggs in the standard recyclable (and recycled) cardboard container shown on the left.

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elissaann From: elissaann Date: March 18th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
That has been bugging me for a while.

Maybe enough that I'll make some phone calls and emails.
rosefox From: rosefox Date: March 18th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It baffles me too! I can't think of any reason for it at all. We get around it by buying eggs from the farmer's market.

I recently encountered something else "green" that came in absurdly non-green packaging... can't remember what now.

EDIT: Oh, and the recycled toilet paper and paper towels that can't be bought in bulk, which means they use up more plastic wrap. Why are they wrapped in plastic, anyway? Paper packaging would work just as well. GRR.

Edited at 2008-03-18 08:10 pm (UTC)
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: March 18th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is stupid. When presented with such choices, go with the obviously superior packaging, because the superiority of that choice is obvious and certain; the superiority of the organic choice less so.
doodlegoat From: doodlegoat Date: March 19th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's a rationale:
http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/clear_plastic_egg_carton.html

If PET isn't recycled in your area, complain to the store manager.
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